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Please note: The Benson Latin American Collection is currently closed. For up-to-date information on access to special collections, please visit our continuity guide. For online access to some collections, please see our Digital Collections and Content guide.

Benson Latin American Collection

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The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is one of the premier libraries in the world for Latin America and Latina/o Studies, proudly marking its centennial in 2021.

Celebrate a Century at Benson100.org


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About the Benson

In partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Benson is a global destination for research and study, with over a million volumes as well as a wealth of original manuscripts, photographs and various media related to Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean and Latina/Latino presence in the United States.

Our Collections

Libros de Hijuelas

Featured Centennial Resource: Libros de Hijuelas

This LLILAS Benson post-custodial collection of 192 leather-bound “deed books” from Michoacán, Mexico, tells the story of the privatization of common lands belonging to hundreds of Indigenous pueblos from the early 1800s through the 1920s.

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Rare Books and Manuscripts

The Benson Latin American Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room provides access to a wide range of primary sources from and about Latin America, U.S. Latinas/Latinos, and African diaspora.

Archival collection descriptions are available in Texas Archival Resources Online
Search for rare books in the Library Catalog
Contact Benson archivists: (512) 495-4578, email
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LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives

LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives encompass an array of digital collections, collaborations, and scholarly projects, documenting the heritage of Latin American, U.S. Latinx, African Diasporic, and Indigenous American communities.

Explore our digital collections and content guide
The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)
LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship

Research Guides

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Latin American Studies

Explore resources for general and archival research in Latin American Studies

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Latin@ Studies

Explore some of the best resources for general and archival research on U.S. Latin@s

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