Benson Latin American Collection

Benson Library

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

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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

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Featured Resource – LLEGÓ: The National Latino/a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization

LLILAS Benson celebrates Pride Month by highlighting LLEGÓ, a national organization committed to organizing Latino/a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities through mobilization and networking. In addition to LLEGÓ, other Benson collections such as the Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers, the Alicia Gaspar de Alba papers, and the Latinx LGBTQ collection highlight our dedication to preserving and making accessible resources of the Latina/o LGBTQIA+ experience.

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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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Latina/o Studies

Explore some of the best resources for general and archival research on U.S. Latinas/os.

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