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Latin Americanists Unite to Decipher Spanish Colonial Archive

June 17, 2022

For years, the LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Office has been experimenting with digital technologies to transform this “unreadable” Spanish colonial archive into accessible humanities data for scholars. However, we tried something new this past year and reversed the equation: We convened colonial Latin Americanists online to transform handwritten words on pages into digital text that they could then use to make the digital humanities (DH) more accessible.

Benson Exhibit Celebrates “El Gaucho Martín Fierro”

April 6, 2022

The Benson Latin American Collection recently inaugurated Martín Fierro: From Marginal Outlaw to National Symbol in the Rare Books Reading Room. Co-curated by Graduate Research Assistants Melissa Aslo de la Torre and Janette Núñez, this exhibition examines the Argentine epic poem El gaucho Martín Fierro and its legacy on the 150th anniversary of the poem’s publication. 

UT Tower Lights Up for Benson Centennial

March 23, 2022

On the night of March 24, 2022, the UT Tower will be lit in honor of the centennial of a crown jewel of our campus—the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Established as the Latin American library on campus in 1921, the collection is beloved by students and faculty, and visited by scholars from all over the world.

Read the full article at Tex Libris. 

Remembering Heidi Johnson

Feb. 10, 2022

The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), the University of Texas Libraries and LLILAS Benson extend their sympathy to the family, friends and former colleagues of Heidi Johnson, who passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

As the manager of AILLA from 2001 through 2012, Johnson played a central role in building the archive into the internationally recognized language repository that it is today.

An Introduction to the José Vasconcelos Papers

Jan. 27, 2022

The Benson Latin American Collection is home to the archive of Mexican politician, writer, and philosopher José Vasconcelos (1881–1959).

In a short essay, Diego Godoy describes a man of contradictions, “the personification of both the brightness and darkness” of post-revolutionary Mexico.

Read at Tex Libris.

Comic Creator Donates Materials to Benson

Jan. 7, 2022

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s El Peso Hero!

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce Héctor Rodríguez III’s donation of materials pertaining to his comic series, El Peso Hero.

The series was launched in 2011, when Rodríguez saw the need for more Latino representation in graphic novels. The titular superhero, whose name is Ignacio Rivera, fights to uphold justice and morality in the border region. 

Human Rights Documentation Initiative Gets Redesign

Dec. 9, 2021

The online portal for the Human Rights Documentation Initiative – a collaborative archival project aimed at preserving and promoting the use of fragile human rights records from around the world established in 2008 – has received a long-overdue upgrade to provide enhanced access to materials contained within the project's archive.

Read more at Tex Libris.

Libraries Announce Inaugural Open Education Fellows

Dec. 7, 2021

The University of Texas Libraries announces the inaugural cohort in the Open Education Fellows pilot program.

Texas Archival Resources Online Launches Redesigned Website

Nov. 29, 2021

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas Libraries and a consortium of partner institutions have completed a multi-year project to update the web portal for Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO), the principal reference site for discovering the contents of special collections and archives across the state of Texas.