News Category: Benson Latin American Collection

21 años de paz, 21 millones de documentos: Una reflexión sobre el portal digital del Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional

April 25, 2018

Por Hannah Alpert-Abrams

Traducido por Susanna Sharpe

¿Cómo le hacemos para entender 80 millones de páginas de documentos históricos?

Esta pregunta es de naturaleza filosófica. Se trata del poder de la mente para asimilar un número tan grande de documentos. El Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (AHPN), en la Ciudad de Guatemala, contiene unos 80 millones de documentos, que abarcan unos 135 años de la historia de la Policía Nacional.

AILLA Awarded NEH Grant for Endangered Language Project

April 9, 2018

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded a Documenting Endangered Languages Preservation Grant of $227,365 to Patience Epps and Susan Smythe Kung of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) for support of their upcoming project entitled “Archiving Significant Collections of Endangered Languages: Two Multilingual Regions of Northwestern South America.”

Call for Thoma Latin American Art Scholars

March 27, 2018

In collaboration With the Thoma Foundation and the Blanton Museum of Art, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections is pleased to announce a  call  / call for proposals for the grants Thoma for Research in Virreinal Arte Latinoamericano (Thoma Visiting Scholars in Spanish Colonial Art). The Scholarships Thoma will fund short-term visits for six scholars to conduct research on South American colonial art based on a long-term loan to the Blanton by the  Carl & Marilynn Thoma Foundation . Researchers will have access to ove

Art Historian Barnitz Honored with Event, Exhibit

March 19, 2018

The Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce the acquisition of the archive of Jacqueline Barnitz (1923–2017). The life and collection of the late art historian and professor emeritus will be celebrated in the Benson’s Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room on Tuesday, March 27, at 3 p.m. Selected materials from the archive will be on view in an exhibition titled The Legacy of Jacqueline Barnitz.

Gaspar de Alba Donates Archive to Benson

Feb. 19, 2018

The Benson Latin American Collection is pleased to announce the acquisition of the Alicia Gaspar de Alba Papers. Contents include drafts of creative works such as Calligraphy of the Witch (2007), La Llorona on the Longfellow Bridge (2003), and Sor Juana’s Second Dream(1999) as well as notable academic publications like [Un]framing the “Bad Woman” (UT Press, 2014), Our Lady of Controversy (UT Press, 2011), and Making a Killing (UT Press, 2010).

Revisiting the Guatemalan Police Archive

Jan. 26, 2018

How can we process 80 million pages of historical documents?

The question is a philosophical one, about the ability of our minds to conceive of such a large number of documents. The Archivo Histórico de la Policía Nacional (Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive, AHPN) in Guatemala City contains about eighty million documents, or about 135 years of records from the National Police of Guatemala.

Event Celebrates Opening of Puga Archive

Jan. 18, 2018

Event: “Escritura y autofiguración en los diarios de María Luisa Puga” with Irma López and Patricia Puga. This event is free and open to the public. Lecture in Spanish without translation.

When: 4 p.m., Thursday, February 15, 2018.

Where: Benson Latin American Collection, 2nd floor conference room

Special Collections Lead Students to Digital Scholarship

Jan. 10, 2018

An ambitious fall semester project in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies provided the opportunity for cross-campus collaborations that brought together the Harry Ransom Center and the Benson Latin American Collection.

Melissa Guy to Lead Benson Latin American Collection

Jan. 3, 2018

Melissa Guy has been named Nettie Lee Benson Librarian and Director. Guy has served as Head of Collection Development for the Benson since November 2015. Prior to coming to the Benson, she was the subject specialist for Latin American and Iberian Studies at Arizona State University Libraries.

Up All Night: Relaciones Geográficas Take a Road Trip

Nov. 30, 2017

A librarian and two truckers are on a mission. They will travel for 27 hours, through four states, and at least one of them won’t get much sleep. Their journey involves high-security cargo, a climate-controlled 18-wheeler, and some rare documents from the 16th century. There will be truck stop food, photos with Snapchat filters to document the trip, and, by the end, an invitation to a wedding.