Benson Latin American Collection

Curating a History of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority at UT

Sept. 9, 2021

The honorable Delta Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. was the first Black Greek-letter organization to be established at The University of Texas at Austin. Sworn in on May 16, 1959, at high noon in the Queen Anne Room, this particular group of women is dripping in legacy, poignant programs, community service, and rich history. As an archivist-in-training, with the unique opportunity to not only archive an oral history but curate it from scratch, I see it as my duty to extract the essence and diversity of these highly valuable experiences among the Delta Xi women.

Centennial Online Exhibit Celebrates Diversity of Thought in the Americas

Aug. 30, 2021

A new online exhibition, A Hemisphere of Knowledge: A Benson Centennial Exhibit, explores the implications of Martí’s words across time and cultures, using a wealth of resources available at the Benson Latin American Collection.

"The Benson at 100" Podcast Celebrates Library's Centennial

Aug. 30, 2021

In honor of the centennial of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, the library’s head of collection development, Daniel Arbino, has teamed up with Pilar Zazueta, historian and senior lecturer at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS), to create a bilingual podcast.

In Memoriam: David Block

June 24, 2021

LLILAS Benson mourns the passing of friend, scholar, and former colleague David Block III, on June 15, 2021. Block was head of the Benson Latin American Collection from 2009 until his retirement in 2014.

Read the complete memorial at: https://texlibris.lib.utexas.edu/2021/06/in-memoriam-david-block/

Benson Celebrates Centennial with Two New Online Exhibitions

April 27, 2021

Two new online exhibits expand on this year's celebration of the centennial of the Benson Latin American Collection.

¡A Viva Voz! Returns with Teatro Vivo

March 17, 2021

LLILAS Benson is thrilled to announce the return of the ¡A Viva Voz! Celebration of Latina/o Arts and Culture. The annual event, usually one of the highlights of the spring semester, was canceled in 2020 due to the recent campus closure for Covid-19.

Confessions of an Archives Convert: Reflecting on the Genaro García Collection

Feb. 12, 2021

Voluminous lists of banned or redacted books, laced with sanctimonious commentary—or, early modern Spanish “cancel culture.” The illustrated family tree of a womanizing, bald curate named Miguel Hidalgo. Op-eds fawning over every viperous protagonist of the Revolution.

New Biography Sheds Light on Author María Luisa Puga

Feb. 3, 2021

“How does one become a writer, and how does she go about building a body of creative work?”* These are questions that author Irma López seeks to answer in her latest publication, a biography of the late Mexican writer María Luisa Puga (1944–2004) titled Extraño no-amor el tuyo: María Luisa Puga, historia de una pasión.   

Interactive Exhibit Examines Spanish Colonial Bureacracy

Jan. 4, 2021

For almost three hundred years, the Spanish monarchs ruled over an expansive empire stretching from the Caribbean to the southernmost tip of South America. World history narratives situate Spain within a centuries-long clash between major powers over territory, resources, and authority in the Americas that ended with the wars of independence. However, these histories tend to devote less attention to the day-to-day processes that sustained imperial rule. My dissertation explores this question through an analysis of the underlying mechanisms that bound the people to their faraway king.

NEH, UK Grants Fund AI Transcription Project

Jan. 4, 2021

Game-changing innovations that use artificial intelligence (AI) tools will improve access to Indigenous and Spanish colonial archives. “Unlocking the Colonial Archive: Harnessing Artificial Intelligence for Indigenous and Spanish American Historical Collections” is a collaborative project led by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at The University of Texas at Austin, the Digital Humanities Hub at Lancaster University, and Liverpool John Moores University.