Post-Custodial Archiving Project Concludes with Workshop and Symposium
A bilingual workshop and symposium took place on Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13, at the Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin, marking the completion of “Post-Custodial Archival Development and Digital Scholarship: Learning from Latin America,” a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
“Post-Custodial Archival Development and Digital Scholarship: Learning from Latin America” is an 18-month project whose goal was to boost archival development and enable collaboration between Latin American studies scholars and archivists, and to identify collections with potential for high scholarly impact. The project was carried out by LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections of The University of Texas at Austin, along with Latin American partners and the University of Texas Libraries.
The project culminated with a two-day event titled “Learning from Latin America: A Digital Archives Workshop and Symposium.” The workshop, held Nov. 12, was a closed meeting for project participants from The University of Texas at Austin and partner institutions in Latin America. The symposium, held the following day, was open to the public and included roundtable sessions focusing on documenting armed conflict and human rights, documenting the African diaspora in the Americas, and new visions for the use of archival materials in scholarship and community activism.
The workshop and symposium mark the launch of LADI, the Latin American Digital Initiatives digital archive, located online at http://ladi.lib.utexas.edu/ (English) and http://ladi.lib.utexas.edu/es/Inicio (Spanish).
A full program, including names of symposium participants, can be found at bit.ly//Learning_from_Latin_America (case-sensitive link).
For further information about LADI, contact Theresa Polk, archivist, Benson Latin American Collection, at firstname.lastname@example.org.