This splendidly illustrated volume presents the treasures of the Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin—one of the world’s great libraries for the study of Latin America and Latinas/os in the United States.
Founded in 1921, the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin has become one of the world’s great libraries for the study of Latin America, as well as the largest university library collection of Latin American materials in the United States. Encompassing all areas of the Western Hemisphere that were ever part of the Spanish or Portuguese empires, the Benson Collection documents Latin American history and culture from the first European contacts to the current activities of Latinas/os in the United States. Scholars, students, and members of the public from around the world regularly use the multifaceted, multimedia resources of the Benson.
Showcasing the incredible depth, diversity, and history of the Benson Collection, A Library for the Americas presents rare books and manuscripts, maps, photographs, music, oral histories, art and objects dating from the early 1500s to the present. Images of and captions for these materials are paired with a series of essays and reflections by distinguished scholars of Latin American and Latina/o studies, who describe the role that the Benson Collection has played in the research and intellectual contributions that have defined their careers. As a whole, the book celebrates the remarkable place for learning that is the Benson Collection, while not shying away from larger questions about what it means to have a monumental library and archive devoted to Latin America in the United States.
- Foreword by Julianne Gilland, José Montelongo, Virginia Garrard, and lorraine j. haricombe
- Introduction: A Brief History of a Great Library, by David Block
- Latin American Collections
- 1. In Praise of the Benson Collection/Elogio de la Colección Benson, by Mauricio Tenorio
- 2. The Relaciones Geográficas, by Barbara E. Mundy
- 3. Archive in a Library: The Case of the Saint John d’El Rey Mining Company, by Richard Graham
- 4. A Walk through the Benson with Lucas Alamán, by Eric Van Young
- 5. La pasión por lo impreso: historia del Fondo Arturo Taracena Flores, by Arturo Taracena Arriola
- Latina/o Collections
- 6. The Benson as an Oppositional Borderlands Archive, by David Montejano
- 7. Printed Proof: The Cultural Politics of Ricardo and Harriett Romo’s Print Collection, by Tatiana Reinoza
- 8. Telling Treasures: The Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Archive at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, by Norma E. Cantú