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Latina/o Library Resources: Latino Special Collections

A guide for studying Latinos/as at the UIUC Library

Benson Collection

Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection

The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, a unit of the University of Texas Libraries, is a specialized research library focusing on materials from and about Latin America and on materials relating to Latinos in the United States. Named in honor of its former director (who served from 1942 to 1975), the Nettie Lee Benson Collection contains more than a million books, periodicals and pamphlets, 2,500 linear feet of manuscripts, 19,000 maps, 21,000 microforms, 11,500 broadsides, 93,500 photographs and 38,000 items in a variety of other media (sound recordings, drawings, video tapes and cassettes, slides, transparencies, posters, memorabilia and electronic media).

 

Benson Oral History Archives


The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is partnering with oral history nonprofit organization StoryCorps to archive its immense collection of audio interviews with Latino subjects.  The Benson will maintain the only complete archive of Historias interviews apart from the comprehensive StoryCorps archive at the Library of Congress.

 

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