Benson Latin American Collection

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[United States] [Austin, TX] The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, includes collection information, online resources and guides, and online exhibits, with versions in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

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Address

Benson Latin American Collection

Sid Richardson Hall 1.108

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX 78713-8916

Language(s)

English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Hours

Library Hours - Benson Latin American Collection All Spring Intersession (May 16 - May 30, 2012) All Summer (May 31 - August 13, 2012)

Benson Latin American Collection: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 2-10 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Closed Tuesday, May 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Email & IM See: www.lib.utexas.edu/ask

Hours are subject to change without notice.

Contact Information

Main Office Phone: 512-495-4520

Circulation Desk: 512-495-4522

Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room: 512-495-4578

FAX: 512-495-4568

Email: blac@lib.utexas.edu

Holdings

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. Latin America is here defined to include Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean island nations, South America, and areas of the United States during the period they were a part of the Spanish Empire or Mexico. Named in honor of its former director (1942-1975), the Nettie Lee Benson Collection contains over 970,000 books, periodicals, pamphlets, and microforms; 4,000 linear feet of manuscripts; 19,000 maps; 11,500 broadsides; 93,500 photographs; and 50,000 items in a variety of other media (sound recordings, drawings, video tapes and cassettes, slides, transparencies, posters, memorabilia, and electronic media). Periodical titles are estimated at over 40,000 with 8,000 currently received titles and over 3,000 newspaper titles. Initially endowed with a superb collection of rare books and manuscripts relating to Mexico, the Benson Collection now maintains important holdings for all countries of Latin America with special concentrations on the countries of the Río de la Plata, Brazil, Chile, Peru, and Central America. The Mexican American Library Program, a department of the collection established in 1974, has gathered extensive research materials in all subject areas related to the U.S. Southwest and Latino culture in the U.S. In sum, the book collection of the Benson Collection represents approximately ten percent of all of the volumes in the University of Texas Libraries, the fifth largest academic library in the United States. While the purchase of private libraries laid the foundation for the Benson Collection, the acquisition of current publications is now the major factor in its growth. Researchers from the U.S. and abroad have been attracted to this remarkable resource through the last eight decades, coming to consult materials accumulated from all parts of the world, in many languages, dating from the fifteenth century to the present.

Research procedures

Access

The Benson Latin American Collection provides tours and class presentations to interested individuals and groups by appointment. In addition several library orientations/tours are offered at the beginning of the fall semester. Contact Margo Gutiérrez to schedule a tour or presentation or to inquire about upcoming orientations. (Margo Gutiérrez, phone: 512-495-4589) Those people interested in learning about database searching are encouraged to attend Electronic Information Classes offered through the University of Texas Libraries.

Permitted and prohibited items

Generally, digital photography is allowed in the Benson Collection. However, no flash is allowed and please turn off all camera noises so as not to disturb other patrons. In the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room, please request permission from staff before photocopying or photographing any material, as special copyright or preservation restrictions may apply. No scanning is allowed in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room due to considerations of preservation and intellectual property rights.

  • Permitted:Generally, digital photography is allowed in the Benson Collection. However, no flash is allowed and please turn off all camera noises so as not to disturb other patrons. In the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room, please request permission from staff before photocopying or photographing any material, as special copyright or preservation restrictions may apply.

Document ordering and delivery

In some instances we are able to provide duplication services upon request. See our fee schedule for charges associated with these services. Requests may be directed to our reference mailbox email.

Photocopying, photography, microfilming

Photocopy machines are available in the Benson Collection on the first, second, and fourth floors as well as in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room. Copiers only accept UT campus copy cards. However, there is a vending machine for copy cards located on the first floor of the library, next to the circulation desk. Copies are thirteen cents per page. Some of the materials held by the Benson Latin American Collection are allowed to circulate outside of the library. Students, staff and faculty of the University of Texas at Austin may borrow these materials using their UT identification card. Visitors not affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin may wish to consult the following page for information about borrowing library materials. Library use only materials can be held at users' request at the Circulation Desk for five days.

Key individuals

Director: Charles R. Hale

Assistant to the Head Librarian for Research Programs: Adán Benavides

Librarian for U.S. Latina/o Studies: Margo Gutiérrez

Latin American Studies Bibliographer, Associate Director: David Block

Archivist: Christian Kelleher

Reference, Instruction and Outreach Librarian: Adrian Johnson

Human Rights Archivist: T-Kay Sangwand

Practicalities

The Benson Latin American Collection provides tours and class presentations to interested individuals and groups by appointment. In addition several library orientations/tours are offered at the beginning of the fall semester. Contact Margo Gutiérrez to schedule a tour or presentation or to inquire about upcoming orientations. (Margo Gutiérrez, phone: 512-495-4589) Those people interested in learning about database searching are encouraged to attend Electronic Information Classes offered through the University of Texas Libraries.

See Also

Finding Guides in Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection in the Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO): http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/browse/browse_lac1.html

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