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The Latin American Collections in the Special & Area Studies Collections Department, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida are proud to announce the online launch of the Diario de Pernambuco, starting with the first issue on November 7, 1825 through March 1863.
The Diario de Pernambuco is acknowledged as the oldest newspaper in circulation in Latin America. The issues from 1825-1923 offer insights into early Brazilian commerce, social affairs, politics, family life, slavery, and such. Published in the port of Recife, Brazil, the Diario contains numerous announcements of maritime movements, crop production, legal affairs, and cultural matters. The 19th century includes reporting on the rise of Brazilian nationalism as the Empire gave way to the earliest expressions of the Brazilian republic. The 1910s and 1920s are years of economic and artistic change, with surging exports of sugar and coffee pushing revenues and allowing for rapid expansions of infrastructure, popular expression, and national politics.
See the Diario de Pernambuco in the UF Smathers Libraries’ South American Digital Collections here: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/AA00011611
The Diario de Pernambuco is held by very few libraries, and only on microfilm, making it difficult to conduct research and even to access this important publication. Recognizing this critical need, Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections at UF, proposed and was awarded funding to conduct the first phase of this project. The first phase of the digital project to digitize the Diario de Pernambuco is now complete with the first issue from November 7, 1825 through March 1863 now all openly online for worldwide access. The Latin American Collection has submitted a proposal for funding a second phase of this important project.
Funding for the digitization of Diario de Pernambuco provided by LAMP (formerly known as the Latin American Microform Project), which is coordinated by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Global Resources Network. Ongoing support for the open, full, and free online access and permanent digital preservation provided by the UF Smathers Libraries.
Note: The functionalities and features of the [UF Digital Collections or Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)] are supported using the UF-developed SobekCM software. SobekCM is released as open source software under the GNU GPL license and can be downloaded from the SobekCM Software Download Site: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/software. To learn more about the technologies, please visit the SobekCM page: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/sobekcm.]
Richard Phillips, Head of the Latin American Collections, firstname.lastname@example.org, 352-273-2746
Laurie Taylor, UF Digital Collections, Laurien@ufl.edu, 352-273-2902
- Adán Benavides
Adán Benavides retired from the University of Texas Libraries on December 22, 2012, ending a career that spanned parts of three decades. His departure marks the end of an era; he was the last member of the Benson Collection’s professional staff directly influenced by Miss Benson, herself.
As Librarian for Special Programs, Adán was the embodiment of the often-used library requirement to “perform other tasks as assigned.” He was a very successful grant writer, a skilled publicist and an underappreciated development officer. He received two grants from the NEH, totaling nearly $500,000, that preserved Mexican newspapers on microfilm and through film sales, established the nucleus of a Benson preservation fund. The quality of Adán’s work was recognized by his peers and awarded by both his employer and professional organizations.
While he became a jack of many trades, Adán resisted the pressure to become a generalist. His Hispanic heritage and historical training underlay an abiding interest and deep knowledge of early Texas and the Southwest, a body of expertise impossible to replace. Although never gainfully employed as a historian, Adán never lost a historian’s appreciation for the importance of bringing documentation to light. His monumental The Bexar Archives (1717-1836): A Name Guide, published in 1989, remains an essential tool for researchers. Adán also conceived the project which became Primeros libros, recognized as a model for presentation of rare materials in digital formats.
Adán joined SALALM immediately upon his appointment to the Benson Collection. Vocal in the organization’s deliberations and active in its committees, he was elected to a term as Member-at-Large of SALALM’s Executive Board in 2009.
Adán left a number of marks on the profession: influencing colleagues, producing scholarship, serving SALALM. He left the Benson Collection a stronger institution than he found it. We think Nettie Lee would be pleased with Adán’s work, although we doubt that she would have told him so.
David Block and Margo Gutierrez
Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
University of Texas, Austin
- William Spratling, whose work is the main focus of the Taxco exhibit.
On January 17, 2013, Tulane’s Newcomb Art Gallery opened a new trio of exhibits that showcase Mexican art and artists. An article about the upcoming show appears in Tulane’s New Wave.
Jewelry designs by William Spratling, Margot van Voorhies Carr, Sigfrido Pineda, Fredrick Davis, and Los Castillo were selected by New Orleans designer, Mignon Faget, from the Latin American Library’s Spratling-Taxco Collection to comprise one of the three exhibits. The exhibits will be on view until March 3. The Newcomb show will present an opportunity to see some interesting and beautiful works that one does not ordinarily see very often. If you have a chance, please stop by the Newcomb Art Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana this spring.
HAPI is excited to announce that it is now compatible with the open source citation manager Zotero.
Zotero software is a research tool that allows for the storage, organization and analysis of citations using Firefox browsers or using Zotero Standalone connectors to Chrome and Safari browsers. These citations can be exported as formatted references for notes and bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, Chicago, etc.). The software can be used online and offline, and is compatible with Microsoft Word. Zotero was developed by the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, funded by the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Many thanks go to Sebastian Karcher (PhD, Northwestern University), who very generously created a Zotero translator for HAPI. This translator allows for metadata from HAPI to be exported directly into your Zotero library. In addition to the main bibliographic information from HAPI (title, author, journal, etc.) that export to Zotero, HAPI subject headings and additional descriptors appear as tags in the item record.
Also, we would like to thank Jesus Alonso-Regalado (University at Albany, SUNY) and Alison Hicks (University of Colorado, Boulder) for their efforts in bringing this project to fruition.
More information about Zotero, including how to download the software, visit the Zotero website or contact me via e-mail email@example.com or by phone (310) 825-1057.
I am glad to announce that the Manuscripts Division of the Princeton University Library has recently added the papers of Mexican playwright, journalist, novelist, screenwriter, and essayist Vicente Leñero (1933- ) to its extensive collection of archives of Latin American writers and intellectuals.
Leñero published his first collection of short stories, La polvareda, y otras cuentos in 1959, winning first prize in the Concurso Nacional del Cuento Universitario for the collection’s eponymous story. Four years later, in 1963, Leñero was awarded the Premio Biblioteca Breve for his novel, Los albañiles, which he later adapted for the stage. In subsequent decades, Leñero has produced a critically acclaimed and expansive body of work, including novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts and essays. Although he evolved independent of any specific literary circle, as co-founder of the magazine Proceso, Leñero’s place as a leading intellectual in Mexico is undisputed. He is also considered one of Mexico’s most important playwrights of the twentieth century. In later years Leñero has written prodigiously for Mexican cinema, and his credits include La ley de Herodes (1999), El crímen del Padre Amaro (2003), Fuera del cielo (2006), and Desde dentro (2012).
The Vicente Leñero Papers represent Leñero’s work as a playwright, screenwriter, novelist, and essayist from the late 1950s to the present day. The majority of materials consist of typed and autograph manuscripts of novels, plays, screenplays, television scripts and essays. The notebooks provide access to the earlier stages of some of Leñero’s published or performed works, and feature poems, drawings, ephemera and personal notes as well. In addition to the manuscripts there is a sizeable amount of correspondence from friends and professional associates, including letters from José Emilio Pacheco and Subcomandante Marcos of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN), and printed material highlighting Leñero’s early days as a writer.
A detailed finding aid created by SALALM colleague Jill Baron is available at http://findingaids.princeton.edu/collections/C1424.
Feel free to contact me or the Manuscripts Division for additional information about this collection.
Princeton University Library
This article, published by the Universidad de Concepción, discusses an upcoming exchange between the Duke Libraries and several university libraries in Chile. The exchange will bring five librarians from Chile to Duke in March and April 2012 and four librarians from Duke to Chile in May 2012. All of the Chilean universities are in the Maule region which was affected by the earthquake last year. The exchange was arranged by our University Librarian, Deborah Jakubs with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. I hope to report on the exchange at the Section meeting of LASA in May. If you have questions or suggestions for our Chilean colleagues, let me know.
Please visit http://pudl.princeton.edu/collections/pudl0025 to search Princeton’s extensive and growing collection of Latin American posters. The posters included in this digital project were created by a wide variety of social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, and other types of organizations across Latin America, in order to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and services. Even though posters produced in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, and Venezuela are the most abundant among the more than two thousand currently available on the site, almost every country in the region is represented. In terms of topics, some of the best represented are human rights, elections, gender issues, indigenous issues, labor, ecology and environmental issues, development, public health, and education. The Latin American Posters Collection is a component of the larger collection of Latin American ephemera that Princeton University Library has developed since the 1970s. Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions about the collection.
I am glad to announce that all of the finding aids to our most recent collections of Latin American ephemera are now up (they correspond to Supplement VI of the Princeton University Library’s Microfilm Collection). You will find below a list with the title of every collection linked to its corresponding finding aid. Each finding aid includes a general description and an itemized inventory of the contents of the collection. Please note that all of our finding aids can be cross searched using the search interface at http://diglib.princeton.edu/ead/advancedSearch.
You will also note that we included runs of a handful of stand-alone serial titles. Finding aids are not available for those.
In case that it’s of interest, I am attaching a narrative description of the overall collection that I prepared a while ago. All of the collections are available through interlibrary loan or for purchase. Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.
- Brazilian Catholic Church pamphlets, III, 1935-1994 [This last one is an older collection which had not been previously distributed. A finding aid isn’t available, but Worldcat record is highly detailed.]
- Jornal dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, 1997-2008
- El Punto Final, 1998-2008
- El Siglo, 1997-2008
Colombia and Venezuela
- El Caimán Barbudo, 1988-2007
- La Tribuna de La Habana, 1988-1989
Mexico and Central America
The Latin American Library at Tulane University is pleased to announce the publication of the collection guide for the Spratling-Taxco Collection: http://lal.tulane.edu/collections/manuscripts/spratling
The Spratling-Taxco Collection consists of original silver design drawings for jewelry, sketches for book illustrations, photographs, taped and videotaped interviews of silver designers and silversmiths, prints portfolios, two watercolor paintings, and other material documenting the work of William Spratling and other major figures in Mexico’s modern silver and crafts industry, including Chato, Coco, Miguel, and Antonio Castillo (Los Castillo), Margot van Voorhies Carr (d. 1985), Frederick W. Davis (1880-1961), and Sigfrido Pineda (b. 1929), from the 1930s to the present. For access, contact the Director of the Latin American Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For descriptions of other special collections holdings at the Latin American Library, visit: http://lal.tulane.edu/collections
James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, unveiled the first phase of the online exhibit “Distant Neighbors: The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution” in the Hispanic Reading Room on May 23, 2011. H.E. Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., greeted the assembled audience.
Georgette Dorn, Chief of the Hispanic Division, then moderated a panel featuring three specialists in Mexico who gave presentations on Mexico’s 1810 and 1910 revolutions. Barbara Tenenbaum (Hispanic Division) described “Finding the Mexican Revolution at the Library of Congress,” Roberto Breña (El Colegio de Mexico) spoke about “The Mexican Independence Process in the Atlantic Context,” and John Tutino (Georgetown University) addressed “National Commemorations, Scholarly Debates, and Public Conversations.”
Carlos González Manterola, coordinator of the 10-volume monographic series 20/10 Memorias de la revoluciones en México presented the work to the Library and discussed the project.
The online exhibit is being prepared by Barbara Tenenbaum, Everette Larson (Head of the Hispanic Reading Room), and Juan Manuel Pérez (Reference Specialist).
Library of Congress