Benson Collections

The Benson Latin American Collection has been acquiring materials from and about Latin America and the Caribbean for nearly a century. Archival collections listed here were acquired collaboratively with the BDA or prior to the BDA’s founding, and may be of interest.

Latin American Digital Initiatives Repository:  The Latin American Digital Initiatives (LADI) repository is a collaborative project that preserves and provides digital access to unique archival documents from a network of Latin American partners with an emphasis on collections documenting human rights issues and underrepresented communities.

Photographs from Spaces of Black Performativity: The Samba Rock Culture in São Paulo Exhibition: This photo exhibition was created for the Spaces of Black Performativity: São Paulo symposium and exhibition presented by the Brazil Center of the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin in November 2012.

Photographs from Olhar de Tambor/The Drum’s View Photography Exhibition, 2010: This exhibition was presented by the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin from March 19–April 6, 2008 as a part of the UT-Didá Project. The UT-Didá Project was a collaborative program between The University of Texas at Austin and Didá Educational and Cultural Organization located in Salvador, Brazil.

Tony Gleaton Photograph Collection: The Tony Gelaton Photograph Collection consists of photographs taken by American photographer Tony Gleaton during his time in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Bolivia, and other Latin American countries in the 1980s and 1990s. The photographs in this collection were exhibited at the Benson Latin American Collection from February-April 2013 as part of Tengo Casi 500 Años: Africa’s Legacy in Mexico, Central and South America.

I.L. Maduro Jr. Photographs, 1904-1914: Photographic prints of Panama during the canal excavation.

Saint John d’El Rey Mining Company Records, 1830-1985: Organizational records of the British-owned Saint John d’El Rey (São João d’el Rey) Mining Company in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

J.E. Shaw Papers on Panama Canal Builders, 1907-1945: Correspondence, canal builders lists, photographs and postcards, and other documents from the construction of the Panama Canal.

Collection of Manuscripts Relating to Slavery in Colombia, 1779-1852: Edicts and other historical manuscripts documenting slavery, manumission, and related subjects in Colombia.

Romo Collection of Mexican American Art Prints, 1981-2014: Collection of original Mexican American silkscreens, lithographs, and other art prints. Many prints were produced at Self-Help Graphics studio in Los Angeles, CA and Coronado Studios in Austin, TX.

Lorry Salcedo-Mitrani Photograph Collection, 1985-1995: 23 photographic prints from Lorry Salcedo-Mitrani’s portfolio “Africa’s Legacy: Photographs in Brazil and Peru.”