On Wednesday, April 24, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in Special Collections, the public is invited to celebrate the debut of a new digital collection that makes accessible more than 150 years of news coverage documenting the voice of the Mexican and Mexican American community: the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection.
Curated, researched, and digitized by librarians and archivists, in consultation with University of Arizona professors, the collection features 20 significant Mexican and Mexican American publications, many in Spanish, published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.
In addition to a preview of the collection, the debut event will also feature a panel of distinguished speakers sharing the stories and significance of these historic publications:
-Juan Manuel Calderón Jaimes, Consul of Mexico;
-Alberto Elías, owner of Old Pueblo Printers and grandson of the owner, publisher and editor of El Tucsonense;
-Arturo “Arte” Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels and grandson of the owner, publisher and editor of El Tucsonense;
-Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, UA Department of Mexican American Studies, former journalist, publisher and editor of Americas 2001 and El Corazon de Aztlan;
-Celeste González de Bustamante, Assistant Professor, UA School of Journalism; and
-Lupe Castillo, co-editor of ¡Coraje! and recipient of the 2011 YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection is publicly available to encourage discovery and scholarship by students, researchers, and community members. The publications capture the historical record of the Mexican and Mexican American community during significant times ranging from the Gadsden Purchase, the Mexican Revolution, the Great Depression and Mexican repatriation, World War II and the Bracero program, and the Chicano Civil Rights Movement. Furthermore, the materials within the collection are optimized for online information seeking and archived for long-term digital preservation.
Highlights of the collection include:
-La Estrella de Occidente, a state-run Mexican newspaper that is the earliest publication in the collection from 1855;
-El Tucsonense, the longest running Spanish Language newspaper in Tucson;
-¡Coraje!, published in Tucson by the Mexican-American Liberation Committee;
-El Independiente, a student-produced newspaper serving South Tucson published since 1976 by the UA School of Journalism and also the latest publication date in the collection, from 2004;
-Americas 2001, a magazine published in Los Angeles by Roberto Cintli Rodriguez; and
-El Pueblo, a weekly newspaper in Spanish and English published in Tucson from 1968-1969.
The idea and recognized need for this type of resource originated with student-curated exhibition in 2009. Led by a team of three librarians – Chris Kollen, Mary Feeney, and Verónica Reyesâ€ÂEscudero – the collection emerged as a collaborative research, archives, community, and digitization project supported by the University Libraries in partnership with the UA School of Journalism and UA Department of Mexican American Studies.
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, professor in the UA Department of Mexican American Studies a longtime-award-winning journalist, consulted on the project. “Throughout history,” Rodriguez notes, “Spanish-language reporting has preserved the Mexican cultural narrative in written form.” This preservation, now accessible through the Historic Mexican & Mexican American Press Collection is of significant research value to “anyone interested in the Mexican cultural narrative and the Mexican voice – the fight for their land, language, and rights.”
This unique collection is just one example of the expansive holdings within the University Libraries and Special Collections that document the culture and history, from colonial period to present, of the Borderlands of the Southwest and Northwest of Mexico. To search and learn more about the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection visit here.
The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.