A New Spain, 1521-1821 is composed of selections from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Special Collection, LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, The University of Texas at Austin, and contributions from the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, the University of Texas-El Paso.

Thanks to a US Department of Education Title VI grant, the LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship and Public Engagement offices, in collaboration with the University of Texas-El Paso, were able to develop accompanying exhibition programming:

The exhibition was organized by Albert A. Palacios, LLILAS Benson Digital Scholarship Coordinator and Doctoral Candidate at the Department of History, The University of Texas at Austin, with contributions from Abbie Weiser, Assistant Head of the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department, The University of Texas-El Paso.

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The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is one of the premier libraries in the world for Latin America and Latina/o Studies, proudly marking its centennial in 2021. In partnership with the Teresa Lozano Long Institute for Latin American Studies (LLILAS), the Benson is a global destination for research and study, with over a million volumes as well as a wealth of original manuscripts, photographs and various media related to Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean and Latina/Latino presence in the United States. The year 2021 marks the centennial of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection! We invite you to support us as we continue to build a library for the twenty-first century through https://www.benson100.org/.

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The C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department is part of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Library. The book collections include the Chicano Collection, the Judaica Collection, the S. L. A. Marshall Military History Collection, the McCord Poetry Collection, the Southwest and Border Studies Collection, and collections of art and rare books. In addition to printed sources, the department has over 750 archival collections. These collections help document the history of far West Texas, southern New Mexico, and Chihuahua. Special Collections regularly curates exhibits in the Library, manages the Library’s art collection, and serves as the public access point for UTEP’s oral history collection. The department is named after longtime UTEP English professor and historian C.L. Sonnichsen (1901 – 1991). To learn more about the collections, visit https://www.utep.edu/library/special-collections/index.html.