CLIR Announces 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

***Reposted from: Smith, Kathlin. “CLIR Announces 2020 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards.” Council on Library and Information Resources. 31 March 2021. https://www.clir.org/2021/03/clir-announces-2020-digitizing-hidden-special-collections-and-archives-awards/ Please visit full list of projects and summaries the abstract for Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage’s Periodicals in the US-Mexico Border Region. Washington, DC, March 31, 2021—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the award of $4.02 million to fund 16 digitization projects through the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program. Twenty-eight institutions located in nineteen U.S. states and one U.S. territory will be involved in the projects covering subjects ranging from hip hop, fashion, and public media to plant specimens and whale reproduction. See the full list of projects and summaries at https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/funded-projects/. This is the sixth group of projects supported by the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, which is generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Digitizing …

Celebrating Women’s History Month

Amplify Your Library with Women Centric Writings “El feminismo no es nuevo”: Las crónicas de Clotilde Betances Jaeger by Clotilde Betances Jaeger  Edited by María Teresa Vera-Rojas  “Every woman who gets accustomed to the yoke of marriage remains a slave,” Clotilde Betances Jaeger wrote in an article published in 1929. This revolutionary idea, which scandalized society at the time of its publication, reflects her passionate ideas in this collection of essays and articles that shines a light on the women’s movement in the first half of the twentieth century in New York’s Hispanic community.  Clotilde Betances Jaeger was a Puerto Rican feminist, writer and intellectual who, in addition to championing women’s rights, advocated for racial equality, education rights and Puerto Rican independence. She questioned the role of the church, reflected on marriage and highlighted women’s roles in education, the economy and politics. Her writing was a call to arms, encouraging women to fight for their emancipation: “Woman, mother, wife, daughter, alone you have …

2020-2021 Research Assistants and Interns

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Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Heritage welcomes its 2020-2021 Research Assistants (RAs), undergraduate interns and volunteers.* RAs, interns and volunteers gain specialized training with regard to archives, archival scanning, document preservation, description protocols, metadata creation, databases, archival research, data curation and digital humanities platforms. Graduate Student Research Assistants Roselia Bañuelos, MSW/PhD student, Graduate College of Social Work. “What I’m most looking forward to at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program is being part of a project that is resurrecting the voices of our ancestors. I believe that life is created by the stories we share and what an honor to be part of a project that is revisiting history so we may have a more complete story to our beginnings.” Chris Flakus, MFA student, Creative Writing-Fiction. “As a long time admirer of Arte Publico Press, I am thrilled to begin working as a Research Assistant with this unique and culturally …

Houston-Based Arts Organizations Partner to Celebrate Latino Roots

Houston, TX—Arte Público Press and the Alley Theatre are collaborating to celebrate Latino storytelling in a series of online events during Hispanic Heritage Month. Each week from September 15 to October 15, Alley Theatre staff members will read an Arte Público Press bilingual children’s book for the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans’ (AAMA) Early Childhood Development Center; links to the virtual readings will be available to the larger community via both groups’ social media sites. To support and enhance the impact of this project, Arte Público Press, the University of Houston-based publisher of Hispanic literature, is offering supporters a special 50% discount off these books for donation to AAMA’s school or the school of their choice. Orders can be placed by phone (800-633-ARTE), email (bkorders@uh.edu) or fax (713-743-2847). Dates for the live readings and books to be read are: September 18 – My Big Sister / Mi hermana …

Leonor Villegas de Magnón: Entre Balas y Rugidos

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We invite you to explore the new digital exhibit, “Entre Balas y Rugidos” (available in English and Spanish) that explores the various roles of Leonor Villegas de Magnón during the Mexican Revolution, her indispensability to the cause, and her wider significance in history. These digital exhibits were created by Melinda Mejia, an instructor of English and Humanities at Houston Community College. Mejía worked on the Villegas de Magnón archive during the Spring 2020 semester. La Rebelde Villegas de Magnón (1876-1955), known as “La Rebelde,” was a supporter of the revolutionary efforts and founded La Cruz Blanca Constitucionalista in 1913, an organization of nurses formed in 1913 to treat those injured in the fighting. Aware of the importance that women were playing in the Revolution, Villegas de Magnón hired a photographer to document their historical role. “Exploring the life and legacy of Leonor Villegas de Magnón through the rich collection of …

2020 USLDH Mellon-Funded Grants-in-Aid Projects

The University of Houston US Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH) program is a digital scholarship/research undertaking to provide training and research on US Latino recovered materials. The Andrew W. Mellon-funded USLDH Grants-in-Aid program is designed to provide a stipend to scholars for research and development of digital scholarship in the form of a digital publication and/or a digital project. Visit the call for the 2021-2022 round of Grants-in-Aid on our website: https://artepublicopress.com/recovery-program/grantsinaid/ The Enriqueta Vásquez Digital History Project Enriqueta Vásquez, a central figure in the Chicano Movement in New Mexico and other localities, contributed to the movement’s publication El Grito del Norte and served as a voice for land struggles, Indigenous rights and the preservation of cultural heritage. However, no major institution has collected her archive. The project seeks to gather and preserve her work and stories through a digital archive for sharing with the general public through the Chicana Por …

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Calling All Latino Authors…Children’s Book Award Celebrates Latino Talent

Houston, TX— Generations of Hispanic children in US schools had to do without books reflecting their culture and heritage. In 2019, according to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 225 of the 4,029 children’s books published were written by Latinos; only 235 were about Latinos. In an effort to fill that gap, Arte Público Press is accepting children’s book manuscripts to be considered for the Salinas de Alba Award for Latino Children’s Literature.  The award seeks to address the need for more culturally relevant, bilingual reading materials for Hispanic children by encouraging more authors to create for this growing audience.  The award will be given annually to one manuscript for a children’s picture book. Manuscripts can be submitted all year long.  Winners will receive a cash award of $5,000 and publication of their book. Each year’s winner will be announced shortly before the publication of the book. Children’s book entries …

Annual Inventory

It is time for our annual inventory. Our fulfillment department will be closed Monday, 8/24/2020, thru Monday, 8/31/2020. Please place your orders by Thursday, August 20. It is time for our annual inventory. Our fulfillment department will be closed Monday, 8/24/2020, thru Monday, 8/31/2020. Please place your orders by Thursday, August 20.

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News release: APP Digital

With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the 2019-2020 Manifold Digital Services Pilot Program, Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage announce the launch of Arte Público Digital (APP Digital). The Manifold platform displays iterative texts, powerful annotation tools, rich media, and robust community dialogue, transforming scholarly publications into interactive digital works. In 2019, Manifold selected the University of Houston’s (UH) Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage as one of ten groups to participate in the second round of its pilot program. The first full manuscript published on APP Digital is Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, Volume I, edited by Ramón Gutiérrez and Genaro Padilla. First published in 1993, this volume was the first anthology on recovered literature scholarship produced by the Recovery Program, laying the foundation for what would become the premier center for research on Latino documentary history in the United States. …

News Release: Mellon-USLDH Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Linda García Merchant joins Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage as The Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in US Latino Digital Humanities. García Merchant will support pedagogy, training, and projects in the Digital Humanities. In 2019, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded to the University of Houston (UH) a grant to establish a first-of-its-kind US Latino Digital Humanities Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The program will give scholars expanded access to a vast collection of written materials produced by Latinos and archived by the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (“Recovery”) program and UH’s Arte Público Press, the nation’s largest publisher of contemporary and recovered literature by Hispanic authors from the United States. García Merchant will build on her experience as co-founder of the national digital project, Chicana Por Mi Raza Digital Memory Collective (CPMR) and as an instructor of Digital Humanities. …