James L. Novarro Digital Collection

Flyer advertising James L. Novarro’s Spanish-language radio show, La hora bautista.

The University of Houston’s US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH) announces the release of the James L. Novarro digital collection. This digital collection includes a sampling of archival photographs, flyers, posters and news clippings from the James L. Novarro Collection. Reverend Novarro, a pastor of Houston’s Kashmere Baptist Temple and state chaplain of the Political Association of Spanish-speaking Organizations (PASO), was a civil rights activist, League of the United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) member, editor of the Spanish-language newspaper El Sol, and host of the first Spanish-language and longest-running radio program, La hora bautista. This project seeks to make Novarro’s contributions to the Houston and Latino communities visible to a larger audience.

This collection is a useful teaching and research tool for educators, students, researchers and community members interested in Houston history, civil rights activism, religious studies and Latino studies. UH undergraduate student Alejandro Aguilar had the opportunity to work on this collection through the Research for Aspiring Coogs in the Humanities (REACH) program at the University of Houston. 

This digital collection is supported by US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH)/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program. The USLDH Center is a first-of-its-kind center that gives scholars expanded access to a vast collection of written materials produced by Latinas and Latinos and archived by the 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. USLDH also produces digital scholarship in the form of visualizations, datasets, digital collections and exhibits. The Center is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

Explore the James L. Novarro Collection at https://usldhrecovery.uh.edu/collections/show/31

Browse the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Digital Collections at https://usldhrecovery.uh.edu/

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