Community Archiving

Community Archiving

Community archiving extends from the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program’s (Recovery) mission to locate, preserve and make available the legacy of Latinas and Latinos in the United States. The program invites community members to preserve their memories through digitization. Community members will receive high-quality digital scans to keep and share. Those interested in donating their archives may choose to donate just digital copies and keep their physical collections or donate the physical collections. Donors have the opportunity to participate in the archiving process, including determining the collection name, access (public/private), description and digital projects.

LULAC Council 6O Community Archiving Event

Date & time:

Saturday, December 3, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


Morales Radio Hall, 111 N. Ennis Houston, TX 77003 (free parking)

What to expect

Welcome Table: You will be greeted and given the opportunity to introduce us to your collection.

Check In Station: We will discuss the preservation options for your materials with you.

Digitization Station: Next is the exciting part! We will begin scanning your materials.

Recording Station: After materials are scanned we will record your voice as you describe  items (dates, locations and names of people). Don't have this information? That's ok! Any memories you have about the item are important, too.

Check Out Station: We will save copies on a flash drive for you to take home and share with friends and family. At this station, you can pick up your materials and fill out an exit survey.

While your materials are being scanned, there is plenty to see and do! 

Ask an Archivist Station: Your chance to ask questions about preserving your family collection!

Community Map Station: Tell us a story about a special place in Houston and put a pin on our Community Map! So many of our memories are tied to specific places, from schools to churches, and parks to dance halls. Add your memories and help us preserve these stories!

Pop-up Exhibits: Browse our digital display and pop-up exhibits featuring the Alonso S. Perales Collection, Lolita Guerrero Collection, Emilio Sarabia and more!

Raffle: Enter for a chance to win an Arte Público Press Civil Rights Book Basket or Piñata Books Children's Basket.

Refreshments will be provided. 

To inquire about this event, please e-mail:

To download the event flyer, click here.


This event is sponsored by Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage/US Latino Digital Humanities Center (USLDH), The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage at Rare Book School and LULAC Council 60.