Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

LLILAS Benson Is Awarded $700,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

Tue, January 14, 2020
LLILAS Benson Is Awarded $700,000 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant

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LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections was awarded a grant of $700,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a proposal titled “Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Community.”

“Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Community” builds upon a 2017 Mellon grant that funds work with Latin American partner organizations, supporting their ability to preserve and provide access to vulnerable archives in situ, without removing them from their original context of creation.

At the same time, the funding supports the institutionalization at LLILAS Benson and the University of Texas Libraries of “post-custodial archival praxis,” a practice that utilizes digital technologies to facilitate preservation, access, teaching, and research, in ways that serve not only the scholarly research community but also individuals and communities working to protect and support cultural agency, social justice, and human rights.

The grant will allow LLILAS Benson to continue to develop and deepen work collaborations with a network of Latin American partner organizations. These partnerships are rooted in a shared commitment to the preservation of and access to vulnerable Latin American archival collections. The organizations are:*

  • Archivo Judicial del Estado de Puebla and Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (Puebla, Mexico);
  • Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica (CIRMA, Antigua, Guatemala);
  • Equipe de Articulação e Assessoria às Comunidades Negras do Vale do Ribeira (EAACONE) and Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) (Eldorado, Brazil);
  • Museo de la Palabra y la Imagen (MUPI, San Salvador, El Salvador);
  • Proceso de Comunidades Negras (PCN, Buenaventura, Colombia); and
  • Centro de la Memoria Monseñor Gerardi de la Oficina de Derechos Humanos del Arzobispado de Guatemala (ODHAG, Guatemala City, Guatemala).

The current partners were identified by UT faculty and doctoral students who had developed close research and working relationships with these organizations over time, as well as through an earlier Mellon planning grant received in 2014. The current grant will be overseen by PI Virginia Garrard, director of LLILAS Benson and professor of history and religious studies; and managed by members of the LLILAS Benson Digital Initiatives team, including Latin American Metadata Librarian Itza Carbajal; Digital Processing Archivist David Bliss; Digital Scholarship Coordinator Albert Palacios; and Head of Digital Initiatives Theresa Polk.

“The Mellon award brings together perfectly the synergies of digital scholarship, collaborative archiving, and the strong, horizontal relationships with our partners that makes LLILAS Benson’s innovative partnerships in post-custodial archiving possible,” said Garrard.

For more information, contact Susanna Sharpe.


*English-language names of partner institutions are as follows: Judicial Archive of the State of Puebla and Benemérita Autonomous University of Puebla (Puebla, Mexico); Center for Mesoamerican Regional Research (CIRMA, Antigua, Guatemala); Team for Articulation and Assessment of Black Communities of the Ribeira Valley (EAACONE) and Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA) (Eldorado, Brazil); Museum of the Word and the Image (MUPI, San Salvador, El Salvador); Process of Black Communities (PCN, Buenaventura, Colombia); and Monseñor Gerardi Center of Memory of the Human Rights Office of the Archbishop of Guatemala (ODHAG, Guatemala City, Guatemala).

 

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