Support UT's Latin American Collection during its 100th anniversary year.
Who We Are
For more than 125 years, the University of Texas Libraries has committed to building one of the greatest library collections in the world. Maintaining more than 10 million volumes and providing access to the latest digital journals, databases and web resources, the Libraries collects and preserves the finest achievements of human knowledge in support of not only research and instruction needs but also the exploration of ideas and intellectual innovation.
This year, join the Libraries as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of our Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection. Known as the “Crown Jewel Collection” of The University of Texas at Austin, the Benson is one of the premier libraries in the world for Latin America and Latina/o Studies, proudly marking its centennial in 2021.
What We’re Fundraising For
In its first 100 years, the Benson has become a global destination for research and study, with over a million volumes and 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. Help us continue this legacy by contributing to one of these endowment funds:
- Terence and Dagmar Janiel Grieder Preservation Fund
Support the preservation and stewardship of special collections materials across all formats in the Nettie Lee Benson Collection.
- Robert Charles Witt and Laura Gutierrez-Witt Library Fund for Latin America
Support the purchase of library materials in all formats for the Benson Latin American Collection.
- Janet and Jack Roberts Peruvian Fund
Support the enhancement and maintenance of the Benson’s Peruvian Studies Collection.
- Black Diaspora Archival Collection Excellence Fund
Support the enhancement of the Black Diaspora Collection Archive, a collection of works in all media related to the Black Diaspora of the Americas and the Caribbean; a collaboration of LLILAS Benson, Black Studies and the University of Texas Libraries.
By supporting any of these Benson funds, you are helping to ensure that the Benson Latin American Collection will uphold its status as the premier collection of its kind internationally, and provide the highest level of access to students, researchers, and the public for the next century and beyond.
LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections, a partnership of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, raises awareness of past and current issues that affect Latin America and U.S. Latina/o communities through its world-class collections, globalized higher education, research, international exchange, and public programs.