PUL honors Hispanic Heritage Month
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Princeton University Library (PUL) highlights the following e-resources, research guides and library news items that speak to the contributions of Hispanic leaders and communities.
Did you know? According to a recent article published in College & Research Libraries, “Princeton University Library (PUL) ranks as the third academic library in the U.S. for holdings in Latin American Indigenous languages, behind Tulane University and the University of Texas.
PUL leads the Ivy League with over 850 items in languages such as Quechua, Nahuatl, Guaraní, Zapotec, Maya, Mapudungun, and Aymara. The collections include books, periodicals, manuscripts, and ephemera, many of which exist in no other library in the world.” more
The Latin American Ephemera Collection contains thousands of digitized pamphlets, brochures, flyers, posters, placards and other printed items created since the last quarter of the 20th century by a wide variety of social activists, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, political parties, public policy think tanks, and other types of organizations across Latin America, in order to publicize their views, positions, agendas, policies, events, and activities. The vast majority are rare, hard-to-find primary sources unavailable elsewhere.
Inside “Universal vocabulario en latín y en romance, vol. I” by Alfonso Fernández de Palencia were a pair of pages that didn’t quite fit. Scheide Librarian and Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections, Rare Books, and Manuscripts Eric White worked with Dr. Cinthia María Hamlin, an Argentine philologist after her visit to Princeton in 2018 to help solve the mystery of a 15th century Spanish-Latin dictionary. The discovery has been deemed in the Spanish press as one that “changes the history of lexicography.”
In fall 2020, PUL’s Inclusive Description Working Group sought to identify 82 unnamed women in the Latin America manuscripts collections, including María del Rosario Páez de Llamosas, the daughter of José Antonio Páez, former Venezuelan president and military leader who fought for Venezuela's independence from Spain, and Josefina Lozano, the mother of Octavio Paz (1914-1988), a renowned Mexican poet.
Nicole Legnani, assistant professor of Spanish & Portuguese knew her graduate seminar on colonial Spanish literature and the works of Sor Juana Inéz de la Cruz might not be possible if students could not physically visit PUL’s Special Collections to examine its rare and exquisite 17th-century editions of the writer’s works. She worked closely with Special Collections staff to digitize course-related materials including 16 early-printed books and several manuscript items so she could teach her class virtually.
Acquisitions by the Graphic Arts Collection with assistance from the Program of Latin American Studies
Acquired by the Graphics Arts Collection with assistance from the Program in Latin American Studies, this limited edition artists’ book by Juan Felipe Herrera and Felicia Rice is a rendering of a singular long poem called “Borderbus” by Juan Felipe Herrera. The poem takes us to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bus where two women have been detained while trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border, and are being transported to a detention center.
A limited edition portfolio, Leonora Carrington, Cinco Grabados, copy 3 of 30, acquired by the Graphic Arts Collection, was purchased in part with funds provided by the Program in Latin American Studies. The portfolio includes five engravings, with etching and aquatint, printed at Tiempo Extra Editores, and a single poetry broadside signed by Carrington (1917-2011).
The Latin American and Caribbean Contemporary Art Web Archive is a collection developed by the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation's Art & Architecture Librarians, and is an extension of an existing effort focused on collecting publications in all formats that document contemporary art and artists of Latin America and the Caribbean.
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Media contact: Barbara Valenza, Director of Library Communications
Published September 15, 2021