A couple of news on the archival front:
|PR 19th century civil court document|
The UConn Libraries were awarded a $15,000 grant by the Center of Research Libraries’ LAMP digital program to digitize a 19th century civil court documents collection housed at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. UConn Today published a wonderful piece last July 26th, 2011, http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2011/07/shedding-light-on-life-in-19th-century-puerto-rico/ which was picked up by the Associated Press, which allowed a broader audience to find out about this project. Univision New England came to visit us to do a small feature about the project (in Spanish), available online at http://www.wuvntv.com/noticia/2011/07/29/274681-documentos-puertorriquenos-uconn.html
NPR (WSHU) also did a small piece (in English) that is available at http://www.wshu.org/news/story.php?ID=9013. All in all a wonderful exposure to a great project closes to my heart, which I have worked for the last two years.
What is great about this digitization project is that you can access all these documents that has been already digitized at the Internet Archives, http://tinyurl.com/3lfhnl9 Together with the 19th century Spanish women magazines digital project, http://doddcenter.uconn.edu/collections/spanwomen.htm you and your students have access to primary sources in Spanish that you can incorporate in your classes or encourage your graduate students to explore for future research.
One of the strategic goals of the UConn Libraries is to provide access to primary resources through digitization and if you haven’t done so, take the time and visit the University Libraries’ Digital Collections at http://digitalcollections.uconn.edu/ and explore the many collections already digitize.
Finally, in case you don’t follow the excellent Dodd Center’s blog, Fresh Pickin’s here is an entry I posted earlier in the month showcasing indigenous people artists’ books
Enjoy and see you soon!
Subject/Liaison Librarian for Latin American & Caribbean Studies,
Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Spanish & Anthropology &
Curator of the Latin American and Caribbean Collections Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
UConn Libraries, Storrs, CT