CRL announced today it has released more than 477 titles of the 19th-century Mexican newspapers that total 134,208 pages in their digitized format. Most of these are scanned from existing microfilms thus some of the issues can have quality-related issues. The collection closely resembles the digital collection of Hemeroteca that is at UNAM. Nevertheless, in times of constraints on access to the physical collections, this resource remains an irreplaceable treasure trove of information on the 19th Mexico. It is an OA collection for a world-wide audience to use.
East View’s description states, “Most of the titles in the Independent and Revolutionary Mexican Newspapers collection are from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, a research library at the University of Texas at Austin for area studies on Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and the Latino presence in the United States. The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is regarded by many as the preeminent Latin American library in the United States and is particularly rich in out-of-the-ordinary materials issued in small print runs, many difficult to acquire when first published and impossible to acquire today.”
Below are some of the images of the database.
Welcome back from the long-deserved summer break! I wanted to share with you that during the summer break, the library has been as active as it is usually during the academic year. We have been purchasing books to prepare for the new academic year. Below is the album of some new recently purchased books from Mexico for your consideration. Please click on the photo below to get access to the individual images of the new books from Mexico.
The Biblioteca Digital Mexicana is a multi-institutional initiative to create a digital collection of historical documents from Mexico from 500 A.D. to 1949. The documents range from pre-hispanic codices such as the Mixtec Codice Colombino from the 12th century, to the original manuscript of the Plan de Ayala written in 1911 by Emiliano Zapata and Otilio Montano, one of the most important documents of the Mexican Revolution.
Title of Exhibit: Illustrating México One Page at a Time: Print Art of José Guadalupe Posada
Time: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. (regular Moffitt hours on Saturdays)
Location: Moffitt Library gallery, 3rd floor
In the pantheon of artists who have represented Mexico for the past 150 years, José Guadalupe Posada stands out as a bright constellation. This exhibit, highlighting works by Posada and his artistic descendants, was curated by Liladhar Pendse, librarian for the Caribbean and Latin American Studies Collections, using Doe Library materials. See more at exhibits.lib.berkeley.edu/spotlight/art-of-posada.
Please join us next Friday for a public pop-up exhibit featuring maps of the US/Mexico border:
Maps of the Southern Border
Friday, October 26 | 1 – 3 PM
50 McCone Hall
Presented in conjunction with Geography 159AC: The Southern Border.
As the site explains, Los Primeros Libros de las Americas is “a digital collection of the first books printed in the Americas before 1601. These monographs are very important because they represent the first printing in the New World and provide primary sources for scholarly studies in a variety of academic fields. Of the 220 editions believed to have been produced in Mexico and 20 in Peru, approximately 155 are represented in institutions around the world.”
The University of Arizona Library has made available 20 historic publications published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s. The Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press collection covers important periods in Mexican-American history, from the Mexican Revolution to the Bracero Program to the Chicano Movement. The home page for the collection provides a basic search and allows you to search all of the publications or to limit to a single publication.
SEARCH TIP: You can enter more than one search term in the basic search, but if you want to do a more sophisticated search, an advanced search option is available. However, this will take you to the Library’s complete collection of their own digitized items and you cannot limit your search to the entire Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press collection, you will have to choose the publications you want to search from a list.
One handy tool offered by the site is a timeline of the available publication dates for each title represented in the collection.