INF 389C.3 - Seminar in Management of Records Information: Documentation of Hispanic Communities in Texas and New Mexico
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Develops topics on the nature of and problems in the techniques and administration of archival and manuscript repositories. Intended to stimulate creative thinking about the processes and functions of archival administration. (Graduate standing and consent of instructor)
The general purpose of the research seminar will be to study the history, administration, and scholarly use of archival and manuscript materials within the context of the process of historical production. The focus will be on the Mexican archival enterprise in Texas and the Mexican border region of Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, and Coahuila. More specifically, we will be examining the hemispheric history of the subject community, the evolving social setting of its archival enterprise in the Southwest and in northern Mexico, the pattern of Mexican archival development in Texas and its Mexican border region, and the relation of Mexican American archives to scholarly projects and public history programs in the United States. Students will prepare administrative histories of selected Mexican American collections and will conduct quantitative and qualitative studies on the contents and use of related archival materials at the University of Texas.
One of the unique features of the course will be a three-day class trip to Laredo, the Rio Grande Valley, and the Kingsville-Corpus Christi area to visit with historians and archivists at different archival research sites located on both sides of the border, in university settings, in privately-owned facilities, and in community-based programs. These tentatively include the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Nuevo Laredo Mexico), the colonial archives of Guerrero (located immediately across the international border, a few miles down the river from Laredo), the oral history and archival program at the University of Texas at Pan American (Edinburg), the Llano Grande Program (Edcouch-Elsa), the King Ranch Archives (Kingsville), and the Special Collections program at Texas A&M at Corpus Christi.
Documentation of Hispanic Communities in Texas and New Mexico