Great news from U of A. Mexican Americans make up a significant chunk in the great Southwestern part of our Nation. In fact, Mexican-Americans make up almost 70% of the entire Latin population pie and are the muscle behind the fastest growing demographic in the country. We are glad to see the below news from the the Office of University Communications and the primary source of information and news about the University of Arizona.
The UA Libraries has just made 150 years of regionally published newspapers documenting the voice of Mexican and Mexican American communities digitally available for the first time.A new digital collection at the University of Arizona Libraries makes accessible more than 150 years of news coverage documenting the voice of the Mexican and Mexican American community.
Curated, researched and digitized by librarians and archivists, in consultation with UA professors, the collection features 20 significant Mexican and Mexican American publications, many in Spanish.
The newspapers and magazines were published in Tucson, El Paso, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sonora, Mexico from the mid-1800s to the 1970s.
“Throughout history, Spanish-language reporting has preserved the Mexican cultural narrative in written form,” said Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, an assistant professor in the UA department of Mexican American studies.
Rodriguez, an award-winning journalist, consulted on the project. Included in the collection is Americas 2001, a magazine that he published in Los Angeles.
This preservation, now accessible through the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection is of significant research value to “anyone interested in the Mexican cultural narrative and the Mexican voice – the fight for their land, language and rights,” Rodriguez said.
A celebration will be held April 24 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Special Collections to debut the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press Collection.