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The materials in this collection are available to members of the academic community for research purposes. This collection includes 713 digital objects dated between the years 1835 and 1986. These include 225 personal letters, 199 documents, 19 miscellaneous items, and 270 photographs. One hundred and forty nine letters in this collection were written entirely in Spanish or include some writing in Spanish. Seventy three documents in the collection were written entirely in Spanish or contain some writing in Spanish. Personal letters included in this collection were sent from ten locations in Mexico and 28 locations in the United States, to three locations in México and 11 locations in the US. The collection includes transcription and translation of all letters and other documents written partially or wholly in Spanish, as well as transcription and translation of selected correspondence originally written in English.

As the leading institution of higher education in the state of Nebraska, one of UNL’s core values is that the knowledge generated by our university benefit the communities in our state. With this in mind, the materials in this collection are also available to schools, as well as civic and cultural organizations interested in learning more about Latinx experience in our region. All questions, comments, or collaboration proposals must be emailed to Isabel Velázquez, director of this project.

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Academic articles

Isasi Velasco, J. Velázquez, I., & Avelar, J. (2018). From Jesusita to Jane: Personal names, self-presentation and digital preservation of Mexican American experience in the US Midwest. Revista de Humanidades Digitales, 2, 49-76.


OhioHabla Episodio 134 Cartas a la Familia: De la migración de Jesusita a Jane

Other projects of interest

UNL: Nuestras Historias: The Nebraska Latino Heritage Collection

OSU: Oral Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio

UT Austin: Spanish in Texas Project

Smithsonian Institution: Latino image collection

Are you a researcher? Are you working with the materials in this collection? Please send us an email, we would love to learn about your project. The information you share with us will help us to make this site more useful for the academic community.