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The Mexican American Library Program (MALP) at The University of Texas at Austin was formally established in 1974 by the General Libraries to support the educational needs of students of Mexican American and U.S. Latino culture and history. It is also designed to support the research activities of the faculty of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

Housed in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, library materials acquired through the MALP relate to the history, politics, and culture of the mexicano experience in Texas and the Southwestern United States. Other U.S. Latino groups are also represented in the collection, notably those of Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central and South American origin. Altogether an estimated 20,000 books and journals, 2,500 reels of microfilm, over 70 archival collections, and audio and videocassettes, posters, photographs and slides in the Benson Latin American Collection are on these topics.

The archival collections consist primarily of organizational records, personal papers, and literary manuscripts. Among these are the organizational records of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the personal papers of George I. Sánchez, Julián Samora, José Angel Gutiérrez, and Eleuterio Escobar as well as the literary manuscripts of Rolando Hinojosa, Alurista, Gloria Anzaldúa and Estela Portillo Trambley.

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