Benson Collection Honored by Mexico City

June 15, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon has awarded the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection the Medalla 1808, an award presented for contributions to the study and development of Mexican history and culture.

The Benson was cited as "honorably representing Mexico's history through its highly recognized achievements in the field of academic and research development" by the History Awards Committee composed of directors of the Mexican Academy of History, El Colegio de México and the Institute of Historical Research at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico).

The Medalla 1808 was established in 2008 by Mexico City officials as a memorial to Mexico City councilman and protomartyr of Mexican independence Francisco Primo de Verdad y Ramos, and in honor of the dual celebration of the bicentennial of Mexico's Independence and centenary of the Mexican Revolution, both occurring in 2010.

The award will be presented in a ceremony at Old City Hall (Antiguo Palacio del Ayuntamiento) in Mexico City on July 19.

Previous award recipients include such notable writers and historians as Carlos Fuentes, José Emilio Pacheco, Carlos Monsivais, Josefina Zoraida Vázquez, Miguel Leon-Portilla, Ernesto de la Torre Villar, David Brading, Friedrich Katz, Francois Chevallier and Horst Pietschmann.

The Benson is the first institutional recipient of the award.

"We are greatly honored to have been chosen for this prestigious award," says Vice Provost and Director of the University of Texas Libraries Dr. Fred Heath. "To have been named the first institutional designee for the Medalla 1808 is both a humbling gesture and confirmation of that which we already knew — the Benson is a premiere collection for the research of Mexican history and culture."

For more information, contact: Travis Willmann, University of Texas Libraries, 512 495 4644.

6 Comments to "Benson Collection Honored by Mexico City"

1.  Paloma Diaz said on June 16, 2010

One more reason to be proud of our Library!

2.  Laura Gutierrez-Witt said on June 17, 2010

This award honors the many persons who have been involved in the acquisition, care and service of the information sources in this unique research library over the almost 90 years of its existence. Congratulations, staff!

3.  Raquel said on June 17, 2010

It is an amazing recognition and encouragement to staff of Benson, who work so hard and well deserve this!

4.  Guillermo Cabrera said on June 20, 2010

An amazing library. The items they have are incredible. I've read letters from the first emperor in Mexico (Agustin de Iturbide), seen the genealogy of the last Aztec princess (Isabel Moctezuma) and many other things. Congratulations to UT and the great staff at this library.

5.  America Rodriguez said on June 23, 2010

Congratulations y felicidades. The Benson is a UT Austin jewel. Excellent to hear about this latest recognition.

America Rodriguez

6.  Ruth Brieger Weber said on June 24, 2010

Well-deserved recognition of the best collection of Latin American studies in the U.S. I benefited from many day trips to make notes in 1951 as I wrote my thesis on Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and received my M.A. from UNAM in Mexico City.

Ruth Brieger Weber