This panel examines the intricacies of archiving Latinxs in the US Great Plains. Latinx communities comprise a significant portion of the area’s population, yet regional archival holdings often under-represent these groups’ experiences and historical contributions. This panel will describe three universities’ approaches toward addressing this disparity, beginning with bilingual oral history projects “Voces of a Pandemic”, which explores the impact of COVID-19 on Latinx communities near Omaha, and “Coming to the Plains”, which examines immigration experiences of Latinx people in central Nebraska, conducted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska at Kearney respectively. The panel also recounts efforts by the Southwest Collection at Texas Tech University to archive the legacy of Latinx communities on Texas’s South Plains, namely through its “Recuerdos del Ayer” project that centers on building relationships with South Plains Latinx communities, incorporating translation of archival materials, creation of online and interactive exhibits, and expanding Latinx outreach efforts.
Presenters: Robert Weaver, Texas Tech University
Zach Hernández, Texas Tech University
Wendy Guerra, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Laurinda Weisse, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Weisse, Laurinda. 2023. "Archiving Latinxs on the U.S. Great Plains - Coming to the Plains." Paper presented at Society of Southwest Archivists: Embracing Hybridity, Albuquerque, NM, 2023/04/27.