HWNT State Archives

Nettie Lee Benson graphic Since 1987, HWNT has established a strong foundation as a state-wide organization of individuals from diverse backgrounds who are committed to promoting the participation of Hispanic women in public, corporate and civicarenas. With help from the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, we have captured and documented our history of advancing the educational, cultural, social, legal and economic well-being of all women through a broader awareness of their role in society, business and family, and to celebrate the positive image and values of the Hispanic culture.
Since 1997 the Benson Latin American Collection has been the proud repository of the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas Archives. The Benson Collection holds and preserves the documentary history of the HWNT, and provides access to that history for HWNT members, students, and researchers from across the country.

Materials in the HWNT Archives include, among many other historically significant records, minutes of the first HWNT Conference on November 21, 1987 in Dallas; a copy of the HWNT Master Plan for 1990-1992; photographs from the 1991 Board of Directors retreat in Dallas; copies of Vision and local chapter newsletters; a key to the City of Fort Worth presented to the HWNT; a t-shirt from the 2000 convention in Corpus Christi; and a poster celebrating the Third Annual Cesar Chavez Birthday Celebration, March 31, 2001.

Location of the HWNT Archives
The Hispanic Women's Network of Texas Archives are housed in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room of the Benson Latin American Collection, Unit 1 of Sid Richardson Hall. Adjacent to the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, Unit 1 is on the east side of campus at the northwest corner of Red River and Clyde Littlefield Drive (formerly Manor Road). Parking is available in Lot 38 adjacent to Sid Richardson Hall with access from Red River Street.

Availability
The HWNT Archives are available for use by the public in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday hours vary. For more details, visit: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/benson/

Reference Assistance
The staff of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room is available for reference assistance. Inquiries can be directed by telephone to 512-495-4578, fax 512-495-4568, or by email to blac@lib.utexas.edu.

Donate to our collection
The Benson Latin American Collection appeals to the HWNT membership for its assistance in building a complete historical documentary record of the organization. You can help by preserving and donating your HWNT materials. Your contribution will be a valuable addition toward documenting HWNT history.

Examples of material you may donate:

  • State and chapter newsletters and other publications
  • Meeting minutes
  • Scrapbooks
  • News clippings reporting on HWNT activities
  • Conference programs Texts of speeches or presentations
  • Press releases
  • Correspondence
  • Photographs
  • Audio and video recordings

The archivist will be happy to provide advice about proper storage and preservation of your historical documents at home.

For more information contact:
Archivist, HWNT Archives
Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection
The University of Texas at Austin
Sid Richardson Hall 1.109
Austin, Texas 78713-8916
512-495-4520