A new acquisition in University of Houston Special Collections features posters, photographs, and playbills documenting the origins and renaissance of contemporary Latino community theater.
Approximately 150 items in the Hispanic Theater Collection were donated by Nicolás Kanellos, PhD, Brown Foundation professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston and director of Arte Público Press and Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, in what is the largest known Latino theater collection. The primary sources created across the United States representing Latino literature, poetry, and theater were collected over a seminal period in history by Kanellos through personal and scholarly involvement.
The collection will be on exhibit twice in 2019; a pop-up exhibition at MD Anderson Library on April 1 – 15 coinciding with Latino Art Now! 2019 Conference and again through the summer.