Research and Development

The Border Studies Archive seeks to enable scholarly research on two levels. First, we provide a scholarly resource in the traditional meaning of archive: we house and make available original primary source materials for the purposes of writing theses, books and journal articles. We also function as a scholarly resource in that the Border Studies Archive provides a supportive space for the scholarly collection of material in the transborder region with Mexican-origin populations. Meeting this goal often translates into collaborative projects with academics in other programs and institutions.


Digital Preservation of Audio and Video Recordings

Digital Preservation of Audio and Video Recordings

The Archive is currently in the process of converting analog audio and video recordings to digital files for the purposes of preservation and accessibility. Digital audio recordings are the standard for long-term preservation of audio recordings, regardless of their original format. Please see Sound Directions: Digital Audio Preservation and Access for Global Audio Heritage for further technical information. While there is no widely accepted best practice for analog video preservation, archives are applying the techniques used for analog audio recordings to analog video recordings.

The Border Studies Archive will preserve its collections by transferring analog audio tapes and vinyl records and analog videos to digital formats. This transfer ensures preservation and allows for easier accessibility by those performing research on the Border Wall and Border Security, Border Music, Traditional Mexican American Folklore, Spanish Land Grants, Latinas and Politics and Visual Border Studies.

Pedagogical Applications

Pedagogical Applications

As the Border Studies Archive is situated as part of the University of Texas-Pan American, part of its mission has been, and will be, to engage UTPA students not only in utilizing the collection, but also in expanding the holdings of the collection from their own scholarly endeavors.

The Border Studies Archive collection began from the work of students in Anthropologist Mark Glazer’s Mexican American Folklore course. Dr. Glazer’s students collected folklore from their own families and deposited those stories in the Traditional Mexican American Folklore Collection in the Archive. Students enrolled in Mexican American Folklore utilize this collection and continue to expand it by adding the folklore of their own families.

In addition, the Spanish Land Grants Collection started with the work of borderlands historian, Dr. Sonia Hernandez, who oversaw student research on porciones or Spanish land grants. The students traced land transactions from the original land grants up to the present day and compiled reports of the history of a particular land grant. Upon completion, each report is deposited in the collection, allowing the donating students’ works to be preserved for future research and use by the community.

Our students continue to contribute to the Border Studies Archive in many ways. Orquidea Morales is a wonderful example. Ms. Morales graduated from UTPA with a Master's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Mexican American Studies from The University of Texas-Pan American in May 2011. Ms. Morales will continue her education with a full fellowship to the Ph.D. program in American Culture at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before leaving UTPA, she will gift her Master’s thesis on La Llorona and horror movies to the Archive, once again expanding the collection with exceptional work from our students.

Scholarly Research and Publication

Scholarly Research and Publication

The Border Studies Archive serves as a repository for primary source material. If you are interested in depositing your fieldwork collection with the Border Studies Archive, please contact us.

Tutorials

Tutorials

View the following videos and audio equipment tutorials to learn how to use the TASCAM, export files, and how to collaborate with the BSA for research projects in the borderlands.  

TASCAM - Recording with an External Omni-Directional Microphone TASCAM - Recording with an External Omni-Directional Microphone

TASCAM - Recording with an External Omni-Directional Microphone

TASCAM - Transferring files to a computer TASCAM - Transferring files to a computer

TASCAM - Transferring files to a computer

How to collaborate with the BSA for research projects How to collaborate with the BSA for research projects

How to collaborate with the BSA for research projects