The Border Studies Archive (BSA) is a repository for the culture and heritage of the borderlands of deep south Texas and houses collections relating to the unique folklore, histories, and lives of people living along the U.S.-Mexican border in South Texas.
As part of the University Library, BSA's mission is to support and strengthen teaching, learning, and emerging research as the heart of UTRGV. BSA endeavors to preserve the cultural heritage of our community, provide online and in-person access to primary source materials and data, promote research through strategic partnerships and community engagement, and encourage scholarly outputs. BSA also seeks to expand its holdings through both retrospective and contemporary collecting activities.
Dr. Guy Duke
Curator of the Border Studies Archive (2020), Guy Duke (Ph.D Toronto) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is co-director of Proyecto Arqueológico Riós Culebra-Colín (PARCC) with Dr. Sarah Rowe, researching the social and political elements of food production and consumption at the Valdivia era (3700-1450 BCE) site of Buen Suceso on the coast of Ecuador.
Additionally, he has conducted archival and ethno-historic research on the role and use of spring-fed canals in highland Ecuador during the Spanish Colonial era. He has also previously investigated the Moche culture (300-850 CE) on the coast of Peru, and has published a number of reports and articles, including 'Doing' Llama Face Stew: A Late Moche Culinary Assemblage as a Domestic Dedicatory Deposit, Cambridge Archaeological Journal (2019) and Starch grain evidence of potato consumption at the Late Moche (AD 600–850) site of Wasi Huachuma, Peru, Journal of Archaeological Science (2018, with Victor Vasquez-Sanchez and Teresa Rosales-Tham).
Office: (956) 665-2865
As Head of Special Collections & Archives, Shannon Pensa provides library support for Border Studies Archive. Shannon oversees preservation and access for the repository, responds to research inquiries, and coordinates research appointments and instructional sessions.
Office: (956) 665-5288
BSA Former Curators
Founder & Former Curator
Dr. Margaret Dorsey, Professor of Anthropology, University of Richmond (VA)
Interim Curator (2014-2015)
Dr. Servando Z. Hinojosa, Professor of Anthropology, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley