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Special Collections & University Archives: Américo Paredes

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Américo Paredes Research Guide

Américo Paredes Research Guide

Background & Summary

Américo Paredes (1915 - 1999) was born and raised in Brownsville. He was the first Mexican-American to receive a doctorate from the University of Texas. Paredes worked in broadcast and print journalism, including The Brownsville Herald. He was drafted into the US Army during WWII and served as a reporter for Stars and Stripes. After the war, Paredes resumed his education at UT-Austin, where he became active in the Chicano movement. Paredes insisted that a distinctive culture evolved where ''the two cultures mingled and clashed,'' and he devoted his scholarly life to exploring the folklore and culture of the area. As a UT professor, he founded the Center for Folklore Studies and the Center for Mexican American Studies.

This research guide is intended to provide a general information and access to resources about Dr. Paredes, especially for students who are looking to learn more about his academic and cultural significance. The guide features related books, photographs, newspaper clippings, and external resources.

Gallery: Américo Paredes

Color photograph of Dr. Paredes surrounded by young children

Undated photograph of Dr. Paredes

Américo, the young professor, in a classroom at the University of Texas at Austin during the 1960s

Book plate from: Medrano, Manuel F. Americo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography. University of North Texas Press, 2010. Project MUSE. muse.jhu.edu/book/266.

Photograph of Dr. Paredes in 1956

Américo after receiving his Ph.D in 1956

Book plate from: Medrano, Manuel F. Americo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography. University of North Texas Press, 2010. Project MUSE. muse.jhu.edu/book/266.

Newspaper clipping from Dallas Morning News

Newspaper clipping from Dallas Morning News May 23, 1956

Black and white photograph of Américo in military uniform after World War II

Américo in [his US Army] uniform after World War II

Book plate from: Medrano, Manuel F. Americo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography. University of North Texas Press, 2010. Project MUSE. muse.jhu.edu/book/266.

Américo in the onion field along the border

Book plate from: Medrano, Manuel F. Americo Paredes: In His Own Words, an Authorized Biography. University of North Texas Press, 2010. Project MUSE. muse.jhu.edu/book/266.

Brownsville Herald newspaper clipping of Americo Paredes

Newspaper clipping from the Brownsville Herald, Aug. 23, 1937

Archival and Digital Resources: Américo Paredes

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