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December 2003

Release Date: December 19, 2003

ASU History Prof Publishes Comprehensive Hispanic Bibliography

If someone has written a study about Texas Hispanics from the time Texas was a province of Spain until the present, it is likely to be included in a new book co-authored by Angelo State University history professor Dr. Arnoldo De León.

De León, the C.J. “Red” Davidson Professor of History at ASU, compiled “Bibliophiling Tejano Scholarship: Secondary Sources on Hispanic Texans” with Dr. Bruce A. Glasrud, a former history professor at Sul Ross State University. The 471-page bibliography was published this fall by the Center for Big Bend Studies at Sul Ross State University.

The goal of the authors was to compile in a single volume a comprehensive list of publications in disciplines that study the Tejano experience. The book includes citations for more than 5,000 scholarly works and articles on various aspects of Hispanic life in the state.

The book is built upon De León’s earlier scholarship, starting with his first Tejano bibliography published in 1985 in the “West Texas Historical Association Yearbook.” He has subsequently published other bibliographies on Texas Hispanic sources, which he updates every October in the “Southwestern Historical Quarterly.”

“Bibliophiling Tejano Scholarship” is the 16th book De León has written during his academic career at ASU. During that career he has been acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading historians of southwestern Hispanic history.

His latest book is divided into three sections. The first section covers general Tejano history as well as bibliographic and historiographic sources. The second section lists articles related to the region’s various periods of Hispanic history, including 1716-1821 when Texas was a Spanish province, the 15-year period when Texas was governed by Mexico, and subsequent history to the present.

The final and longest section of the book covers more than a dozen topics on the Tejano experience, ranging from culture to folklore and from family to education. Other topics include economics/labor, literature, music, religion, social constructs, demography, health/healing and urban and rural communities.

The book is available from the Center for Big Bend Studies at Sul Ross State University, Box C-71, Alpine, TX 79832. Cost is $25 to the public and $18.75 for members of the Center for Big Bend Studies, plus $3 for shipping and handling.