The Texas State Historical Association Launches the Handbook of Tejano History Project

History Professors Emilio Zamora, University of Texas, and Andrés Tijerina, Austin Community College, are co-directing a one-year project to increase the number of entries on Mexican American history in the Handbook of Texas Online. We urge academic and non-academic researchers to join this important initiative by preparing and submitting essays on historically significant Mexican American men and women, events, places, organizations, and themes in Texas. The idea is to capitalize on the current historical moment of increased interest and intellectual production in Mexican American history to expand the breadth and depth of the Handbook, the nation’s preeminent state encyclopedia with well over 25,000 essays and more than 400,000 readers a month from more than 200 countries and territories from around the globe. The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) initiated the Handbook as a two-volume encyclopedia in 1952. By 1999, the TSHA had advanced the field of Texas history by digitizing its contents and making them available to a wider readership. Part of this growth involved a concerted effort in the 1980s by the TSHA to expand the breadth and depth of the handbook with additional entries on Mexican Americans. More than twenty-five years have passed since Dr. Cynthia Orozco and Teresa Palomo

Acosta led this effort. Since then, researchers have made significant advances in Mexican American history and contributed to the expanded public and professional interest in the field. The Tejano Handbook of Texas Project intends to identify researchers interested in writing new essays and subjecting their work to a rigorous review for inclusion in the Handbook. Generous support from the Tejano Monument Project, the History Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and the TSHA has made this initiative possible. We will make a formally announce the project during the forthcoming TSHA 118th Annual Meeting at San Antonio, on March 6, 2014 (Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, Directors Room 2). Join us at the conference and receive inform information on how you can contribute essays on Tejano/a history. If you are interested in receiving a copy of our guidelines, in submitting an essay, or in just having a friendly conversation on a possible topic, please email or call: Emilio Zamora, Project Co-Director 512 739-0168

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