University of Houston receives $1.35 million from Mellon Foundation

University of Houston receives $1.35 million from Mellon Foundation

The University of Houston has announced a grant of nearly $1.35 million from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a free, open-access digital portal dedicated to Puerto Rican literature.

El proyecto de la literatura puertorriqueña/The Puerto Rican Literature Project (PRLP) will feature a dual-language database with approximately fifty thousand assets, including photographs, manuscripts, poems, videos, archival materials, and additional resources documenting the material existence and experiences of important Puerto Rican poets, both in the archipelago and the U.S. diaspora. The collection dates from 1917 — when President Woodrow Wilson enacted the Jones-Shafroth Act extending U.S. citizenship to all residents of Puerto Rico — to the present.

In 2019, the Mellon Foundation helped launch the U.S. Latino Digital Humanities Program at UH, giving scholars expanded access to a large collection of written materials produced by Latinos.

"As a Hispanic-serving institution, the University of Houston is committed to honoring the achievements of these incredible writers," said Paula Myrick Short, the university's senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. "UH will serve as a focal point for students and scholars to learn about those who have made an impact on Puerto Rico's rich history through their work."