Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive Fund

Rudolfo Anaya lives and breathes the landscape of the Southwest. It is a powerful force, full of magic and myth, integral to his writings. Anaya is a native New Mexican fascinated by cultural crossings unique to the Southwest, a combination of old Spain and New Spain, of Mexico with Mesoamerica and the anglicizing forces of the twentieth century. Rudolfo Anaya is widely acclaimed as the founder of modern Chicano literature. According to the New York Times, he is the most widely read author in Hispanic communities, and sales of his classic Bless Me, Ultima (1972) have surpassed 360,000. Among his many honors and awards, Anaya has received the American Book Award, a PEN-West Fiction Award and the National Medal of Arts Lifetime Honor.

The Rudolfo Anaya Digital Archive will be the definitive scholarly resource for teachers and scholars of multiple disciplines including English and Literature, Chicano/Chicana Studies, American Studies, and Latin American Studies, to name a few. Additionally, it will help position The University of New Mexico as a leader in preserving, maintaining and providing primary source materials on prominent southwest authors.