Mary Thomas F'20

Mary  Thomas
Postdoctoral Associate
Chicano and Latino Studies
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

ACLS Digital Extension Grants 2020
Postdoctoral Associate
Chicano and Latino Studies
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Generative Rhizomes: Extending Digital Discovery of Mexican American Art

"Generative Rhizomes: Extending Digital Discovery of Mexican American Art" builds a new gateway, Rhizomes of Mexican American Art since 1848, by modifying and documenting the software that comprises Umbra Search: African American History, a digital aggregating portal created at University of Minnesota. Rhizomes harvests over 7,500 assets from the Digital Public Library of America, Internet Archive, Calisphere, the Portal of Texas History, and the Smithsonian Institution, and thus becomes the first national-level digital portal focusing on Mexican American Art. The project integrates diverse and interdisciplinary communities through workshops training new users on both portals. Communities vary: from the Smithsonian Latino Center to Midwestern colleges and universities; the Universities of Houston and New Mexico; and to Hispanic-serving institutions, such as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and University of California, Riverside. Generative Rhizomes also invites librarians and scholars in California and Minnesota to support cost-effective cyberinfrastructure for future post-custodial gateways.