Preserving and Teaching History, One Page at a Time
Posted on September 14, 2021, by Collin Yoxall
Alex Hidalgo, Ph.D., is preserving and teaching history using centuries-old documents
from colonial Latin America.
Ask Alex Hidalgo, Ph.D., about what he does for a living and you will be immediately greeted by a stack of
centuries-old books so delicate looking most people might be afraid to touch them.
Hidalgo, an associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies,
is passionate about preserving texts and manuscripts from colonial-era Latin America.
The documents, which form part of a teaching collection Hidalgo has helped assemble in collaboration
with curators at the Mary Couts Burnett Library’s Special Collections, serve not only as living documents for research but as teaching tools for Hidalgo.
“You can almost see it in their eyes when they view the documents for the first time,”
Hidalgo said, adding, “There is this realization of how old something is, and what
For Hispanic Heritage Month, Hidalgo assembled some of his favorite pieces held by