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New Exhibit Preserves Untold Stories from US-Mexico Border

Digital archive also explores impact of Operation Streamline, highlights work of journalists.

sketch of court proceedings - Documented exhibit Artist Lawrence Gipe's courtroom sketches from federal hearings connected to Operation Streamline

An exhibit that includes personal stories from journalists who have covered the U.S.-Mexico border is opening Wednesday at the University of Arizona Special Collections Library.

The exhibit represents The Documented Border, an open-access digital archive that curators hope will advance understanding and awareness about the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and its people.

documented border portrait Artist Lawrence Gipe's courtroom sketches from federal hearings connected to Operation Streamline

Celeste González de Bustamante, an associate professor of journalism at the UA, helped collect oral histories from journalists working on both sides of the border.

"What we’re doing with this archive is documenting things that haven’t been documented about the border - silenced journalists, and also federal immigration proceedings of Operation Streamline," she said. "What is meaningful to me is to allow the journalists, who’ve really put their lives on the line, to tell their stories. Rarely do we hear first-hand what they are dealing with, working under serious threat."

Author, essayist and poet Luis Alberto Urrea is the keynote speaker at the exhibit's opening event, Wednesday, Oct. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the UA Special Collections Library. The event is free and open to the public.

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