Skip to main content

Nuestra Palabra Collection

Identifier:  MSS 1389

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the organizational records related to Nuestra Palabra. This includes administrative files, publications, and photographs. The bulk of the collection is made up of promotional materials for programs and events, press kits for authors, and newspaper clippings that feature Nuestra Palabra programs.

Note: The recordings of the Nuestra Palabra radio show are housed at the University of Houston Special Collections.


  • 1995-2015
  • Majority of material found in 2000s

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Nuestra Palabra Collcetion must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Historical Note

A Houston-based Latino literacy movement, Nuestra Palabra was founded in 1998 by Tony Diaz, author of The Aztec Love God” and former visiting scholar at the University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies. Dedicated to promoting literacy and providing a forum for showcasing work by Latino and Latino writers, Nuestra Palabra has hosted numerous events and activities designed to fulfill its mission. Among these, its popular program “Latino Writers Having Their Say” has featured all genres of creative expression and has encouraged talented Latino and Latino writers to spotlight their creative and inspiring works. Nuestra Palabra has a weekly radio series on KPFT 90.1.

Additionally, Nuestra Palabra has been at the forefront of Latino causes related to education and literacy in Texas and other parts of the country. In response to a 2010 bill in Arizona designed to ban a Mexican American studies class, along with the assigned reading list, at Tuscon Unified School District (HB 2281), Diaz launched the Librotraficante movement in Houston. Tony Diaz brought together writers, poets, artists and activists to bus all banned books into Tuscon. The group of book smugglers called themselves “Librotraficantes.” After the success of the book-smuggling tour, the group went before the Texas legislature and petitioned for Mexican American studies to be offered statewide. In response, the Texas State Board of Education allowed interested schools to begin including ethnic-studies courses.


10.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


This collection has been arranged into 8 boxes containing the following 7 series: Programs and Events, Publications, Administrative Files, Posters, Newspapers, Photographs, and Press Kits.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Tony Diaz on behalf of Nuestra Palabra in 2001, 2015, and 2018.

Related Materials

MSS 1396 Sarah Cortez Papers
Nuestra Palabra
Updates Needed
Mikaela Selley; Olga Selley (volunteer)
December 2018
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002