Historian Carlos Castañeda changed how we think of the Southwest. Through exhaustive and groundbreaking research, he told the story of the Texas-Mexico borderlands as one of shared culture and heritage, rather than conflict and division. Raised in Brownsville, Castañeda earned his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin in 1932. He served there as professor and librarian for the rest of his life. Castañeda oversaw the university’s extensive Latin American archives and led efforts to collect and preserve documents pertaining to early Texas history. Fittingly, UT Austin's main library now carries his name. More»

Carlos E. Castañeda. Courtesy of University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.