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Maria Daniela Thurber, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Section, Latin American, Caribbean, and European Division
Created: April 12, 2021
Last Updated: April 28, 2021
The Library of Congress holds thousands of collection materials about and from Guatemala. Curated by librarians in the Hispanic Reading Room, this guide is part of a series of Country Guides that provide quick references for countries and regions from the Luso-Hispanic world. The Hispanic Reading Room is the Library’s portal to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. This guide offers links to diverse resources on Guatemala from across the Library including digitized primary sources, selected books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching. For specific questions or assistance using the Library’s resources, use the Ask a Librarian service to contact a reference librarian.
Official Name: Republic of Guatemala
Capital: Guatemala City
Date of Independence: September 15, 1821
Head of State/Government: President Alejandro Giammattei
Population: 16.6 million (2019)
Languages: Spanish, K’iche’, Q'eqchi', Kaqchikel, Mam, Poqomchi, Tz’utujil, Achí, Q’anjob’al, Ixil, Akatek, Jakaltek, Chuj, Poqomam, Ch'orti', Awakatek, Sakapultek, Sipakapa, Garífuna, Uspantek, Uspantek, Mopan, Itza, Xinca.
States:Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, Chimaltenango, Chiquimula, El Progreso, Escuintla, Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Izabal, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Peten, Quetzaltenango, Quiche, Retalhuleu, Sacatepequez, San Marcos, Santa Rosa, Solola, Suchitepequez, Totonicapan, Zacapa.