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Halloween & Día de Muertos Resources

Hispanic Materials

Cândido Portinari. Preparatory drawing for "Discovery of the Land" mural, Hispanic Division, Library of Congress. 1941.

The Library’s services make the world’s largest collection more accessible to Congress and learners everywhere. In the Hispanic Division, the Handbook of Latin American Studies and the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape connect scholars and/or writers with students and artists everywhere. Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking specialists in the Hispanic Reading Room also work with researchers to identify and connect visitors with topics like día de los muertos. The materials come from many different places in the Library of Congress. Use the Library's search and type “dia de los muertos” or “day of the dead” for variety of items celebrating this tradition.

Suggested additional search words and subjects

  • Decorated altars
  • Calaveras
  • Catrina
  • Sugar Skulls
  • All Souls' Day--Mexico

Selections from the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape

The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943. It contains nearly seven-hundred recordings of poets and prose writers participating in sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory and at other locations around Spain and Latin America. To date, writers from thirty-two countries are represented in this collection which includes readings in Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, French, Náhuatl, Zapotec, Aymara, English and Dutch.

Recommended Resources in HLAS


Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint.

R. Andrew Chesnut discusses his book "Devoted to Death: Santa Muerte, the Skeleton Saint."