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Mexico: Hispanic Division Country Guide

Hispanic Reading Room

Staff in the Hispanic Reading Room help researchers find materials on and from the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and persons with Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas—including U.S. Latinos.  We provide materials held in the General Collections for anyone with a Reader Identification Card and we assist in finding resources in other divisions of the Library.

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The Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) is a selective bibliography annotated by professors of anthropology (archeology and ethnology), art, geography, government and politics, history, international relations, literature, music, philosophy, political economy, and sociology; and edited by librarians in the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress. It simplifies scholarly research on Latin America by identifying scholarly books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources (blogs, websites, online videos, etc.).

The PALABRA Archive is a collection of audio recordings from Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, Caribbean, and Latinx poets and prose writers reading from their works. It includes major 20th century writers like: Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, Miguel Angel Asturias, Gabriel García Márquez, Octavio Paz, Zee Edgell, Mario Vargas Llosa, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Elena Poniatowska, Jorge Amado, and Nélida Piñón; as well as contemporary writers like José Luiz Passos, Carmen Boullosa, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Laurie Ann Guerrero, and Julia Alvarez.

La Biblioteca is series of podcasts from the Hispanic Division exploring of the collections of the Library of Congress that focus on the cultures of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Hispanic community in the United States. Listen to a sample podcast below.

The Hispanic Division sponsors a wide range of public programs, research orientations, and literary events throughout the year.

Hispanic Studies Research Guides

Chile: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for the study of Chile, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Mexico: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Mexico, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Puerto Rico's Plantation Economy: Snapshots from the Library of Congress

This research guide provides access to historic photographic and film documentation, as well as related print and electronic resources, illustrating the 20th century efforts to transform Puerto Rico from a plantation to an industrial economy.

Latinx and Chicanx in STEM

This guide provides links to resources for children, young adults, teachers and the general public on Latinx/Chicanx in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and related fields.

Brazil: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for the study of Brazil, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Spanish American War: Topics in Chronicling America

A guide for researching the topic of the "Spanish American War," which took place from April 25 until December 10,1898, in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

Halloween & Día de Muertos Resources

The Library of Congress is home to an array of resources on the folk customs, fine art, pop culture, and literature of Halloween and Día de Muertos. Collections range from classic film clips to recordings of storytellers, and more.

American Folklife Center Collections: New Mexico

This guide provides access to ethnographic resources documenting expressive culture in the state of New Mexico at the Library of Congress.

American Folklife Center Collections: Texas

This guide provides access to ethnographic resources documenting expressive culture in the state of Texas at the Library of Congress.

Kislak Chair for the Study of the History and Cultures of the Early Americas

Simon Martin is the second Jay I. Kislak Chair, appointed by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. This guide provides access to selected print and online resources related to Martin’s work as well as for the previous chair Stephen Houston.

Mexican Revolution: Topics in Chronicling America

Political rivals and revolutionaries vie for Presidency, power and control of Mexico in a ten-year struggle. This guide provides access to material related to the "Mexican Revolution" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

Occupation of Vera Cruz: Topics in Chronicling America

In 1914, US forces occupied the Mexican port of Vera Cruz. This guide provides access to materials related to “Occupation of Vera Cruz” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

Octaviano Larrazolo: Topics in Chronicling America

Octaviano Larrazolo was the first Hispanic United States Senator. This guide provides access to materials related to the “Octaviano Larrazolo” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

Pancho Villa: Topics in Chronicling America

Originally portrayed as the "Robin Hood of Mexico", Pancho Villa was villainized in the American press and later assassinated in 1923. This guide focuses on the topic of "Pancho Villa" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.

El Salvador: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching El Salvador, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Argentina: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Argentina, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Paraguay: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Paraguay, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Bolivia: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Bolivia, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.

Peru: Hispanic Division Country Guide

This guide provides curated Library of Congress resources for researching Perú, including digitized primary source materials in a wide variety of formats, books and periodicals, online databases, and tips for searching.