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World of 1898: International Perspectives on the Spanish American War


The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War is the first online collection mounted on the web by the Hispanic Division. We were extremely fortunate to be able to call upon the expertise and talents of a wide variety of people throughout the project. From conception to completion, this was a collaborative effort that drew on the skills, knowledge, and abilities of members of the Hispanic Division, the staff of the Library of Congress, contributors from the scholarly community, as well as interns and volunteers.

The following staff members from the Hispanic Division worked hard to give shape and form to the original project proposal: Georgette Dorn, Barbara Tenenbaum, Tracy North, John Hébert, Everette Larson, Juan Manuel Pérez, Edmundo Flores, Reynaldo Aguirre, and Katherine McCann. Interns and volunteers provided uncounted hours of painstaking research, compiling lists of resources and tracking down materials: Clara Albertengo, Sylvia Caballero, Sean Clarke, Ezequiel Cohen, María Eugenia de Frutos, Martha Iraheta, Alejandra Jones, Merina Khatrichettri, Daniel Kipnis, Nadine Knight, Abraham Smith and Patricia Viada.

Thanks to the invaluable advice and support of the National Digital Library staff, we were able to complete this project in a timely fashion. We would especially like to express our appreciation to: Carl Fleischhauer, Juretta Hecksher, Andrea Greenwood, Tracey Salley, and Melissa Levine.

The enthusiasm demonstrated by Karen Lund and Judi Hoffman of the Motion Pictures Division in establishing their online presentation gave us added incentive to complete our own site expeditiously.

As always, we benefitted greatly from the technical expertise and advice of Betsy Miller from the Network Development and MARC Standards Office.

Lynn Brooks of the Information Technology Section was instrumental in providing us with the tools necessary to start scanning for the project.

A number of scholars and historians participated by sharing their knowledge of this fascinating time. We thank Marisabel Bras, José Manuel Hernández, Ambassador Jaime de Ojeda, and David Trask for providing us with their specialized overviews of the period.

We are grateful for the patience and persistance of all those who contributed to this project. We look forward to our next collaboration.