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International Reading Rooms Open for Researcher Appointments Starting July 12, 2021

Posted by: Taru Spiegel

Starting July 12, the Library will reopen four additional reading rooms – African & Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic – for a limited number of registered readers by appointment only. This blog will guide you through the process of making advance appointments.

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Ravens, Lemons, and Peste: 19th-Century Maritime Health Certificates in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress

Posted by: Taru Spiegel

In the 18th and 19th centuries, ships carried health certificates to reassure local officials that the places they came from were free of contagion. These filled a function something like the “vaccine passports” or “immunity passports” that are under discussion today because of Covid-19.

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Myths and Realities of the Pre- and Post-Conquest Indigenous World: New Avenues of Mesoamerican Ethnohistory

Posted by: Taru Spiegel

In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, this bibliographic essay on Mesoamerican ethnohistory by Bradley Benton and Peter Villella for the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) explores Indigenous life and cultures, particularly Aztec and Maya, before, during, and after the Spanish conquest.

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Hispanic Audio Archive Rebrands as the PALABRA Archive and Releases New Recordings

Posted by: Taru Spiegel

Effective September 2020, the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape (AHLOT) will become the PALABRA Archive. With the new brand, the Library of Congress marks this archive’s transition from an analog archive to a digital one. Fifty new audio recordings from the PALABRA Archive will be made available for online streaming.

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Shout Out to Young People Learning in El Monte, California

Posted by: Taru Spiegel

Thanks to a partnership with the Upward Bound program at Harvey Mudd College and the Georgetown Internship project, the Hispanic Division at the Library of Congress enjoyed the pleasure of working virtually with four high school students from El Monte, California this summer.

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Celebrating International Workers’ Day

Posted by: Taru Spiegel

On the first day of May, International Workers’ Day, 2020, staff of the international collections divisions at the Library of Congress celebrate workers everywhere by sharing a tribute to workers who have engineered and implemented innovations like paper, movable print, video, internet, and crowd sourcing to make information sharing possible!

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Celebrating the Library’s 220th Anniversary with Open Access Digital Gifts from the International Collections

Posted by: Taru Spiegel

To honor the Library’s 220th anniversary, this blog looks at some freely accessible digital collections and projects from four divisions: African & Middle Eastern, Asian, European, and Hispanic.