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Luminarias: Celebrating Latinas Who Inspire Us

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

To commemorate Women’s History Month, we celebrate Latina Luminarias--Mexican revolutionary soldaderas; activists Jovita Idar, Luisa Moreno, Sylvia Rivera, and Antonia Hernández; librarian Pura Belpré; singers Celia Cruz and Joan Baez, and writer Kali Fajardo-Anstine--women whose leadership and achievements lit the way and inspired others to follow their own bright paths.

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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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The Legacy of Writer José Donoso

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Georgette Dorn, Chief of the Hispanic Division.) On Dec. 7, 2016, the Hispanic Division honors the great Chilean writer José Donoso on the 20th anniversary of his death. I recorded Donoso on three different occasions for our Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape — twice at the Library of …

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Beyond Carnival, Samba, and Soccer: Brazilian Fiction at the Library of Congress

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Marília Costa, Researcher in the Hispanic Reading Room, and Talía Guzmán-González, Reference Librarian in the Hispanic Division.) You are probably familiar with the postcard images of Brazilian beaches, the country’s soccer stars, and samba music. Now it’s time to get to know the contemporary literature of one of Latin …

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Celebrating Poetic Freedom: Rubén Dario

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Juan Manuel Pérez, Reference Specialist, Hispanic Division.) Through 2016 Nicaragua and the Spanish-speaking world have been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the death of one of Latin America’s greatest poets, Félix Rubén García Sarmiento, universally known as Rubén Darío (1867-1916). His poetry ushered in a literary movement known as …

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Brazil’s Popular Groups Collection: Primary Resources from Grassroots Movements

Posted by: Anchi Hoh

(The following is a post by Talía Guzmán-González, Reference Librarian, Hispanic Division.) Since 1966 the Library of Congress’ overseas office in Rio de Janeiro has been collecting publications by civic grassroots and political organizations, government agencies and NGOs in an effort to document Brazilian social movements and provide primary resources to researchers. This collection of …