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Herencia Hispanic Heritage Month Transcribe-a-thon Recap!

Brief on behalf the Chapter and the Canons of the Church of San Feliú of Girona versus the Reverend Curates of the same Church, concerning the administration and distribution of goods and revenues collected by said Church of San Feliú of Girona. [Ca. XVIII century]. From Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents

On Wednesday, October 7, the Law Library of Congress, in collaboration with By the People, the Hispanic Division, and the African, Latin American and Western European Division (ALAWE), hosted a second Transcribe-a-thon for our crowdsourcing campaign, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents. This event was held in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the release of phase two of documents, which was launched in late September.

Throughout the day, volunteers transcribed Spanish legal documents from the 15th – 19th century in Spanish, Latin,  and Catalan. In total, 51 documents were started in the process of transcription and 27 documents were completed. We would like to thank all of our incredible volunteers for all their hard work! We still have over 12,000 rare collection items waiting for transcription.

You don’t need an account in By the People to transcribe, but you do need an account to become a reviewer. Review is a vital step in the transcription process and we encourage you to review a page! To register in By the People and to become a reviewer, click here.

If you would like to host a Transcribe-a-thon in your institution, please feel free to email us at [email protected]. You can also watch our past webinars for more information here. Engage with us on Twitter at @LawLibCongress and on HistoryHub.

Brief on behalf José Alviac de Pedro, also known as “Menchod” of the village of Maella, versus the Fiscal Prosecutor, concerning criminal charges against plaintiff for the murder of Joaquín Aguilár of the same village of Maella on September 8, 1775. [January 26, 1785]. From Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents

El pasado miércoles, 7 de octubre, la Biblioteca Jurídica del Congreso, en colaboración con By the People, la División Hispánica y la División Africana, Latinoamericana y de Europa Occidental (ALAWE), organizaron un segundo maratón de transcripciones para nuestra campaña de “crowdsourcing”, Herencia: Centuries of Spanish Legal Documents. Este evento fue en celebración del Mes de la Hispanidad y el lanzamiento de la segunda fase de nuestros documentos, lo cual fueron añadidos a la colección a finales de septiembre.

Durante el día, voluntarios transcribieron documentos jurídicos de España del siglo XV al sigo XIX en español, latín y catalán. En total, se comenzó el proceso de transcripción de 51 documentos y se completaron 27 documentos. ¡Queremos agradecer el arduo trabajo de nuestros voluntarios! Sin embargo, aun nos queda más de 12,000 documentos únicos en espera de comenzar el proceso de transcripción.

No necesitas una cuenta en By the People para transcribir, pero si para revisar documentos. Las revisiones son una parte vital en le proceso de transcripciones y te exhortamos a revisar una página. Para registrarte a By the People y convertirte en un revisor, presiona aquí.

Si quieres organizar tu propio maratón de transcripciones en tu institución, envíanos un correo electrónico a [email protected]. También puedes ver nuestros pasados seminarios en línea para más información aquí. Comparte con nosotros a traves de Twitter en @LawLibCongress o por HistoryHub.

From the Serial Set: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and Libraries

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Digital Resources Division would like to highlight some of the documented accomplishments of Latin America in our collections. The Serial Set contains bulletins from the Pan American Conferences. Initially known as the International Union of American Republics, the Pan American Union became the Organization of American States (OAS) […]

Hispanic Heritage Month On the Shelf: What’s New

Last week, Geraldine talked about the events the Library is hosting to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates Mexico’s independence day (September 16: ¡Viva Hidalgo!), and the anniversaries of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. With these celebrations in mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the new materials […]

Viva la Causa! Dolores Huerta and Hispanic Heritage Month

During Hispanic Heritage Month, we remember Americans of Hispanic heritage who have positively shaped the society of the United States. Dolores Huerta is definitely a highlight on that list—and hers is a name prominent on lists of civil rights, women’s rights, immigration rights, and labor rights activists as well. If you listen to Ms. Huerta […]

Worst. Birthday. Ever. Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands, United States Territories

After Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) this September, a survey revealed that only 54% of Americans know that the 3.4 million Puerto Ricans are American citizens. Many Americans are also unaware that the USVI are part of the United States. Paradoxically, 2017 was not only the year […]

100 Years of Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Becomes a U.S. Territory

The United States made a deal 100 years ago today, on March 2, 1917, when the Jones-Shafroth Act became law making Puerto Rico a territory of the United States.  The passage of the law guaranteed U.S. citizenship to Puerto Ricans born on or after April 25, 1898. The legislation was sponsored by Rep. William Jones […]

Hispanic Heritage Month 2016—Hispanic Americans: Embracing, Enhancing, and Enriching America

Each year, from September 15 to October 15, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with the aim of celebrating the contributions of our fellow Americans of Hispanic ancestry. This year’s theme is Hispanic Americans:  Embracing, Enhancing, and Enriching America. The observation of this month—in which we bring forth the histories and cultures of people whose […]

On the Shelf: Hispanic Heritage Month at the Law Library

The following post is a joint effort by Betty Lupinacci (intro, photos) and Jennifer Davis (main text), both staff members in the Collection Services Division. Earlier this month Jennifer wrote about some of our newest acquisitions on piracy law.  Following that post, the Global Legal Collection Directorate decided that we would regularly highlight not only new […]

School Desegregation for All Children – The Legacy of Méndez v. Westminster

Gonzalo Méndez, William Guzmán, Frank Palomino, Thomas Estrada, and Lorenzo Ramírez, as citizens of the United States, and on behalf of their minor children, and as they allege in the petition, on behalf of ‘some 5000’ persons similarly affected, all of Mexican or Latin descent, have filed a class suit pursuant to Rule 23 of […]