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Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape

Founded in 1943, the AHLOT consists of recordings and interviews of poets,
novelists, and essayists from the Luso-Hispanic world reading from their own works.

Spotlight on U.S. Hispanic Writers

This series features emerging and established American poets and prose writers
of Hispanic descent who write predominantly in English. The poet or writer reads from his
or her work.

Government and Military

Hispanic Americans in Congress

Based on the book Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822–2012, this online presentation
contains biographical profiles of former Hispanic Members of Congress, links to information
about current Hispanic Members, essays, and images of each individual Member, including rare photos.

Hispanics in Service: The Veterans History Project

Whatever their individual backgrounds before they came to serve their country, the
Hispanics in these collections all found opportunities without impediments by donning
the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.


History and Culture

1492: An Ongoing Voyage

The exhibition 1492: An Ongoing Voyage describes both pre- and post-contact America, as well as the Mediterranean world at the same time.

The 1562 Map of America by Diego Gutiérrez

In 1562 Diego Gutiérrez, a Spanish cartographer and engraver Hieronymus Cock collaborated in the
preparation of a spectacular and ornate map of what was then referred to as the 4th part of the world, America.

Christopher Columbus: Images in Color

A collection of images depicting Columbus and his activities,
which can be found in the Library's collections.

Chronicling the New World

An online presentation of Gonzalo Oviedo's descriptions and woodcut illustrations of products
and goods found in the New Word during his voyage of 1514.

Distant Neighbors: The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution

This online presentation tells the story of the complex and turbulent relationship between
Mexico and the United States during the Mexican Revolution.

Exploring the Early Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection

Selections from the more than 3,000 rare maps, documents, paintings, prints, and
artifacts that make up the Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Congress.

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Library of Congress and other DC cultural institutions join in paying tribute to the generations
of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection

An online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious
and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern

The Huexotzinco Codex

It is part of the testimony in a legal case against representatives of the colonial government in
Mexico, ten years after the Spanish conquest in 1521

Kraus Collection of Sir Francis Drake

This collection comprises important primary and secondary materials accumulated about
Drake's voyages throughout the then Spanish territory of the Americas.

Kraus Collection: Spanish American Manuscripts

Collection consists of 162 manuscripts relating to the history of Spanish America during
the colonial period, 1492 to 1819.

The Luso-Hispanic World in Maps

A selective guide to manuscript maps to 1900 in the collections
of the Library of Congress

The Portuguese in the US

The Portuguese were the leading European explorers in the fifteenth century and it
was through the efforts of Portuguese-born and sponsored men that many parts of the world,
including the coast of present-day California, were discovered and mapped.

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age

This presentation portrays the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through
first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the LC's General Collections.

Spain, The United States, & The American Frontier: Historias Paralelas

Multi-format English-Spanish digital library site that explores the interactions between Spain and the United States in America from the fifteenth to the early nineteenth centuries.

The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

The Library of Congress holds the copy of the Treaty found in Nicholas Trist's papers. The final version of the document is kept at the U.S. National Archives. See also Primary Documents in American History: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo

The United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures

Expanding frontiers, Comparing Cultures explores the history of Brazil and the United States from the eighteen century to the twentieth century, and the parallels and contrasts between Brazilian and American Culture

The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War

A presentation of resources and documents about the Spanish-American War, the period before the war, and some of the fascinating people who participated in the fighting or commented about it.


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