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About the Collections
Online Collections, Presentations &
DISTANT NEIGHBORS: The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution
on the Cultures & History of the Americas
Exploring the Early Americas
published in New Mexico
Guides & Finding Aids
Coll.: Sir Francis Drake
Louisiana: Explorations and the
the U.S., and the American Frontier
United States and Brazil: Expanding Frontiers, Comparing Cultures
in other Divisions
A Spanish-language annotated bibliography of LC books on Hispanic and Caribbean Cookery: Bibliografía anotada sobre alimentación, gastronomía, cultura y hábitos alimenticios en el mundo ibérico (Europa y América) y el Caribe
of Latin American Studies Online, an
annotated, searchable online bibliography on Latin America from 1936 to the present. New Handbook Interface containing items from vol 49 (1989) to
Within the Library of Congress you have the Hispanic Reading Room available to you as a touchstone to enable you to find your ancestors, your culture, and your history. All within a room that exudes the atmosphere of 16th Century Spanish Colonial architecture.
Not everything starts with Don Quixote, but look at what the BBC says about our room: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uy244RWgZDo
We do have computers and wi-fi access which may stretch the Colonial atmosphere a bit. Add to this atmosphere the services of specialists, a ready-reference collection, and reference librarians that speak your language, know your culture, and can point out materials throughout the collections of the Library of Congress. Come and visit. Look at our reading room, our outstanding murals, and of course, ask questions. Our doors are open during the working week from 8:30-5:00.
In 1944, the Hispanic collections were dispersed throughout the Library and the Hispanic Division became a Reference and Acquisition center for the vast Iberian, Caribbean, Central and South American collections. Hence, while we buy materials for the Library, we keep tabs on where this material goes. In addition to the 3 million books in Spanish and Portuguese in the Library, we also provide help regarding materials in the indigenous languages south of the border. We even have recordings of major literary figures reading their own works so you can listen to Spanish-language poetry read by the authors themselves http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/archive.html. A few have even recorded poems in Aymara, Quechua, and Nahuatl. Nahuatl, the language spoken by the Aztecs captured the attention of the Spanish and we even have a facsimile of the Florentine Codex in our reference collection. It consists of three volumes in an illustrated bilingual text telling about the flora, fauna, customs, history of the Aztecs and their vassals. There is an English translation of the text and recently, the World Digital Library, put the Florentine Codex up online http://www.wdl.org/en/item/10096/#regions=latin-america-and-the-caribbean&countries=MX. The Florentine Codex even includes an illustration of Malinche, the translator of Cortes http://www.wdl.org/en/item/10623/view/1/55/.
If you are interested in the culture and history of a particular country you may want to look at The Handbook of Latin American Studies http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/ which will lead you to selected books and especially articles in the Social Sciences and Humanities. The Library of Congress’ online catalog http://catalog.loc.gov/ will lead you to the wide panoply of items available you can request in the Hispanic Reading Room or in other reading rooms.
- Weekdays: 8:30am - 5:00pm
and Federal Holidays
and Contact information
- Thomas Jefferson Bldg., Room LJ240
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4850
to send reference staff a question about our collections and services.
The Hispanic Reading Room has free
Wireless Internet Access
Science Reference Guide on:
Latinos in Math & Science:
Resources for kids, young adults and teachers
See the page on the Performing Arts Blog concerning the Chilean National Anthem