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Hispanic and Portuguese Collections: An Illustrated Guide

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Thomas Jefferson Bldg (LJ240)
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, D.C. 20540-4850
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The Hispanic Reading Room was designed by architect Paul Philippe Cret. It opened in 1939.

The Hispanic Reading Room serves as the primary access point for research relating to those parts of the world encompassing the geographical areas of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Iberia; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.

NEWS: The Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape has launched Online

For the first time, a select number of recordings from the Archive of Literature on Tape (AHLOT) are available for streaming online. The AHLOT is a collection of nearly 700 recordings of critically acclaimed writers from Iberia and Latin America together with Hispanic/Latino writers reading selections from their work.

Link to Handbook of Latin American Studies
Handbook of
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An annotated bibliography covering 1936 to the present.

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