¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!: Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!

Monday, September 14, 2020

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Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! The Government & Heritage Library (GHL) is thrilled to celebrate the contributions of our fellow Hispanic/Latinx North Carolinians. At the GHL, we strive to advance the study and understanding of North Carolina’s cultural heritage new and old. With our growing Hispanic/Lantinx community, we hope to build and create relationships that will live on in North Carolina for decades to come. We would like to highlight a selection of free online resources in both Spanish and English that might be of interest to our Hispanic/Latinx Community. 

Online Databases & Resources 

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GHL provides access to a wide range of online databases and resources. Many contain Spanish language content or information about the Hispanic/Latinx community. The following list of resources are available to all N.C. residents with a Government & Heritage Library Card. 

  • The U.S. Newsstream database contains news content from many national and international newspapers. News streams and papers of note in this collection include: 
    • U.S. Hispanic Newsstream which offers access to contemporary Hispanic news content in Spanish (and English) from all across the United States 
    • New York Times Español provides full-text coverage of newly published in Spanish in the New York Times from June 2020 to present. 
  • NewspaperARCHIVE contains newspapers from around the world. GHL’s access also includes their Mexico Newspaper Archive which includes papers from 1784-1860. 
  • Ancestry Library Edition, the world’s most popular online genealogy resource, includes access to records and indexes from countries outside the United States including but not limited to Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico. To find these records directly, use the “Search” tab and select North America to search by location. 
  • The GHL Search Everything Catalog is a great way to locate online access to books in Spanish. Follow this link for a prepared search for eBooks En Español
  • Those interested in finding statistics about the growth and contributions of North Carolina’s Hispanic/Latinx communities should take a look at AccessNC from the NC Department of Commerce and LINC from the Offices of State Budget and Management (OSBM) for present-day statistics or explore the United States’ Census Data for historical information. 

This list highlights just a few of the databases with specific Hispanic/Latinx information. For a full list of databases provided by GHL look at the Online Databases & Resources page of our website. 

Resources from the GHL 

Have you taken a look at NCpedia’s Libro de Hechos de El Viejo Estado del Norte collection? Added last year, in this collection you can learn about North Carolina's most well-known state symbols and the history of North Carolina in Spanish. For more about this collection, read our blog post titled Discover the State Symbols of North Carolina en Español

Looking for more resources and information on family history, demographics, history, and state resources related to North Carolina's Hispanic heritage? Check out the GHL's research guide, North Carolina's Hispanic Heritage

Did you know that North Carolina state agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Labor often release their publications in Spanish? Or that these publications are available in the North Carolina Digital Collections? An advanced search of the collection filtering by “Language” and searching by the term “Spanish” will bring up titles in the collection. Recent titles include Preguntas y respuestas sobre vivienda justa as well as the StrongSchoolsNC public health toolkit (K-12) : interim guidance, which includes Spanish language content. 

Have a Suggestion for More Resources? 

These are just a few of the resources available through the Government & Heritage Library that highlight the Hispanic/Latinx communities in North Carolina and the United States. As we continue to strive for equity in our collections and resources, we would love to hear from you about books, databases, and other resources you would like to see in our collection. To make a suggestion, go to our “Support Our Collection” page. 

In the meantime, we hope these resources aid your research into the Hispanic and Latinx communities in North Carolina. 

Francesca Perez Evans, Community Engagement Librarian