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Hispanic / Latin/x/e/a/o Collections: Home




                        Gran Carnaval Puertorriqueño [Great Puerto Rican Carnival] advertisement [Puerto Rican Week Festival records]

HSP holds a variety of collections rich in documenting the experiences of Hispanic / Latino immigrants in the United States. The following guide provides a list of manuscript and photograph collections pertaining to Hispanic groups in the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

These collections consist of personal letters, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks of immigrant families; the financial records, correspondence, and advertising of businesses; the legal, civic, and organizational records of advocacy groups; the research files of scholars studying specific communities; as well as photographs, prints, posters and broadsides; and in some cases, samples of published and unpublished literature, art, and music.

Click on the collection names below to view their full records in HSP's online catalog, Finding aids or inventories are available for many of these collections, either online or at HSP's Reference Desk. If you don’t see a link to an online finding aid in the linked catalog records below, also check out our list of finding aids and the Balch Manuscript Guide, which provides links to other online finding aids. Please note that we add new finding aids regularly. If you still have questions, ask a Reference Librarian.

HSP's collection also contains a large number of published materials relating to the experiences of Hispanic immigrants in the United States, including biographies, political pamphlets, government reports, and family histories; analyses of U.S. society and culture focusing on ethnicity, migration, racism and race relations, cultural transformation, and transnational identities; and published and unpublished materials regarding ethnic persecution and resistance. Please refer to our online catalog for more information about HSP's books, images, journals, manuscripts, maps, and other items in our collection.

You may also want to browse through the Balch Manuscript Guide, the "Ethnic History Resources" subject guide, and HSP's 2010 blog post, "Collections of Interest to Hispanics." All of these resources describe holdings by ethnic designation, including collections about Hispanics in Florida, New York, and Texas, among other places. You can also contact a Reference Librarian for further assistance.