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New Subscription to Hispanic Resource Databases Enriches Research for UNLV Faculty and Students

By BTL on October 2, 2013 7:15 AM | Permalink

The Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection, The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers, and Hispanic American Newspapers 1808-1980 are newly available online collections that offer fresh research opportunities for faculty and students learning about Hispanic-American history, culture, religion, and politics.

Sample newspaper content available from The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers Database through Ebsco. Click on the image to view the entire sample.

Front Page of Cultura Proletaria, Anarchist Newspaper, 1927


The three new subscriptions offer 24/7 access to important primary and secondary sources by and for U.S. based Latino communities. These databases are improving access to resources that were previously difficult to locate. Summer Burke, Deputy Director at Preserve Nevada and a UNLV graduate student, has been using these databases for her research. Burke stated, “Prior to having access to these database additions, I was left mining through other historians’ footnotes and relying on resources that tended to be more mainstream.” Newspaper articles and essays in these databases informed Burke’s analysis of Chicano movements for education in Denver, Colorado. She also shared how she located two publications that “provided a more radical discourse, and publication dates that were not previously available” as a result of using the Libraries’ new subscriptions.

Dr. Vincent Perez, Chair of UNLV Latino/a Faculty Alliance and Associate Professor, English was delighted to learn of the Libraries’ addition of “these tremendous resource databases for all UNLV scholars and students.”
All three collections originate from the “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,” a national project to locate, preserve, and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States coordinated by Arte Público Press at the University of Houston. Books and articles in both Spanish and English are included, including poetry, fiction and plays as well as more esoteric selections like pamphlets, speeches, textbooks, and sheet music.
The Arte Público Hispanic Historical Collection Database includes access to secondary sources in Hispanic-American history and culture. Search this database for historical books, essays, periodicals, pamphlets and ephemera pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature, political commentary, and culture. The contents are written primarily in Spanish (80%) and can be searched in Spanish and English.
The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers Database provides access to primary sources focusing on the evolution of Hispanic civil rights, religious thought, and the growing presence of women writers from the late 19th and 20th centuries. The resources available are all presented in their original form: letters, speeches, photos, manuscripts, books, newspapers, and rare anarchist newspapers.
The Hispanic American Newspapers 1808-1980 Database contains newspapers published by Hispanic-American communities, primarily from Arizona, California, New Mexico, New York, and Texas.

For additional assistance with these resources, contact University Libraries’ Humanities Librarian, Priscilla Finley, or the Research & Information Desk in Lied Library.

These databases, along with others that the Libraries subscribe to, are available at: