Latino Americans are the largest minority group in the United States, with more than 50 million people. For many decades, NYPL has collected intensively to document the Hispanic and Latino presence in the United States. The Library’s collections contain important objects and records documenting Spanish exploration of areas that are now part of the continental US. Building on these historic strengths, the Library has continued to document the history and literature of Latinos in the United States, particularly in New York.
Through the Latino Americans program series, the New York Public Library offered a series of free public programs that lead our community in an exploration of Latino’s rich and varied history and culture and culture and their profound impacts on our nation.
Listen to the Memory Circles—a permanent part of our NYPL Oral History archive— collected group stories from the community about what it means to be Latino American in New York City and about Latin American Entertianment.
Browse some of our available resources recommended by our staff.
New York has long been a major destination for emigrants from Latin America, particularly Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and increasingly from Mexico and other countries. Since the 19th century, the Library has been collecting Spanish-language materials published in the United States, such as émigré newspapers popular at the turn of the previous century.
Latino Americans: 500 Years of History has been made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association.