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American History Online » teen pick
Find encyclopedia articles, primary sources (with introductory essays), biographies, timelines, images and videos, and maps, charts and tables from numerous reference works in history.
American National Biography »
American National Biography offers authoritative biographical articles on thousands of deceased Americans. The Hispanic American Heritage research guide offers links to selected biographies as well as topical articles from The Oxford Companion to United States History.
Biography in Context » teen pick
Find hundreds of biographies of Hispanic Americans, including those currently living, in this collection of articles from dozens of biographical sources. Search by name or use the Person Search to search by a wide variety of criteria, including ethnicity.
History Reference Collection »
Search over 50 encyclopedias and other reference titles related to the study of history. Among the thousands of articles in this resource, you’ll find a history of Mujeres Latinas en Acción in Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia, an essay on Hispanic Americans’ struggle for access to quality education in The Columbia History of Latinos in the United States since 1960 and an overview of Mexican immigration in the student-friendly U.S. Immigration and Migration Reference Library.
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Featured CPL Collections and Programs
- Celebrating Diversity: Hispanic American Heritage Month »
Each year, from mid-September to mid-October, the Chicago Public Library celebrates the achievements and contributions of Hispanic Americans through events and exhibits and by highlighting select library resources.
- Social Science and History Department »
The Social Science and History Department at the Harold Washington Library Center has a broad range of material on world, U.S., local and ethnic history, with a particular emphasis on Chicago history.
- 1898-1998: Puerto Ricans in the U.S.: Affirming Identity, Citizenship and Nationhood »
This online exhibit, from El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños at Hunter College, tells the story of Puerto Ricans in the United States through an impressive array of images from the Centro Library and Archives.
- Cuban Heritage Collection »
The Cuban Heritage Collection at the University of Miami Libraries offers digitized photographs, letters, maps and manuscripts as well as thematic digital exhibits prepared by university archivists and librarians.
- Encyclopedia of Chicago »
Sponsored by the Chicago History Museum, the Newberry Library and Northwestern University, this unique resource includes articles on the history of most ethnic groups in the city, including Argentinians, Belizeans, Bolivians, Chileans, Colombians, Costa Ricans, Cubans and more.
- Immigration… »
- National Hispanic Heritage Month »
This collaboration by several national heritage and cultural organizations (The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, etc.) showcases resources from each institution. Notable are the audio and video recordings of the stories of Hispanic American men who served in World War II and the Korean War from the Veterans History Project and the maps, photographs and scanned books in the online exhibit Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age.
- VOCES Oral History Project »
This project at the University of Texas Libraries records the experiences of Latinos and Latinas across the United States during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War in their own words and images.