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Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15 through October 15. As defined by the Law Library of Congress, this month "celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their independence in September." For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' National Hispanic Heritage Month page.

While we honor the intent of Hispanic Heritage Month, the SJR State Library also understands, as Stef Bernal-Martinez explained in Teaching Tolerance, that "we must also do the important work of understanding how and why the distinct histories of a multinational, multicultural and multilingual group of communities were consolidated into Hispanic heritage in the first place... Understanding the history behind these shifting identifications—and particularly the history of the word Hispanic—can help us better understand the challenges this term has created." The Library will strive to foster this understanding through it's curation of resources and features. 

General Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Online Resources   "This Web portal is a collaborative project of the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and U.S. National Archives and Records Administration."

The Hispanic Reading Room   This Library of Congress site "is the primary access point for research related to the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S. and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania." 

About Hispanic Origin   An explanation from the U.S Census Bureau of the term "Hispanic or Latino" that is used by the agency as an ethnicity designation for data collection purposes.

Latino and Hispanic identities aren’t the same. They’re also not racial groups.   A resource recommended by Teaching Tolerance to help understand race and ethnicity specifically regarding the term Hispanic and Latinx. 

Latino Civil Rights Timeline, 1903 to 2006

Books at the SJR State Library about Hispanic Heritage & History 

Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. 

Locations follow the call number. PAC = Palatka Campus Library  OPC = Orange Park Campus Library  SAC = St. Augustine Campus Library

These titles provide general information about the topic. For books by or about individuals, specific events, or related subjects, search the Library catalog.

eBooks at the SJR State Library about Hispanic Heritage & History 

eBooks are accessible to currently registered SJR State students, faculty, and staff. Access is granted after signing into MySJRstate and clicking oon the Library Catalog link. 

The Library's Annual Observances of Hispanic Heritage Month

Annual commemoration page created and maintained by Dr. Christina Will
Updated: 9/2019
This page will be updated & reposted in September 2020