Hispanic Heritage Month
We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. The observation began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
View related records on the Hispanic and Latino Heritage resource page and in the Archives Catalog, including records about Puerto Rico, prominent Hispanic Americans, and Hispanic and Latino issues in the United States.
Event for Kids & Families
Saturday, September 25, at 8 p.m. ET: Join our Virtual Pajama Party for kids aged 8â€“12. The free program will feature Winifred Conkling and Sylvia Mendez and focus on the book Sylvia and Aki. Attendees will learn about the importance of civil rights and the value of friendship. Learn more and register.
An Examination of Hispanic and Latino History
A discussion of documents from the Hernandez v. Corpus Christi, Texas (1959) case. As part of their Documented Rights exhibit, the National Archives at St. Louis hosted a distinguished panel of scholars and legal experts to discuss the historical significance of documents from this landmark case.
Hispanic Americans in Congress 1822â€“2012
A lecture hosted by the Center for Legislative Archives.
President Reagan's Briefing for Hispanic Appointees
President Reagan's remarks at a White House briefing for Hispanic appointees and members of the Hispanic community in the East Room on July 20, 1982.
The Spanish Earth
The Spanish Earth (Reel 2 of 6) - National Archives and Records Administration 1937. This documentary film uses footage of war and glimpses of rural Spanish life in its portrayal of the struggle of the Spanish Republican government against a rebellion by right-wing forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco and backed by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy. The film was written by Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos (among others) and was narrated by Hemingway.
Monuments, Manifest Destiny, and Mexico (Prologue magazine,Â Summer 2005) -Â The survey of the U.S.-Mexico borderline, which followed the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, is sometimes disparagingly referred to as the stuff that "dime novels" are made of. Dime novel it's not; it is more a narrative of nation-building, centered in President James K. Polk's vision of manifest destiny.
The United States Armed Forces and the Mexican Punitive Expedition (Prologue magazine, Fall 1997) - In February 1917, the last of the U.S. troops serving in the Mexican Punitive Expedition recrossed the border fromÂ Mexico into United States, nearly a year after Pancho Villa had raided Columbus, New Mexico.Â
Letter from Mrs. Justina Belpre of San Juan, Puerto Rico, President of the Liga Insular de Mujeres Tripartitas de la Unificacion Puertorriquena, to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, regarding Brig. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis
Documents related to a White House dinner honoring Severo Ochoa, winner of the Nobel Prize and the U.S. National Medal of Science
Lyndon B. Johnson: Proclamation No. 3869-September 17, 1968(inaugural proclamation)
Ronald Reagan: Proclamation 5859-Sep. 13, 1988(last proclamation for National Hispanic Heritage Week)
George H.W. Bush: Proclamation 6021-September 14, 1989(first proclamation about National Hispanic Heritage Month)