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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month banner graphic. Two graffiti images compiled to make one design. Images form the Archives Catalog

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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.

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Monuments, Manifest Destiny, and Mexico (Prologue magazine, Summer 2005) - 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 from Mexico into United States, nearly a year after Pancho Villa had raided Columbus, New Mexico. 

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The Disturnell map of 1847

The Disturnell map of 1847 was appended to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. (General Records of the U.S. Government, RG 11)

An Examination of Hispanic and Latino History

A discussion of documents from the Hernandez v. Corpus Christi, Texas (1959) case


The Records of Rights exhibition has sections related to:

Mistreatment of Mexican-American Soldiers

Delano Grape Strike and Boycott

Los Angeles Garment Workers Strike

Zoot Suit Riots

Miranda v. Arizona (Miranda Rights)

Google Cultural Institute

Google Cultural Institute/NARA exhibition titled La Experiencia Americana.