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Hispanic American Newspapers


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  • Features hundreds of fully searchable newspapers published in the United States by Hispanics
  • Based on the "Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project," a national research effort
  • Offers unabridged voices, ranging from intellectuals and literary notables to politicians, union organizers and grassroots figures

Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980, represents the single largest compilation of Spanish-language newspapers printed in the U.S. during the 19th and 20th centuries. The distinctive collection features hundreds of Hispanic American newspapers, including many long scattered and forgotten titles published in the 19th century. It is based on the “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Project,” a national research effort directed by Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation Professor of  Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston.

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Including many newspapers published bilingually in Spanish and English, Hispanic American Newspapers, 1808-1980, offers a diversity of unabridged voices, ranging from intellectuals and literary notables to politicians, union organizers and grassroots figures. Available online for the first time, these American newspapers published by Hispanics can now be easily browsed, searched and read. Users can compare and contrast Hispanic views on nearly every major theme in American life, beginning in 1808 when the first Spanish-language newspaper in the United States was printed in New Orleans. 

Explore Hispanic American history, culture and daily life
These Hispanic American newspapers reflect a long tradition of Spanish-language press in the western hemisphere. In the United States, the Hispanic press has played a vital role in the lives of immigrants, exiles and native Hispanic peoples alike. Often illustrated with photographic documentation, Hispanic American newspapers reveal the rich history of a people who have long resided in and contributed to the American public sphere. For more than two centuries, they have united Spanish speakers and preserved their cultural heritage through news, editorials and literature as well as by providing leadership, solidifying communities and spearheading social movements. They have covered every major theme in American history and culture and reported on events in Spanish-speaking countries not always available in traditional U.S. newspapers.

An Archive of Americana ® collection
Hispanic American Newspapers is the first collection in the Readex American Ethnic Newspapers series, which also includes African American Newspapers, 1827-1998, and Ethnic American Newspapers from the Balch Collection, 1799-1971. It can also be cross-searched with all other America’s Historical Newspapers series, including Early American Newspapers and Caribbean Newspapers.

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“...these online newspapers will transform our perception of Latino history for generations to come.”
Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Historian and Professor Emerita, Brooklyn College
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Enabling researchers to explore nearly 200 years of Hispanic American history, culture and daily life, Hispanic American Newspapers features more than 350 titles published in Spanish and bilingually in Spanish and English. Key titles include:

El Clamor Público (Los Angeles)
El Clamor Público (The Public Outcry) created landmark awareness of the poor treatment suffered by Hispanics in California. Founded by 17-year-old Francisco P. Ramírez, who turned the Spanish section of the Los Angeles Star into a separate newspaper, El Clamor Público provided a state-wide focus on injustice and oppression.
• Includes 103 issues published between 1855 and 1857

El Cosmopolita (Kansas City)
El Cosmopolita helped Hispanic Americans in the Midwest maintain their relationship with the Spanish-speaking world while simultaneously supplying vital housing and employment information and defending them from exploitation.
• Includes 258 issues published between 1914 and 1919

La Crónica (Laredo)
One of the most influential papers along the U.S.-Mexican border, La Crónica was published and written entirely by Nicasio Idar and his eight children. The paper provided support for the civic and political projects of Hispanic Texans and helped establish Mexican schools in Texas.
• Includes 100 issues published between 1910 and 1914

Demócrata Fronterizo (Laredo)
This Mexican immigrant paper features the writings of Sara Estella Ramírez, a passionate voice for gender and labor issues.
• Includes 81 issues published between 1917 and 1919

El Heraldo de México  (Los Angeles)
El Heraldo was hailed as a “people’s newspaper” for its blue-collar profile and focus on immigrant workers.
• Includes 3,129 issues published between 1917 and 1928

Hispano America (San Francisco)
This independent, non-political paper offered immigrants news of their homelands in addition to informing them of the culture and customs of life in the United States. Publisher and editor Julio G. Arce’s syndicated weekly column satirized Hispanic-American culture and helped transform his paper into the most important Hispanic publication in the Bay Area.
• Includes 459 issues published between 1918 and 1931

Latin Times (Chicago)
This post-World War II bilingual title, founded by the children of political refugees, became the voice of a new generation of Hispanic-American citizens.
• Includes 874 issues published between 1958 and 1975

El Misisipi (New Orleans)
In 1808, El Misisipi became the first Spanish-language newspaper in the United States, starting a tradition of Hispanic American periodicals that soon spread across the country.
• Includes the one issue published in 1808

Las Novedades (New York)
In the early 20th century, Las Novedades served the interests of a wide range of Spanish speakers, even while Cuba and Puerto Rico were waging wars of independence against Spain and tensions were high.
• Includes 276 issues published between 1888 and 1918

El Nuevo Mexicano (Santa Fe)
The longest running of the nearly 40 Hispanic newspapers that sprung up in New Mexico in the late 19th century, El Nuevo Mexicano strove to strike a balance between cultural preservation and assimilation.
• Includes 41 issues published between 1890 and 1908

La Prensa (New York)
Adapted to meet the needs of Puerto Ricans and other Spanish-speaking nationalities that immigrated to New York City in the 20th century, La Prensa became the nation’s longest-running Spanish-language daily.
• Includes 2,196 issues published between 1919 and 1929

La Prensa (San Antonio)
This important 20th-century paper was founded by Ignacio E. Lozano, one of the most powerful political, business and intellectual figures in the Hispanic immigrant community.
• Includes 17,233 issues published between 1913 and 1959

Pueblos Hispanos (New York)
Published byJuan Antonio Corretjer, a Puerto Rican nationalist and an ardent socialist, this significant paper covered politics and culture in the Soviet Union as well as socialist movements in Latin American countries such as Brazil, Peru and Ecuador. 
• Includes 77 issues published between 1943 and 1944

Regeneración (Los Angeles)
After the Mexican government prohibited publication of his work, radical journalist Ricardo Flores Magnón emigrated to California and began publishing Regeneración. The paper proved to be one of the most influential advocates for social change in the southwestern United States.
• Includes 253 issues published between 1910 and 1917

La Revista Católica  (Las Vegas, New Mexico)
La Revista Católica (The Catholic Magazine) was founded by Italian Jesuit Donato M. Gasparri. The foundation of the Catholic press in New Mexico, La Revista Católica gave the local Mexican community both a voice and the means to parochial education.
• Includes 363 issues published between 1888 and 1895

Traducción Prensa (Tampa)
The only Spanish morning daily in the South in its time, Traducción Prensa advertised itself as an American newspaper published in the Spanish language.
• Includes 15 issues published between 1941 and 1956

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