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Latinos (Hispanic Americans)

Selected Books

Novas, Himilce
Everything You Need to Know about Latino History
r E184.S75 N69 2007 (noncirculating)
This reference book covers the contributions of Spaniards, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans, Dominicans, and Central and South Americans whose cultures have given us everything from chocolate to chili peppers, from mambo to machismo, and from Desi Arnaz to Oscar Hijuelos.
Petrillo, Valerie
A Kid's Guide to Latino History: More Than 50 Activities
j E184.S75 P48 2009
Features more than 50 hands-on activities, games, and crafts that explore the diversity of Latino culture and teach children about the people, experiences, and events that have shaped Hispanic American history.


A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story
(DVD) KF224.H468 C55 2009x
In the small town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, field hand Pete Hernández killed a tenant farmer after exchanging words in a cantina. From this murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would change the lives and legal standing of ten of millions of Americans.

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Pittsburgh Region

  • Bésame
    Bésame is a quartet that specializes in music from Latin America, with emphasis on the sounds of Colombia.
  • Colombia en Pittsburgh
    A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization uniting Colombians that live in Pittsburgh.
  • Coro Latinoamericano de Pittsburgh
    Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Coro Latinoamericano (Latinamerican Choir) is a singing group of 25 men and women committed to "uniting the Americas" through a closer understanding of Latinamerican music and culture. Members represent various countries of North, Central and South America.
  • Global Pittsburgh: Latin American Communities
    Look here for information about the Latino community in Pittsburgh. Included are links to other organizations.
  • La Jornada Latina
    Pittsburgh's first Spanish-language newspaper.
  • Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
    Formerly the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Western Pennsylvania
    The Mission of the PMAHCC is to provide regional business opportunities which allow economic growth, while simultaneously advocating, promoting, and facilitating the success of Hispanic businesses.
  • Latin American and Caribbean Heritage Room
    The Latin American and Caribbean Heritage Classroom project is a community effort that aims at creating a room that represents the Amerindian, European, and African cultures of the region. Upon completion, the Room will join the other worldwide known 32 Nationality and Heritage Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Latin American Cultural Union
    The Latin American Cultural Union (LACU), founded in 1986, is a non profit organization whose primary goal is to cultivate and disseminate the diverse cultural and artistic manifestations of Latin American traditions and life such as dance, music, literature, culinary arts, film, painting, and regional costumes. Includes the Comunidad Latina, links to Latino organizations in the Pittsburgh area.


  • Al Día Newspaper
    "a Spanish-language weekly newspaper providing news and information to the Hispanic community in the Greater "Filadelfia" area and the Delaware Valley"
  • Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs
    As the Commonwealth's advocacy agency for its Latino residents, GACLA helps secure funding and technical assistance for numerous community projects, works closely with local Latino organizations, and helped to establish the Pennsylvania Latino Chamber of Commerce. GACLA facilitated the creation of the Pennsylvania Association of Latino Organizations (PALO), a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the capacity building and strengthening of local community-based organizations.
  • Pennsylvania Association of Latino Organizations
    The Pennsylvania Association of Latino Organizations, Inc. (PALO) is a not-for-profit membership organization composed of Latino community development organizations located throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition (PSLC)
    The Pennsylvania Statewide Latino Coalition (PSLC) is a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of Latino leaders, organizations, community activists, students, and individuals that serves as a statewide institutional catalyst for positive social change and political advancement.

United States

  • El Andar Magazine
    Interviews, essays, and reports about Latino life.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month (National Register of Historic Places)
    The National Register of Historic Places, as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month, highlights various publications, properties listed in the National Register, and National Parks reflecting the influence of Hispanic Americans.
  • Musica de la Frontera
    The University of California at UCLA is digitizing the Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican-American Recordings (the Frontera Collection). The early-twentieth century section includes approximately twelve thousand 78 rpm recordings of Mexican vernacular music recorded from around 1905 to 1955. You can listen to 50 second snippets online.
  • National Council of La Raza
    a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization established in 1968 to reduce poverty and discrimination, and improve life opportunities, for Hispanic Americans.
  • Pew Hispanic Center
    The Pew Hispanic Center's mission is to improve understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the United States and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. The Center strives to inform debate on critical issues through dissemination of its research to policymakers, business leaders, academic institutions and the media. Their reports are available online.
  • Poder 360
    Formerly Hispanic Magazine. There are regional versions of this magazine in other Hispanic countries.