Celebrating Hispanic Heritage: Selections from the UF Digital Collections

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Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, 2009
Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now!

Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now! is the theme for Hispanic Heritage Month, 2009. The US observes Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 to honor the contributions of Hispanic Americans and to celebrate Hispanic culture and heritage.

For 2009, Hispanic Heritage Month takes its theme - Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now! - from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s call to act:

We are now faced with the face that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late.

Embracing the Fierce Urgency of Now!
The University of Florida Libraries at Gainesville are constantly faced with the fierce urgency of the present, knowing that temperate climates and coming storms pose ever present dangers that threaten rare and unique works of cultural heritage in the Caribbean and Latin America. The University Libraries began to develop collections in Caribbean Studies in the late 1920s, and in 1952 under the national Farmington Plan assumed a special responsibility for West Indian acquisitions. For decades, the University Libraries undertook ambitious microfilming and acquisitions projects in the region, serving as a preservation partner for libraries and archives throughout the region. With the advent of new technologies, the Libraries moved from microfilm to digital preservation.

Today, the University of Florida is a founding member and technology lead of the Digital Library of the Caribbean (http://dloc.com/). The Digital Library (dLOC) is a multi-national project with partners in Aruba, The Bahamas, Belize, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Florida, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela.

dLOC's content includes archives, audio and video, books, journals, newspapers, maps, and photography. All of the materials in dLOC are freely and fully open to the world, and more materials are added daily. Digitization facilities both at the University of Florida and across the Caribbean are actively scanning archival and published resources. Underscoring the urgency for action or the grave potential for loss, digitization efforts draw equally from original documents and from microfilmed copies where originals no longer exist. The University Libraries ensure that all materials in dLOC are digitally preserved for the future.

About Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates Hispanic heritage, culture, and the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the United States. Hispanic Heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and expanded to Hispanic Heritage Month under President Ronald Reagan in 1988. September 15 continued to mark the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month because of its significance as the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their anniversaries of independence during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 16 and September 18, respectively). Hispanic Heritage Month also includes Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, on October 12.

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maps : : history : : literature : : ephemera : : photographs


EXHIBIT IMAGE INDEX

MAPS

Edward Weller
Henry Holt & Co., New York
Plan of the Railway from Caracas to La Guayra
1872
Map
1 map : col. ; 21 x 29 cm. sheet

S.A. Mitchell
Thomas, Cowperthwait & Co., Philadelphia
Map of South America Engraved to Illustrate Mitchell's School and Family Geography
1853
Map
1 map : col. ; 30 x 24 cm. sheet

Joseph Hutchins Colton
J.H. Colton & Co., New York
Central America
1855
Map
1 map : Col., ; 28.6 x 36.4 cm. on sheet 39.7 x 47.4 cm.

Central America
1850
Map

Mexico or New Spain

1818
Map

HISTORY

Translation of the Law of Criminal Procedure for Cuba and Porto Rico
Government Printing Office, Washington
1901
Book
iii, iv-vii, iv-vii, 358, 358, 359-393 p. : ; 25 cm

Boletin Especial, Evolución Fiscal Durante el Período 1930-1947
Impresora Dominicana, Ciudad Trujillo
1948
Book
16 p. : illus. port. ; 26cm

Persons of Spanish origin in the United States
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Washington D.C.
1976
Serial
v. : ill. ; 28 cm

Latin America Data Catalog
Roper Research Center, Williamstown, Massachusetts
1976?
Book
x, 268 p. : ; 22 cm

Mujeres Ilustres del Perú
Ediciones Carpesa, Lima, Perú
1969?
Book
113 p. : ports. ; 20 cm

LITERATURE

Bohemia
La Habana
n.d.
Periodical
: ill. ; 30 cm

María Cadilla de Martínez. (b. 1886)
Imprenta Venezuela, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hitos de la Raza (cuentos tradicionales y folklóricos)
1945
Book
136 p., 2 l. : ; 21cm

Rubén Darío (1867-1916)
Eduardo Barrios (1884-1963)
Roberto Meza Fuentes (b. 1899)
Nascimento, Santiago Concepción, Chile
Sus Mejores Poemas
1929
Book
304 p. : ; 20 cm

Féliz Ramos y Duarte (d. 1923)
Diccionario de Mejicanismos
Imprenta de E. Dublan, Méjico
1895
Book
544 p. : ; 23 cm

Rita Geada
Desvelado Silencio
Habana, Cuba
1959
Book
61 p. : ; 20 cm

Julia de Burgos (b. 1914)
Juan Batista Pagan
José Emilio Gonzales
Obra Poética
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1961
Book
332 p. : ; 23 cm

EPHEMERA

Mario Rivas, director
El Bohío
Instituto Cubano de Arte e Industria Cinematográfica
1984
Artifact

Daniel Diaz Torres, director
Alicia en el Pueblo de las Maravillas
n.d.
Artifact

Richard Pottier, director
La Bella Otero
1954
Artifact

Hector Olivera, director
La Patagonia Rebelde
1976
Artifact

Chano Urueta, director
Quiéreme Porque me Muero
1953
Artifact

Jaime Salvador, director
Los dos Apóstoles
n.d.
Artifact

PHOTOGRAPHS

3 gentlemen in front of Ag college main door, Medellin, Colombia - 1945
1945
Photograph

Miriam Santamaría
Puerto Boniato Desde lo Alto

May 28, 1971
Photograph

Mitchell
Acharas zapota (Chicle, Níspero, Zapodilla) tree about twenty years old
January 7, 1945
Photograph

Aerial view of Puerto Rican metropolitan area fronted by poor residential areas
n.d.
Photograph

Cathedral, Medellin, Colombia - 1945
1945
Photograph


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