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Latinx/Hispanic Heritage

This guide contains library resources on Hispanic and Latinx Heritage as well as links to internal and external sources on the topic, including additional sources on "La Herencia Hispana" in Spanish.

Origins of Hispanic Heritage Month

According to the Library of Congress (2022):

"Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started 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 starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."

As Kean University observes Latinx Heritage Month 2022, we hope that the resources highlighted on this guide will foster your celebration of the achievements, heritage, and history of Hispanic and Latinx people and cultures.



Library of Congress. (2022). National Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

"From September 15th through October 15th, join in the nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. This video provides just a sample of the people and places of the Department of the Interior that showcase the diversity of the Hispanic and Latinx experience."


U.S. Department of the Interior. (2020, September 28). National Hispanic Heritage Month. [Video]. Youtube.

Celebrate Latinx/Hispanic Heritage via Learning Commons Resources

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Notable Latino Americans

Electronic Resource

Latinos in Science, Math, and Professions

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Main Collection (Third Floor)

Notable Hispanic American Women

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Reference Collection Section (Second Floor)

Latinos: A Biography of the People

Nancy Thompson Learning Commons (Library) Main Collection (Second Floor)