Hispanic and Latinx Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic and Latinx Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month

From the Philippines to the Dominican Republic, from California to Chile, Hispanic and Latinx peoples have many stories, histories, languages and cultures. (Although there is some ambiguity, generally “Hispanic” refers to Spanish-speaking peoples, and “Latinx” refers to people of Latin American heritage, including Portuguese-speaking Brazilians, for example. Take a look at this article from the Pew Research Center for more detailed analysis.) Celebrate the beauty and vast diversity of Hispanic and Latinx culture and history, or just get your learning started with these resources. 

National Organizations and Websites

The Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) 

AILLA provides access to recordings, texts, and other materials in and about many of the Indigenous languages of Latin America. Most materials are freely available to the public, but some are restricted in order to respect cultural protocols and privacy. The Archive primarily serves Indigenous peoples and scholars, and may be useful in language revitalization projects, but is a fascinating and helpful resource for anyone interested in the languages and cultures of Latin America’s Indigenous peoples.

Backstory: After Hurricane Maria–The History of Puerto Rico and the United States 

This episode of Backstory, from Virginia Humanities, explores the history of the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, addressing some of the questions and confusions some may have about Puerto Rican history and legal status.

Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement (TQLM)

Familia: TQLM works at the local and national levels to achieve the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender-nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organizing, advocacy, and education.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation 

Established in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce. They promote cultural pride, and support Hispanic communities by running public awareness campaigns seen by millions.

Hispanic Month 

Learn about Hispanic culture and history, and get ideas for how to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

National Hispanic Heritage Month 

Originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week”  in 1968, this holiday celebrates both Hispanic and Latinx American communities, beginning on September 15 (Independence Day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), and ending on October 15. Find exhibits, online collections, videos, podcasts, lesson plans, and much more on the Hispanic Heritage Month website.

Pew Research 

Here are some key facts about the nation’s Latino population by age, geography and origin groups.

Smithsonian Folkways Records

Take a listen through some of the playlists of Latin American music put together by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, including Sounds of Latin America, Afro-Latino Songs, Texas Sounds, Conjunto Essentials, Alza tu Voz, and more.

The Smithsonian Latino Center 

By working with the Smithsonian museums and research centers, the Smithsonian Latino Center works to preserve Latino culture and history, to engage with Latino communities, and to advance representation for these communities in the United States. The Center supports research, exhibitions, educational programs, online and virtual resources, as well as leadership and professional development programs for Latino youth, scholars, and museum professionals. In 2022, the Center will open the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the National American History Museum in Washington, D.C. In the meantime, you can take a look at the online exhibits and events they have been collaborating on.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 

SACNAS is dedicated to supporting Chicano/Hispanic and Native American students and professionals in STEM fields, whether in obtaining degrees, furthering their careers, or taking on leadership positions. 


Founded in 1968, UnidosUS has long been a trusted, nonpartisan voice for Latinos in the United States. The organization seeks to support Latinx and Hispanic communities through research, policy analysis, state and national advocacy efforts, and community programs. 

United Farm Workers Learning Lab Collection 

The Smithsonian and the National Endowment for the Humanities collaborated to bring together this collection of resources about the United Farm Workers, who organized for worker and civil rights during the 1960s and 70s, under the leadership of Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and Larry Itliong. Take a moment to look through these resources to learn about how the group brought attention to the mistreatment of farmers–especially Chicano and Filipino workers–through artistic expression, and collective action.

Local Organizations and Websites

Casa Purchase 

Casa Purchase seeks to build relationships and develop collaborations between SUNY Purchase and neighboring communities, in order to contribute to the social, economic, and educational advancement of local Latinx communities. One of their projects is the Transmedia Oral History Project.

The Hispanic Society of America

The Hispanic Society in NYC was founded in 1904 to establish a free, public museum and reference library for the study of the art and culture of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines. You can browse their online library and museum collections.

Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA)

At the Fordham University School of Law, LALSA provides support for first-year students, coordinates academic panels, professional development workshops, a mentorship program, and more for Latino legal professionals.

El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio in NYC celebrates the arts in Latinx, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Online, you can take a look at their virtual exhibitions, or explore their archives!

New York Latin Culture 

Check out the New York Latin Culture website for upcoming food, film, music, and dance events. Their Hispanic Heritage Month page includes dates and events that celebrate Independence and National Days, and Hispanic Heritage Month, in New York City.

New York Public Library 

The New York Public Library welcomes people from all kinds of backgrounds and celebrates the rich multicultural diversity that defines New York City. Check out their Hispanic Heritage Month page for upcoming events and programming, both in-person and virtual!

The Official Guide to New York City 

Find information about NYC events like the Latino Short Film Festival, the Queens Culture Carnival, and the Hispanic Day Parade!  

Westchester Latinos Unidos 

Located in Mt. Vernon, Westchester Latinos Unidos provides census, health, family support, immigration, translation, real estate, job readiness, and business development services to communities in Westchester County.

At the Library





Borrow Online


  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (available as audiobook or ebook)
  • Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero (available as audiobook or ebook)
  • Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis (available as ebook)
  • At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón (available as ebook)
  • Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez (available as ebook)
  • The sound of things falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (available as ebook)
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez (available as audiobook or ebook)
  • Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña (available as ebook)
  • Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (available as audiobook or ebook)
  • The Undocumented Americans: a Homecoming by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio (available as audiobook or ebook)
  • Waiting for the BiblioBurro by Monica Brown (available as ebook)


  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (available as audiobook or ebook)
  • Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora (available as ebook)
  • My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter by Aja Monet (available as ebook)
  • Before Night Falls by based on the autobiography of Reinaldo Arenas (available as movie)
  • Tertulia by Vincent Toro (available as audiobook)
  • The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (available as audiobook)
  • Bolivar: the South American Liberator by Robert Harvey (available as ebook)

Kanopy (Film and Video)

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