The United States observes September 15–October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. During the month, we commemorate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
The observance began 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. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
September 15 is the anniversary of the 1821 independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua from Spain. Mexico, Chile, and Belize also celebrate their independence in September.
We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by recognizing the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrating their heritage and culture.
The National Archives’ holdings regarding Hispanic Americans are extensive and include documents on a wide range of subjects including genealogy, military service, and immigration. Some highlights of records found in the National Archives Catalog include, but are not limited to:
Did you know you can use tags in the Catalog to gather a list of records or create a resource guide?
Members of the Hispanic and Latino Organization (HALO) Employee Affinity Group at the National Archives have tagged records in the Catalog related to Hispanic culture to make these records easier to identify and locate. HALO members added the prg_2013 tag to records in the Catalog concerning Puerto Rico, including records that appeared in the Guide to Puerto Rican Records in New York. Additionally, they identified records related to prominent Hispanic Americans, Hispanic and Latino issues in the United States, and tagged each record with the tag lax_2017.
If you’d like to create a list of records for any purpose, consider creating a code like tag and adding it to the record. Using a unique tag of numbers and letters will ensure that you won’t accidentally draw in records tagged someone else's records to your list.
We invite you to watch this fascinating series of NASA films, tagging descriptive details found within the films as you watch. You can tag names of astronauts, locations, launches, and even machinery and equipment; all of these details will help make these films more discoverable in our Catalog.