Latinx History in the QCA

Although National Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 (Sept. 15th-Oct. 15th) winds down this week, the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center invites you to explore the lives of Hispanic Americans in our local area at any time with our brand-new research guide, “Latinx History in the Quad-Cities.” Launch your own investigation into the Mexican-American communities that formed in Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa and Silvis, Illinois from this convenient gathering of primary and secondary sources available at the Center, the Davenport Public Library/other RiverShare Libraries, and online.

Here’s a sampling of some of the materials at the RSSC Center featured in the guide:

Iowa Stories 2000 Oral History Project: Mexican Americans – Acc.#2005-02

Cook’s Point Reunion Exhibit Materials – Acc.#2016-12

Cook’s Point Images – Acc.#2016-39

¡Hola! America: English/Spanish newspaper (2001-2012)

Interested in finding out more about your Hispanic ancestors, local or otherwise? The Latinx History guide links to “Hispanic Genealogy Research,” another new RSSC Center guide. Here you’ll find a list of books, websites, and other sources helpful for tracing family history to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Latin America, Spain and Portugal. The latest addition to our periodical collection is the Genealogical Society of Hispanic America’s journal Nuestras Raíces = Our Roots:

In addition to the sources listed in these guides, we have a collection of local newspapers on microfilm and access to genealogy databases such as AncestryLibrary (available remotely to DPL cardholders through Dec. 31st), Fold3, and HeritageQuest.

Write or call for an appointment to view the RSSC Center’s resources on this topic or for assistance with your research! 563-326-7902

(posted by Katie)

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