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Reference Guide to Panama Materials at the Library of Congress

Carnaval de 1936, Feb. 22-25, Panama Library of Congress, P&P Division, LC-DIG-ppmsca-13392.

The Hispanic Division has launched a new online guide entitled Reference Guide to Panama Materials at the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/rr/hispanic/panama/Panama%20Guide.pdf). The guide provides the researcher with a glimpse of the rich variety of Panamanian materials available at the Library.

The Division recently commemorated the anniversary of the independence of Panama from the Republic of Colombia. After Colombia’s independence from Spain in 1821, Panama, which was then part of Gran Colombia, attempted separation on several occasions during the federalist era. A political struggle between the federalists and the centralists arose, and Panama was established as a department under centralism, and then as a sovereign state under federalism. Panama achieved independence on November 3, 1903.

To learn more about Panama, access the Reference Guide or via the Hispanic Division home page and consult the Handbook of Latin American Studies (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/hlas/).

The Hispanic Reading Room is a center for the study of cultures and societies of the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and other areas where Spanish and Portuguese influence has been significant. We encourage patrons to visit the reading room to seek assistance with the vast Luso-Hispanic collections from reference librarians and area specialists. The reading room is on the second floor of the Jefferson Bldg, LJ-240 and is open M-F, 8:30am to 5:00 pm. Free wireless is available.

 

Kaydee McCann
Hispanic Divison, Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Celebrates Mexico

James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, unveiled the first phase of the online exhibit “Distant Neighbors: The U.S. and the Mexican Revolution” in the Hispanic Reading Room on May 23, 2011.  H.E. Arturo Sarukhan, Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S., greeted the assembled audience.

Georgette Dorn, Chief of the Hispanic Division, then moderated a panel featuring three specialists in Mexico who gave presentations on Mexico’s 1810 and 1910 revolutions. Barbara Tenenbaum (Hispanic Division) described “Finding the Mexican Revolution at the Library of Congress,”  Roberto Breña (El Colegio de Mexico) spoke about “The Mexican Independence Process in the Atlantic Context,” and John Tutino (Georgetown University) addressed “National Commemorations, Scholarly Debates, and Public Conversations.”

Carlos González Manterola, coordinator of the 10-volume monographic series 20/10 Memorias de la revoluciones en México presented the work to the Library and discussed the project.

The online exhibit is being prepared by Barbara Tenenbaum, Everette Larson (Head of the Hispanic Reading Room), and Juan Manuel Pérez (Reference Specialist).

 

Georgette Dorn
Library of Congress

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