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USING AREA STUDIES COLLECTIONS
CASE STUDIES: AMERICAN JEWISH WOMEN AND LATINAS
AREA STUDIES EXTERNAL SITES
The Newspaper and Current Periodical Reading Room (see the Serial and Government Publications section) holds many current and historic Latino newspapers. The collection includes El Diario/La Prensa (New York City, 1963-; News MF2396), with its “La Reina de Reinas” (“The Queen of Queens”) beauty contests sponsored by the newspaper; its ads for secretarial schools complete with blond images; and its horoscope column “Es Hoy su Cumpleaños?” (“Is Today Your Birthday?”), by Stella. The newspaper also features the column “Marginalia” by Luisa Quintero; clothing patterns pictured on a blonde little girl; and articles with pictures of such notable Latinas as Irma Vidal Santaella, president of the Comisión Nacional Hispánica de Asesoramiento Económico (National Hispanic Commission of Business Consultants). La Opinión (Los Angeles, 1981 News MF2240) includes features on child development, recipes from Mexican states, paper dolls for children, a “Conozca Sus Derechos” (“Know Your Rights”) column, and an unsubtle juxtaposition of the “Belleza Total” (“Total Beauty”) column by Yolanda Aguilar side by side with the wedding announcements section. The Library also holds a complete run of Diario las Américas (Miami, 1953-; News MF 1026), and El Latino (Washington, D.C., News MF 3111). Twenty more titles are indexed in the subscription database Ethnic NewsWatch.
Research on Latinas, however, should hardly be limited to the Spanish-language press. The Library's extensive holdings of major newspapers include the journal of record of most state capitals, as well as vehicles of national scope such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, and Los Angeles Times. These newspapers provide important information on the interaction between the Latino community and the general community, including local news, classified advertisements, and feature sections.
Grove, Pearce S., Becky J. Barnett, and Sandra J. Hansen, eds. New Mexico Newspapers: A Comprehensive Guide to Bibliographical Entries and Locations. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1975. Z6952.N55 G75 GenColl, N&CPR.
Kanellos, Nicolás, and Helvetia Martell. Hispanic Periodicals in the United States, Origins to 1960. Houston: Arte Público Press, 1999. Z6953.5.S66 K36 2000 GenColl, HISP Ref.
Rodríguez, América. Making Latino News: Race, Language,Class. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 1999. PN4888.H57 R63 1999.
Sample LCSH: Mexican Americans— Periodicals[Top]
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