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Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month with History, Arts and Literature

By Scott N. West

As we approach the Sept. 15 start of Latinx Heritage Month, I started considering the resources available at Roesch Library to support that celebration.  At first, I considered looking at the total number of resources available on this topic, but we have so many that a blog would not do it justice. We have books, databases, films and journals that all fall into this category.  

I decided to showcase two collections that represent the most current and accessible materials as well as perhaps the most obscure: leisure reading and government documents.

Leisure reading: Poetry, Memoir, YA and more

In the first instance, you can find popular books in the leisure reading collection, which includes graphic novels, poetry, young adult titles, popular fiction, and nonfiction options such as memoir and history. Some recommendations:

Government documents: Hidden treasures

Roesch Library has been a Federal Depository Library for over 50 years. While this collection is often missed by students and researchers, it provides an extraordinary amount of information published by the United States government — the largest publisher in the world.  The resources below are from our print collection, but the scope of materials grows exponentially when you consider online access points.

Materials come from the Smithsonian Institution, the National Park Service, the U.S. Census, and Cabinet departments like Commerce, Education, and Health and Human Services. It also has congressional hearings from every committee in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Some recent highlights:

The University Libraries — Roesch Library, the Marian Library, and the University Archives and Special Collections — have collections of materials on just about any topic pertaining to the people and expertise at the University of Dayton. To explore the resources above and others, browse the Libraries catalog or stop in to work with the helpful library faculty, staff and students.

— Scott N. West is a collections specialist in the University Libraries.

See the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center's Latinx Heritage Month list of events.

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