The Recovery Project

Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage (“Recovery”) is an international project to locate, preserve and disseminate Hispanic culture of the United States in its written form since colonial times until 1960.

The project has compiled a comprehensive bibliography of books, pamphlets, manuscripts and ephemera produced by Latinos. The holdings available at the project include thousands of original books, manuscripts, archival items and ephemera, a microfilm collection of approximately 1,400 historical newspapers, hundreds of thousands of microfilmed and digitized items, a vast collection of photographs, an extensive authority list, and personal papers. In addition, the project has published or reprinted more than 40 historical books, two anthologies, and nine volumes of research articles. The project organizes a biannual international conference and has some five thousand affiliated scholars, librarians and archivists. Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project is the premier center for research on Latino documentary history in the United States.


  1. General digitization of newspapers published in the US from 1808-1960.
  2. Alonso S. Perales Coll.: This would involve helping to create an online archive of one of the first Mexican-American lawyers and founder of LULAC.
  3. Latino Theater Project: Creation of an online exhibit that records the history of Latino theater in the US 1920s-1960s (Vaudeville, carpa, traveling troups, etc.)
  4. Arranging of Arte Público Press author collections. Arte Público Press is the oldest and most prestigious editorial house for Latinas/os in the US.

Visit the Recovery Project site here.

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