HWM Pick: DORIS Spotlight On, Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

From our friends at the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) newsletter about the Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month is observed from September 15 to October 15, 2022.

Below are some highlights of the resources in the Municipal Library pertaining to Hispanic/Latinx life, culture and history in New York City.

An Annual Report on Hispanic Concerns was published by the Mayor’s Office in 1987 and 1988 in response to recommendations from the Mayor’s Commission on Hispanic Concerns. This publication outlines initiatives undertaken by city agencies to improve services to Hispanic New Yorkers.

Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City by Michael Jones-Correa studies Hispanic/Latinx immigrant populations in Queens and their involvement in the American political process.

Issues examined include problems immigrants encounter and how political organizations in Queens ignore Latinx immigrants’ concerns. Strategies for better understanding the political process are also discussed.

The Puerto Rican New Yorkers was published in 1982 and 1994 by the Department of City Planning. Using data from the 1980 and 1990 censuses, these reports offer background information on the Puerto Rican population in New York City.

Indicators such as income, occupation, language proficiency and household type are presented and analyzed. The vertical files offer newspaper and other clippings on Hispanic/Latinx issues.

Biographical files include resources on such prominent Hispanic-American New Yorkers as Herman Badillo, Fernando Ferrer and Nydia Velazquez.

NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS)

The mission of the NYC Department of Records and Information Services (DORIS) is to foster civic life by preserving and providing access to the historical and contemporary records of New York City government, to ensure that City records are properly maintained following professional archival and record management practices and to make materials available to diverse communities both online and in person. 

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