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New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center

About the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center

The NJ Hispanic Research and Information Center is available via email at njhric@npl.org, and via phone at 973–733–4791.

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Si necesita información o ayuda en español, puede ponerse en contacto con la Sala Hispanoamericana llamando al 973-733-7772, o vía correo electrónico, salastaff@npl.org.

Preserving New Jersey's Latino History

In 2002, The Newark Public Library partnered with a Latino community group, the Friends the Hispanic Research Information Center (HRIC), to create the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center (NJHRIC).

The NJHRIC addresses the informational needs of the state’s diverse Hispanic communities, from the newly arrived monolingual immigrant to the English dominant scholarly researcher. It consists of three components: the Sala Hispanoamericana, the Hispanic Reference Collection, and the Puerto Rican Community Archives.

The Newark Public Library’s New Jersey Hispanic Research & Information Center has received generous support from numerous funders. Major supporters include:

  • the Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • the Friends of the Hispanic Research Information Center (HRIC)
  • the New Jersey Council for the Humanities
  • the New Jersey Historical Commission (a division of the Department of State)

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Upcoming Events

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Sep
25
Sat
Rhythm & Movement: Latino Music Festival Part I {2021 Latino Celebration}
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, September 25, 2021 | 1:00 pm
Centennial Hall

Join us for a 2-days of music and dances from the Caribbean and Latin America. You’ll also get to learn some new moves with basic Salsa and Bachata lessons.

Don’t miss a performance from Ecuador’s folkloric culture. Move as you learn basic Salsa steps. And join Segunda Quimbamba as they teach us the history and practice of bomba y plena.

 


 

Yoselyn Sanchez

Yoselyn Sanchez is a 20-year-old student at Rutgers University of Newark, NJ, with a major in Business and Dance. Being of Puerto Rican descent, Latin dancing was in her nature.  At 11 years old, Miss Sanchez was introduced to the dance scene after attending her first dance class at MDN Latin Dance Studio in Belleville, NJ. Since then she gained a passion for dancing salsa On2 and began her career as a soloist/instructor at the age of 15. In her ongoing commitment to serve, Yoselyn Sanchez was appointed as the Youth Advisor for the Puerto Rican Day Parade Executive Board in April of 2017, teaching free Latin dance classes for the Newark community for the next two years. Later she graduated from Science Park High School, and she spent countless hours training and studying in various Latin companies including the MDN pro team, Peak Latin Dance Team, Shani Talmor Cadencia Ladies Team. She performed on stages all over New Jersey/ New York with artists such as Tito Nieves, Frankie Negron, Andy Montañez, Tito Puente Jr, Eddie Palmieri, and more. She aspires to continue being a positive and exemplary role model for our youth and to follow her dreams and pursue a career in dance.

Oct
2
Sat
Rhythm & Movement: Latino Music Festival Part II {2021 Latino Celebration}
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 1:00 pm
Centennial Hall

Join us for a 2-days of music and dances from the Caribbean and Latin America. You’ll also get to learn some new moves with basic Salsa and Bachata lessons.

Part II kicks off with a Mariachi performance followed by moving to basic Bachata dance steps. Wrap up the festival with Viva el Tango – performance and history lesson of tango.

 


 

Yoselyn Sanchez

Yoselyn Sanchez is a 20-year-old student at Rutgers University of Newark, NJ, with a major in Business and Dance. Being of Puerto Rican descent, Latin dancing was in her nature.  At 11 years old, Miss Sanchez was introduced to the dance scene after attending her first dance class at MDN Latin Dance Studio in Belleville, NJ. Since then she gained a passion for dancing salsa On2 and began her career as a soloist/instructor at the age of 15. In her ongoing commitment to serve, Yoselyn Sanchez was appointed as the Youth Advisor for the Puerto Rican Day Parade Executive Board in April of 2017, teaching free Latin dance classes for the Newark community for the next two years. Later she graduated from Science Park High School, and she spent countless hours training and studying in various Latin companies including the MDN pro team, Peak Latin Dance Team, Shani Talmor Cadencia Ladies Team. She performed on stages all over New Jersey/ New York with artists such as Tito Nieves, Frankie Negron, Andy Montañez, Tito Puente Jr, Eddie Palmieri, and more. She aspires to continue being a positive and exemplary role model for our youth and to follow her dreams and pursue a career in dance.

Oct
14
Thu
Abriendo camino: First Generation Latino College Students {2021 Latino Celebration}
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 14, 2021 | 6:00 pm
Centennial Hall

First generation Latino college students from the 1980s through the 2020s discuss their experiences, challenges and accomplishments. Followed by Q & A session.

 


 

Melissa Baralt, Ph.D.

Melissa Baralt, Ph.D., is an energetic and devoted professor with a commitment to education and the importance of the family. Currently, she is a Master Educator in the sciences at Berkeley College, and Montclair State University. She has the professional privilege of serving as a fountain of knowledge for many diverse and non traditional students for more than 12 years. At Berkeley College, she was honored as Faculty of the Year, Honors Faculty of the Year, and is an alumna of Leadership Berkeley. She was the 2016 Berkeley College Commencement Speaker. 

She is part of several boards that have helped shape the lives of many. Including: The HealthCare Advisory Board for the city of Paterson, Prospanica New Jersey, Diversity and Inclusiveness taskforce Berkeley College, HeadStart Program for the city of Passaic, FLY Women’s Network, and recently Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE). LUPE is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to Educate, Empower, and Engage Latinas to Promote Leadership and Civic Engagement.

 

Liandy Gonzalez

Liandy Gonzalez (él, he, him) is a proud Afro-Boricua born, raised, and educated in Paterson, New Jersey. He is a first-generation EOF Alumnus with a B.A. in Latino & Caribbean Studies from Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He has a passion for students’ academic, social and personal development, cultural empowerment, mentorship, and supporting the success of all students, particularly untapped, low-income first-generation students of color.

Currently, Liandy serves as the Program Coordinator for the TRIO Upward Bound Project at Montclair State University while also pursuing a Master’s degree in Higher Education (expected 2022).

 

Carlos Doel Hendricks-Verdejo

Carlos Doel Hendricks-Verdejo was born in Trenton, NJ. At the age of three his family relocated to Carolina, Puerto Rico where he would enjoy his formative years. He returned to New Jersey 16 years later and began his studies at Livingston College Rutgers University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Spanish and Puerto Rican Studies. During his years on the bank he was a Student/Athlete lettering on the RU Baseball Team, as well as the Panthers varsity Football team of Livingston College. Carlos was also active in a number of student organizations such as the Unión Estudiantil Puertorriqueña, El Congreso Estudiantil Latino Americano, Rutgers University Hispanic Coalition (RUHC) and the Paul Robeson Athletic Association (Black Knights), to mention a few. One of his greatest achievements is being a charter member of Latinos Siempre Unidos (Lambda Sigma Upsilon, Latino Fraternity, Inc.), which was founded in 1979 at Rutgers University. 

He is proud to be a founding member of the Latino Action Network since 2009 and serves on its steering committee. He has co-chaired the immigration and civil rights committee and is currently a member of its criminal justice reform committee. Carlos represents LAN on the State Pre-Trial Bail Reform Commission.


Sala Hispanoamericana

The largest collection of Spanish–language library resources in New Jersey. Originally established in 1989, La Sala serves as a valuable educational, informational and cultural resource for Latino immigrants.


Hispanic Reference Collection

An English and Spanish language research level collection aimed at the special needs of students and scholars, enabling them to conduct in-depth research into New Jersey’s diverse Hispanic community. Consists of newspaper collections, clippings and oral histories.


Puerto Rican Community Archives

A collection of primary resources on the history and culture of New Jersey’s Puerto Rican community. The archive has accessioned over 50 collections and 600 cubic feet of material.


Digital Collection

The Newark Public Library received a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to digitize a portion of its historical materials. Our Digital Collections are listed under the New Jersey Hispanic Reseach and Information Center. Read more about the project.

The Center

Sala Hispanoamericana

Hispanic Reference Collection: Newspapers

Hispanic Reference Collection: Clippings

Hispanic Reference Collection: Oral Histories

Puerto Rican Community Archives

Other Resources

Bienvenidos a la Sala Hispanoamericana

La Sala Hispanoamericana mantiene la colección más extensa de materiales en español de todas las bibliotecas públicas del estado. Es reconocida como fuente de información y recursos en español para bibliotecas a través de Nueva Jersey. La colección incluye libros para adultos y niños, revistas, audiolibros, acceso al internet y otros recursos electrónicos en español.

En la Sala brindamos los siguientes servicios: referencia, asesoría al usuario, visitas de grupo, orientaciones sobre los recursos de la biblioteca; programas culturales, y talleres de computadora ofrecidos en colaboración con el Centro de Tecnología Victoria.

Colección en Español

 

En la Sala Hispanoamericana encontrará una amplia colección de libros, revistas y audiolibros en español. La colección abarca infinidad de temas e intereses, entre ellos: salud, crianza de los niños, computadoras, autoayuda, ocultismo, best sellers, arte, filosofía, literatura, religión, historia, biografías y mucho más.

  • La sección de Referencia incluye una variedad de obras de consulta: enciclopedias temáticas y generales, guías, bibliografías, átlases, diccionarios y otros materiales especializados.
  • En La Sala encontrará bibliotecarios de habla hispana dispuestos a contestar sus preguntas y ayudarle a encontrar la información o material que necesita. Puede llamar al (973) 733-7772 para obtener servicio telefónico de información en español.
  • La Colección Juvenil contiene materiales para niños y adolescentes. Esta colección incluye una variada selección de títulos bilingües (inglés –español).
  • La Sección de Revistas ofrece publicaciones de actualidad en temas especializados tales como: ciencia y tecnología, farándula, salud, familia, moda, adolescentes y de interés general.
  • En la Sección de Novedades presentamos una muestra de lo último que se ha publicado. Estos libros se reemplazan periódicamente según van llegando nuevos materiales.
  • Audiovisuales: La Biblioteca ofrece una colección de películas en español y de CDs de música latina en el Departamento de Audiovisuales, en el primer piso de La Biblioteca Principal.

Visitas de Grupo

 

Nuestro personal bilingüe ofrece orientaciones en español sobre los recursos de la Sala Hispanoamericana y dirige visitas de grupo a la Biblioteca. Este servicio es de interés particular para grupos de estudiantes que deseen conocer a fondo los recursos de la biblioteca. Se requiere hacer cita previa, por lo menos con una semana de anticipación. Para solicitar una orientación o visita de grupo, llame al (973) 733–7772.

La Biblioteca en su Hogar: Acceso al Catálogo

 

La Sala ofrece la oportunidad de utilizar otros recursos electrónicos de la página cibernética de la Biblioteca. Desde la comodidad de su casa puede conectarse al catálogo general de la Biblioteca y reservar libros, examinar toda la información de su tarjeta de usuario, hacer búsquedas en el Archivo de Servicios a la Comunidad, mantenerse al día en el Boletín de Actividades de la Biblioteca y mucho más.

Internet y Recursos Electrónicos en Español

 

El Internet continúa creciendo y expandiéndose, creando infinidad de páginas cibernéticas de interés para la comunidad hispana, tanto para adultos como para niños. A continuación la Sala Hispanoamericana le ofrece:

  • Referencia Latina
    Ofrece contenido de una variedad de fuentes, incluyendo 49,000 entradas de enciclopedia, 50,000 imágenes, 2,500 informes sobre salud; un diccionario español-inglés / inglés-español y más de 100 libros de referencia y decenas de revistas de interés general en un amplia gama de áreas temáticas.
  • La Mano Amiga
    Información útil y práctica para la comunidad Hispana en los Estados Unidos. Esta revista electrónica presenta interesantes artículos sobre temas de actualidad: cómo cuidar o arreglar su crédito; cómo conseguir trabajos bien pagados; conocimientos básicos sobre la Ley en los EEUU; lo último sobre la salud; ayuda al consumidor, educación, finanzas, y mucho más.
  • Nuestros Países
    Motores de Búsquedas de los países Hispanos.

Programas Culturales

 

La Biblioteca ofrece programas y actividades de interés a la comunidad hispana completamente gratis: charlas literarias, presentaciones de baile, programas musicales, cine, teatro, exposiciones de arte y mucho más.

Durante los meses de otoño la biblioteca presenta su Celebración de la Hispanidad, una serie de actividades, exhibiciones y programas culturales que destacan la diversidad y el acervo cultural de los países hispanos.

Si desea recibir un calendario de actividades para la Celebración de la Hispanidad, visite o llame a La Sala Hispanoamericana (973-733-7772) y anótese en la lista de correos.

Talleres de Computadoras

 

El Centro de Tecnología Victoria – ubicado en el tercer piso de la Biblioteca Principal, ofrece talleres de computadoras para adultos completamente gratis, en áreas como: Explorando en Internet, Correo Electrónico, Cómo preparar su Resumé, entre otros. Para mas información favor de llamar al (973-733-3637).

Para ver un listado de los talleres y las fechas en que se ofrecen, vea el siguiente enlace: Computers & Classes

Información Sobre La Biblioteca

 

Guía de orientación de servicios:

La Tribuna
La Tribuna Newspaper Collection has been digitized and is available online. This collection consists of newspapers ranging from 1975-2011 (some gaps).

La Hispanidad
Luz Cardona created the Camden newsletter, La Hispanidad, in 1989. About half of the collection has been digitized and available online.

Local Newspaper Collection

 

This artificial collection is the result of entire newspapers being found within archival donations. The collection contains some gaps in the date ranges. An inventory of the collection is available upon request.

  • Alianza News: 1993
  • El Conquistador: 1996
  • El Diario/ La Prensa: 1970
  • El Especialito: 2011
  • El Hispano: 2002, 2003, 2005
  • El Nuevo Coqui: 1982, 1983, 1993-2003, 2009
  • El Nuevo Union: 2005
  • El Veterano: 1994-1997
  • Impacto 2000: 2000
  • La Perla del Sur: 2007
  • La Tribuna Hispana: 1997-2000, 2003
  • La Voz: 2000, 2011
  • Latino News: 2007–2010
  • Observador: 2002, 2003
  • Panorama: 2003, 2005

Newspaper clippings on various topics regarding Hispanics/ Latinos in New Jersey. An inventory of all topics and dates is available upon request. Clippings date from 1968 – present and are sorted by the following subjects:

Communities:

  • Bolivian
  • Colombian
  • Cuban
  • Dominican
  • Ecuadorian
  • Honduran
  • Mexican
  • Peruvian
  • Puerto Rican
  • Salvadoran

Hispanics in:

  • Clifton
  • Passaic
  • Paterson

Topics:

  • Driver’s License
  • Health
  • Immigrants/ Immigration
  • Latinas
  • Politics
  • Puerto Rican Riots of Newark (1974)
  • Puerto Rican Riots of Paterson (1968)

Latino Oral Histories

This collection of oral histories offers direct, first-person accounts of the lives and experiences of men and women from diverse Latino backgrounds who call New Jersey home. Their stories are a living testimony of the Latino experience in the state, documenting the vibrant role this community has played in New Jersey’s social, political, and cultural history.

Latino Life Stories

This project contains fifteen oral histories of pioneering leaders from New Jersey’s Latino community. Interview abstracts are available online, full transcripts are available upon request.

The Justice Project

This project contains ten oral histories focused on the theme of justice, as expressed through the life experiences from prominent Latinos who have focused their efforts in the state of New Jersey. Interview abstracts are available online, full transcripts are available upon request.

“Documenting the Caribbean Community in New Jersey” Course

These materials consist of the oral histories, and their supplementary materials, conducted by Olga J. Wagenheim and her students from the years 1987 – 2002.

PUERTO RICAN COMMUNITY ARCHIVES

(by appointment only)


The Puerto Rican Community Archives is open to all researchers. Access to primary source materials is provided by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call (973) 733-4791 or email njhric@npl.org.

Please be prepared to discuss your research interests. We recommend browsing the NPL’s archival collection descriptions and provide the archivist with the collection title(s) you are interested in researching. A list of the PRCA’s holdings is also available. The archivist will provide inventories to collections if available. The archivist can also recommend collections based on your research interests.

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For reference questions or other inquiries, call the New Jersey Hispanic Research and Information Center at (973) 733-4791, or email njhric@npl.com. For La Sala Hispanoamericana, call (973) 733-7772.