Explore Milwaukee Hispanic Heritage in Our Distinctive Collections

Image from 1957 program

Page from program for a festival held on May 4, 1957 celebrating Cinco de Mayo, sponsored by the Sociedad Mutualista Hispano-Azteca, and held at the South Side Armory Hall, Milwaukee, Wis. Special Collections.

September 15 to October 15 marks National Hispanic Heritage Month and the UWM Libraries invite you to celebrate by exploring Milwaukee Latinx history in our Archives and Special Collections.

Researchers at the UWM Libraries have access to several significant Archives collections on the history of Hispanic and Latinx communities in Milwaukee. The records of the Roberto Hernández Center (formerly the Spanish Speaking Outreach Institute), Voces de la Frontera, community leader Tony Baez, and others include text documents, photographs, oral histories, and protest posters that are available for consultation.

More information about the Archives materials can be found here.

Special Collections holds some early 20th-century, printed documentary sources, studies, and reports on Latino Americans, but the bulk of the collection focuses on contemporary literary and scholarly works, many by UWM faculty and staff.