New York City served as a thriving Spanish-language publishing center in the nineteenth-century, and many of the leading institutions of the Spanish-language press held offices in the neighborhood surrounding Park Row during its heyday as the center of the popular, English-language newspapers of the city. Yet, much of the history of New York’s Spanish-language press during that period remains understudied. With most of the sources for uncovering this history scattered (often spottily) across archives, few resources exist for engaging students with the early history of Latina/o writing in New York City.
This student-faculty collaborative research project is developing an online map, which can be accessed and added to by the public, of the nineteenth-century origins of Latina/o New York, including the long-forgotten connections of the Spanish-language press of that period to Park Row.
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