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Hispanic Studies

Primary Sources in Hispanic Studies

What you will use as primary sources in Hispanic Studies will depend on the context of your assignment:

  • An assignment on some aspect of Hispanic civilization could use art or film as primary sources. 
  • An assignment for a Spanish literature class would use literary texts as primary sources. 
  • A class on contemporary popular Latin American or Latina/Latino culture could use current magazines or newspapers.


Visual materials, including images, are examples of primary sources. There are many image collections in ARTstor that are pertinent to Hispanic Studies, including the Languages and Literature featured group which "highlights Artstor content related to languages and literature, including images of renowned authors and depictions of literary themes and characters, as well as contextual images that enhance understanding of the time periods and cultures shaping literary production."

Learn more about ARTstor collections relevant to Languages and Literature and Latin American Studies.

Spanish-language Current Newspapers & Magazines

Proceso magazine

Collins Library subscribes to the print format of some popular Spanish-language magazines. Past issues are located downstairs in the periodical collection, organized alphabetically by title.

The magazine collection includes:

  • Proceso
  • Cuadernos Americanos

Spanish-language Films

Collins Library has a growing collection of Spanish-language cinema on DVD and through streaming video platforms. You can also request DVDs from SUMMIT and other libraries via ILL.

Search by the film's title, by the author/creator, or do a keyword search on your topic in Primo to see which films are available.

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Selected Digital Collections and Primary Sources Online


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Puget Sound Archives & Special Collections, Spanish (Hispanic Studies)

The Archives & Special Collections collects, preserves, and makes available primary source material documenting life at the University as well as collections representing regional, national and international issues.

A small selection of material is listed below, for additional sources, please contact

White, Joseph Blanco, Letters from Spain, 1825.

Letters from Portugal and Spain; comprising an account of the operations of the armies under their excellencies, Sir Arthur Wellesley and Sir John Moore..., 1809.

Lorenz, D. E., The Mediterranean traveller; a handbook of practical information, 1905.

Archives & Special Collections Hours

The Archives & Special Collections is located on the second floor of the Collins Memorial Library.

Set up an appointment: We are open to researchers by appointment Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. To make an appointment, email or book online

We look forward to assisting you!