The Hispanic Society of America

The Hispanic Society of America was founded in 1904 by Archer M. Huntington with the objective of establishing a free public museum and reference library for the study of the art and culture of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America. Holding the unique distinction as the only museum and library dedicated to Hispanic culture in the United States, the Hispanic Society unites the Hispanic population of the U.S. through the common heritage of Spanish history and culture. The collections are unparalleled in their scope and quality, addressing nearly every aspect of culture in Spain, as well as a large part of Portugal and Latin America. Programs at the Hispanic Society include free tours every Saturday at 2 PM; monthly gallery talks by Hispanic Society curators and conservators; monthly readings and discussions on Hispanic art and culture for families with children; and concerts and other programs.

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The Hispanic Society of America

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  • Margaret Connors McQuade
  • Assistant Director
  • 212-926-2234 x231
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Restoration of Building Facade and Reliefs

The Hispanic Society of America

The goal of the planned restoration of the south facade of the main building is to preserve the integrity of our landmark building and to preserve the important sculptural panels by Berthold Nebel.

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Photography Conservation

The Hispanic Society of America

We hold 176,000 photographs, as well as a collection of 15,000 negatives taken by Hispanic Society photographers on various expeditions to Spain and Latin America which need preserving.

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Online Catalogue of Portolan Charts

The Hispanic Society of America

Portolan charts, illustrating the harbors and trade routes of the Mediterranean, were an early cartographic form. The online catalogue will include a full description, with images, of each chart.

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Online Database of Indigenous American Manuscripts

The Hispanic Society of America

Manuscripts related to the indigenous civilizations and the natural history of the Americas represent a major facet of our collections. Our goal is to scan and make these available on a website.

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Manuscript Database

The Hispanic Society of America

Our museum holds approximately 200,000 manuscripts, dating from the 10th to the 20th century, which encompass all parts of the world where the Spanish and Portuguese Empires held sway.

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