The History and Literary Arts Program (HLA) is charged with documenting and preserving Hispanic history, culture and literature. The HLA permanent collections encompasses over 14,000 books, full text electronic databases, 2,000 rolls of microfilm, hundreds of video and audiotapes, as well as a manuscript and photo archives - all concentrated on the history of Hispanics worldwide with a focus on the U.S. Southwest.

History and Literary Arts programs include:

  • Historical exhibits based on family and community histories 
  • Seasonal book signings
  • Lectures
  • Short courses (Cursillos)
  • National Latino Writers Conference
  • World Book Day/Día de Libro 
  • A biennial literary prize every two years