The Hispanic independent press of Florida encompasses more than fifty titles that have been in print, and others still are printing, in dozens of cities in the State of Florida since the 1950s. These publications represent the Hispanic community of Florida in all its diversity over time.
An important step to assure the preservation of the newspapers or serial publications and accompanying materials such as photographs or oral histories is digitization. This proposal calls for a partnership with the University of Florida Digital Collections to embark in a project for digitization to grant free online access to all historic and ongoing newspapers issues of the Hispanic independent press.
Another collection in UFDC, the Expatriate Digital Periodical Collection, is an ongoing project to house, organize, and preserve contemporary and historic material pertaining to expatriates living in Florida.
UFDC provides the ideal online platform for the Hispanic newspapers to be preserved and their digital forms archived in perpetuity.
The time frame of this project is all newspapers published in the second half of the twentieth century up to the present day available for scanning and online access.
Current newspapers with digital copies are encouraged to become part of the collection first, assuring that UFDC will continue to harvest and archive their holdings in the future.
In the Photo: at the left Guillermo 'Bill' Lara (1964-2019), receiving from the President of the International Press Club of Miami Humberto O. Estenoz, the Award "30 Anniversary of the FAHJ" In Memoriam to his father, Guillermo Bill Lara Sr., delivering in the ceremony awarding the same distinction to the Delicias de España restaurants, in the City of South Miami, Florida, December 9th, 2013.