IX Bernardo de Gálvez Award: The Library of Congress

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 13:30

The Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU.’s Board of Trustees has awarded the Library of Congress with the 9th Bernardo de Gálvez Award, placing value on its contribution to the safeguard of the world bibliographic and documentary heritage. “We are honored to receive the Bernardo de Galvez award in recognition of our mission to preserve and expand world knowledge through our extensive collections and programs. The Library of Congress has built the largest collection of human knowledge and is a special place that engages users worldwide”, said Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden.

Particularly, the members of the Board have considered the immense work developed by its Hispanic Division, established in 1939 as the request of the Hispanic Society of America founder, New Yorker philanthropist, Archer M. Huntington, and devoted to the preservation, research, expansion, and promotion in the United States of the Hispanic and Portuguese collections. “Through our Hispanic Division, we want to encourage a deeper understanding of the history and cultures of Latin America, Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean and Hispanics in the United States, and this award is a testament of that effort”, adds the Librarian. Nominated to the position by President Barack Obama in 2016, Hayden is the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library.

The Fundación Consejo España – EE.UU. expects to hold the Bernardo de Gálvez Award ceremony during the last quarter of 2021, on a date to be determined pending the evolution of the health situation.