More than 400 issues of La Voz de Indiana, a local bilingual newspaper that publishes stories in Spanish and English, are now available to browse and read on The Indianapolis Public Library’s digitalindy.org website. La Voz de Indiana is the newest addition to The Library's Digital Indy archive, which includes collections of documents, images, videos, and recordings that highlight local history.
La Voz de Indiana was founded in 1999 to educate and inform the growing Latin-American Community and to connect the Hispanic and American markets. The publication is distributed in Indianapolis, surrounding counties, and major cities across the state. Within the pages of La Voz, readers can find coverage of sports, entertainment, health, politics, and culture.
Liliana Parodi and Jose Gonzalez Parodi are the husband and wife duo behind the paper. Liliana is from Columbia, while Jose is from Puerto Rico. They have been publishing La Voz for the past 21 years and said the newspaper grew out of a need they saw in the Indianapolis community.
“When you get here the rules, culture, food, language, and laws are so different. You come into culture shock. The paper is done in such a way that helps integrate people who don’t know where to go or what to do. It’s a resource,” Jose said. “Looking at old additions to send to The Library brought back a lot of memories and put what we are doing into perspective. It means the world to us to be in the Digital Indy collection. For us to have a partner such as The Library has been a breath of fresh air and my wife and I don’t have the words to express how much it means.”
Jackie Nytes, the Library's Chief Executive Officer, said she is excited to include La Voz in the Digital Indy archive.
“As we continue to work on our digital strategic objectives and our diversity and inclusion efforts, we are thrilled to play a role in archiving a publication that shares a valuable cultural viewpoint with Indianapolis,” said Nytes. “This archive will make the publication more accessible and highlight perspectives that may be overlooked by other publications.”
The collection was made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Indiana State Library. It is part of the Indiana Memory program, a digital library that enables access to Indiana's unique cultural and historical heritage through a variety of digital formats and free distribution over the Internet.
View the La Voz de Indiana collection online here.