UCLA Library has assembled a list of recommendations exploring the history and culture of Latinx communities in collaboration with the Chicana/o and Central American Studies Department, members of MEChA de UCLA and the Latinx Film and Theater Association.
Browse the selection below!
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From East L.A murals to Chicanx social movements to Mexican American music, UCLA houses an amazing assortment of Latinx digital archives. Click on the links below to check them out!
Oscar R. Castillo Photograph Collection
"Since the late 1960s, photographer Oscar Castillo has documented the Chicano community in Los Angeles and South Texas. His subjects range from political events to cultural practices to the work of muralists and painters. His photographs explore major themes (social movement, cultural heritage, urban environment, barrio life) and approaches (photojournalism, portraiture, art photography). The Oscar Castillo Photograph Collection at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center contains more than 3,000 digital images that are available through an online archive" (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center). Click here to access the collection(opens in a new tab).
Nancy Tovar Murals of East L.A. Collection
"Nancy Van Lauderback Tovar grew up in Chino, CA where she attended local schools for her formative studies, eventually graduating from UCLA... She was a creative force organizing classes that produced artistic banners, streamers, posters, and urban photography that reflected the Mexican heritage of the community. As an activist, Ms. Tovar was also a participant and supporter of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium... The photographs in this collection represent her passion for documenting art and life in Los Angeles, and her commitment to the struggle of la Raza" (UCLA Library Digital Collections). Click here to access the collection(opens in a new tab).
Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project
"The Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project was launched at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) spring 2012. It is an extension of an earlier initiative launched in 2007 to combat the invisibility of the Mexican American contribution to Los Angeles and California history predating the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s within textbooks, trade, and academic books and articles... The Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project was developed as a way to fully capture the complexity of this city’s history as well as address the issue of preservation through the digitization of vulnerable image-based collections..." (UCLA Library Digital Collections). Click here to access the collection(opens in a new tab).
The Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings
"The Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings is the largest repository of these commercially produced vernacular recordings in existence. The nearly 160,000 recordings in the collection were made primarily in the United States and Mexico and were issued on 78 rpm, 45 rpm, and 33⅓ rpm (long-playing, or LP) phonograph records and cassette and reel-to-reel tapes. The earliest recording was made in 1908, and the latest recordings were released in the 1990s. These performances are divided into three sections, roughly by era. Because of the depth and breadth of each section, and because many of the recordings are irreplaceable, the Strachwitz Frontera Collection is unique" (UCLA Frontera Library). Click here to access the collection(opens in a new tab).
UCLA Library Oral History Collections
Special thanks to: Mindy Steinberg, Ph.D, members of Latinx Film and Theater Association, members of MEChA de UCLA, students of Chicana/o And Central American Studies 172 and 188 and Nancy Khuc for curation.
Header: Left - Sylvia Rivera (with Christina Hayworth and Julia Murray) in 2000 by Luis Carle. From the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.
Middle - East L.A. Walkouts in March 1968 by Devra Weber. From the La Raza Photograph Collection.
Right - Protesters showing their support for the Chicano Movement. Accessed through scalar.usc.edu(opens in a new tab).