Chicano Studies Collection

IMageChicano Studies Collection

Founded in 1969, the Chicano Studies Collection has developed into one of the  nation's leading Chicano and Latino research resources. It contains a well-defined  collection of primary and secondary sources, which includes material in print and  audiovisual formats, several languages, and various levels of use. The Chicano Studies Serials Collection is a major resource for Chicano and Latino Studies.

Formats include but are not limited to: bound volumes, pamphlets, microfilm,  audiotapes, videotapes, records, documents, reports, student papers,  dissertations, manuscripts, serials, posters, and art slides.

Chicano Studies Collection Shelves

Subject strengths include:

  • Mexican Americans
  • Latinos in the U.S.
  • Immigration
  • Bilingual/bicultural education
  • Administration of justice
  • Chicano literature

 The Special Collections include:

  • Retrospective Newspaper Collection (1844-1943)
  • Chicano Art Transparencies (4,000)
  • Chicano Posters (2000)
  • Southwest Network Collection
  • Antonio Hernandez Collection
  • Richard and Gloria Santillán Collection
  • Armando B. Rendón Collection
  • Hank M. Tavera Collection [finding aid]
  • Larry Trujillo Collection
  • Carlos Muñoz Collection [finding aid]
  • LatinoNet Collection
  • César González-T. Collection

The time span covered is:

1848 to the present and pre-Columbian era.

The collections are accessible through: OskiCat and MELVYL online catalogs for the monograph and serials collections. Most of the bibliographic citations in the Chicano Database refer to items housed in the Ethnic Studies Library. The Chicano Database is produced by the Ethnic Studies Library and is licensed by EBSCO for worldwide distribution. It is available through the California Digital Library and at research institutions nationwide.

The Serials Microfilm Project

The Serials Microfilm Project makes available to libraries and scholars the Chicano Studies Serials Collection, the most extensive collection of Chicano and Chicano/Latino-related serials in the United States. Initiated in 1973 in conjunction with Bay Microfilms, Inc. (now BMI Imaging, Inc.), the Serials Microfilm Project to date has filmed hundreds of titles (almost 700 rolls of film) and continues to  expand its catalog. The earliest newspaper dates from 1855. Because of the rich cultural history of people of Latin American descent in the United States, the project has gathered and filmed a wide array of titles from all aspects of Chicano and Latino experience.

Related Links

Andanzas al Web Latino

U.S. Census Media Links: Hispanic

LANIC: Latin American Network Information Center: Hispanic/Latino

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies

The Chicano Studies Research Center Library

The United Farm Workers of America

La Bloga: Chicano Literature, Chicano Writers, Chicano Fiction, News, Views, Reviews


REFORMA: The National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking

Chicano Thesaurus:

ALZAR (Academic Latina/o Zone of Activism & Research (a group within SALALM))

Chicano Studies Collection Specialist:
Lillian Castillo-Speed
Phone: (510) 642-3947

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