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Author Robb Hernandez draws on the VIVA Records, an archival collection at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, to trace the organization’s history and assess its impact.
Rotating exhibitions drawn from CSRC collections are on display inside the library and in the vitrine at the entrance. Exhibitions are free to the public and viewable during regular library hours.
Pictured (L-R): Maylei Blackwell, Chon A. Noriega, Dan Guerrero, Monica Palacios, Mónica Taher, David Damian Figueroa, Roland Palencia, Rita Gonzalez, and Francisco Dueñas
The Chicano Studies Research Center's achievements in activism, education, outreach, publication, and service on pressing issues facing the Chicano and Latino communities are called "truly exemplary."
In October 2001, then CSRC Director Guillermo E. Hernandez initiated the digital preservation of the Arhoolie Foundation’s Strachwitz Frontera Collection, the largest repository of Mexican and Mexican American popular and vernacular recordings in existence.

Library

Established in 1969, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library was the first library in the United States to focus on the Mexican-descent population. Today, the CSRC Library is considered to hold among the most important national and international research collections in existence on the Chicana and Chicano experience. It continues to serve the needs of students and faculty at UCLA and around the world. In 2012, the CSRC's "significant achievements in activism, education, outreach, publication, and service on pressing issues facing the Chicano and Latino communities" garnered it the first-ever Diversity Award from the Society of American Archivists.

The Library's holdings consist of monographs, periodicals, subject files, dissertations and theses, as well as original prints by Chicana/o artists, films, videotapes, audio recordings, slides, and over 160 archival and manuscript collections. Of special note are holdings of monolingual and bilingual English and Spanish newspapers and journals published throughout the southwestern U.S. from the nineteenth century onward.

If you wish to access one of our special collections, please submit an Archival Research Application before you visit so that we may retrieve your materials in advance. Please note: CSRC Library materials may not be checked out. They may be used in the Library, and most may be photocopied.

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10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

144 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1544
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Tel: (310) 206-6052
Fax: (310) 206-1784

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The CSRC Library is committed to housing materials that highlight the rich and diverse past and contemporary cultures of people of Mexican descent. If you are interested in donating a collection or making a financial gift, please contact us. Find out more.