The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center is launching a three-year project that will reflect the role of faith, spirituality and religion in Mexican American culture.
La Raza, a documentary produced for the series Artbound on KCET, a public broadcasting network, is currently streaming online. The film extensively utilizes images from two special collections at the CSRC: La Raza Photograph Collection and La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records.
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. Image: “Corky” © 2006 Raul Caracoza. From the Self Help Graphics and Art Research Collection.
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."
Since 2001, the CSRC Library has launched major preservation projects related to music, cinema, visual arts, and the social sciences. Among projects currently underway are the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Music Online Archive, the La Raza Photograph Collection, and the CSRC's LGBT & Mujeres Initiative.


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. The UCLA Library Research Guide for the CSRC provides more information.

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. If you are interested in reproducing library materials for publication or broadcast, please visit the Services page for instructions and forms.  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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