UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Announces New Acquisitions

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center picked up a great collection of material recently. The Ernesto Chavez Collection and the La Raza Newspaper & Magazine Records are important for scholars of the movimiento. This is great news for archives junkies, as one of my profe’s likes to say.

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Newsletter
September 2013  Volume 12, Number 1
UCLA – CSRC Library

The CSRC is proud to announce the addition of two archival collections to its holdings: the Ernesto Chávez Collection of Chicano Movement FBI Records, and the La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records. The former is a collection donated by Ernesto Chávez, associate professor of Chicana/o studies at the University of Texas, El Paso. Chávez collected FBI investigative files through the Freedom of Information Act while researching the Chicano Movement for ¡Mi Raza Primero! (My People First!): Nationalism, Identity, and Insurgency in the Chicano Movement in Los Angeles, 1966–1978 (University of California Press, 2002). These records include materials on the Brown Berets, the Chicano Moratorium, CASA, and La Raza Unida Party.

The records associated with La Raza include close to 20,000 negatives of photographs that were shot between 1967 and 1977, as well as ephemeral items. This valuable resource documents the experiences of the Chicano community and the Chicano civil rights movement, with a particular emphasis on Los Angeles. We would like to thank the La Raza photographic staff for coordinating this acquisition. The CSRC will be working closely with our donors to preserve the images through digitization and making them widely available on the UCLA Digital Library. To learn more about these collections please email your queries to CSRC librarian Lizette Guerra at lguerra@chicano.ucla.edu.

La Cucaracha & Surveillance Culture

I start my PhD coursework this week. First up is the American Studies standards: Cultural History of the U.S. to 1865 and Readings in American Studies. Also on deck is AMS 390: Surveillance Culture. While some may use the course to lament the NSA, I’m going to pursue a more insidious form of security and surveillance in the U.S.: The Surveillance and Security of the U.S. Public School System.

  • What is the imperative for school surveillance?
  • Who gets surveilled the most?
  • Who is responsible for this surveillance?
  • What are the consequences of school security and surveillance measures?

Lalo Alcaraz gets it:

La Cucaracha, 8-26-13

La Cucaracha, 8-26-13
Lalo Alcaraz


Reyes Cárdenas: “I Was Never a Militant Chicano” (ca. 1975)

Dagoberto Gilb’s excellent anthology of Tejano literature, Hecho En Tejas, was assigned to me as an undergraduate student, and one of the pieces that spoke to me the most was Reyes Cárdenas’s “I was Never a Militant Chicano”. While preparing for this semester I opened up Hecho en Tejas, and came across the poem once more. So, I decided to share it.

A new collection of Cárdenas’s work has been released through Aztlán Libre Press. You can pick up a copy using the link.

You can hear Reyes read from his new collection this Friday at 12pm and 6:30pm. Here’s the info from the Houston Chronicle:

The Chicano poet Reyes Cárdenas will read from “Reyes Cárdenas: Chicano Poet 1970-2010,” noon, University of Houston Center for Mexican American Studies, 322 Agnes Arnold Hall, 4800 Calhoun Road, 713-743-3136; and from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Casa Ramirez Folkart Gallery, 241 W. 19th; 713-880-2420.


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