Library Receives CLIR Grant for "La Raza" Collection
The CSRC has received an award from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) for the cataloging of photographs in the CSRC Library’s La Raza Newspaper and Magazine Records collection. The award, granted as part of the CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, will enable the cataloging of 24,698 photographic negatives documenting the Mexican-descent community of Los Angeles between 1967 and 1977. These images represent an unprecedented, decade-long photographic project that involved eighteen photographers associated with La Raza, a bilingual community-based publication issued as a tabloid newspaper from 1967 to 1970 and a magazine from 1970 to 1977. Since La Raza could print only a small portion of its photographs, the CSRC’s collection constitutes a rare and broad visual record of the community during this period. The CSRC is working with the surviving photographers and with community scholars to make this visual history accessible.