Oral Histories

The CSRC Oral Histories Series publishes the life narratives of prominent Chicano and Latino figures. The life narratives have been recorded and transcribed, and the interviewer and interviewee have reviewed and corrected the transcriptions prior to publication. These oral histories are often undertaken as part of a larger research project and in tandem with archival collections and library holdings.


L.A. Xicano documents the history of Chicana/o art in Los Angeles with a focus on artists, collectives, and art organizations. The project resulted in new museum and library exhibitions, public programs, archival collections, and scholarly publications. These efforts were part of the Getty Foundation initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A., 1945–1980. The project received support from Getty Foundation, Annenberg Foundation, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and California Community Foundation. Related support includes funding from Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Entravision Communications Corporation, Walt Disney Company, and individual donors.

L.A. Xicano Oral Histories:  Judy Baca, Charles “Chaz” Bojórquez, David Botello, Barbara Carrasco, Leonard Castellanos, Roberto “Tito” Delgado, Richard Duardo, Margaret Garcia,  Johnny GonzalezJudithe Hernández, Leo Limón, Gilbert “Magu” Luján,  John Valadez, and  Linda Vallejo. Descriptions and PDFs available here.

The LGBT and Mujeres Initiative seeks to increase archival and oral history holdings that document the Chicano/Latino presence in LGBT and women’s histories, the role of women and LGBT people in Chicano/Latino histories, and the importance of gender, sexuality, and ethnicity in “mainstream” scholarly research and archival institutions. The project receives generous support from the Ford Foundation and individual donors.

LGBT and Mujeres Initiative Oral Histories: Dan Guerrero and Monica Palacios. Descriptions and PDFs available here.