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Tierra Nuestra: The Chicano West
"Under Texts you will find examples of primary texts, such as the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, or secondary texts, such as critical essays or historical studies. Under Resources, you will find biographies of Chicanos and Chicanas as well as other resources, such as bibliographies and teaching materials. Under Links to Other Sites, you will find a collection of links to sites dealing with various issues in Chicano history, such as land grants and immigration history. Finally, under Images, you will find both general collections which include some images of Chicano history and direct links to pictures available online."
By Catherine Lavender, Department of History, College of Staten Island, The City University of New York

Aztlan: International Journal of Chicano Studies Research - (dead link)
"...the interdisciplinary, refereed journal of Chicano/a Studies, is dedicated to scholarly research relevant to or informed by the Chicano/a experience. First published in 1970 and still the premier journal of Chicano/a studies, Aztl·n is issued twice a year."
Many articles available online

Borderlands/Fronteras - (dead link)
Smithsonian online exhibit

California Digital Library
A Co-Library of the campuses of the University of California

  • The Online Archive of California (OAC)
    "...a digital information resource that facilitates and provides access to materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and works of art held in libraries, museums, archives, and other institutions across California. The OAC includes digitized version of many of these materials as well as archival "finding aids," or collection inventories that help students and scholars to identify and relevant primary source materials."

    California Heritage Collection
    "...is an online archive of more than 30,000 images illustrating California's history and culture, from the collections of the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley. Selected from nearly two hundred individual collections, this unique resource uses the latest online archiving techniques to highlight the rich themes of California's history."
    The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

California Gold: Northern California Folk Music From the Thirties
"...a multi-format ethnographic field collection that includes sound recordings, still photographs, drawings, and written documents from a variety of European ethnic and English- and Spanish-speaking communities in Northern California. The collection comprises 35 hours of folk music recorded in twelve languages representing numerous ethnic groups and 185 musicians."
American Memory, Library of Congress

Chicana & Latina Profiles
Biographies of artists, labor leaders, activists and a Nobel Peace Prize winner

Chicano!: History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement
Homepage from the PBS series. Includes links, teaching materials, and more.

Las Culturas

  • History
    "History of Iberian Americans in the New World. Resources about the Spanish and Portuguese conquest and eventual nations.

Documents of Early Texas
"The following are among the most referenced early Texas documents. They have earned a prominent place in the rich history of Texas in the nineteenth century."
Documents include: Texas Declaration of Independence (1836) ; Treaty of Velasco (1839) ; Resolution Annexing Texas to the U.S. (1845) ; Texas Ordinance of Secession (1741).

Daughters of Aztlan- A Socio-Historical Survey of Chicanas in the United States - (dead link)
By Christine Dominguez

Five Views: An Ethnic Historic Site Survey for California - (dead link)
Sections include: American Indians ; Black Americans ; Chinese Americans ; Japanese Americans ; Mexican Americans.
- Office of Historic Preservation, California Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Fort Collins Public Library - Local History Archive

H-LatAm
H-Net Humanities Online
"...an international forum for the scholarly discussion of Latin American History. It is a member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative."
Also includes a nice selection on Internet Resources

Hispanic & Latino History - (dead link)
Sections include: Historical Topics ; Chronological History (1492-1945) ; Reference Material ; Documents
University of Victoria

Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande:
The Juan B. Rael Collection, 1940.
"...is an online presentation of a multi-format ethnographic field collection documenting religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado...to document alabados (hymns), folk drama, wedding songs, and dance tunes...In addition to these recordings, the collection includes manuscript materials and publications authored by Rael which provide insight into the rich musical heritage and cultural traditions of this region
American Memory, Library of Congress

Latino Virtual Gallery - (dead link)
"Virtual Gallery will approach Latino/a contributions to Americaís history, arts and culture from a Latino/a perspective. It will feature three exhibitions every year driven by Latino histories, arts and cultures...The goal of the gallery is to provide Latino interpretations to collections related to US history and culture. Virtual Gallery seeks to provoke dialogue. It invites visitors to share their histories and impressions."
By Magdalena Mieri and Melissa Carrillo; Joint project of the University of Texas at El Paso Library and the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives

The Mexican-American War Memorial Homepage - (dead link) (Spanish or English)
From History on the Net - "...is an independent research group formed by undergraduate and graduate students, some of whom work in different academic areas at the Universidad Nacional AutÛnoma de MÈxico."

PBS - Accordion Dreams
A film produced and directed by Hector Galan, narrated by Tish Hinojosa
"The arrival of the European button accordion to Texas and its merging with traditional Mexican songs gave birth to an explosive new sound... ACCORDION DREAMS captures this exhilarating musical style featuring yesterday's and today's squeezebox trailblazers."
Sections include: All About Conjunto ; Pioneers/Innovators and Today ; Cultures of Music and Dance ; Amazing Accordion ; Timeline ; Fun Facts & Terms ; About the Film.

PBS - American Experience - Zoot Suit Riots (March 2004) (English or Spanish)
Los Angeles Erupts in Violence
"In August 1942 the murder of a young Mexican-American man ignited a firestorm in the City of the Angels. In no time at all, ethnic and racial tensions that had been building up over the years boiled over."
Sections include: Transcript ; Primary Sources ; Further Reading ; Special Feature ; Timeline ; Gallery ; People & Events ; Teacher's Guide.

Population & Racial/Ethnic Distributions, 1930-2000 - Los Angeles County Map Series
Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, UCLA

Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Perspectives
"...portrays the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections. Among the topics it highlights are the land and its resources, relations with Spain, the competition among political parties, reform efforts, and recollections by veterans of the Spanish-American War. The materials in the collection were published between 1831 and 1929 and consist of 39 political pamphlets, 18 monographs, and 1 journal."
- American Memory, Library of Congress

U.S. Latinos and Latinas & World War II Oral History Project - (dead link)
"Sadly, the stories of these men and women have been virtually untold, either in the mass media or in scholarly writing. The main problem has been the small numbers of U.S. Latino journalists, scholars and other writers who would document the stories of this generation. This project seeks to capture the
stories of these men and women."
- University of Texas at Austin, Dept. of Journalism

The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848)
Two Nations, One Border - The War that Transformed Them Forever.
"Welcome to the online companion resource for the documentary, 'The U.S.-Mexican War (1846-1848).' ... 'The U.S.-Mexican War' Web Site is a thoughtful study in the way humans access, process, agree and disagree in the search for truth as it chronicles the war through multiple perspectives from both sides of the conflict ... Within this site, you will find a series of conversations with and essays by historians and other experts. We also offer a timeline that illustrates war-related events and a discussion arena where we invite you to share your own viewpoints on the U.S.-Mexican War."
PBS Online

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
"In addition to a definitive collection of Chicano-related research guides and directories, the library now includes monographs; serials; pamphlets and clippings; dissertations and theses; journal articles; as well as maps, films, videotapes, tape recordings, slides, and several important archival collections."

  • Internet Resources - (dead link)
    Sections include: General Sites ; Art ; Bookstores ; Business ; Country Information ; Education ; Education/Chicano Studies ; Film ; Folklore ; Health ; History ; Journalism/Mass Media ; Labor ; Libraries ; Literature/Languages ; Military ; Music/Dance ; Politics/Law ; Population ; Publishers ; Theater.

Teaching Chicano Literature: An Historical Approach
An essay by Raymund Paredes, UCLA





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