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Colección Tloque Nahuaque

Researchers, faculty, and students engaged in Chicano Studies at UCSB benefit from access to the Colección Tloque Nahuaque in the Davidson Library. It is a unique resource for comprehensive Chicana/o and Latina/o information and specialized reference services. Visiting scholars from both this country and abroad consider it to be one of the finest collections of Chicana/o materials anywhere in the world.

Established in 1971, the Colección specializes in the multidisciplinary field of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies. It is the only such collection in the U.S. operated as a discrete library unit within a major university library. As one of only several leading collections of its kind, the Colección serves as the university's major source of information on the cultural heritage and history of Chicana/os and Mexicans in the United States. Its holdings of approximately 20,000 volumes and close to 500 journals and newspapers distinguish it as a national bibliographic resource on Chicana/os and Latina/os.

The Colección seeks to be a library of record and therefore actively collects popular literature as well as academic materials. The popular literature and media materials offer students of the recently established PhD in Chicana/o Studies rich primary source material. Media materials (dvds and music cds) pertaining to the Colección are housed in the Media Collection on the first floor of Davidson Library. Influencing the Colección's development and use are the activities of the UCSB Chicana and Chicano Studies Department and the Chicano Studies Institute, the curriculum of the Bilingual Cross Cultural Education Program and those working on borderland studies. The support of the Colección is especially important to the ongoing work of the Chicano Studies Institute and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

As a nationally and internationally recognized research collection, the Colección has attracted scholars and researchers from throughout the U.S.
and abroad, as well as functioning as a public community resource for information on the Chicana/o, Mexican, and US Latina/o experiences. The existence of such a research collection at Santa Barbara that is conveniently located within the University Library has proven to be an invaluable and unique resource to aid researchers in these fields.

Salvador Güereña, Interim Librarian for Chicana/o and LAI Studies
California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Donald Davidson Library, 3rd Floor
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Tel: 805-893-8563
FAX: 805-893-5749
guerena@library.ucsb.edu

California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives

Yolanda Lopez - 2007 Artist in ResidenceThe California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, also known as CEMA, is a division of the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries at the University of California, Santa Barbara. CEMA is a permanent program that advances scholarship in ethnic studies through its varied collections of primary research materials. These unique collections document the lives and activities of African Americans, Asian/Pacific Americans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans in California. The collections represent the cultural, artistic, ethnic, and racial diversity that characterizes the state's population. Its materials are widely used not only by scholars, but also in K-12 classrooms and museum exhibitions. Many organizations and individuals have committed to establishing their personal papers and archival materials.

New! Chicano/Latino art on Calisphere
CEMA is recognized as a major repository for Chicano/Latino visual arts collections, representing the archives of prominent Chicano/Latino art cultural centers and the collections of individual artists based in California. These visual arts materials have been described as a national and international resource. CEMA has digitized many of these and they are now online at the California Digital Library’s Calisphere website: http://www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu

Salvador Güereña, Director
California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Donald Davidson Library
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Tel: 805-893-8563
FAX: 805-893-5749
guerena@library.ucsb.edu
http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/collections/cema/index.html

 
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