UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Xaviera Flores, CSRC Librarian/Archivist
Naiela Santana, 2017 CSRC Getty MUIP Intern
In 2007, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) launched an initiative to increase its LGBT and women’s collections. The initiative, which remains active today, has a four-fold mission: to educate women and LGBT communities about the importance of documenting and preserving Latina and Latino history; to educate Latina and Latino communities about the importance of women’s stories and LGBT history within their archival efforts; to provide women and LGBT Latinas and Latinos with archival materials that can function as a source of pride, inspiration, and new scholarship; and to educate “mainstream” archival institutions about the need for women’s and LGBT archival holdings as part of culturally sensitive collecting and archival practices.
This online exhibit illustrates the CSRC's continuing efforts to acquire and create collections de la jotería, a.k.a. Latinx LGBTQIA+ (an umbrella term used to intentionally include and give visibility to the queer, intersex and a-sexual communities, along with those not included in the acronym).