LA as Subject

Collectively preserving, archiving and sharing the rich history and culture of Los Angeles

County of Los Angeles Public Library, East Los Angeles Library, Chicano Resource Center

Chicano Resource Center, East Los Angeles Library
4837 East Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022

Contact: Daniel Hernandez, Librarian
Phone: 323-264-0155
Fax: 323-264-5465

Institution Type: Library, Research Center/Institution

Web site:

Archives and Collections

The Chicano Resource Center was established in 1976 to serve the information needs of the Chicano population of Los Angeles and to make available materials related to the history and culture of the second-largest minority group in the United States. The center’s collection comprises books, journals, on-line databases, subject notebooks, videos, audiocassettes, microforms, and original documents on subjects such as immigration, the Chicano movement, mural art, folklore, health, and Mexican history. A core multimedia collection documents many aspects of Chicano history and culture. The center provides reference assistance, subject bibliographies, referral information regarding community resources and public agencies, and workshops on collection-related topics. Its activities are entirely supported by funds from the County of Los Angeles Public Library.

Regions Covered: Mexico, United States, California, New Mexico, Arizona, Los Angeles and East Los Angeles

Type of Materials: Audio Recordings, Books, Cultural Artifacts, Materials & Objects, Films/Videos/Moving Images, Newspapers, Prints/Posters, Serials

Time Periods: Pre-1848, 1848-1899, 1900-1920, 1921-1949, 1950-1963, 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Business, Clubs/Service/Social Organizations, Community Service Organizations, Education, Gender Specific, Labor Unions, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Migrant Workers, Politics/Government, Professional, Seniors, Veterans, Youth, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino


Catalog System: For cataloged materials, ACS - computer system - from DRA. For uncataloged holdings, lists and indexes are used to manage materials.
Loan To Others: Yes
Exhibited: Yes
Exhibition Frequency: Ongoing
Outreach: Class Visits, Directories, Festivals, Internet, Library Events, Newsletter, Online Catalog, Public Lectures & Programs, Radio/TV/Video, Student Orientations, Study Guides, Telephone, Word of Mouth