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

Self-Help Graphics and Art, Inc.

3802 Cesar E. Chavez Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90063

Contact: Evonne Gallardo
Phone: 323-881-6444
Fax: 323-881-6447

Institution Type: Community Arts Organization, Community Service Organization

Web site:

Archives and Collections

Since 1972, Self-Help Graphics has illuminated and preserved the work of Chicano/Mexicano artists in the Los Angeles area and promoted Chicano art as a rich and vital part of American culture. Through community-based lending and collection practices, the organization created and has sustained a vital presence in the local and broader communities. The organization's collection comprises over three hundred pieces of framed Chicano artwork and a very large number of silk-screened prints and monotypes by Chicano artists, primarily from the Los Angeles area, which reflect Chicano/Mexicano experience. Self-Help Graphics owns as well slides, videos, and primary resource materials that offer a comprehensive history of the Chicano art movement in Los Angeles. Its holdings also document the twenty-seven-year history of Self-Help Graphics as a cultural and creative center.

Regions Covered: Primarily East Los Angeles, Southern California, southwestern United States, Mexico

Type of Materials: Films/Videos/Moving Images, Prints/Posters, Slides

Time Periods: 1964-1980, 1981-Present

Languages: English, Spanish

Sectors of the Population: Artistic Communities, Mexican Descent/Chicano/Latino, Lower to Middle Income


Catalog System: We do not yet have a system for cataloging our records. We are in collaboration with UC Santa Barbara CEMA (California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives ) - CARIDAD (Chicano Art Resources Information Development and Dissemination) Project, who is in the
Digital Formats: 20%: 50 images on the net
Repository/Depository: Yes
Outreach: Brochures/Flyers/Pamphlets, Internet, Newsletter, Word of Mouth