Tilo: Chicano Special Collections

April 23, 2013 § 1 Comment

Hello my friends,

I was writing a paper for one of my classes and was asked to pull up some primary sources on my topic on the Brown Power/Third World Liberation front. I was told that the best place to go was either San Francisco State (too far) or here on campus at our Chicano Studies library. So I went, not only were they really helpful there, it is in one of my opinions probably one of the best places to study if you don’t wanna walk all the way to the library from Southside of campus.

Naturally, after the Third World Liberation Front protests in San Francisco that demanded for courses in ethnic history and for more professors of color to be part of the faculty, SF State instituted an Ethnic Studies department there. Berkeley soon followed in 1972 creating an ethnic studies department for the university. There is a wide array of subjects within the library that may be of some use to any studying ethnic diasporas or the experiences of immigrants in the country. Since we can claim to be one of the first UC’s that actually instituted this collection here. We have a lot goodies! I was told by someone in the library (whose name will remain anonymous for the sensitivity of the issue) that we even have Native American artifacts of high value that are wanted back by Native tribes and have took the university to court of them.

If you do find yourself writing about a subject within the Chicano studies context. These are the strengths of this specific collection. What I love about the library is that it is very focused and you can find all sorts of good stuff to include Mexicans/Chicanos/Latinos in your research. You can find charts, maps, labor force statistics, immigration related material. It is all accessible with your Berkeley ID.

  • Mexican Americans
  • Latinos in the U.S.
  • Immigration
  • Bilingual/bicultural education
  • Administration of justice
  • Chicano literature

Location: Stephens Hall 30

Times (Spring Semester)

Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Closed Sunday
Viva la Raza!!!

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