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Oral Histories 101: What to Know

Oral history is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life using audiotapes, videotapes, or transcriptions of planned interviews. These interviews are conducted with people who participated in or observed past events and whose memories and perceptions of these are to be preserved as an aural record for future generations. Wikipedia

Latino Art Survey Project and Artist Oral Histories

In the early 2010s, the CSRC initiated the Oral Histories Series with the intent to publish the life narratives of prominent Chicano and Latino figures. The following life narratives are specifically about artists and the arts. They were conducted as part of a Latino Arts Survey Project (see the finding aid for the project archive here). They have been recorded and transcribed, and the interviewer and interviewee have reviewed and corrected the transcriptions prior to publication. These oral histories are often undertaken as part of a larger research project and in tandem with archival collections and library holdings.


In addition to these oral histories and their accompanying archival collections, the CSRC also holds oral histories from the following artists (some restrictions apply):

  • Aguilar, Laura (artist/photographer)
  • Azaceta, Luis Cruz (artist)
  • Brito, Maria (artist)
  • Campos-Pons, Maria Magdalena (artist)
  • Castillo, Oscar (artist/photographer)
  • Cervantes, Yreina (artist)
  • Chavez, Roberto (artist)
  • Esparza, Ruben (artist)
  • Estopinan, Roberto (artist/sculpture)
  • Ferrer, Rafael (artist)
  • Galan, John (artist)
  • Garcia, Camille Rose (artist)
  • Garza, Carmen Lomas (artist)
  • Gronk (artist)
  • Gutierrez, Robert (artist)
  • Healy, Wayne (artist)
  • Herrera, Carmen (artist)
  • Huereque, Jef (artist)
  • Larios, Dora de (artist/sculpture/ceramist)
  • Legorreta, Robert "Cyclona"
  • Lopez, Alma (artist)
  • Lopez, Yolanda (artist)
  • Mesa-Bains, Amalia (artist)
  • Montoya, Jose (artist)
  • Montoya, Malaquias (artist)
  • Munoz, Celia Alvarez (artist)
  • Ortiz, Joe (artist)
  • Ortiz, Raphael Montanez (artist)
  • Osorio, Pepon (artist)
  • Otero, Nester (artist)
  • Ramos, Carmen (artist/curator)
  • Reyes, Miguel Angel (artist)
  • Self-Help Graphics (artist organization)
  • Siqueiros, Francesco (artist)
  • Torres-Figueroa, Brenda (artist)
  • Tropicana, Carmelita (and Ella) (artist)
  • Zermeno, Andy (artist)
  • Ybarra-Frausto, Tomas (art historian/curator/academic)

Latina/o Literature Oral History Collection

This collection was brought in by Dr. Marissa Lopez, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. It is still being processed and restrictions apply, however please contact the Librarian at librarian@chicano.ucla.edu for details on access and permissions.

  • Condes, Yvonne (author)
  • Darling, Nikki (author/artist)
  • Escobar, Elizam (author/writer/poet)
  • Falcon, Luis Nieves (author)
  • Gilb, Dagoberto (author)
  • Grande, Reyna (author)
  • Lopez, Adolfo Guzman (author/journalist)
  • Molina, Adriana (author)
  • Norte, Marisela (author/writer/poet)
  •  Olivas, Daniel (author)
  • Ramirez, Horacio Roque (author/writer/oral historian)
  • Reyes, Veronica (author)
  • Sanchez, Julian (author)
  • Tobar, Hector (author)

UCLA Center for Oral History Research