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Finding Aid for the Ester Hernandez Papers 1972-2004
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ester Hernandez Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1972-2004
    Collection number: 47
    Creator: Hernandez, Ester 1944-
    Extent: 1 linear foot
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: Collection of articles about Ester Hernandez and her artwork. Collection includes various post cards, gallery cards and other Illustrations of Hernandez's art.

    n.b. Accents have been removed to facilitate the use of most web browsers.

    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu.
    Physical location: As of August 2006, collection is stored at the Chicano Studies Archive, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA. In the future this collection will be stored off site at UCLA's Southern Regional Library Facility.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English, Spanish


    Access is available by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu

    Publication Rights

    For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ester Hernandez Papers, 47, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Ester Hernandez in 2006, deed on file at the CSRC Archive office, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA


    Ester Hernandez is one of the pioneers of the Chicano art movement. She grew up in the migrant farm-working community of the central San Joaquin Valley of California, and she experienced firsthand the farm-worker's struggle. Surrounded by artisans within her family: her mother continued the family tradition of embroidery from Central Mexico; her grandfather was a master carpenter and made religious sculpture in his spare time; Ester's father was an amateur photographer and visual artist—and by her personal involvement with the farm-worker community, Ester developed a great interest in community arts, committing herself to "visually depict the dignity, strength, experiences and dreams of Latina women through printmaking and pastels." (E.H.) Ester Hernandez has created art relating to farm-workers, pesticides, laborers, women's issues, civil rights and social justice. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., UCLA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Mexican Museum, Galería de la Raza and Internationally. As of this writing in 2006, Ester Hernandez teaches and manages at Creativity Explored, a San Francisco art production and education center for developmentally-challenged adults.

    Scope and Content

    This collection of articles, press reviews, exhibition catalog excerpts, and illustrations about Ester Hernandez and her artwork were compiled by the artist herself.

    **Please note that accents have been eliminated inorder to accomodate and facilitate the use of all types of web browsers.

    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Press reviews
    • Series 2. Exhibition catalogs
    • Series 3. Illustrations

    Related Material

    In addition to these papers, Ester Hernandez has donated a small selection of serigraph prints. Please also see our SHG Research papers Collection.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Ester Hernandez
    Chicana art
    Chicana art movement
    Chicana feminism
    La Virgin de Guadalupe
    Sun Maid Raisins