The Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado archive consists of documents, correspondence, audiovisual, photographic and other materials.
The photographic materials consist of prints, slides, and approximately 3000 negatives. The original documents are mostly
official records from Ricardo Alvarado's army service. There is also a large amount of Janet Alvarado's (Ricardo Alvarado's
daughter) working files, which consist of research, designs, grants, newspaper clippings, correspondence, publicity, flyers,
display labels and other materials. These documents are from two exhibits she created using her father's photographs: Through
My Father's Eyes (1998-2002) and Alvarado Compositions (2014).
Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado was born in the Philippines in 1914. Alvarado moved to California in 1928. He enlisted in the First
Filipino Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army in 1942 as a medic. After World War II he worked as a civilian cook at San Francisco's
Letterman Army Hospital. Using a view camera, Alvarado documented Filipino-American community life at dances, banquets, baptisms,
funerals, and other gatherings. He photographed primarily in San Francisco but also in rural settings. In 1959 Alvarado married
Norberta Magallanes and ended his photographic work.
10.5 Linear Feet
(8 manuscript storage boxes, 2 record storage boxes, and 6 flat boxes)
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