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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado archive
    Creator: Alvarado, Ricardo Ocreto
    source: Alvarado, Janet Mary
    Identifier/Call Number: M2749
    Physical Description: 10.5 Linear Feet (8 manuscript storage boxes, 2 record storage boxes, and 6 flat boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1942-2018

    Content Description

    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).

    Biographical / Historical

    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.
    Alvarado died in 1976.
    In 1997 Janet Alvarado (Ricardo's daughter) discovered his work stored in a basement and created the Alvarado Project to portray the Filipino-American community using her father's photographs. The Alvarado Project created an exhibit for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History that then was exhibited nationally through The Smithsonian Institutional Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) program.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual & born-digital materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado archive (M2749). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, California.


    Page from library catalog: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/13974544

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Filipino Americans
    San Francisco.
    San Francisco (Calif.) -- History -- Photographs
    Photography -- U.S. -- History
    Alvarado, Janet Mary