Finding Aid for the James Nicolopulos Corrido Research Files AF-007

Maggie Harrison
Arhoolie Foundation
10341 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA 94530
Business Number: 510-525-7471

Contributing Institution: Arhoolie Foundation
Title: James Nicolopulos Corrido Research Files
Identifier/Call Number: AF-007
Physical Description: 9 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1977-2003
Abstract: This collection contains poetics scholar James "Jaime" Nicolopulos's research files on Mexican and Tejano border music. Nicolopulos was a professor of American Literature and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin. He was a frequent collaborator of Chris Strachwitz of Arhoolie Records, with whom he authored Lydia Mendoza: A Family Autobiography. The collection includes interviews, music recordings, lectures, and notes pertaining to Nicolopulos's scholarship on corridos.
Material Specific Details: Audio and Video Recordings, Digital Materials, Research Materials
Physical Location: Please consult repository.
Language of Material: English , Spanish; Castilian .

Conditions Governing Access

Collection open for research.


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Nicolopulos.


Series 1: Audiovisual Tapes Series 2: Digital Materials
Subseries 1: Born Digital Files Subseries 2: Compact Discs
Subseries 3: Floppy Disks Series 3: Research Materials

Biographical / Historical

James "Jaime" Nicolopulos received his doctorate from UC Berkeley and began his career as a professor of American Literature and Spanish at the University of Texas at Austin in 1992. Through his scholarship on corridos, Nicolopulos became a frequent collaborator of Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz. Together, they conducted interviews and recordings of Mexican and Tejano musicians and wrote a biography of singer Lydia Mendoza, Lydia Mendoza: A Family Autobiography. Nicolopulos assisted with the creation of the Arhoolie Foundation's Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, and produced two albums for Arhoolie Records: Flaco's Amigos and Tex-Mex Conjuntos.
Source: "James Nicolopulos Obituary." Austin American-Statesman, December 6, 2010.

Preferred Citation

Item title, James Nicolopulos Corrido Research Files (AF-007). Arhoolie Foundation.

Processing Information

This collection was minimally processed to facilitate access. Boxes are arranged by type of material.

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises Nicolopulos's scholarly research, writings, and teaching materials on Mexican and Tejano border music. The collection contains audio and video recordings, digital materials, research files, and books pertaining to these musical traditions. The audio and digital materials include Nicolopulos's original work, such as lectures, research, interviews, and recordings.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to the Arhoolie Foundation.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Norteño music
Tejano music
Folk music–Mexico
Mexican-American Border Region

box 1, box 2

Audiovisual Tapes 1977-2003

Scope and Contents

Series 1 contains audio and video recordings on cassette tapes and VHS tapes. Some cassettes contain original interviews and recordings, as specified in the container list.

Digital Materials 1990-2010

Scope and Contents

Series 2 contains digital materials, including born-digital materials, compact discs, and floppy disks.

Born Digital Files 2004-2010

box 3

Compact Discs 1995-2010

box 3

Floppy Disks 1990-2000

box 4, box 5, box 6, box 7, box 8, box 9

Research Materials 1990-2010

Scope and Contents

Series 3 contains subject files, lecture and research notes, scholarly articles, and books. Most materials pertain to Mexican and Tejano music.