Guillermo E. Hernández, was a professor in the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese; former CSRC Director; and a leading
scholar on corridos, or Mexican ballads, and Chicano literature. This is his collection of oral histories generated by his
students and others.
Guillermo Hernández created a traveling exhibition and educational web site celebrating the narrative songs known as corridos,
on which he was one of the world's experts. Sponsored by the Smithsonian Insitution Traveling Exhibiton Service (SITES) and
Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, it opened in 2002 and travelled throughout the United States until July 24, 2005.
In October 2001, Hernández initiated the digital preservation of the Arhoolie Foundation's Strachwitz Frontera Collection,
the largest repository of Mexican and Mexican-American popular and vernacular recordings in existence. Under Hernández's direction
in 2000, the award-winning Mexican norteño band Los Tigres del Norte donated $500,000 through its Los Tigres del Norte Foundation
to establish the Los Tigres del Norte Fund at UCLA. The fund supports research, teaching and preservation efforts related
to Spanish-language music in the United States and provided major support to digitize and provides public access to the Frontera
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