Scope and Contents note
Title: Guillermo Hernandez Oral History Collection
Identifier/Call Number: CSRC.0007
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
Language of Material:
6.0 linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1974 - 1997
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.
Materials are stored OFF-SITE at SRLF. All requests to access special collections materials must be made two weeks in advance.
Please contact the CSRC Library for paging information.
Hernandez, Guillermo 1940 - 2006
Open for research.
Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish must be
submitted in writing to 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 item and is not intended to include or imply permission
from the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Identification of item], Guillermo Hernandez Oral History Collection, 7, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University
of California, Los Angeles.
Collection donated by the family.
Processed by Michael Stone, 2012
This collection was processed in three stages, 2004, 2006, 2012.
The finding aid was revised in 2018.
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
Scope and Contents note
This collection consists of audiotapes of interviews, mostly with people of Mexican descent. Many of the interviews are about
Latin American folklore.
It is unclear how the cassettes are physically arranged. Interviews are listed alphabetically by the name of the first listed
It is unclear what the codes in the General Notes fields refer to, but the information has been retained in case they might
be deciphered by a researcher.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Mexican Americans --Interviews.