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Finding Aid for the Guillermo Hernandez Oral History Collection 1974 - 1997 CSRC.0007
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  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note

  • Title: Guillermo Hernandez Oral History Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: CSRC.0007
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 6.0 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1974 - 1997
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: 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.
    Creator: Hernandez, Guillermo 1940 - 2006


    Open for research.

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Guillermo Hernandez Oral History Collection, 7, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Collection donated by the family.

    Processing History

    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 Collection.

    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.

    Arrangement note

    It is unclear how the cassettes are physically arranged. Interviews are listed alphabetically by the name of the first listed interviewee.
    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

    Folklore--Latin America
    Mexican Americans --Interviews.
    Oral histories.