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Guide to the Leo Limon Papers CEMA 95
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  • Use Restrictions
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Biographical/Historial note
  • Series Description
  • Related Collections
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Scope
  • Processing Information note

  • Title: Leo Limon Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 95
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 linear feet
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1997- 2008
    Date (inclusive): 1975- 2008
    Abstract: The Leo Limon Papers spans from 1971 to 2008. The collection contains correspondence, documents concerning various Los Angeles-area events, and a photo album that holds both professional and personal photographs that cover the past thirty years. Limon, one of the most distinguished artists of the Chicano Art Movement, is both an important artist and prominent community activist.
    General Physical Description note: One document box, one binder box photo album, and one oversize folder and two posters.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Conditions Governing Access note


    Biographical/Historial note

    Over the years, Leo Limon has earned recognition and accolades from his peers and colleagues throughout the professional art world, and he has enjoyed widespread popularity with the community as a leader and role model. His activities date back to the very formative years of the Chicano Art Movement, and over that time, his work has reflected the vision, aspirations and images of his surroundings and roots. Leo has always been a cultural worker and an arts ambassador for East L.A. and the Chicano community. In the early years he was very influenced and involved with the art group Los Four and worked with Carlos Almaraz, the MeChicano Art Center, Plaza de La Raza, Centro de Arte Publico, and the Saturday Tutor Art Class, directed by Bill Tara at Otis Art Institute.
    During his residency with Self-Help Graphics, Leo was involved in the development of several important programs at the center, including the Annual Celebration of Dia de Los Muertos. Past director, Sister Karen Boccalero osf, allowed him to open and run the screen print shop and later evolved into the well known Atelier Printmaking Program. His Fine Art Silk-Screen Prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally as a result of several exhibitions.
    In order to pursue his commitment to youth in the community, Leo assisted with the coordination of various projects including the L.A. River Cats Restoration and Re-creation project at the Aztlan Cultural Arts Foundation, Inc. He's currently a group facilitator with the National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute, mentoring Chicano youth. He is also involved in a number of groups and efforts to revive the Los Angeles River as a historic region, cultural arts enclave, and tourist destination.
    Currently, his work is featured in two important recent publications. Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge and Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art: Artists, Works, Culture, and Education. Leo's life work and impact to date have left a positive legacy not only upon the local community and culture, but also the art world in general. He is one of the most distinguished mid career artists of the Chicano Art Movement.

    Series Description

    Series I Correspondence 1992- 2006
    Correspondence includes personal and professional letters from Limon's career. It spans gallery exhibitions, personal and political letters, and community events brainstorming.
    Series II Subjects 1993- 2008
    This series covers various art events in the Los Angeles area as well as promotional material for such events. Some of the events Limon was a part of; for others, he was not.
    Series III Photographs 1971 - 2008
    Photographs in the album range from personal (various pictures of Limon and his family at various social and familial events) to professional (pictures of his murals and works both completed and in progress). Some photographs have captions accompanying them written by Limon himself.
    Series VI Posters 2002, 2006

    Related Collections

    Self Help Graphics and Art Archives (CEMA 3), The Richard Duardo Collection (CEMA 65) and the Galería de la Raza Archives (CEMA 4). There is also a Leo Limón Oral History Book and video documentary titled, Leo Limón: Portrait of an Artist, that are in production.

    Preferred Citation note

    Leo Limon Papers, CEMA 95, Department of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.


    The Leo Limon Papers, spans two boxes and the years 1971 - 2008. It is a portrait of Leo Limon, a distinguished artist from the Chicano Art Movement. A prominent artist, muralist and community activist, he has been involved with art and community endeavors such as the Los Angeles River Catz Project, Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research, and Chicano Visions exhibitions. The Leo Limon Papers contains correspondence, events information and promotional material, a photograph collection, and copies of two of his posters.

    Processing Information note

    Collection processed by Callie Bowdish and CEMA staff, July 2009.