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Self-Help Graphics and Art Research Collection
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Arrangement
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Separated Materials
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Chicano Studies Research Center Library
    Title: Self-Help Graphics and Art Research Collection
    Creator: Self Help Graphics and Art
    Identifier/Call Number: CSRC.0002
    Physical Description: 43 linear feet (4 boxes, 2 record storage cartons, 1 flat box, 13 map folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1973-2007
    Language of Material: Materials are in English and Spanish.
    Physical Location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive for paging information.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Self Help Graphics and Art beginning in 2004.


    The collection is aranged in the following series:
    • Series 1. Exhibition materials and administrative files
    • Series 2. Audiovisual materials
    • Series 3. Atelier prints

    Biographical / Historical

    Self Help Graphics and Art was founded in 1970 in Boyle Heights by Sister Karan Boccalero, Carlos Bueno, Antonio Ibanez, and Frank Hernandez. Its mission is to drive the creation of new work by Chicanx and Latinx artists through multiple art forms, including fine art printmaking.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Collection contains audiovisual materials that will require further processing and special equipment for viewing.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Self Help Graphics and Art Reseach Collection, 2, UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

    Processing Information

    This collection was initially processed by Colin Gunckel between 2004 and 2005. In 2013 Cristal Gutierrez Alba updated the physical arrangement and description of the collection. In 2018 the finding aid was revised and transferred to ArchivesSpace by Doug Johnson. Digital objects were added by Cira Sandoval in 2019.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection consists largely of material relating to exhibitions put on by the organization, as well as a small number of administrative files. There are also audio-visual materials apparently related to a variety of community initiatives, though these will require further processing to be viewed. Perhaps the centerpiece of the collection are the "Atelier prints," approximately 180 large-format silkscreen prints by different artists.

    Separated Materials

    The Murals of East Los Angeles (16mm film by by Humberto R. Rivera and Heather R. Howell) - transferred to UCLA Film and Television Archive

    Conditions Governing Use

    These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mexican American arts
    Graphic arts - exhibitions