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Finding Aid for the Nancy Tovar Murals of East Los Angeles Slide Collection 1970 - 1980
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Nancy Tovar Murals of East Los Angeles Slide Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1970 - 1980
    Collection number: 111
    Creator: Tovar, Nancy 1930 - 2010
    Extent: 638 slides
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This is a collection of approximately 600 color slides of Chicano / Raza oriented murals primarily situated in East Los Angles were photographed by Nancy Tovar in the 1970s. Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu
    Physical location: Stored in the UCLA CSRC scanning room locker. Haines Hall.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English


    Collection is open for research.To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the CSRC at http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/

    Publication Rights

    For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, other researchers and univesities, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at 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 items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nancy Tovar Murals of East Los Angeles Slide Collection, 111, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was donated by Nancy Tovar, January, 2008. Deed on file at the UCLA / CSRC Archive office.


    Nancy Van Lauderback Tovar grew up in Chino, CA where she attended local schools for her formative studies, eventually graduating from UCLA. Following graduation, she joined the staff of the Los Angeles graphics powerhouse: Saul Bass Associates, later named Bass/Yaeger. This agency was internationally known for creating iconic logos and packaging for Hollywood's major motion pictures, airlines, telephone, and food industries. After an illustrious 40-year career she retired as Vice President and Director of Production. Ms. Tovar was an active member of the Vestry for the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. She was a creative force organizing classes that produced artistic banners, streamers, posters, and urban photography that reflected the Mexican heritage of the community. As an activist, Ms. Tovar was also a participant and supporter of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium. She wrote several books including: Diary of a Ruko (her husband's journey as a civil rights activist and WWII Veteran), The Parks Family Home in Chino, Tales from the Tovar Garden, as well as journals of her life in the barrio and her personal battle with cancer. Ms. Tovar lost this battle and passed away on March 13, 2010. The photographs in this collection represent her passion for documenting art and life in Los Angeles, and her commitment to the struggle of la Raza.

    Scope and Content

    638 color slides

    Related Material

    The Oscar Castillo Collection, The Richard Valverde Collection. Both will be available for public view on the UCLA Digital Library. CSRC Films: Los Four: The Murals of East LA. Available for purchase through the Center

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    East Los Angeles
    East Los Angles Murals
    Nancy Tovar
    Rudy Tovar