La Raza Newspaper & Magazine Records: Providing Access to the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

Material Description


This three-year project will catalog a collection of 24,698 photographic negatives documenting the Mexican-descent community of Los Angeles between 1967 and 1977. These long inaccessible negatives were recovered in 2013, and represent an unprecedented decade-long photographic project involving eighteen photographers associated with La Raza. The bilingual publication-a tabloid newspaper from 1967-1970 and a magazine from 1970-1977-developed in the context of community-based journalism that sought broad documentation of events, achievements, and issues reflecting readers' lives. Since La Raza could only print a small portion of photographs, this collection constitutes a rare and broad visual record of the community during this period.


Cataloging Hidden Collections

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Chon Noriega

Collection Size

24698 objects

Date Range

1967 - 1977

Geographic Scope

This project documents the experiences of Mexican Americans living in Los Angeles and across the American Southwest.