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Latino American Studies Research Guide: Special Collections


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Diana Rivera is responsible for reference, collection development, and liaison activities related to Latino or Chicano Americans at the Michigan State University Libraries.  She also offers a Cezar Chavez  Collection Blog where she shares informtion about new acquisitions and other news items related to Latino/a studies.  She is responsible for acquiring all Latino materials in Special Collections.


Latin American and Latino History and Culture

United Farm Workers' pamphlets and documents, Spanish language comics, poetry chapbooks by Chicana and Chicano authors, and popular culture materials from Central and South America are all collected in Special Collections. Highlights include:

  • A Mexican comics collections as large as any in the English speaking world, which includes many of the works of Rius (Eduardo Reyes) in both Spanish and English.    
  • More than 175 artists' books from Cuba's Ediciones VigÍa, and cartoneras editions from Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. Brazilian cordels ("stories on a string") collected in 2007, 2008, and 2010.

José F. Treviño and MICHILAC

The Midwest Chicano/Latino Activism Collection (MICHILAC) is significant to researchers and students who require primary sources of Midwestern Chicana/o and Latina/o politics and life missing from American history, and Chicano and Latino texts that focus on Southwestern United States activities and events.

This site contains a selection of digitized material from the José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection held at MSU Special Collections. The collection characterizes Treviño’s advocacy work in the Midwest during a time when Chicano politics was on the rise. Influential primary sources in a variety of formats are found in this collection. They relate to the third-party politics of La Raza Unida Party and local politics in communities such as Lansing, Detroit and Saginaw. Types of material in the physical collection include

  • newspapers
  • unpublished reports and papers
  • photography
  • audio and video
  • posters
  • flyers and leaflets
  • bumper stickers
  • political buttons
  • t-shirts
  • march banners and other types of realia.

Chicano/a Latino/a Poster Collection

Click here for a complete list.

Subject Guide

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Erik Ponder
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