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Chicano - Latino Reference Sources

Here are my favorite reference books that I use with a course I teach in the Chicano Studies Department. Spanish language reference sources are not in the scope. The file is converted from Word for Windows 7.0. If the =20 appears at the end of each paragraph there was a network problem in the conversion, in which case I can set it up as a web document and you should be able to then download from the CEMA url adrress.
--Sal Guerena

Selected Chicano/Latino Reference Sources
Compiled by Salvador Guerena



The Hispanic-American Almanac: Work on Hispanics in the United States. Nicolas Kanellos, ed. Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 1993.
Provides information on a wide variety of topics related to United States Hispanics. Includes a keyword index, a glossary of Spanish terms, illustrations and tables. (Main Reference E184 .S75 H574 1993)



Garcia-Ayvens, Francisco. Chicano Anthology Index: A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of Chicano Art, 1965-1987. Berkeley: Chicano Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1986. (EGS Reference Z1361 .M4 G37 1990)


Goldman, Shifra, and Tomas Ibarra Frausto. Arte Chicano: A Comprehensive Annotated Bibliography of Chicano Art, 1965-1981. Berkeley:Chicano Studies Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1985.

This is actually an index, an important one, providing subject, author/artist, and title access to articles, books, exhibit catalogs, and art works (EGS Reference Z5961 .U5 G64)



Latinos and Politics: A Selected Research Bibliography. Austin: University of Texas Center for Mexican American Studies, 1991. A bibliography of sources, journal articles, dissertations and books, on Latinos and politics. Includes a subject and author index. (Main Reference E184 .S75 L369)

Martinez, Julio A., and Ada Burn. Mexican Americans: An Annotated Bibliography of Bibliographies. Saratoga: R&E Publishers, 1984.
Evaluates selected sources dating from 1979 to 1983 (EGS Reference Z1361 .M4 M36)

Robinson, Barbara J., and J.Cordell Robinson. The Mexican American:A Critical Guide to Research Aids. Greenwich: Jai Press, Inc., 1980.
One of the most useful guides to Reference materials published through 1978, essential for historical research. Author, title, and subject indexes are provided. (EGS Reference Z1361 .M4 R63)



Dictionary of Hispanic biography. Joseph C. Tardiff & L. Mpho Mabunda, eds. ; foreword by Rudolfo Anaya. New York : Gale Research, c1996. (EGS CT1343 .D53 1996)

A one-stop source for biographies on close to 500 women from the 15th century to the present. Most of the entries--arranged alphabetically, are from the contemporary, or 20th century period and represent U.S. Hispanics as well as Latin American countries.

Who Biographical Information for notable Hispanic Americans (EGS Reference E184 .S75 W53 1992/93)

Meier, Matt S. Mexican American Biographies: A Historical Dictionary, 1837-1987. New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
A great beginning point for information about individuals in many difference fields, with references to additional sources. (EGS Reference E184 .M5 M454)



Bustamante, Jorge A. Mexico-Estados Unidos: Bibliografia General Sobre Estudios Fronterizos. Mexico: El Colegio de Mexico, 1980.

An excellent guide to the border literature. It makes no difference that the title is in Spanish. Arranged topically, many sources are in English. Author index. (Main Library Z1361 .R4 B87)

Jamail, Milton H. and Margo Gutierrez. The Border Guide: Institutions and Organizations of the United States-Mexico Borderlands. 1st ed. Austin, Tx: Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 1992. (EGS Reference F 787 .J35 1992)
This gathers a wide range of information in one volume concerning border communities, including a bibliography on borderlands topics, a directory of agencies and organizations involved with border concerns, and brief essays describing border communities.

Sable, martin H. Las Maquiladoras: Assembly and Manufacturing Plants on the United States-Mexico Border: An International Guide. New York: Haworth Press, 1989. (EGS Z 7914.M3 S23 1989)

Valk, Barbara G. Borderline: A Bibliography of the United States-Mexico Borderlands. Los Angeles: Latin American Center, University of California, Los Angeles, 1988.
A subject-arranged bibliography covering border-related topics and issues, citing materials in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Author index. (EGS Reference Z1251 .M44 V35)



Carrasquillo, Angela. Hispanic Children and Youth in the United States: A Resource Guide. New York: Garland, 1991. (CTN E184 .S75 C37 1991)


Garcia-Ayvens, Francisco. Chicanos in These Times. Santa Fe Springs: ATM Information Services, 1990.
A cumulative subject index to articles about Chicanos in the Los Angeles Times. (EGS Reference F869 .L89 M429)



Schorr, Alan Edward. Hispanic Resource Directory, 1992-1994: A Comprehensive Guide to over 6,000 National, Regional and Local Organizations, Associations, Agencies, Programs and Media Pertaining to Hispanic Americans. Juneau, Ak: Denali Press, 1992. (Main Reference E184 .S75 S281)

Hispanic Americans Information Directory, 1994. Detroit: Gale research, 1994/95
4,800 entries for contact information to nonprofit organizations, companies, newspapers, education, etc. that deal with the US Hispanic Experience. (Main Reference E184 .S75 H566 1994/95)



Cordasco, Francesco. Bilingual Education in American School: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1979.

This is, of course, dated, but is useful for historical and background research in this field, such as in tracing the origins of the Bilingual Education Act. (EGS Reference LC3731 .C667)



The Latino encyclopedia. Richard Chabran and Rafael Chabran, editors. New York : Marshall Cavendish, c1996.

An excellent, copiously illustrated, six-volume work that collects essential information into one source on Latino life, culture and history. There is an index and a timeline in the last volume. (EGS .S75 L357 1996)

Reference Library of Hispanic America. Nicolas Kanellos, editor. Special library ed. Detroit: Gale Research, c1993.
A three-volume set that covers Hispanic civilization and culture in the United States. There are twenty-five major subject chapters. Brief biographical sketches of prominent individuals are found throughout. (EGS E184.S75 R44 1993)



Reyes, Luis and Peter Rubie. Hispanics in Hollywood: An Encyclopedia of Film and Television. New York: Garland, 1994.

A reference guide to Hispanics and their representation in films and in television, including made-for-television movies and miniseries as well as major motion pictures and smaller productions. There is a section with biographical profiles and an index. (EGS PN 1995.9 .H47 R49)

Hadley-Garcia, George. Hispanic Hollywood: The Latins in Motion Pictures. New York: Carol Publishing, 1990.
A great place for photographs and information about the Hispanic stars and their films throughout history. Includes an index.



Chronology of Hispanic-American history. Kanellos, Nicolas and Cristelia Perez, ed. New York : Gale Research, c1995. (EGS E184.S75 C49 1995)

A comprehensive listing of historical events, issues, topics and cultural happenings that are considered significant throughout Latin America and in the United States, dating back to pre-Columbia times.

Latinos in the United States: A Historical Bibliography. Albert Camarillo, ed.Santa Barbara, Ca: ABC-Clio, 1986.
Over 1,300 annotated references primarily to journal articles written during the period of 973 to 1985. Although other US Latino groups are represented, Mexican American topics constitute the bulk of the citations. Detailed subject index. (EGS Reference Z1361 .S7 L37)

Meier, Matt S. Bibliography of Mexican American History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1984.
A comprehensive research bibliography, partially and briefly annotated, covering materials in many formats. Author and subject indexes provided. (EGS Reference Z1361 .M4 M414)

Meier, Matt S., and Feliciano Rivera. Dictionary of Mexican American History. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1981.
Brief subject coverage to a wide array of topics alphabetically arranged. Some entries list suggested further readings. Excellent starting point for novices. (EGS Reference E184 .M5 M453)



Hispanic Writers: A Selection of Sketches From Contemporary Authors. Bryan Ryan, ed. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1991.

Entries, which are culled from a standard literary source, supply bibliographic data for Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban American (as well as Latin American) writers, both literary and academic. Some overlap with Chicano Writers. (Main Reference PQ7081.3 .H58 1991)

Lomeli, Francisco A. and Carl R.Shirley. Dictionary of Literary Biography: Chicano Writers (First Series) Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1989.
Gathers for the first time fifty-two biographical/critical essays representing a broad cross-section of writers. Includes a fair number of entries by Chicana authors. (Main Reference PN141 .D52 v82)

Lomeli, Francisco A. and Julio Martinez. Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1985.
Recommended first source to consult for in-depth coverage of notable writers and themes. Includes subject index. (Main Reference PS153 .M4 C46)

Trujillo, Roberto G. Literatura Chicana: Creative and Critical Writings Through 1984. Oakland, Ca: Floricanto Press, 1985.
An un-annotated listing of 763 titles organized into the various genres and in various formats. (EGS Reference Z1229 .M48 T78)


Enciclopedia de Mexico. Edicion Especial, 1987, 14vols.
Excellent, revised set covering many topics and biographies of illustrious people, arranged alphabetically. There is no index. Highly recommended since some topics are difficult to find elsewhere. For Spanish-reading researchers! (Main Reference F1204 .E5 1987)

Pick, James B., Butler, Edgar W., Lanzer, Elizabeth L. Atlas of Mexico. San Francisco: Westview Press, 1989.
A new descriptive volume which comprehensively covers demographic data and maps gathered from the 1980 Mexican Census and more recent government sources. Includes an index. (EGS Reference G1545 .P5 1989)



Castillo-Speed, Lillian, Richard Chabran and Francisco Garcia-Ayvens. Chicano Periodical Index. Berkeley:Chicano Studies Library Publication Unit, 1981-

An Indispensable index comprehensively covering Chicano periodicals in early volumes; more recent volumes cover all periodical literature. Six separate volumes to date span 1967-88. (EGS Reference Z1361 .M4 C46)

Castillo-Speed, Lillian, Richard Chabran and Francisco Garcia-Ayvens. The Chicano Index Berkeley:Chicano Studies Library Publication Unit, 1989- New title for the Chicano Periodical Index with supplements in three-ring-binder format. New coverage includes books, periodical literature, parts of books, and dissertations. Its contents are included on the Chicano Database on CD ROM. (EGS Reference Z1361 .M4 C46)

Hispanic American Periodicals Index. Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center Publications, 1975-
An annual subject and author index to journals covering Latin America or Latin Americans in the US. Chicanos are also covered to a more limited extent. Note that many of the journals are from Latin American countries and are in Spanish. (Main Reference Index Table 12A , Melvyl)



Anuario Hispano-Hispanic Yearbook. McLean: T.I.Y.M. Publishing Company, 1987-

A compendium of information on Hispanics, including listings of Hispanic organizations, companies, and consulates operating in the US. (EGS Reference HD 2346 .U52 W352 1987-)

The Hispanic Almanac. New York: The Hispanic Policy Development Project Inc., 1990.
A fact book of social and economic data, including profiles of the top twenty Hispanic markets. (EGS Reference E 184 .S75 H49 1990)

Hispanic Americans: A Statistical Sourcebook. Louise L Horner, ed. Boulder, Co.: Numbers & Concepts, 1995
Nearly 120 tables present socioeconomic indicators, most derived from US Bureau of the Census. Tables are sometimes broken down by national origin e.g., Mexican American, Cuban, Puerto Rican, etc.; helpful glossary explains census-related terms. (EGS Reference E184 .S75 H5655 1993) Hispanic Databook of U.S. Cities and Counties. Milpitas, Ca.: Toucan Valley Publications, 1994. (EGS Reference E 184 .S75 H567 1994)

Statistical Record of Hispanic Americans. Detroit: Gale Research, Inc. 1993
A single volume source for government, business, and private statistics on US Hispanics. Has subject index and cites source for further investigation. (Main Reference E184 .S75 S735 1993)

US Hispanic Market. New York: Strategy Research Corporation, 1996.
Provides a myriad of statistics on the US Hispanic population, including breakdowns by geography and by demographic sub-groups. It goes beyond basic statistics, including areas such as language usage and assimilation. (EGS Reference HC110 .C6 U83 1996)



Chabran, Richard. "Chicana Reference Sources." In Cordova, Teresa, et al. Chicana Voices: Intersections of Class, Race, and Gender. Austin, TX: Center for Mexican American Studies, 1986. (EGS Reference E184 .M5 C438 1986)

The Chicana Studies Index: Twenty Years of Gender Research, 1971-1991. Lillian Castillo-Speed, comp. & ed. Berkeley, Ca: Chicano Studies Library Publications Unit, University of California at Berkeley, 1992.
This essential and long-awaited index will fill a wide gap in the bibliography of Mexican American women(EGS Reference E184 .M5 C4 1992)

Knaster, Meri. Women in Spanish America: An Annotated Bibliography from pre- Conquest to Contemporary Times. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1977. (EGS Reference Z7964 L3 K525)

Notable Hispanic American Women. Detroit: Gale Research , 1993. Includes biography and bibliography of 300 notable Hispanic women with entries arranged alphabetically. Includes all "Hispanic" as defined by US Census Bureau. It has a subject index. (Main Reference E184 .S75 N68 1993)

Salvador Guerena, Director
California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Donald Davidson Library, University of California
Santa Barbara, California 93106
Tel: 805-893-8563 FAX: 805-893-4676