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Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project

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Other +2 Age Levels Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

The Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project was launched at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) spring 2012. It is an extension of an earlier initiative launched in 2007 to combat the invisibility of the Mexican American contribution to Los Angeles and California history predating the social movements of the 1960s and 1970s within textbooks, trade, and academic books and articles. With the generous support of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, the CSRC was able to digitize close to 3,000 images from the Edward R. Roybal Papers and the Yolanda Retter Vargas Collection of Orphan Photographs. The first collection documents Edward Roybal’s public service career from the 1940s to the 1990s as a Los Angeles city councilman and a U.S. congressman. The second was collected by the previous librarian, Yolanda Retter-Vargas, who found the photographs at various flea markets. This collection consists of “orphan” photographs—images with no provenance information. They appear to belong to six families. Both collections have been completed and are available on the UCLA Digital Library. 

After completing this project we quickly realized that Los Angeles Latino history is incomplete without the stories of its citizens. The Los Angeles Latino Families Photo Project was developed as a way to fully capture the complexity of this city’s history as well as address the issue of preservation through the digitization of vulnerable image-based collections. The photographs found in this particular collection were digitized and preserved during a Friends of the Library workshop held at the Chicano Studies Research Center spring 2012. They highlight the day-to-day lives of Latinos and Latinas living in Los Angeles over time. They document their families' histories and cultures capturing their movements between the United States and Latin America. One of the project’s goals is to provide the opportunity for community members to contribute additional photographs and information for the archival record.

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Martha Velasco at 5 months pregnant - Velasco Family

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Mirasol with her mom - Huerta-Riojas Family

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Ricardo's 5th Birthday at Laguna Park - Munoz Family

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Rodrigo and Delicia - Vargas Family

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Family portrait of the Vargas boys - Vargas Family

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Day I was proposed to - Velasco Family

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Dad, Uncle Manuel and Aunt Margaret - Velasco Family

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Family portrait of the Vargas boys - Vargas Family

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Arturo and Jose Luis - Adame Family

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Ginger's baptism - Holguin Family

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My mother at my aunt's wedding - Velasco Family

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Constantino Adame - Adame Family

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Corral Morales family portrait - Adame Family

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Marta Saucedo - Carrasco Family

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Early Carrasco family portrait - Carrasco Family

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Christmas Cake - Murillo Family

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Father and daughter dancing - Holguin Family

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The Munoz family on Father's Day - Munoz Family

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Brigida Munoz' high school graduation - Munoz Family

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Rebecca Munoz Gutierrez' 80th birthday - Munoz Family

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Princess for Halloween - Murillo Family

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Father and daughter dancing - Holguin Family

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Quetzal Roura's graduation from UCLA - Roura

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Ramon Valadez - Valadez Family

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Helen Correa - Carrasco Family

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Roura family portrait - Roura Family

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First Chicano UCLA student body president - Munoz Family

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Early Guerra family portrait - Guerra Family

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