American Women's History: A Research Guide
Hispanic American Women
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Bibliographies, Indexes, & Databases

Chicana Studies Index: Twenty Years of Gender Research, 1971-1991. Berkeley: Chicano Studies Library Publications, 1992.

Chicano Database. Berkeley: Chicano Studies Library, University of California-Berkeley, 1990- . Updated semiannually.

HAPI: Hispanic American Periodicals Index. Los Angeles: UCLA Latin American Center, 1977- . Annual. Also available online by subscription. Additional information from the publisher:

Stanford University Libraries. "Beginning Library Research on Chicano/Latino Studies." October 1996 [cited 1 November 1996]. Available from

Stoner, K. Lynn. Latinas of the Americas: A Source Book. New York and London: Garland, 1989.
This work provides references to anthologies, bibliographies and numerous topical fields (e.g., "Education," "History," "Religion"). Most of the references were published between 1977 and 1986. See the "Country and Regional Index" for coverage of Hispanic American women.

Biographical Sources

Telgen, Diane, and Jim Kamp, eds. Notable Hispanic American Women. Detroit: Gale Research, 1993. 448p.
This work includes a good deal of material that is not available elsewhere because much of the biographical information was obtained from telephone interviews.

Networking Tools

National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies []

Museums & Historic Sites

Ethnic Heritage: Hispanic [online]. [Washington, D.C.]: National Park Service, last updated 28 September 1999 [cited 5 April 2000]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Archival Collections

See also: Archival Collections: General Tools

Buttlar, Lois J., and Lubomyr R. Wynar, comps. Guide to Information Resources in Ethnic Museum, Library, and Archival Collections in the United States. Bibliographies and Indexes in Ethnic Studies, no. 7. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1996.

Graham, Joe S. Hispanic-American Material Culture: An Annotated Directory of Collections, Sites, Archives, and Festivals in the United States. New York: Greenwood Press, 1989. 281p.

Primary Sources: Digital Collections

Archivos Virtuales: Papers of Latino and Latin American Artists [online]. Washington, DC: Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, c2002 [cited 28 July 2003]. Available from:
The "Oral Histories" section includes numerous interview transcripts.

California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties [online]. [Washington, D.C.]: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1997- .
Features sound recordings, photographs, drawings and written documents from a variety of ethnic groups, including Spanish speaking communities.

Cuban Heritage Digital Collection [online]. Coral Gables: Otto G. Richter Library, University of Miami, 2000- .

Dublin, Thomas, and Kathryn Kish Sklar. Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1830-1930 [online]. 1997- [cited 4 May 2001]. Available from:
This collection of primary source documents is organized around numerous topical areas. Each of these different sections includes an introduction to provide context, and an annotated bibliography. The following sections include material about Hispanic women:

Hispano Music and Culture of the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection [online]. Washington, D.C.: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1998- .

Little Cowpuncher: Rural School Newspaper of Southern Arizona [online]. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Library, 2000- [cited 20 February 2002]. Available from:
Little Cowpuncher, written and illustrated by Anglo and Mexican-American children, appeared from 1932 to 1943.

Mujeres Latinas Digital Collection [online]. Iowa City: Iowa Women's Archives, University Libraries, University of Iowa, n.d. [cited 4 July 2006]. Available from:
Collection documents the lives and contributions of Latinas and their families to Iowa history, and includes oral histories, newspaper clippings, postcards, and photographs.

Photo Database & Virtual Gallery [online]. Los Angeles: Los Angeles Public Library, n.d. [cited 25 February 2002]. Available from:
Search tip: Many records of photos that include women do not use "women" as a subject heading. Therefore, use a general search term (e.g., Mexican Americans) and browse through the results for photos that include women.

Study of the Spanish-Speaking People of Texas [online]. [Austin, Tex. :; Center for American History], University of Texas at Austin, 2006. Available from:
This collection includes 900 images taken by Russell Lee during 1949 in Corpus Cristi, San Angelo, San Antonio, and El Paso.

Tejano Voices [online]. Arlington: The University of Texas at Arlington, c2002 [cited 25 February 2003]. Available from:
The site includes transcripts and audio files of oral history interviews with seventy-seven Mexican Americans.

Primary Sources: Microform Collections

Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Series A, Subject Correspondence Files. Part 2: Mexican Immigration, 1906-1930. Bethesda, Md.: University Publications of America, 1992. 17 microfilm reels.
Collection Overview from the publisher

U.S. Hispanic Heritage. Leiden, The Netherlands: IDC Publishers, 1998. 106 microfilm reels.

Primary Sources: Museums & Historic Sites

Ethnic Heritage: [online]. [Washington, D.C.]: National Park Service, last updated 28 September 1999 [cited 5 April 2000]. Available from:

Primary Sources: Selected Books

Martin, Patricia Preciado. Songs My Mother Sang to Me: An Oral History of Mexican American Women. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1992.

Morin, Ann Miller. "Cinderella from the Barrio: Mari-Luci Jaramillo." In Her Excellency: An Oral History of American Women Ambassadors. New York: Twayne, 1995.

Ruiz de Burton, Maria Amparo. Conflicts of Interest: The Letters of Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton. Edited by Rosaura Sánchez and Beatrice Pita. Houston, Tex. : Arte Pzblico Press, c2001. 647p.

Talking About Women's History

Gordon, Linda. Orphan Train [online]. Interviewed by Fred Nielsen. Talking History, 8 October 2001. Available from:
Gordon discusses her book The Great Arizona Orphan Abduction, in which Mexican-Anglo relations play a central role.

Martin, Maria. The Unsung of Civil Rights [online]. Morning Edition. National Public Radio, 22 February 2000.
Martin reports on Dolores Huerta, who has been an advocate for Mexican migrant farm workers for almost four decades.

Related Internet Sites

Salinas, Romelia. Chicana Studies Web Page [online]. Last updated, 12 March 1999 [cited 7 June 1999]. Available from:

American Women's History: A Research Guide

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