Latinx Community Archivist - Austin History Center

PICA 23828

Pan American Recreation Center's Skating Class, March 30, 1959, PICA 23828 detail, photo by Parks and Recreation Department

Latinx Community Archivist

The Austin History Center’s Latinx Community Archivist actively seeks out archival materials from the Mexican American community in Austin and Travis County through outreach efforts and programming.  The Community Archivist also gives presentations, conducts oral history interviews, coordinates programs and events, provides reference service to the public and acts as a subject specialist in the history of Austin’s Latinx community.

Please contact Marina Islas at or 512-974-7498 to discuss donating historical documents and other records that reflect Latinx heritage in Austin.


Sources of Information About Mexican Americans in Austin

The Mexican American Resource Guide contains valuable materials about Austin's Mexican American communities, although there is much that remains to be documented. The materials in the resource guide are arranged by collection unit of the Austin History Center. Within each collection unit, items are arranged in shelf-list order. To access these items, please visit the Reading Room at the Austin History Center. Significant gaps in the collection remain and continued work to fill the gaps is  needed. In order to assist in building the collections, the final section of the bibliography lists "Under-documented Areas of Interest." This detailed listing of topics and people about which additional material is still needed at the History Center is intended to alert the public to these specific needs in the collection as well as inspire donations of materials.


Projects & Exhibits

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC) Oral History Project

A goal of this oral history project was to document and honor many of the individuals who played a significant role in the decades-long struggle leading to the creation of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (ESB-MACC), while also exploring the growth and obstacles experienced throughout the process. Included in this collection are the preserved oral histories of 28 stakeholders, including transcripts, audio and some video. The archival collection (AR.2015.012) also includes newspaper clippings and articles from 1970-2012 depicting the socio-political and cultural landscape of the times. Read more and hear the oral histories.