The library collections include materials such as personal papers, organizational archives, rare books, pamphlets, posters, artworks, and catalogs. Topics treated in the collections include arts and culture, border studies, civil rights, demographics, education, health, immigration, labor, literature, poetry, and theology. There is extensive material on the local Latino presence in South Bend and surrounding areas. The collections have broad interdisciplinary relevance to fields like American studies, anthropology, art and art history, English, history, literature, political science, religion, and sociology.

List of Collections

Papers of Individuals

Organizational Records

Casa de Unidad (Detroit, MI) Publications
Consejo Grafico Collective
El Puente Newspaper (Goshen, IN)
Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)
La Mano Press Exhibition Cards and Publicity Materials (Los Angeles, CA)
National Museum of Mexican Art (Chicago, IL)
POLVO Collective (Chicago, IL)

Midwest Artists and Arts Organization Files

A collection of artists and arts organizations files created and maintained by the library to document the arts and cultural activities of Latinos in the Midwest. Includes exhibition cards, exhibition catalogs, clippings, artist statements, resumes, and images of artwork.

Rare Book Collections

Published materials in the library’s rare book collections may be searched through the Hesburgh Libraries catalog. Highlights include:

Gilberto Cardenas Collection on The Chicano Movement, Arts and Culture

Gilberto Cardenas (b. 1952 - ) is a sociologist, noted scholar and art collector. An activist during the Chicano civil rights movement in California during the late 1960s and in the Midwest during the early 1970s, his book collection is one of the most comprehensive collections of Chicano movement literature and publications that inspired, informed and sustained the movement. A collector of Latino art since the 1970s, his collection also includes a significant number of rare art exhibition catalogs, books, and related publications.

Augusto Rodriguez Collection 

Augusto Rodriguez, (1904-1993, San Juan, Puerto Rico) was a conductor and composer during the Big Band Era. The collection includes 89 books by Puerto Rican and Latin American authors and playwrights such as Francisco Arrivi and Rene Marques. Many of the books are inscribed by the authors with personal notes to Rodriguez.  Given by Mr. Rodriguez’ granddaughter, artist Gloria Rodriguez Calero.

Special Reports, Policy Briefs, and Research Reports

The library collects the publications of academic institutions, foundations, advocacy organizations and research centers conducting research on Latinos in the United States.

Oral History Interviews

The Julian Samora Library’s Oral History Project has gathered more than 100 Oral history interviews with Latino leaders, writers, poets, artists, scholars, and Notre Dame alumni. The interviews may be searched and viewed on the ILS Oral History Interviews webpage.

Artwork Donated to the Library

Various prints, paintings and photographs by the following artists:

Alicia Avila
José Bernal
Carlos Cortez
Raoul Deal
Scheherezade Garcia
Eladio Gonzalez
Lorenzo Homar
Manuel Landrove
Nora Chapa Mendoza
Alejandro Romero
Paul Sierra
Antonio Turok
John Pitman Weber

Artwork Commissioned by the Institute for Latino Studies

On occasion, the Institute has commissioned artwork for research projects, conferences and special celebrations.