Nuestras Historias: The CLRC Archive Project
Nuestras Historias is the 2015-16 iteration of the CLRC'S Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program. This project preserves the legacy of the CLRC and makes a wealth of historical materials dating back to our founding in 1992 publicly available. With these goals in mind, a group of undergraduate researchers has worked to establish the CLRC archive by collecting oral histories of the CLRC's founders and earliest directors and by building a digital repository. Nuestras Historias will culminate with a public exhibition at the McHenry Library commemorating the CLRC'S 25th anniversary in 2017.
Working in the CLRC Nuestras Historias project helped me become a better researcher. As part of my work in the Nuestras Historias project, I cataloged VHS tapes into boxes that were then stored on shelves. This process was tedious and repetitive, but it taught me how to catalog and create an online finding aid. During… Continue Reading E. Adame
Collaborating on the Nuestras Historias Project impacted how I understand my own story as a second-generation Mexican-American. I live in the borderlands (Anzaldúa 1987) and sorting through the stories about my cultural experiences gave me a renewed sense of self. Leafing through a small infinity of Chicano and Latino history that is the CLRC archive helped… Continue Reading V. Lovelace
Taking part in the URAP this past academic year has been truly self-rewarding and inspiring both academically and intellectually. Collaborating on the Nuestras Historias project allowed me to demonstrate my highest potential as an undergraduate researcher. I completed assignments that I was afraid to practice on my own simply because I knew I lacked experience.… Continue Reading C. Murillo
Collaborating on the Nuestras Historias CLRC’s archive Project has been one of greatest experiences of my undergraduate career. As part of the Nuestras Historias’ team, I have learned archival methods, how to construct an online exhibit using the Omeka platform and how to create a webpage using WordPress. Some of my favorite materials in CLRC… Continue Reading A. Villa