Bringing history alive at UCR Library

Collections connect students to Chicano activism and history

When Belen Cardenas, 20, a third-year English major, visited the UC Riverside Library Special Collections and University Archives to research Chicano history she had no idea how personal it would become.

She and her classmates visited the Tomás Rivera Library as part of a summer class researching Chicano history. She ended up finding a personal connection to her grandfather’s activism in the late 1960s with the United Farmworkers in the Coachella Valley, which included students from UCR.

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