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Tomás Ybarra-Frausto research material, 1965-2004

Ybarra-Frausto, Tomás, 1938-

Art historian

Collection Information

Size: 33.1 Linear feet; 1.27 Gigabytes

Summary: The research material of Tomás Ybarra-Frausto, measures 33.1 linear feet and 1.27 GB and dates from 1965-2004. The collection, amassed throughout Ybarra-Frausto's long and distinguished career as a scholar of the arts and humanities, documents the development of Chicano art in the United States and chronicles Ybarra-Frausto's role as a community leader and scholar in the political and artistic Chicano movement from its inception in the 1960s to the present day.

Biographical/Historical Note

Papelitos (little bits of paper), whether rent receipts, paid bills, or piles of personal letters, can become layered bundles of personal history. I have always been a pepenador (a scavenger) and saver of paper scraps. Diary notes, scribbled annotations, and first drafts are often useful indicators of ideas and gestation. Papelitos are the fragments of every-day life that gain expanded meaning integrated into the larger historical events of a period.


The collection was donated to the Archives of American Art by Tomás Ybarra-Frausto in 1997, and in 2004.

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Language Note

The records are in English and Spanish.