Chicana and Chicano Studies Collection Development Policy


The purpose of the Chicana/o Studies Collection is to develop a research level collection related to the historical and contemporary conditions of Chicanas/os and Mexican-Americans in the United States. The goal is to support instruction and research programs of the University, the department of Chicana and Chicano Studies (with its upcoming PhD program), the Center for Chicano Studies (as an Organized Research Unit of the University of California, Santa Barbara), and the Bilingual/Cross Cultural Education Program.

The primary location within the Davidson Library for Chicana/o Studies related materials is the Colección Tloque Nahuaque (CTN), located in the Ethnic and Gender Studies Library in Davidson Library. To a lesser extent, the CTN functions as a public community resource for information on the Chicana/o Mexican-American experience. CTN does not collect in the areas of Spain, Latin America, Meso-America nor Mexico, except where these areas influenced the historical or contemporary conditions of Chicanas/os and Mexican-Americans in the United States.

Whenever possible the Chicana/o Studies collection strives to be a library of record. Accordingly we attempt to acquire all that is published documenting the experiences of Chicanas/os and Mexican-Americans in the United States.


Subject Areas
The following areas are the primary collections for Chicana/o studies in Davidson Library. Materials in other disciplines are also sometimes selected

  • Art
  • Education
  • Film studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Literary criticism
  • Memoirs
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

Geographical coverage
The Chicana/o Studies collection contains materials about Chicanas/os and Mexican-Americans in the United States regardless of the place of publication. CTN includes resources concerning Chicanas/os and Mexican-Americans in the United States and that area of the United States known as Aztlán.

Materials for the Chicana/o Studies collection are acquired in their original language. Since most materials are published in English or Spanish these are the primary languages of the collection. Occasionally materials published in a different language are also acquired in English translation.

Chronological limits/Period coverage
The time period of the collection covers from 1848 to the present with particular emphasis placed on literature produced from the early 1960's and continuing to the present.

Publication dates
Most materials selected for acquisition are published in the 20th and 21st centuries.


The following formats are collected: serials; monographs; conference proceedings; dissertations; and audiovisual materials. Reference materials, research monographs, and academic journals have a high priority in acquisition. North American university press titles are received on approval. Both scholarly and mainstream works from academic and trade publishers are acquired.

Primary Source materials and original documents that relate to Chicana/o Studies are housed in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Arichive (CEMA) which is part of Special Collections in the Davidson Library.

Hard copy (paper) publications of monographs are emphasized with an occasional electronic book. Journal access may be print or electronic To maximize limited resources, most journals will NOT be available in more than one format; in general, electronic versions are preferred, so long as they have reliable and perpetual access.

Reprints are generally not acquired unless augmented, revised, or containing some other new intellectual material. Textbooks are not actively selected.


Students, faculty and staff of UCSB have access to Interlibrary Loan services for obtaining materials from other campuses. For some acquisitions, other UC campus Chicana/o Studies specialists are consulted for shared collection development decisions. Click here for a complete list of UCSB Collection Development Policies




Author: abarnhar [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu (Anne C. Barnhart).
Policy Last Updated: October 2004