Archival Collections

We have chronicled, promoted, and preserved evidence of Latinos’ cultural contributions to San Francisco for 45 years. Libros Latinos, which recently appraised our archives, described our role in this way:

“The history of Acción Latina and its newspaper, El Tecolote, comprises the history of the social struggles and artistic movements of San Francisco’s Mission District in particular, and of San Francisco in general, from 1970 to the present. No other existing archive contains the wealth of materials that helped precipitate, define, and describe those struggles and movements for almost half a century.”

 

El Tecolote newspaper collection (Aug. 1970–Present)

Our collection of El Tecolote newspapers, which spans four-and-half decades, is the centerpiece of our archive. Founded Latino students at San Francisco State’s Ethnic Studies Department, it is now the longest continuously published Spanish/English bilingual newspaper in California. The newspaper  continues to address regional, national and international issues affecting Latino communities in the Bay Area and beyond.

Collection of line art created for El Tecolote (1970s–2000s)

Artwork includes political cartoons on topics such as immigration and the civil wars in Central America. The centerpiece of this part of the archive consists of art of various sizes by Rupert Garcia, Ester Hernandez, Spain Rodriguez, Yolanda M. Lopez, Emmanuel Montoya, Herbert Siguenza, Juan R. Fuentes, Antonio Burciaga, Carlos Alcala, and Tirso Araiza. Many became acclaimed artists, representing the vanguard of the Chicano/Latino art movement in the Bay Area. The line art also includes signed and unsigned pieces by unknown artists.

Photography collection (1960s–Present)

The photography collection includes photos taken by staff photographers as well as images by other photographers given to Acción Latina or El Tecolote. Themes represented include United Farm Workers (UFW) organizing in the Mission District, Mission Coalition Organization mobilization, immigration reform efforts, police brutality, and unrest in Latin America.  Other photos depict historic or iconic buildings, sporting events, children, demonstrations, Latino theatrical and music events, and community activists and artists. For the first decade of El Tecolote’s publishing, the photographs are overwhelmingly black/white; in the 1980s, color prints become more common, with digital prints largely replacing film two decades later.

Poster Collection (1960s–Present)

This collection includes works commissioned by Acción Latina or El Tecolote to promote organizational events, as well as general posters collected over time. Unlike many of the collections of individual artists currently on offer to university libraries, these posters represent the social activism embodied by El Tecolote. Poster themes represent political and cultural issues such as support for the United Farm Workers, forced sterilization, the Cuban Revolution, Dia de los Muertos, the Coors Boycott, police brutality issues, and support for Latin American democratic movements.

New Mission News collection (Jan. 1982–Aug. 2004)

The archive includes approximately 197 hardcopy issues of the newspaper under its two titles—The North Mission News and The New Mission News—all in black and white except for two issues. Edited by Victor Miller, the monthly paper reported original stories from the Mission District. It includes columns by Mayors Willie Brown and Art Agnos. The New Mission News includes Tenant Times, a four-page insert, which is the newsletter of the San Francisco Tenants Union (three editions in 1986). OCLC lists four copies, two partial runs, and no digital copies.   

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  • Repost from eltecogram  Missionbased fatherson artist duoGeorge Crampton and
    2 weeks ago by accionlatinasf Repost from  @eltecogram  - Mission-based father-son artist duo—George Crampton and George Crampton-Glassanos—have an art show opening TONIGHT 6-9 PM at Acción Latina's Juan R. Fuentes Gallery titled “Livin for the City: A Father & Son Paint the Streets San Francisco.” Here’s is a video profile on the son, George Crampton-Glassanos, by  @tahniaaaa . Join us at the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th Street in San Francisco.
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    2 months ago by accionlatinasf The New Mestizx art exhibition is now open at the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery and will run through June 15. Twelve Latinx and Filipinx artists are featured in this multimedia show. We have some of their art and merchandise for sale! Check it out at Action Latina (24th St & Alabama). 2/2  @magtotoart   @pinayliminality   @pinxysrising   @titogavina   @hyphywyphy  Joe Ramos
  • The New Mestizx art exhibition is now open at the
    2 months ago by accionlatinasf The New Mestizx art exhibition is now open at the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery and will run through June 15. Twelve Latinx and Filipinx artists are featured in this multimedia show. We have some of their art and merchandise for sale! Check it out at Action Latina (24th St & Alabama). 1/2  @alyssamariahaviles   @Ceciliacassandra   @whysf   @been .milky  @mah .lie.yuh  @samiseeart 
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    1 month ago by accionlatinasf Join us at the Closing Reception to hear 5 artists discuss their multidimensional work in depth and consider how their art is representative of their survival, resistance, and their power. Photo by  @been .milky Featuring art by: ALYSSA AVILES . CECILIA CASSANDRA . HARVEY LOZADA HYPHYWYPHY . JOE RAMOS . MALAYA TUYAY . MONICA MAGTOTO . KATE DASH . PINAY LIMINALITY . PINXYS RISING BY NICKEL RIVERA AND NARCE GUINTO . SAMI SEE . TITO GAVINA
  • Repost from eltecogram  Read about the father and son
    3 weeks ago by accionlatinasf Repost from  @eltecogram  - Read about the father and son duo - George Crampton and George Crampton-Glassanos in our latest issue! The two Mission based artists have an upcoming show at Acción Latina titled “Livin for the City: A Father & Son Paint the Streets San Francisco,” featuring incredible paintings inspired by the love for their city • • The exhibition opens *this Saturday* June 29 @ 6 pm! Photos by: Mark Jason Quines // Out now!
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    5 days ago by accionlatinasf *Great Write up on “Livin’ for the City” in the Sf Chron! Congrats to George and George on a great show and much deserved, “long overdue” press on such important SF artists!  #accionlatina   #juanrfuentesgallery   #missiondistrict   #missionartists   #sforiginals  quoted: Acción Latina Director Josué Rojas and Cultural Arts Manager Fátima Ramirez  @crazycrab415   @josue .rojas.art  @fatimers 
  • Joyous Visit! Thanks Reyna for stopping by! In this pick
    2 months ago by accionlatinasf *Joyous Visit! Thanks Reyna for stopping by! In this pick, Reyna Maldonado of La Guerrera’s Kitchen and Acción Latina Director, Josué Rojas snap a pick with the latest El Tecolote. If you haven’t already, check out the feature in the latest issue and if your free Saturday June 1st, 1pm-7pm consider stopping by Their new space at 954 Fruitvale Ave. Oakland, for food, art, music and community! Wishing Reyna and her amazing mother an amazing grand opening!  @laguerreraskitchen   @eltecogram   @accionlatinasf 
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    2 weeks ago by accionlatinasf ️‍Happy pride on behalf of Acción Latina’s staff, leadership and board! ️‍ ✨This is Irving Mondragón, a caravan leader who has accompanied LGBT migrants traveling through Mexico and was featured in El Tecolote’s special border issue earlier this month. See the link in our bio.  #lovewins  Photo: Mabel Jiménez
  • Our next art exhibition is around the corner! Come by
    1 month ago by accionlatinasf Our next art exhibition is around the corner! Come by on Saturday June 29 for our opening reception of Livin’ for the City featuring art by father and son duo George Crampton and George Crampton-Glassanos (  @crazycrab415  ). See how they create paintings and drawings born of a fascination with things that move in and around our city. Music by  @wray_velez  and Anais Velez.
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    4 days ago by accionlatinasf Thank you  @sfchronicle_datebook  for the light! We really appreciate the profile on  @crazycrab415  which will run through August 23rd at Acción Latina’s Juan R. Fuentes Gallery, 2958 24th St. ❤️