The primary purpose of the Center for Latino Research at DePaul University is to help foment, and assist scholars in creating new thought, and new research that broadens the understanding of US Latino and Latin American experience and populations.
Each year a CLR committee composed of former recipients selects three new Faculty Fellows from among DePaul faculty applicants, who receive an academic quarter release from teaching to conduct a topic of research. All Fellows provide an oral presentation on their project during the following quarter, and prepare a written report or article submitted for publication.
The CLR has conducted a variety of oral history projects in the Chicago area, long-term projects now completed and archived in the DePaul libraries, Latin American collection, include the Young Lords Collection (materials donated by this protest group, and interviews with key organizers); the Latino Institute Records, an umbrella organization for several community groups that operated between 1974 and 1998; the Mujeres Latinas en Accin Pilsen neighborhood papers (organizational records of several decades); the Venceremos Brigade Collection of documents and reference materials by organizations in support of the Cuban Revolution; the Mirta Ramirez papers (her interviews with community leaders in Humboldt Park); and the Luz Maria Umpierre special collection, the activist and poets personal manuscripts and writings over the years. The Center archives video and oral recordings of special speaker events, including Nobel Prize laureate Rigoberta Mench, and Mexico City major Cuauhtmoc Crdenasa collection of white paper reports prepared in the 1990s, Nuestra Amrica Occasional Papers, a variety of disciplines, and provides a check-out library for Latin American/Latino/a content films and books, as well as a rich collection of Finding Aids and research preparation materials on the topic of Mexican and Puerto Rican Chicago.
Currently the CLR is preparing transcriptions of interviews conducted with Pilsen organizers on the Pilsen community history from the 1970s to 2000, which will be prepared for archiving, and getting in a committee to document early Latina women political and community activism work, for a digital humanities repository.