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Arhoolie Foundation (El Cerrito, CA 94530-3123)
Tom Diamant (Project Director: July 2018 to present)
Digitizing the Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings

The digitization of 16,000 recordings of Mexican-American vernacular music from the Strachwitz Frontera Collection, dating from the late-1920s to the mid-1990s.

The Arhoolie Foundation is requesting a two-year grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue its successful preservation and digitization of the Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings (The Frontera Collection), the world's most complete collection of Mexican American vernacular music. This present proposal seeks to continue our work and support the digital preservation of an additional 16,000 individual performances; approximately 700 from 78-rpm discs, 5,600 from 45-rpm discs, 8,400 from 33-1/3 rpm LPs, 300 from cassettes, and 1,000 one-of-a-kind reel-to-reel master tapes from the Falcon label. The purpose of this program is to preserve this historically valuable collection and to make it accessible to students, researchers and the general public. The digitizing process involves making digital copies of the sound recordings, scanning the record label, tape boxes, LP covers and notes) and adding them to our UCLA online database.

Project fields:
Latin American History; Music History and Criticism

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + matching):
$198,746 (approved)
$198,746 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2019 – 6/30/2022