This initiative documents how, over the last 50 years, Chicana historians have transformed the way we do and understand history, as well as who is included in U.S. history. Through oral histories, data collection, exhibitions, and public programs, this project honors these contributions. It is also an intervention. Interrogating the academy’s organizational culture that systematically excludes Chicanas is at the core of this initiative.

NEXT in our Charlas y Café Series:  April 22nd @ 3pm ET

Upcoming Charla will feature esteemed Chicana historians: 

Dr. Vicki Ruiz, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History and Chicano/Latino Studies, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Mary Ann Villarreal, VP for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI), University of Utah

This conversation will be moderated by Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Curator and Chair, Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. 

Dr. Lorena Chambers, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Michigan will introduce this charla.

Don’t miss this conversation! Mark your calendar and stay tuned for more details!

Explore Oral Histories

This archival and collecting initiative documents the field of Chicana history through in-depth oral history interviews with the women who have lived it and shaped it. These oral histories create an intellectual space for groundbreaking historians to articulate their scholarly journeys in their own words. These interviews demonstrate how Chicana historians diversified historical themes, analyses, methodologies, and sources, shifting historical focus to gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, identity, and space.


The First 100: Chicanas Changing History project is funded generously by the Anti-Racist Digital Research Initiative (ARDRI) with the UM Library, the U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG), the Inclusive History Project (IHP) at U-M, the Smithsonian’s Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and Chambers Lopez Strategies.

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“We still have so many areas that need work, we still have so many biographies that have not been written… We have so many areas that have yet to be written.”

– Dr. Cynthia Orozco, Professor of History and Humanities