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.
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.
- Launch Video at the Western History Association, October 13, 2022Interview capsule featuring Dr. Antonia Castañeda, Dr. Cynthia Orozco, Dr. Deena González and Dr. Emma Pérez
- Dr. Antonia Castañeda Video CapsuleJuly 14, 2022
- Dr. Cynthia Orozco Video CapsuleJuly 14, 2022
- Dr. Deena González Video CapsuleJuly 15, 2022
- Dr. Emma Pérez Video CapsuleJuly 15, 2022
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