Open for research; material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use.
Includes correspondence, contracts, exhibition brochures and catalogues, newspaper and journal articles and reviews, books, original manuscript stories, interviews (both of the artist and of other artists, writers, and performers conducted by Hernandez), slides, photographs and negatives, works of art (prints, posters, drawings, pastels) by the artist and other artists, videos, audio tapes, cd's and albums, and costumes and accessories.
In part purchased and in part a gift of Ester M. Hernandez, 2001.
Hernandez is an artist of the first generation of Chicano and Chicana artists who participated in the Chicano art movement that began in the late 1960s as part of the Chicano civil rights movement. Her collection represents more than twenty-five years of involvement in many of the most important historical activities of this period, including the farmworkers' movement, the feminist movement, international environmental movements, and the art movement itself, including the visual, literary, and performing arts. A California Bay Area artist, Hernandez is primarily known as a printmaker and pastel artist. She has also created a lesser-known body of photographic and performance work.