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Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation
The Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation (LTDNF) was founded in May of 2000 with the express purpose of fostering a greater appreciation and the preservation of Mexican and Mexican-American folk music traditions.

The Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation is a California 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation that supports worthy non-profit charitable organizations in an effort to further the appreciation and understanding of Latino music, culture and history through education and community outreach programs.

The UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) was the recipient of the first gift by LTDNF, a $500,000 commitment to be used to digitize over 32,000 Spanish language recordings contained in the Strachwitz Frontera Collection.

The Strachwitz Frontera Collection consists of three sections of music, divided by era.  The first section includes approximately 12,000 78-rpm disc recordings of Mexican vernacular music recorded between 1908 and 1958.  They document many types of popular lyric songs, including the first records of corridos (narrative ballads on topics of the day), canciones, boleros, rancheras, sones, as well as some types of instrumental music, including conjunto music.  These recordings are held in a private collection by Chris Strachwitz Foundation and to date is the largest repository of Mexican and Mexican-American vernacular music in existence.

Los Tigres Del Norte Fund at UCLA
The Los Tigres Del Norte Fund at UCLA is for the study, research, acquisition, preservation, dissemination, and presentation of authentic traditional and folk musical traditions in Spanish.  The Los Tigres Del Norte Fund at UCLA is the first of its kind.  Never before has an institution of higher education received such a sizable gift from a community entity to promote the study of cultural traditions in academia.  Through it, students and faculty have the opportunity to conduct important research in folk music in such disciplines as ethnomusicology, literature, history, psychology, sociology, folklore, political science, world cultures and the arts.  The generosity and inspiration of Los Tigres Del Norte has enabled the CSRC to begin creating a premier cultural center.

UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center
During the last thirty years, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) has promoted the study of Mexican Americans and others of Latino descent in the United States.  The CSRC was established by visionary scholars in 1969 and has since remained a leader in the field.  Through these efforts, the center has supported the research of distinguished UCLA faculty, as well as several generations of students.  Its library collection and archives constitute a primary national resource and its publication unit continues to disseminate outstanding materials in the area of Chicano Studies.  The research emphasis at the CSRC is on interdisciplinary and collaborative research that analyzes issues critical to the knowledge of Chicano and Latino communities in the United States.  The CSRC seeks to establish and maintain collaborative  relationships with diverse academic, private, and public communities at the state, national, and international levels.  The increasing demographic presence of Chicanos and Latinos in the United States ensures that Chicano Studies will have a prominent role in the next century.

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