Publication Date

October 1, 1991

Perspectives Section


Editor’s Note: The following surveys and directories are cosponsored by the National Association for Chicano Studies and the American Historical Association’s Committee on Minority Historians. The CMH is composed of: Joseph E. Harris, Howard University, chair; Deena González, Pomona College; Clara Sue Kidwell, University of California, San Francisco; Antonio R¡os-Bustamante, University of Arizona, Tucson; Joseph Taylor, Bethune-Cookman College; R. Bin Wong, University of California, Irvine; and Claire Sanders, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

The National Survey of Historical Museum Latino and Native American Professional Employees is a study being conducted by the research component of the Mexican American Studies & Research Center (MASRC) with the sponsorship of the AHA’s Committee on Minority Historians and the National Association for Chicano Studies.

This national study has been undertaken to produce a report on the status of Latinos and Native Americans in the profession and to compile and publish a directory of Latino and Native American museum professionals as a basic reference source. A study will survey the one thousand largest historical museums, including natural history and other museums with major collections and will include the states with a Latino population of at least 10 percent.

The directory is modeled in part upon the highly successful directory of Spanish heritage librarians, Quién es Quién: A Who’s Who of Spanish Heritage Librarians in the United States, which was also sponsored and published by MASRC. The librarian survey has been credited with focusing national attention on the need to train and hire greater numbers of Spanish heritage librarians. Similar impact is expected for the new study of museum professionals. For a packet containing information and the surveys contact Survey Director, Antonio Rios-Bustamante, MASRC, Douglass Bldg. 315, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721.