Finding Aid for the Nancy Tovar Murals of East Los Angeles
Slide Collection 1970 - 1980
Processed by CSRC.
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
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Title: Nancy Tovar Murals of East Los Angeles Slide
Date (inclusive): 1970 - 1980
Collection number: 111
Creator: Tovar, Nancy 1930
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This is a collection of approximately 600
color slides of Chicano / Raza oriented murals primarily situated in
East Los Angles were photographed by Nancy Tovar in the 1970s.
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Physical location: Stored in the UCLA CSRC scanning room
locker. Haines Hall.
Language of Material: Collection materials in English
Collection is open for research.To view the collection or any part of
it, please contact the CSRC at http://www.chicano.ucla.edu/
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univesities, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been
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copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Identification of item], Nancy Tovar Murals of East Los Angeles
Slide Collection, 111, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University
of California, Los Angeles.
This collection was donated by Nancy Tovar, January, 2008. Deed on
file at the UCLA / CSRC Archive office.
Nancy Van Lauderback Tovar grew up in Chino, CA where she attended
local schools for her formative studies, eventually graduating from
UCLA. Following graduation, she joined the staff of the Los Angeles
graphics powerhouse: Saul Bass Associates, later named Bass/Yaeger. This
agency was internationally known for creating iconic logos and packaging
for Hollywood's major motion pictures, airlines, telephone, and food
industries. After an illustrious 40-year career she retired as Vice
President and Director of Production. Ms. Tovar was an active member of
the Vestry for the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany located in the Los
Angeles neighborhood of Lincoln Heights. She was a creative force
organizing classes that produced artistic banners, streamers, posters,
and urban photography that reflected the Mexican heritage of the
community. As an activist, Ms. Tovar was also a participant and
supporter of the 1970 Chicano Moratorium. She wrote several books
including: Diary of a Ruko (her husband's journey as a civil rights
activist and WWII Veteran), The Parks Family Home in Chino, Tales from
the Tovar Garden, as well as journals of her life in the barrio and her
personal battle with cancer. Ms. Tovar lost this battle and passed away
on March 13, 2010. The photographs in this collection represent her
passion for documenting art and life in Los Angeles, and her commitment
to the struggle of la Raza.
Scope and Content
638 color slides
The Oscar Castillo Collection, The Richard Valverde Collection. Both
will be available for public view on the UCLA Digital Library. CSRC
Films: Los Four: The Murals of East LA. Available for purchase through
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
East Los Angeles
East Los Angles Murals
Box 1, Folder 1
Nancy Tovar Murals of East Los Angeles Slide
ca. 1970 - 1980
Physical Description: Color Slides
Scope and Content Note
638 color slides photographed by Nancy Tovar