Historical Archives of Mexican Immigration Now Available Online

Since 1940, the American Friends Services Committee - San Diego (AFSC-SD) has worked closely with migrant workers and promoted rural and urban development in Mexico. With the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the AFSC-SD began the U.S.-Mexico Border Project (USMBP), which monitors human and civil rights abuses by border law enforcement agencies. The AFSC's long history of direct outreach to migrant workers and its establishment of the USMBP fix the AFSC-SD as a principal resource for scholars studying Mexican immigration to the United States. However, AFSC-SD documents remained out of reach to most scholars because they were neither archived nor processed for outside review.

With the support of a 2003 UC MEXUS small grant, Dr. Kelly Lytle-Hernandez, then a UC President's Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego worked with Morelia Portillo, a graduate student in the UCSD Department of Literature, and the AFSC-SD staff to prepare discontinued AFSC files for transfer to the UCSD Mandeville Special Collections Library. The AFSC-SD collection is now available to scholars at UC San Diego's Mandeville Special Collections Library, and a finding guide can be found on the library's website.

Lytle-Hernandez joined the UC Los Angeles faculty in 2004 as assistant professor in the Department of History. She is also a recipient, with Dr. Pablo Yankelevich from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), of a 2004 UC MEXUS-CONACYT collaborative grant for the ongoing project, "Migration to, from, and within Mexico: Uncovering the records of the Mexican National Institute of Migration." The project seeks to index and digitize records regarding immigration administration, regulation, inspection, policing and legislation in Mexico between 1926 and the mid-1980s.

(for additional information please contact Louise Bachman, Reporting Analyst, UC MEXUS Grants Programs; louise.bachman@ucr.edu)