Josefa Serna’s Spiritual Collection

The Chicano Studies Research Center (CSRC) received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 2020 to support “Religion, Spirituality, and Faith in Mexican American Social History, 1940s–Present,” a project for the reprocessing, rehousing, and digitization of nine of the CSRC’s collections. Each of these collections contains a significant component of materials related to religious or spiritual belief that were collected by a person or an organization with a long history in Los Angeles and a deep commitment to religion and/or spirituality. As a research and archive assistant at CSRC, I was appointed to work on one of these nine collections, The Josefa L. Serna Papers.

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