Since the Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Latino Cultural Center was founded in 1976 we have been collecting things to document the history of our community. The documents presented here are not a complete picture of every amazing program or impactful person who has graced our space, but they provide a glimpse of the past through the ephemera saved over the years. Today the LCC’s archives reside in three main places: the LCC office (see below), the UIC Library (see below), and this website. Increasingly over the past several years, the majority of our documentation has been born digital, so this is the best place to look for recent images, event posters, and other amazing publications.


LCC Digital Archives – Click on the icons below to explore the LCC’s digital archives.

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    Annual Reports & Documents

  • Image of 40th anniversary logo

    Celebrating 40 Years

  • Image of Fearless Undocumented Alliance logo

    Fearless Undocumented Alliance Archives

  • Image of Chocolate Exhibit logo

    Chocolate: Drink of Gods, Food of Mortals - The Exhibit

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    Our Essence, Our Presence - Past Mural

  • Image of Program Logos

    Past Programs

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  • Image of person writing a story


Noche de Poetas

Past LCC workers


LCC Archives Binders

If you’d like to look through the physical archives in the LCC office, feel free to stop by Monday-Friday 9-5pm, or call us at (312) 996-3095 to make an appointment or ask questions. Find documents from the early 1970s to today, with particular emphasis on the 1990s and 2000s. The archives are broken into the following categories:

  • Binders A1-A5: LCC History
  • Binder B: Rafael Cintrón Ortiz History
  • Binders C1-C2: Mural History
  • Binders D1-D3: Community
  • Binders E1-E2: Fearless Undocumented Alliance & other LCC Affiliated Student Orgs
  • Binder F: Telling Our Stories
  • Binders G1-G6: Posters


UIC Library’s LCC Collection

In addition to the LCC archives, there are more documents housed at the UIC Daley Library Special Collections. If you’d like to explore these records, call (312) 996-2742 or visit the library at 801 S. Morgan, third floor room 3-330. Find archives from the early 1970s to 2000. Check their main website for hours and regulations here.

Main Rafael Cintrón-Ortiz Latino Cultural Center Records Website – click here

Additional library records:

  • Rafael Cintrón Ortiz Cultural Center Photos of Murals (1990s) – click here
  • Oral History ECOS publication (1980s) – click here
  • Finding Aid for the Study of Latin-Americans in Chicago – click here