Book on Arhoolie Foundation Frontera Collection Wins Three Awards

The book Introduction and Guide to the Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings

has won three awards at the 2013 International Latino Book Awards.
Congratulations to author Agustin Gurza along with Jonathan Clark and Chris Strachwitz!


  • First Place: Best History
  • First Place: Best Reference Book
  • Second Place: for Best Non-Fiction, Multi-Author



The Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican American and Mexican Recordings contains over 140,000 recordings on 78s, 45s, LPs, and cassettes; over 2,000 photographs, posters, catalogs, and other images; a database of record company histories, musicians’ biographies, and more. It is the largest collection of it kind. Agustin Gurza, along with Jonathan Clark and Chris Strachwitz, explores the Frontera Collection from different viewpoints, discussing genre, themes, and some of the thousands of composers and performers whose work is contained in the archive. Throughout, he discusses the cultural significance of the recordings and relates the stories of those who have had a vital role in their production and preservation. Published by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Press. 8 1/2 x 11″, paperback, 226 pages