Agency history, 1997-

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  • Rochin, Refugio I
  • Cabral, Anna E
  • Montoya, Luben
  • O'Leary, Pilar
  • Sheehy, Daniel Edward
  • Diaz, Eduardo
  • Smithsonian Institution Latino Oversight Committee
  • Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives


Agency History


  • This is an agency history. It does not describe actual records. The Smithsonian Institution Archives uses these histories as brief accounts of the origin, development, and functions of an office or administrative unit to set that unit in its historical context. To find information on record holdings, please double-click the highlighted field "Creator/Author", which will open on a brief view of relevant records.
  • E-mail from Miguel Bretos to Edie Hedlin, February 17, 2004
  • Smithsonian Annals, 1998, 1999
  • "Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives," July 12, 2001
  • Smithsonian names Anna Escobedo Cabral Director of the Institution's Center for Latino Initiatives, press release Smithsonian Office of Public Affairs, June 9, 2003
  • The Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives (SCLI) was formally established by the Board of Regents in May 1997 and opened in 1998. The SCLI was established just months before the Latino Oversight Committee released its report "Toward a shared vision: U.S. Latinos and the Smithsonian Institution," which provided a detailed vision and roadmap for Smithsonian Latino endeavors. The Center aims to advance the knowledge and understanding of Latino contributions to U.S. history and culture, especially through Latino representation within the Smithsonian Institution and Smithsonian exhibitions, studies, and programs. In February of 2006 SCLI changed its name to the Smithsonian Latino Center. Refugio I. Rochin was founding Director of the Center, serving 1998-2003; Anna E. Cabral succeeded him as Director, 2003-2004; Luben Montoya, Acting Director, 2004-2005; Pilar O'Leary, Director, 2005-2008; Daniel Edward Sheehy, Acting Director, 2008; and Eduardo Díaz, Director, 2008- .
  • For information about Smithsonian Latino issues prior to 1998 -- such as establishing the Counselor to the Secretary for Latino Affairs (renamed Counselor to the Secretary for Community Affairs and Special Projects), the Task Force for Latino Issues, and the Latino Oversight Committee -- see SIA AH00394.
  • For a history of the larger creating unit, refer to "Forms part of " above.

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  • 1997
  • 1997-


  • Multiculturalism
  • Latin Americans


Mixed archival materials

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SIA AH00298

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