October 19, 2017

Culture Clash Papers Go to Cal State’s Oviatt Library

By LJ Staff

The Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, has received the collected paper of the Chicano comedic theatre troupe Culture Clash. Founding members Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas, and Herbert Sigüenza donated to the library their collection of drafts of scripts, playbills, original art work, and other items collected over a 20-year history. Some of the items will be displayed in a small exhibition scheduled to open in the library in May. Currently, under the library’s five-year $1.6 million Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant, the Culture Clash Collection is being inventoried, processed, and preserved. The collection, parts of which will be included in the library’s Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives, will be open to research next year. Some of Culture Clash’s best-known plays and productions include The Mission, Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami, and the first Latino comedy show, Fox Television’s Culture Clash, which ran from 1993 to 1995.