The Latino Institute was established in 1974 by a small group of Latino activists. Its purpose was to empower Chicago's Latino population by providing access to public and private resources. As stated in the "Latino Institute Promoting Hispanic Progress" pamphlet (Latino Institute Series Two, Box 1, Folder 1), its two main goals were to aid Latinos on becoming better informed, organized, and involved in the crusade for equality in the community at large, and to increase Latino influence in Chicago's political, cultural, and economic power structures. In August of 1998, the Board of Trustees was forced to close the Latino Institute due to organizational mismanagement.
Latino Institute Records, Series One
Latino Institute Records, Series Two
The Latino Institute Records were deposited at DePaul through two major accessions. Mario Aranda, then Executive Director, arranged the first transfer in 1987, during his tenure as a member of DePaul University's Board of Trustees. There were modest additions for over twelve years, from Latino Institute staff, but no significant additions. In 1999, when the Latino Institute vacated its offices, transition files were moved to DePaul by the Executive Board. The final deposit of materials was transferred in 2003 from the offices of Latinos United, who had retained custody of the records until it became clear that the organization would not be reformed. The processing of the separate collections is reflected in two separate finding aids.