Dennis N. Valdés, The University of Minnesota
Advances in research on Latinos in the Midwest have been hampered by a number of factors. The source materials available are good in both content and quality, but they are widely scattered in various locations. Thcre are no inventories of archival collections, dissertations reports and other sources. Many other public and private data bases have not been identified and are in danger of being lost. An up to date systematic analysis of the field and resources needs to be undertaken to evaluate the current state of research and to indicate possible future directions of investigation and analysis. The underdevelopment of research in Latinos in the Midwest is partly attributable to weak institutional support for Latino research in the past. The absence of a strong research and publications profile in turn has created the mistaken impression among Latino scholars nationally that the Latino experience in thc Midwcst has not been significant.
Research on Latino peoples and issues in the Midwest should be promoted and empowered in the following ways: