With the help of Los Tigres del Norte, UCLA is launching what it says is the world's largest digital archive of historic Mexican and Mexican-American recordings.

The digitized archive, known as the Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings, contains about 41,000 recordings made between 1905 and 1955. Those include early corridos and boleros, many of them originally in the 78 rpm format. Among the holdings are a 1908 recording of Cuarteto Coculense, a Mexico City mariachi group. The public can stream 50-second snippets of the songs online at digital.library.ucla.edu/frontera/ or the complete songs on the UCLA campus. (Students can also access the full songs remotely).

Los Tigres del Norte helped finance the digitization in 2000 with a donation of $500,000 to UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center. The material was collected by the Arhoolie Foundation with additional sponsorship from the Fund for Folk Culture.