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Guide to the Teatro Cometa Oral History Project Collection, 2007-2008
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Teatro Cometa Oral History Project Collection
    Dates: 2007-2008
    Identification: URB/TCOH
    Creator: Delmar T. Oviatt Library
    Physical Description: 0.21 linear feet
    Alternate Extent Statement: 568 MB Digital Audio
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: This collection of oral histories tells the story of a grassroots Chicano theater group, Teatro Cometa , which was active during 1970s and early 1980s in and around Fullerton, California. During their approximately dozen year span, Teatro Cometa embodied elements of the rasquache ethic as well as formal theatrical productions with varying levels of municipal and private support. This collection of oral histories gives voice to an otherwise marginalized community, shedding  light on how some Chicano/Latino communities responded creatively and critically to drug use, ethnic discrimination and gang violence. Other themes that emerge are: the role of public education in the arts, the role of private funding for the arts (both local and regional), the impact of the Chicano movement in Orange County and the relationship between theater and civic engagement.

    Historical Note:

    The Oviatt Library created this collection of materials for study and research.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Audio recordings
    Paper records

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Jessica Geiser, 2014

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Teatro Cometa Oral History Project Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Audio Recordings, 2006-2007
    Series II: Transcripts

    Scope and Contents

    This collection of oral histories tells the story of a grassroots Chicano theater group, Teatro Cometa, which was active during 1970s and early 1980s in and around Fullerton, California. The Teatro Cometa project was inspired by a talk given by the father of Chicano theater, Luis Valdez, at California State University, Northridge during the fall of 2006 and by the then emerging efforts of writer Gustavo Arellano to document the history Chicano/Latino communities in Orange County, California.
    The collection is divided into two series, Audio Recordings (2006-2007) and Transcripts. All recordings in the collection are available as digital files.