Guide to the Teatro Cometa Oral History Project Collection, 2007-2008

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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Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge.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.

Collection Contents

 

Series I: Audio Recordings, 2006-2007

Digital Box 1, Item 1

Arce, Fernando, 2007 December 16

Digital Box 1, Item 2

Delgado, José, Part 1, 2007 July 19

Digital Box 1, Item 3

Delgado, José, Part 2, 2007 July 19

Digital Box 1, Item 4

Flores, César, 2007 July 15

Digital Box 1, Item 5

Garcia, Manuel, 2007 August 2

Digital Box 1, Item 6

Gomez, Jaime

Digital Box 1, Item 7

Huerta, Jorge, 2007 July 11

Digital Box 1, Item 8

Melendez, Carmen, 2008 January 27

Digital Box 1, Item 9

Purkiss, Bill, 2007 July 23

Digital Box 1, Item 10

Ramírez, Adam, 2007 September 23

Digital Box 1, Item 11

Ramírez, Martha, 2007 September 23

Digital Box 1, Item 12

Rodriguez, Diane, 2007 July 19

Digital Box 1, Item 13

Serna, Elias, 2007 July 29

 

Series II: Transcripts

Box 2, Folder 1

Arce, Fernando

Box 2, Folder 2

Delgado, José

Box 2, Folder 3

Flores, César

Box 2, Folder 4

Garcia, Manuel

Box 2, Folder 5

Gomez, Jaime

Box 2, Folder 6

Huerta, Jorge

Box 2, Folder 7

Melendez, Carmen

Box 2, Folder 8

Purkiss, Bill

Box 2, Folder 9

Ramírez, Adam

Box 2, Folder 10

Ramírez, Martha

Box 2, Folder 11

Rodriguez, Diane

Box 2, Folder 12

Serna, Elias