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Finding Aid for the Terri de la Peña papers, 1988-1996
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Terri de la Peña papers
    Date (inclusive): 1988-1996
    Collection number: 1960
    Creator: Peña, Terri de la, 1947-
    Extent: 15 document boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
    Abstract: Terri de la Peña is a novelist, short story writer, and children's book author whose writings deal with complex issues of identity, homophobia, assimilation and resistance focusing on the lives of Chicana lesbians. This collection contains materials related to the creation, dissemination, publication and revision of both fictional and nonfictional works by Terri de la Peña. The bulk of the collection is made up of drafts of her first novel, Margins, also considered to be the first lesbian Chicana novel. The collection includes correspondence, contractual information, promotional materials, drafts and notes.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Terri de la Peña, 1996. This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library.

    Processing Note

    Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011.

    Sponsor

    The June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive  at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives , the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)  and the UCLA Library . These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize, preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Terri de la Peña papers (Collection Number 1960). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Mary Theresa de la Peña was born on February 20, 1947 in Santa Monica California. She is a fifth generation Californian. Her father, Joaquin de la Pena, was a tire repair foreman; her mother, Juanita Escobedo, owned a beauty shop. De la Pena was educated in Santa Monica parochial schools and at Santa Monica Community College. She is a self-taught writer. She wrote her first novel, Margins, while employed as an academic affairs assistant with the College of Letters and Science at the University of California Los Angeles. The majority of her work is in short story form, although she wrote several novels. Her narratives revolve around the myriad cultural and social issues facing Chicana lesbians such as a search for identity, cultural assimilation, class consciousness, historical awareness, internal and external racism, homophobia and visibility.

    Chronology

    1989 Finding Courage: Writings by women
    1989 The Original Coming Out Stories
    1990 Lesbian Bedtime Stories Two
    1991 Blood Whispers: L.A. Writers on AIDS
    1991 Margins
    1992 A is for the Americas (Children's book co-written with Cynthia Chin-Lee and Enrique O. Sanchez)
    1993 Happy Endings: Lesbian Writers Talk about their Lives and Work
    1994 Out of the Class Closet: Lesbians Speak
    1994 Latin Satins
    1994 Chicana Blues
    1994 Lavender Mansions: 40 Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Short Stories
    1994 Another Wilderness: New Outdoor Writing by Women
    1996 Night Bites: Vampire Stories by Women
    1996 Lesbian Friendships: For Ourselves and Each Other
    1996 Off the Rag: Lesbians Writing on Menopause
    1999 Faults: A Novel
    1999 Night Shade: Gothic Tales by Women
    2002 At Home on This Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women's Nature Writing
    2003 Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression
    2008 The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry and Drama

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains materials related to the creation, dissemination, publication and revision of both fictional and nonfictional works by Terri de la Peña. The bulk of the collection is made up of drafts of her first novel, Margins, also considered to be the first Chicana novel. The collection includes correspondence, contractual information, promotional materials, drafts and notes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Materials are arranged according to title of work.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Peña, Terri de la, 1947- --Archives.
    Mexican American women authors --California, Southern --Archival resources.
    Mexican American lesbians --California, Southern --Archival resources.

    Related Material

    Housed within UCLA Special Collections under the title Peña (Terri de la) Poster ca. 1994, is one, limited edition publicity poster for her novel Latin Satins. Notes concerning her involvement are included in the Starr (Adele) Collection on Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Bulk 1977-1996 at the ONE Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California.