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Finding Aid for the Terri de la Peña Papers 1985-1996 LSC.1960
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Note
  • Sponsor
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Chronology
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material

  • Title: Terri de la Peña papers
    Identifier/Call Number: LSC.1960
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.5 linear feet (15 document boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1985-1996
    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 comprised of drafts of her first novel, Margins, also considered to be the first Chicana lesbian novel. The collection also includes correspondence, contractual information, promotional materials, drafts and notes.
    Language of Materials : Materials are in English, with some Spanish words and phrases interspersed in the records.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Creator: Peña, Terri de la , 1947

    Conditions Governing Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. 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.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Terri de la Pena papers, (Collection 1960). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Terri de la Peña, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, and 2013.
    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. Description enhanced and further physical processing completed by Sabrina Ponce in 2017.

    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.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6962949 

    Biography

    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 Peña, was a tire repair foreman while her mother, Juanita Escobedo, owned a beauty shop. De la Peña 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 also wrote several novels; she was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction for her 1999 novel Faults. 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 lesbian novel. The collection also includes correspondence, contractual information, promotional materials, drafts and notes.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Materials arranged into the following series:
    • Series 1: Margins
    • Series 2: Latin Satins
    • Series 3: Other works
    • Series 4: Promotional materials and publications

    Related Material

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive at UCLA.
    June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives.
    Peña, Terri de la , 1947 -- Archives
    Mexican American lesbians--California, Southern--Archives.
    Mexican American women authors--California, Southern--Archives.