The Rita Sanchez Mesa College Collection (1988-2007) documents Sanchez's work while teaching at Mesa Community College and her influence on the Chicano Studies Department
there. Of particular interest are photographs from events for which Sanchez served as committee chair, which include campus
visits by Dolores Huerta and Rosa Parks. Also included are course readers for the La Chicana class taught by Sanchez. The
majority of the material dates from 1990-2000 and focuses on student activities and campus events. Filed alphabetically, the
collection consists of correspondence, teaching supplements, newspaper clippings, photographs and video recordings.
Rita Sanchez was born May 20, 1937 in San Bernardino, California. She attended San Jose State University, majoring in journalism,
and earned an M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University in 1974. Later, she pursued her Ph.D. at the University
of California, San Diego and was a Ford Foundation Fellow for five years. She was the first to teach a Chicana Studies course
at Stanford University where she proposed a Chicana journal, Imagenes de la Chicana, that was published in 1973.
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