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Guide to the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Records, University of California, Irvine AS.132
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Accruals
  • Processing History
  • Historical Background
  • Bibliography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Collection Arrangement
  • Related Collections

  • Title: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) records, University of California, Irvine
    Identifier/Call Number: AS.132
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 5.9 Linear feet (17 boxes and 2.3 linear feet and 1.44 MB of unprocessed materials)
    Date (inclusive): 1968-2011
    Date (bulk): 1971-2002
    Abstract: This collection comprises the records of the University of California, Irvine (UCI) chapter of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlán (MEChA), a student organization that promotes higher education and Chicano culture. The collection contains basic organizational documents, yearly files maintained by elected officers, scrapbooks, photographs, and subject files on major topics of interest to MEChA.
    Creator: University of California, Irvine. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán.

    Access

    Processed components of the collection are open for research. Unprocessed additions contain restricted materials. Please contact the Department of Special Collections and Archives in advance to request access. Access to original disk media is restricted; researchers may request use copies. Access to student records is restricted for 75 years from the latest date of the materials in those files.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights and copyright reside with the University of California. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the University Archivist.

    Preferred Citation

    Movemiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlán (MEChA) records, University of California, Irvine. AS-132. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated to the University Archives by MEChA in 2007, 2011, and 2013.

    Accruals

    Accruals are expected.

    Processing History

    Processed by Audrey Pearson, 2008, and Audra Eagle Yun, 2011.

    Historical Background

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) is a national student organization that promotes Chicano education, political activism, culture, and history. One of its principal aims is to expand Chicano enrollment in and graduation from colleges. It is dedicated to socializing and politicizing students in the "ideals del movimiento" to gain self determination and fight against forces of oppression.
    MEChA was established in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 following a series of conferences at schools and universities in California that drew attention to the needs and interests of Chicano students. The document "El Plan de Santa Barbara" described how MEChA intended to tie together various student organizations in the Southwest to "respond as a unit to oppression and racism" and carry out "campaigns of liberation for our people." At the University of California, Irvine (UCI), MEChA absorbed the United Mexican American Students (UMAS), an earlier organization with similar goals, circa 1969-1970. Since then, MEChA de UCI has sponsored events such as Mes de la Raza, youth conferences, Cinco de Mayo, and Chicano graduation. The group has also been active in promoting a Chicano studies program at UCI and representing Chicano interests during the development and review of UCI's minority affairs and affirmative action programs. MEChA de UCI is classified as an umbrella organization affiliated with UCI's Cross Cultural Center. The national organization is divided into ten geographical regions, including Southern California, or Alta Califas Sur. Each region is divided into several centrales, or centers, with which high school, college, and university chapters are affiliated. Alta Califas Sur is divided into six centrales, including the Orange County center to which MEChA de UCI belongs.

    Bibliography

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán. "Official National MEChA Website." http://www.nationalmecha.org/ (accessed May 23, 2008).

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    This collection comprises the records of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Atzlán (MEChA) at the University of California, Irvine, a student organization that promotes higher education for Chicanos, political activism against racism and oppression, and Chicano culture. The collection contains organizational documents describing MEChA's mission and purpose, files from elected officers that document MEChA's yearly activities, scrapbooks, photographs, posters of events, and subject files on major topics of interest to MEChA.

    Collection Arrangement

    This collection is arranged in four series.
    • Series 1. Organizational files, 1980-1999. 0.2 linear feet
    • Series 2. Subject files, 1968-2002. 1 linear foot
    • Series 3. Officers' files, 1970-2006. 3.8 linear feet
    • Series 4. Scrapbooks, 1995-2006. 0.9 linear feet
    The collection also contains 1 unprocessed addition:
    • Accession 2014.026. Unprocessed addition 2014, 1996-2011. 2.3 linear feet and 1.44 MB of digital media

    Related Collections

    Materials related to MEChA can also be found in the following collection in the Department of Special Collections and Archives:

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    United Farm Workers.
    University of California, Irvine. Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán. -- Archives
    Mexican American college students -- California -- Irvine -- Societies, etc.
    Mexican Americans -- Civil rights -- 20th century
    Mexican Americans -- Education (Higher)
    Mexican Americans -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- California -- Irvine
    Photographic prints -- California -- Orange County -- 20th century.