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Guide to the MANA of San Diego County Records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: MANA of San Diego County Records
    Dates: 1986-2002
    Bulk Dates: 1994-1999
    Identification: MS-0437
    Creator: MANA of San Diego County
    Physical Description: 3.75 linear ft
    Language of Materials: English Spanish;Castilian
    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://library.sdsu.edu/scua
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791
    Other Information:
    This collection was processed as part of the Chicano Studies Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the President's Leadership Fund.

    Historical Note:

    Established in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women's National Association (MANA), MANA is a non-profit organization which seeks to better Latina women, or hermanas, through educational, economic, political, health, and social advocacy programs. In 1994, the association changed its name to the more inclusive MANA, A National Latina Organization in order to acknowledge its growing diversity. Today, MANA consists of over 26 chapters, including MANA of San Diego County, and is the "single largest pan-Latina organization in the United States."
    In 1986, a group of Latina women dedicated to community activism founded the San Diego Chapter of MANA. The chapter offers workshops, advocacy programs, conferences, and mentoring programs for Latinas. The organization's Hermanitas program is a one-on-one mentorship program dedicated to supporting and encouraging pre-teen Latinas to stay in school. The Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship likewise promotes education amongst young Latinas. Every year, MANA awards this scholarship at the Brindis, a celebratory tribute to outstanding Latina professionals. In addition, MANA's Platica lectures give local officials and community leaders a chance to address issues relevant to the Latina community, including immigration and education. Today, MANA of San Diego County continues to thrive as an organization dedicated to empowerment and leadership of Latinas.
    Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, a local Latina activist, was active in MANA from 1993 to 2000. She served as Strategic Planning Facilitator, Membership Chair, Program Chair and President. She chaired two Brindis, co-chaired the 1993 National MANA Leadership Conferernce, and chaired the 1996 MANA National Leadership Conference.

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Mexican American Women’s National Association


    Nonprofit organizations

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Organizational Records

    Administrative Information

    Conditions Governing Use:

    The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation:

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, MANA of San Diego County Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

    Related Materials:

    Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, 1968-2008
    Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983
    Arturo Casares Papers, 1968-2007
    Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records, 1968-2003
    Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997

    Arrangement of Materials:

    I. Administrative Files, 1986-2002
    II. Brindis Files, 1994-2002
    III. Conference Files, 1993-1999

    Scope and Contents

    The MANA of San Diego County Records document the operation and administration of MANA during Olivia Puentes-Reynolds’ involvement in the organization.  The collection provides extensive documentation for MANA's work promoting educational achievement and increasing Latino representation at the local, state, and national levels.  Records in the collection regarding the Hermanitas program, Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship, Platica lecture series, and Political Committee highlight these endeavors.  The collection dates from 1986 to 2002 with the majority of materials dating from 1994 to 1999.   The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, brochures, news clippings, flyers, conference materials, and committee files.  The collection is divided into three series: Administrative Files (1986-2002), the Brindis Files (1994-2002), and Conference Files (1993-1999).
    The Administrative Files document the basic administration of the San Diego County chapter of MANA.  Arranged alphabetically, these files date from 1986 to 2002 and make up the largest of the three series.  Particularly noteworthy are the files relating to MANA’s Hermanitas Mentorship Program, which seeks to empower pre-teen girls and promote education.  The series is composed of correspondence, brochures, meeting minutes, budget information, committee files, event information, and news clippings.
    The Brindis Files document MANA’s annual Brindis celebration, which honors prominent Latina professionals and recognizes the recipients of the Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship.  Highlights include drafts of speeches given by guest speakers, such as Mayor Susan Golding.  Arranged chronologically, the series dates from 1994 to 2002 and includes programs, correspondence, flyers, nominations, speeches, and planning and budget information.
    The Conference Files date from 1993 to 1999 and document the San Diego chapter of MANA’s participation at national and international conferences regarding women.  The series is arranged alphabetically and includes notes, flyers, handouts, and schedules from national MANA conferences, the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, as well as training, youth, and development conferences.