Guide to the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records

Finding Aid Authors: Amanda Lanthorne.
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Guide to the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records 1968/2003

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records
Dates: 1968-2003
Bulk Dates: 1970-1979
Identification: MS-0442
Creator: Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
Physical Description: 1.67 linear ft
Language of Materials: English Spanish;Castilian
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
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:

Initially developed in 1968 by students and faculty inspired by the Civil Rights and Chicano movements, San Diego State College (SDSC) officially established the Mexican-American Studies Department, now known as the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, in 1969, and offered both a major and a minor. SDSC faculty and students followed El Plan de Santa Barbara as a blueprint for the codification of Chicana/o Studies at the university level, which had been created at the 1969 UC Santa Barbara Conference of Chicano students, professors, and activists. The purpose of the newly-formed department was to teach an accurate and complete history of Chicanos and Mexican-Americans and their contributions to the United States. In addition, the department hoped to recruit more Chicana/o students to the campus, and teach and develop skills that students could use to help their communities politically and economically.
Initially, students under the guidance of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) ran the department. They actively participated in departmental meetings and decisions, taught classes, hired and fired faculty, and helped to develop the curriculum. In 1975, however, with San Diego State College's change to university status, SDSU incorporated the Mexican-American Studies Department into the College of Professional Studies. As a result of this institutionalization, the department's decision-making process became faculty and staff centered. Later, in 1980, the department became part of the College of Arts and Letters.
Today, the department maintains a multi-disciplinary curriculum offering classes in film, history, anthropology, sociology, literature, and politics. The curriculum also features classes in immigration and border studies, and encourages community outreach through internships, cultural exchanges, research, and advocacy. Faculty and students participate in cultural documentation projects, such as the Chicano Park Historical Documentation Project, oral interviews, and original research.

Access Terms

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

Genre/Form of Material:

Institutional Archives


San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano Studies

Topical Term:

Chicano movement--California--San Diego

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:

This collection was acquired from the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department (date unknown); material was added in October 2006 from Barbara Friedrich, wife of Dr. Will Kennedy, one of the founders of the Mexican American Studies Department.



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. When granted, permission 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, Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State Universit

Related Materials:

Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, 1968-2008
Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983
Arturo Casares Papers, 1968-2007
Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997
Chicano Federation of San Diego County Records, 1968-1980
Center for Women's Studies and Services Records, 1947-1997

Scope and Contents

The Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records (1968-2003) document the development and administration of the department and its curriculum. Highlights include materials relating to the department's incorporation into the College of Professional Studies and the resulting backlash from students. The majority of the material dates from the 1970s and details early department organization and curricula. The collection includes correspondence, syllabi, memorandums, course files, faculty meeting minutes, and reports. The collection is filed alphabetically.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Academic Planning Database Report Fall 1975

Box 1, Folder 2

Academic Reviews 1991, 1998, 2000

Box 1, Folder 3

Annual Progress Report 1975

Box 1, Folder 4

Annual Report 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 5

Bibliographies and Articles for Mexican American Studies (MAS) courses

Box 1, Folder 6

Budget 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 7

Centro de Estudios: Budget 1972-1973

Box 1, Folder 8

Centro de Estudios Meeting June 7, 1972

Box 1, Folder 9

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica A.C. 1984

Box 1, Folder 10

Changes in Department Administration/Policy 1974

Box 1, Folder 11

Chicano Affairs Advisory Board 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 12

Chicano Athletic Association 1974

Box 1, Folder 13

Chicano Book: Outline, Introduction, Articles

Box 1, Folder 14

Chicano Faculty and Administrators Organization, San Diego State University 1975

Box 1, Folder 15

Chicano Studies Faculty Conference October 1971

Box 1, Folder 16

Correspondence: Administrative 1974

Box 1, Folder 17

Correspondence: Chairperson 1974-1975

Box 1, Folder 18

Correspondence: General 1970, 1974-1975

Box 2, Folder 2

Correspondence: General 1975-1976

Box 2, Folder 3

Correspondence: General 1975-1976

Box 2, Folder 4

Correspondence: General 1976

Box 2, Folder 5

Correspondence from Dean Howell and Dean Rost 1975-1976

Box 2, Folder 6

Correspondence from Jane Smith's Office 1975

Box 2, Folder 7

Correspondence from Lois W. Sisson, Director of Personnel Services 1975-1976

Box 3, Folder 1

Denver's Chicano Youth Liberation Conference 1969

Box 3, Folder 2

Departmental Self Study February 2000

Box 3, Folder 3

Faculty Meetings 1973-1975

Box 3, Folder 4

Faculty Meetings 1975-1976

Box 3, Folder 5

Faculty Meeting Minutes 1977-1978

Box 3, Folder 6

Faculty Meeting Minutes 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 7

Grievance Committee of Victor Salandini 1977-1978

Box 3, Folder 8

Leaflets, Announcements, Newsletters

Box 3, Folder 9

Master's Degree Proposal Appendices circa 2003

Box 3, Folder 10

Memorandums 1972-1977

Box 3, Folder 11

Memorandums from Payroll 1975-1976

Box 3, Folder 12

Mexican American / Chicana/o Studies Course Brochures 1970-1972

Box 3, Folder 13

Mexican American Studies (MAS) 10: Mexican Americans in Transition course early 1970s

Box 3, Folder 14

Mexican American Studies Graduation 1995

Box 4, Folder 1

Mexican American Studies New Major Proposal

Box 4, Folder 2

Mexico-United States Border Program American Friends Service Committee Newsletter January - February 1981

Box 4, Folder 3

Mission Statement

Box 4, Folder 4

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) 1975-1979

Box 4, Folder 5

MEChA: Plan of Organization September 27, 1973

Box 4, Folder 6

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund 1986-1987

Box 4, Folder 7

Personnel Advisory Committee 1975-1976

Box 4, Folder 8

Personnel File Policy Implementation 1975

Box 4, Folder 9

Promotional Material Fall 1978

Box 4, Folder 10

Rationale and Justification for Mexican American Studies

Box 4, Folder 11

San Diego County Ad Hoc Committee Newsletter volume 2 May 1976

Box 4, Folder 12

Semana de la Raza May 3-7, 1971

Box 4, Folder 13

Socioeconomic Conditions of Mexican Americans

Box 4, Folder 14

Supplemental Materials

Box 4, Folder 15

Syllabi: Dr William Kennedy Courses

Box 4, Folder 16

Teaching Materials 1969-1984

Box 4, Folder 17

Travel Policies, Procedures, Advances 1974-1975