Records of the FRONTERAS 1976 Executive Committee (Hamilton Marston, chairman), the San Diego-based bicentennial celebration
project sponsored by the City of San Diego; the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University; the University
of San Diego; the San Diego and Imperial Counties Community College Association; and the Chicano Foundation of San Diego County.
FRONTERAS 1976 was created to promote discussion and awareness of the environmental, cultural, social, political, and economic
aspects and challenges of frontier regions with a focus on the San Diego-Tijuana region. Materials include the chairman's
correspondence, minutes of executive committee meetings, miscellaneous administrative materials, press releases and promotional
brochures, newspaper clippings, conference materials, and grant applications. Also included are materials related to the development
and organization of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) at UCSD. The records are arranged in two series:
1) CILAS MATERIALS and 2) EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE FILES.
At a meeting of the San Diego Regional Bicentennial Committee on July 4, 1973, Walter S. J. Swanson, Director of Special Projects
for Copley Newspapers, suggested a bicentennial project that would "create a special year of interchange of knowledge and
culture" across the border between San Diego county and Mexico. Later that year, Dr. Roy Harvey Pearce, dean of Graduate Studies
at UCSD, and Dr. Cesar Grana, director of the Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies (CILAS) at UCSD, endorsed the
idea realizing the relevance of the project to CILAS and the university community at large. Inspired by Swanson's idea and
Pearce and Grana's support, the FRONTERAS 1976 bicentennial project further developed through exploratory discussions between
the members of CILAS and members of the San Diego community including Walter S. J. Swanson, Copley Newspapers; Richard Pourade,
editor emeritus of the SAN DIEGO UNION; Hamilton Marston, a local businesman; Kimball Moore, San Diego city manager; and Clifford
Grobstein, vice chancellor for University Relations at the University of California, San Diego.