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Finding Aid for the MALCS Papers Volume II Ca. 1980-2005
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: MALCS Papers Volume II,
    Date (inclusive): Ca. 1980-2005
    Collection number: 32
    Creator: MALCS Mujeres Activas En Letras y Cambio Social 1980-2005
    Extent: Approx. 40 linear feet
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
    Abstract: This collection of approximately 40 linear feet consists of MALCS various institutional papers with particualr emphasis on its important Summer programs, newsletter and membership related papers. This collection also includes video and audio tapes of historic relevance.



    MALCS Mission statement:



    Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS, Women Active in Letters and Social Change) is an organization of Chicanas/ Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/ Latina and Native American women's issues. Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women from a variety of institutions gather at this yearly Summer Institute to network, share information, offer support and re-energize. The MALCS Summer Institute is one of the few places Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women can come together without the influence of male and/or Euro-American consciousness or opinion. While some charge that this is separatist, the MALCS reply is not one of apology. This is our space. The dynamics of this Chicana/Latina and Native American woman space is worth guarding, even in the face of criticism from those we respect and work with in our home institutions. (--Laredo, Texas, 1991)



    **Please note that accents have been eliminated inorder to accomodate and facilitate the use of all types of web browsers.



    Researchers who would like to indicate errors of fact or omissions in this finding aid can contact the research center at www.chicano.ucla.edu.



    Biographical notes courtesy of MALCS at http://malcs.net/
    Physical location: SRLF
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English, Spanish

    Access

    Collection is open for research by appointment for UCLA student and faculty researchers as well as independent researchers. To view the collection or any part of it, please contact the archivist at archivist@chicano.ucla.edu or the librarian at yretter@chicano.ucla.edu

    Publication Rights

    For students and faculty researchers of UCLA, all others by permission only. Copyright has not been assigned to the Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archivist and/or the Librarian at the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], MALCS Papers Volume II, 32, Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Papers donated by MALCS officer, Nancy Barcelo. Deed on file at the UCLA CSRC library archive office, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA.

    Historical Note

    Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS, Women Active in Letters and Social Change) is an organization of Chicanas/ Latinas and Native American women working in academia and in community settings with a common goal: to work toward the support, education and dissemination of Chicana/ Latina and Native American women's issues. Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women from a variety of institutions gather at this yearly Summer Institute to network, share information, offer support and re-energize. The MALCS Summer Institute is one of the few places Chicanas/Latinas and Native American women can come together without the influence of male and/or Euro-American consciousness or opinion. While some charge that this is separatist, the MALCS reply is not one of apology. This is our space. The dynamics of this Chicana/Latina and Native American woman space is worth guarding, even in the face of criticism from those we respect and work with in our home institutions. (--Laredo, Texas, 1991)
    History of MALCS



    Chicana/Latina women were an integral part of the activities collectively recognized as the Chicano Movimiento, most active and visible from 1964 to 1975. By the early 1980s their contributions were barely acknowledged. Sensing this collective loss of voice, feeling highly isolated, eager to extend their knowledge to other women, and desiring to change society's perceptions, a group of Chicana/Latina academic women gathered at the University of California, Davis, in spring 1982. Mujeres Activas En Letras Y Cambio Social (MALCS) was established at this first meeting. The MALCS declaration, written one year later at the Berkeley campus, formally established the organization and affirmed the membership's dedication to the unification of their academic life with their community activism.



    MALCS hosts a summer research institute (established in 1985), publishes a newsletter and Trabajos Monograficos (a working paper series changed in 1991 to the Series in Chicana Studies). The series is in its second volume and soon to become the Journal of Chicana/Latina Studies. MALCS members also helped establish a permanent research center at the University of California, Davis, in March 1991, to develop Chicanas/Latinas as scholars. It was to be a center for knowledge by, for, and about Chicanas/Latinas. MALCS is an academic organization that articulates Chicana/Latina feminist perspectives.

    --Adaljiza Sosa-Riddell,




    June 1983 MALCS Declaración



    We are the daughters of Chicano working class families involved in higher education. We were raised in labor camps and barrios, where sharing our resources was the basis of survival. Our values, our strength derive from where we came. Our history is the story of the working class people--their struggles, commitments, strengths, and the Chicano/Mexicano experience in the United States. We are particularly concerned with the conditions women face at work, in and out of the home. We continue our mothers' struggle for economic and social justice. The scarcity of Chicanas in institutions of higher education requires that we join together to identify our common problems, to support each other and to define collective solutions. Our purpose is to fight the race, class, and gender oppression we have experienced in the universities. Further, we reject the separation of academic scholarship and community involvement. Our research strives to bridge the gap between intellectual work and active commitment to our communities. We draw upon a tradition of political struggle. We see ourselves developing strategies for social change--a change emanating from our communities. We declare the commitment to seek social, economic, and political change throughout our work and collective action. We welcome Chicanas who share these goals and invite them to join us. (--June 1983)

    Scope and Content

    This collection of approximately 40 linear feet consists of MALCS various institutional papers with particualr emphasis on its important Summer programs, newsletter and membership related papers. This collection also includes video and audio tapes of historic relevance.
    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Correspondence
    • Series 2. Summer Institute and related
    • Series 3. Administrative papers
    • Series 4. Newsletters and related
    • Series 4. Mailing lists
    • Series 5. Flyers, clippings, public relations
    • Series 6. Miscellaneous papers

    Related Material

    Please see also our small M.A.L.C.S. collection and our Nancy Cantu MALCS collections.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Chicana
    Feminism
    Latina
    Latina / Chicana higher education
    Social justice
    Summer Institute
    Women's rights