Helena Maria Viramontes' papers chronicle this important Chicana writer's life from a child in East Los Angeles to a successful
writer and university professor. Personal and biographical information, correspondence, literary work and critical writings
as well as other parts of her life as a writer are included in Helena's collection. It contains some photos and slides of
different parts of her life.
Helena Maria Viramontes was born on February 26, 1954, in East Los Angeles. She grew up in a working class family with eight
siblings, three brothers (Gilbert, Frank, and Serafin) and five sisters (Mary Ann, Ruthie, Rebecca, Barbara and Francis).
Helena graduated from East Los Angeles’ Garfield High School in 1972. She graduated from Immaculate Heart College with a B.A.
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