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Table of contents What's This?
  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Contents
  • Related Materials
  • Index Terms
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Acquisition Information
  • Other Information

  • Overview of the Collection

    Repository: Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database
    5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
    San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
    URL: http://hobbit.sdsu.edu/archon
    Email: scref@rohan.sdsu.edu
    Phone: 619-594-6791
    Fax: 619-594-0466
    Creator: Arturo Casares, 1943-
    Title: Arturo Casares Papers
    Dates: 1968-2008
    Dates: 1968-1975
    Quantity: 0.42
    Abstract: The Arturo Casares Papers (1968-2008) document the establishment of Barrio Station and Casares' involvement in the Chicano Movement. Highlights include photographs of the UFW grape strike and the Chicano Moratorium, Casares' English class journal with entries discussing the formation of a Mexican-American Studies program at San Diego State College, old Barrio Station Newsletters, and documents regarding the Chicano Park Incident in which police arrested Casares. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of correspondence, course papers, newsletters, and photographs. The majority of materials date from 1968 to 1975.
    Identification: MS-0440
    Language of Materials: The papers are in: English Spanish;Castilian

    Biographical Note

    Born in 1943, Arturo Casares grew up in Del Rio, Texas, where he attended a segregated school. Casares moved to Long Beach, CA in 1960. He finished high school and married at the age of 19. He then attended Long Beach City College. He received an Associate's degree in Liberal Studies and transferred to San Diego State College in 1968. At SDSC, Casares majored in Spanish and minored in History. Later, Casares received a Master's from the University of New Mexico in Counseling.
    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Casares became active in the Mexican American Youth Association (MAYA), an activist Chicano group, and later in the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). In addition, Casares worked as a teacher's aide at Logan Elementary school and San Diego High School. Working at these schools once again exposed Casares to gang activities and the limited scholastic resources associated with impoverished neighborhoods. As a result, he founded Barrio Station, an outreach center for low-income Mexican-American families, which still exists today. The Station offers tutoring, recreational activities, and services for at-risk youth.
    In addition, Casares began attending student conferences to discuss the implementation of "El Plan de Santa Barabara," which sought to establish Chicano and Mexican-American studies programs at the university level. He also became active in the free speech and Chicano movements, supporting Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers (UFW) strikes and protests. He was also Vice Chairman of the Chicano Federation. In April of 1971, Casares and two other men, David Llamas Jose Benavides, were arrested at the first anniversary celebration of Chicano Park for obstructing a police officer. The event became known as the "Chicano Park Incident."
    Today, Casares continues his community work.

    Scope and Contents

    The Arturo Casares Papers (1968-2008) document the establishment of Barrio Station and Casares' involvement in the Chicano Movement. Highlights include photographs of the UFW grape strike and the Chicano Moratorium, Casares' English class journal with entries discussing the formation of a Mexican-American Studies program at San Diego State College, old Barrio Station Newsletters, and documents regarding the Chicano Park Incident in which police arrested Casares. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of correspondence, course papers, newsletters, and photographs. The majority of materials date from 1968 to 1975.

    Related Materials

    Rene Nunez Memorial Collection, 1968-2008
    Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983

    Index Terms

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

    Corporate Name:

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan de U.C.S.B.
    United Farm Workers of America

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Personal Papers
    Photographs

    Title:

    San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano Studies

    Topical Term:

    Chicano movement--California

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The copyright interests in the materials found in this collection have been transferred to San Diego State University. Special Collections and University Archives can only grant permission to publish materials for which it is the copyright holder. For further information, please consult the section on copyright in the rules for using the collections, or contact the United States Copyright Office at (202) 707-3000 or http://www.copyright.gov.

    Acquisition Information

    The materials were acquired by Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database from Arturo Casares on 06/05/2008.

    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.