Arturo Casares Papers

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Special Collections & University Archives: Finding Aid Database 04/27/2010
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


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.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Box 1, Folder 1

Barrio Station 1971-1975, 2008

Box 1, Folder 2

Chicano Movement: Some Not Too Objective Observations by Abelardo B. Delgado 1971

Box 1, Folder 3

Chicano Park Incident 1971

Box 1, Folder 4

Correspondence 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 5

English 1B Journal 1968

Box 1, Folder 6

Family Counseling Model

Box 1, Folder 7

Photograph Negatives 1970-1975

Box 1, Folder 8

Photographs: Atzlan Wedding, Santa Barbara - Carnales/National Guard Armory

Box 1, Folder 9

Photographs: Atzlantes

Box 1, Folder 10

Photographs: Barrio Carnales - David, Arturo, Sammy

Box 1, Folder 11

Photographs: Barrio Student Activities 1969-1975

Box 1, Folder 12

Barrio Trips, Fiestas, Comida, Chicano Park Tierra 1970, 1975

Box 1, Folder 13

Photographs: Camp Oliver December 1969

Box 1, Folder 14

Photographs: La Chicano Moratorium 1970

Box 1, Folder 15

Photographs: Chicano Park

Box 1, Folder 16

Photographs: Chicano Park Incident - Jail Time December 1971

Box 1, Folder 17

Photographs: La Huelga United Farm Workers (UFW) Grape Boycott 1970

Box 1, Folder 18

Photographs: Project Consejo/Bobbie and Brothers Out of Jail

Box 1, Folder 19

Photographs: San Diego State College Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) Elections 1972

Box 1, Folder 20

Psychology of the Chicano 101

Box 1, Folder 21

San Diego State College Course Papers 1968-1970