Guide to the Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection

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Guide to the Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection 1968/2008

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection
Dates: 1968-2008
Bulk Dates: 1972-2006
Identification: MS-0434
Creator: Nuñez, Rene, 1936-2006
Physical Description: 2.42 linear ft
Language of Materials: English Spanish;Castilian
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Other Information:
This collection was processed as part of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the President's Leadership Fund.

Biographical Information:

The son of immigrants, Rene Nuñez was born in 1936 and raised in San Diego. He graduated from San Diego High School in 1955, and joined the army four years later. After leaving the army, Nuñez attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor's degree in Spanish in 1967. During this time, he worked as the Director of the Educational Clearinghouse, a college outreach program for Chicano/a and African-American students living in LA's underprivileged neighborhoods. As an activist dedicated to improving Chicano education, Nuñez participated in the 1968 Chicano Student Walkouts, and helped to organize the Biltmore Hotel educational demonstration of 1968. He was arrested as part of the "Biltmore 10." He played a major role in the 1969 UC Santa Barbara Conference of Chicano students, professors, and activists. The conference discussed educational issues in the Chicano community, and resulted in the creation of "El Plan," a blueprint for the codification of Chicano Studies programs at the university level. Several universities implemented the plan the following year. The conference also established the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA). In addition to this work, Nuñez was active in the anti-war movement as well.
In 1969, Nuñez became Director of the Centro de Estudios Chicanos at SDSU. He formally joined the faculty in 1971, and helped to develop the curriculum for the Chicana and Chicano Studies department. In his classes, Nuñez promoted the principles of the Chicano Movement, celebrated Chicano history and culture, and encouraged community outreach and involvement. In 1972, Nuñez received a Master's degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College. In 1985, he obtained a Master's in Political Science from UCSD, and in 1994 he acquired a joint doctorate in education from SDSU and Claremont Graduate University.
In 2002, Nuñez retired as Professor Emeritus of Chicano Studies. He continued teaching and remained an active participant in the San Diego County Latino Coalition for Education, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), the Latin Education Summit, and La Rama de Padres Latinos. Nuñez died in 2006. Faculty at SDSU held a "Teach-In and Call to Action" in honor of Nuñez.

Access Terms

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

Corporate Name:

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan de U.C.S.B.

Genre/Form of Material:

Audio Recordings
Personal Papers
Video Recordings


San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano Studies

Topical Term:

Chicano movement--California

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information:

Materials in this collection were compiled and donated by Richard Griswold on 18 October 2007.

Conditions Governing Use:

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Chicano Federation of San Diego County Records, 1968-1980
Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983
Arturo Casares Papers, 1968-2007
Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997
Citizens United for Racial Equality Records, 1968-1976

Scope and Contents

The Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, assembled after Nuñez's death, documents his work in promoting educational equity and parent involvement, and his help in founding the Chicano Studies Department at SDSU.  Filed alphabetically, the collection includes educational treatises, academic papers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and materials relating to Nuñez's memorial service at San Diego State University.  The collection dates from 1968 to 2008.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

30th Anniversary of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) and the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies December 8, 2000

Box 1, Folder 2

30th Anniversary Photographs December 2000

Box 1, Folder 3

Allison's "Essence of Decision" and US/Nicaraguan Relations by Nuñez December 6, 1984

Box 1, Folder 4

Assimilation 1987

Box 1, Folder 5

Bilingual Education as a Tool for Learning Achievement by Nuñez 1981

Box 1, Folder 6

Brooklyn Elementary 1999-2000

Box 1, Folder 7

Chicano Politics

Box 1, Folder 8

Chicano Studies Institutes: Critical Areas of Need for Research and Scholastic Study Summer 1970

Box 1, Folder 9

Chicano Studies Institutes: Resource Material Summer 1970

Box 1, Folder 10

Chicanos and the Great Society by Nuñez

Box 1, Folder 11

Congreso de Padres Latinos 2002-2003

Box 1, Folder 12

Congreso de Padres Latinos 2002-2003

Box 1, Folder 13

Congreso de Padres Latinos: Newsletter 2002-2003

Box 1, Folder 14

Corporatist and Bureaucratic-Authoritarian Concepts in Latin American Industrial Development by Nuñez

Box 1, Folder 15

Correspondence: Luis Acle 2004

Box 1, Folder 16

Critical Aspects of Social Alliances for Industrial Development by Nuñez

Box 1, Folder 17

Critiques of Dependency Theory and Questions of Dependency Reversal by Nuñez

Box 1, Folder 18

Cumbre de Educación Latina November 13, 2004

Box 1, Folder 19

Democratic Naitonal Convention 2000

Box 1, Folder 20

Época: The National Concilio for Chicano Studies Journal vol. 1, no. 2 Winter 1971

Box 2, Folder 1

Factions and Groups in the Political Arena: Madison and Olson by Nuñez October 8, 1984

Box 2, Folder 2

Higher Education Master Plan March 2001

Box 2, Folder 3

Historical and Structural Determinants of Dependent Development by Nuñez October 31, 1984

Box 2, Folder 4

Justification and Rationale for Having Mexican American Studies 1978-1979

Box 2, Folder 5

La Raza volume 1, number 1

Box 2, Folder 6

La Raza Yearbook, Los Angeles September 1968

Box 2, Folder 7

Lágrimas, Pistolas y Ombligos by the Centro de Estudios Chicanos

Box 2, Folder 8

Latino Summit 2004

Box 2, Folder 9

Latino Summer 2004

Box 2, Folder 10

Latino Summit 2005

Box 2, Folder 11

Logan Heights Experience

Box 2, Folder 12

Mascot Issue at San Diego State University 2000

Box 2, Folder 13

Mester volume 4, number 1 1973

Box 2, Folder 14

Metro Group 2001-2002

Box 3, Folder 1

Metro Group 2001-2002

Box 3, Folder 2

Minorities in the Sunbelt: Statistics

Box 3, Folder 3

"On Culture" Juan Gómez-Quiñones 1977

Box 3, Folder 4

"Open Admission To What???" Article by Nuñez

Box 3, Folder 5

Personnel Evaluations 2001

Box 3, Folder 6

Poesía Chicana: Alurista, El Mero Chingón by Centro de Estudios Chicanos

Box 3, Folder 7

Political Sociology: Reciprocal Analysis of Social and Political Factors by Nuñez November 29, 1984

Box 3, Folder 8

Politics of External and Internal Determinants of Domestic Structures by Nuñez February 7, 1985

Box 3, Folder 9

Politics of Language: Language Retention and Political Power in the Chicano Community by Nuñez 1985

Box 3, Folder 10

Principles and Foundations of Chicano Studies (Draft)

Box 3, Folder 11

Race and Poverty Issues Newsclippings 1972

Box 3, Folder 12

Racial Issues Questionnaires

Box 3, Folder 13

La Rama de Padres Latinos 2004-2005

Box 3, Folder 14

La Rama de Padres Latinos: Correspondence 2004-2005

Box 3, Folder 15

Rene Nuñez Memorial Service adn Biography DVDs 2006

Box 3, Folder 16

Research Notes

Box 3, Folder 17

Resolution of the Problem of Ambition in Politics by Nuñez November 5, 1984

Box 3, Folder 18

San Diego City Schools Complaint 2004-2005

Box 3, Folder 19

Schools, Parents and Empowerment: An Ethnographic Study by Nuñez 1994

Box 3, Folder 20

Schools, Parents and Empowerment: An Ethnographic Study by Nuñez 1994

Box 4, Folder 1

Sherman Elementary 1993-1994

Box 4, Folder 2

Sierra Club 1972

Box 4, Folder 3

Speech about Rene Nuñez given by Kathleen Pendleton Jimenez March 21, 2008

Box 4, Folder 4

Student Strand Meeting 2004

Box 4, Folder 5

Taking Back Chicano Studies: What Does This Mean? by Nuñez October 26, 1996

Box 4, Folder 6

Teach-In and Call to Action in honor of Rene Nuñez, 1936-2006 September 8, 2006

Box 4, Folder 7

Teach-In and Call to Action in honor of Rene Nuñez, 1936-2006 September 8, 2006

Box 4, Folder 8

Tribue Speeches and Articles in honor of Rene Nuñez 2006

Box 4, Folder 9

United Mexican American Students (UMAS) Aztlan volume 1, number 1 1972

Box 4, Folder 10

United States Commission on Civil Rights: Reports on Mexican American Education October 1971-March 1973

Box 4, Folder 11

Validity of Latcrit: History, Race and the Mexicano/Chicano Child by Nuñez

Box 5

Rene Nuñez Teach-In and Call to Action, Part 1: Musica de Movimiento/Video September 8, 2006

Scope and Contents

VHS tape
Box 5

Rene Nuñez Teach-In and Call to Action, Part 2 September 8, 2006

Scope and Contents

VHS tape
Box 5

Mexican American/African American Workshop, Doris Meek and Rene Nuñez June 23, 1970

Scope and Contents

Box 5

Cesar Chavez at City College of New York May 16, 1968

Scope and Contents

Box 5

El Malcriado volume V number 2 1972

Box 5

El Malcriado volume V number 3 1972

Box 5

El Malcriado volume V number 4 1972