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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Biography
  • Restrictions
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    Title: Jorge Huerta Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 142
    Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
    La Jolla, California 92093-0175
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 60.0 Linear feet 108 archive boxes, 5 card files, and 14 oversize folders
    Date (inclusive): 1964-2008
    Abstract: Papers of Jorge Huerta, playwright, Chicano director, and professor at the University of California, San Diego. The papers primarily document Huerta's directoral projects, academic work, and involvement with various national theatre organizations and committees. The bulk of the collection is made up of documents from numerous Latino theatre projects, including TENAZ, El Teatro Campesino, and El Teatro Ensemble. Included are typescript drafts of articles, essays, and books written by Huerta, including Chicano Theater: Themes And Forms (1982), Nuevos Pasos: Chicano And Puerto Rican Drama (1989), and Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, And Myth (2000). This collection also includes multiple typescript drafts of plays and articles written by various Hispanic playwrights and scholars.
    Creator: Huerta, Jorge A.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Jorge Huerta Papers contain materials documenting his activities as a director, writer, professor, and expert on Chicano theatre. The papers include meeting minutes and program information from various committees and organizations, typescript drafts of articles and essays, and performance notes and script drafts from plays directed by Huerta. The majority of the collection is made up of materials from numerous Latino Theatre projects in Southern California, including the San Diego Repertory, El Teatro Campesino, El Teatro Ensemble, and Teatro de la Esperanza. The collection also includes typescript drafts of plays and articles from other Chicano playwrights and scholars. The collection is arranged in eleven series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) WRITINGS BY HUERTA, 3) DIRECTING, 4) TEACHING MATERIALS, 5) COMMITTEES, CONFERENCES, & ORGANIZATIONS, 6) GRANTS, 7) LATINO THEATRE PROJECTS, 8) BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS, 9) PROMPT BOOKS, 10) WRITINGS OF OTHERS, and 11) IMAGES & MEDIA.
    SERIES 1: CORRESPONDENCE
    The CORRESPONDENCE series is arranged alphabetically and includes letters from Carlos Morton, Edit Villarreal, Nicolas Kanellos, and other playwrights, directors, and actors. The majority of the correspondence deals with Huerta's involvement with Latino theatre projects, including letters about casting and directing. This series also contains correspondence between Huerta and various book publishers regarding the numerous books and articles Huerta had written about Chicano theatre.
    SERIES 2: WRITINGS BY HUERTA
    The WRITINGS BY HUERTA series is organized in three subseries: A) Books and Plays; B) Articles, Essays, and Lectures; and C) Student Work.
    A) The Books and Plays subseries contains typescript drafts, reviews, and transcripts from numerous published books and plays written by Huerta, including: La Llorna (1978), Necessary Theatre: Six Plays about the Chicano Experience (1989), and Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth (2000).
    B) The Articles, Essays, and Lectures subseries contains typescript drafts, reprints, and photocopies of published and unpublished articles and essays written by Huerta. This subseries also contains typescript drafts of essays written by Huerta for various lectures he did regarding Chicano theatre.
    C) The Student Work subseries includes essays, class syllabi, and course notes from Jorge Huerta's graduate work at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This subseries is arranged in alphabetical order according to course title.
    SERIES 3: DIRECTING
    The DIRECTING series contains correspondence, typescript drafts, cast lists, and promotional material from various plays that Huerta directed for numerous theatres and playhouses. These plays include: El Jardín, I am Celso, and Deporting the Divas. This series also includes transcripts from interviews for Huerta's video series Necessary Theatre. Materials in this series are arranged in chronological order.
    SERIES 4: TEACHING MATERIALS
    The TEACHING MATERIALS series is organized in two subseries: A) Coursework, and B) Hispanic American Theatre Program.
    A) The Coursework subseries contains course notes, outlines, syllabi, and required reading lists from various courses Huerta taught for both the undergraduate and graduate programs for Theatre and Dance at UCSD. This subseries is arranged in alphabetical order according to course title.
    B) The Hispanic American Theatre Program subseries includes correspondence, workshop notes, program proposals, and promotional material from the Hispanic American Theatre Program, a specialized graduate program at UCSD. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.
    SERIES 5: COMMITTEES, CONFERENCES, & ORGANIZATIONS
    The COMMITTEES, CONFERENCES, & ORGANIZATIONS series contains correspondence, promotional material, and conference notes from numerous theatre organizations and committees. This subseries also includes transcripts of the audiorecordings of the Gardenia Garden Planning Committee from December 1986. Materials in this subseries are arranged in chronological order.
    SERIES 6: GRANTS
    The GRANTS series is made up of grant proposals and applications from state and national grant projects, including travel grants and theatre education grants.
    SERIES 7: LATINO THEATRE PROJECTS
    The LATINO THEATRE PROJECTS series is organized in nine subseries: A) Los Teatros de Aztlan (TENAZ), B) Teatro Ensemble de UCSD, C) Teatro Mecha, D) Teatro Meta, E) South Coast Repertory, F) El Teatro de la Esperanza, G) El Teatro Campesino, H) San Diego Repertory Theatre, and I) Miscellaneous Theatre Companies.
    A) The Los Teatros de Aztlan (TENAZ) subseries includes correspondence, conference notes, festival material, and meeting minutes from the TENAZ theatre group. Materials in this subseries are arranged in chronological order.
    B) The Teatro Ensemble de UCSD subseries contains correspondence, workshop descriptions, and meeting minutes. This subseries also includes European and domestic tour documents for the plays Los Vendidos, Johnny Tenorio, and The Trials of Don Edwardo. These tour documents include tour schedules, contact information, and financial documents.
    C) The Teatro Mecha subseries includes correspondence, meeting minutes, and performance notes. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.
    D) The Teatro Meta subseries contains correspondence, promotional material, and meeting minutes from various plays performed by the Teatro Meta theatre group. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.
    E) The South Coast Repertory subseries contains correspondence, newsclippings, and promotional material. This subseries also contains correspondence and promotional material from the South Coast Repertory's Hispanic Playwrights Project. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.
    F) The El Teatro de la Esperanza subseries includes project outlines, performance outlines, and promotional material from various El Teatro de la Esperanza performances, such as Guadalupe, Octopus, and La Victima. The materials in this subseries are arranged in chronological order.
    G) The El Teatro Campesino subseries contains promotional material, newsclippings, and typescripts of interviews with El Teatro Campesino's founder Luis Valdez. This subseries also contains typscripts and promotional material from various El Teatro Campesino performances, including: Corridos, I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges, Los Vendidos, and Zoot Suit.
    H) The San Diego Repertory Theatre subseries contains correspondence and promotional material regarding numerous performances, including: Bandido!, Burning Patience, Man of the Flesh, and Zoot Suit.
    I) The Miscellanoues Theatre Companies subseries includes correspondence, promotional material, and newsclippings from multiple theatre companies Jorge Huerta was associated with throughout his career. These companies include: Centro Cultural de la Raza, Compañia de Teatro de Alburquerque, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and Mark Taper Forum. This subeseries also contains newsclippings and promotional material from miscellaneous performances, including: Floating Islands and Soldierboy. Material is arranged alphabetically by theatre or organization name.
    SERIES 8: BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL
    The BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL series contains Jorge Huerta's various awards and honors, daily calendars, and typescript drafts of interviews with Huerta.
    SERIES 9: PROMPT BOOKS
    The PROMPT BOOKS series includes prompt books and production notes from numerous plays written by Hispanic playwrights, including Carlos Morton, Estela Portillo-Trambley, and Octavio Solis. In some cases, additional material is included in the files, such as schedules, programs, actor lists, and notes. This series is arranged in alphabetical order by playwright.
    SERIES 10: WRITINGS OF OTHERS
    The WRITINGS OF OTHERS series is organized in two subseries: A) Plays, and B) Articles and Essays.
    A) The Plays subseries contains typescript drafts and photocopies of typescripts from multiple Hispanic playwrights, including Silvia Gonzalez Scherer, Josefina Lopez, Carlos Morton, and Estela Portillo-Trambley. Some typescripts include multiple drafts written by the authors with notes and revisions. This subseries is arranged in alphabetical order.
    B) The Articles and Essays subseries includes typescript drafts of articles and essays and photocopies of published articles written by theatre scholars and researchers. Materials in this subseries are arranged in alphabetical order by author.
    SERIES 11: IMAGES & MEDIA
    The IMAGES & MEDIA series is organized in four subseries: A) Slides; B) Photographs; C) VHS, Beta, & DVD; and D) Audio Recordings.
    A) The Slides subseries contains slides from various Huerta performances, including Blood Wedding, Grass Harp, and Cinderella. Slides in this subseries are arranged in chronological order.
    B) The Photographs subseries contains photographs and negatives from various series throughout the collection. The photographs include images of performances, workshops, and Huerta's personal portraits.
    C) The VHS, Beta & DVD subseries includes videorecordings from performances, student films, and Chicano Theatre Festivals. This subseries is arranged in chronological order.
    D) The Audio Recordings subseries contains reel-to-reel and cassette recordings of performance soundtracks, lectures, and interviews with Jorge Huerta. This subseries includes audiorecordings of interviews with playwrights and directors that Jorge Huerta used for his series Necessary Theatre (1995). This subseries also contains audio recordings of sessions from the Gardenia Garden Planning Committee sessions from 1986.

    Biography

    Jorge Alfonso Huerta was born in Southern California on November 20, 1942. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in Los Angeles, California, in 1960, and then attended California State University, Los Angeles, earning his degree in 1965. Huerta went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Calfornia, Santa Barbara in 1974. Huerta was the first Chicano nationwide to receive his Ph.D. in theatre. In 1975 he joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego as a professor. Huerta was later named UCSD's Associate Chancellor and the University’s first Chief Diversity Officer, serving in that post from 2004 to 2007.
    Huerta published two books, Chicano Theatre: Themes and Forms (1982) and Chicano Drama: Performance, Society, and Myth (2000). He is the author of numerous articles about Chicano theatre, as well as many essays and lectures for theatre groups and universities. Huerta also edited three anthologies of plays, including A Bibliography Of Chicano And Mexican Dance, Drama, And Music (1972) and Nuevos Pasos : Chicano And Puerto Rican Drama (1989).
    Along with teaching and writing, Huerta also directed in theatres across the country, including the San Diego Repertory, Washington D.C.’s Gala Hispanic Theatre, La Compañía de Teatro de Albuquerque, and New York's Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre. His main directoral focus has been Chicano plays, including Deporting the Divas and El Jardín. Through his collaboration efforts he worked with numerous theatre groups, such as El Teatro de la Esperanza, Teatro Meta, and El Teatro Campesino with Luis Valdez.
    Huerta was honored as a Distinguished Scholar at the annual meeting of the American Society for Theatre Research in Boston, and received the Lifetime Achievement in Educational Theatre Award from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in 2008. On May 4, 2009, Huerta was awarded the “Latino Spirit Award” from the State Assembly for his leading authority on contemporary Chicana/o and US Latina/o theatre.

    Restrictions

    Original audiorecordings and videorecordings located in Series 11: IMAGES & MEDIA, are restricted. Researchers must request user copies be produced.

    Acquisition Information

    Not Available

    Preferred Citation

    Jorge Huerta Papers, MSS 142. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Anaya, Rudolfo A.
    Chávez, Denise
    Conboy, Roy
    Fernandez, Evelina
    Gonzalez S., Silvia
    Huerta, Jorge A. -- Archives
    López, Josephina, 1969-
    Moraga, Cherríe
    Reyes, Guillermo A.
    Rodríguez Solís, Eduardo
    Villarreal, Edit
    Mexican American theater