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Guide to the Willie Varela Papers, ca. 1960-1995
Special Collections M0785  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Willie Varela Papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1960-1995
    Collection number: Special Collections M0785
    Creator: Varela, Willie.
    Extent: 6.5 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased, 1995.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item] Willie Varela Papers, M0785, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    A prolific and noted Super-8 filmmaker, programmer, and advocate. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Varela's extensive public programming as founder and director of SWAMP-El Paso (Southwestern Alternative Media Project) became the subject of a bitter censorship struggle, receiving national attention. Since the mid-1980s, his work has become increasingly political and since 1992 he has turned to Hi-8 video as well as narrative. Throughout his career, Varela's work has explored social space and cultural identity from the perspective of a deeply historical understanding of both experimental film/video and Chicano culture in South Texas.

    Scope and Content

    Correspondence, manuscripts and publications of essays in support of Super-8 film and of the media arts, scripts, notebooks, clipping files, exhibition flyers and books, journal publications, audiotapes of interviews (four of Varela, three by Varela of Paul Sharits, Stan Brakhage, and Andrej Zdravic), and videotapes.

    Access Terms

    Anger, Kenneth.
    Baillie, Bruce.
    Barrie, Dianne.
    Brabner, Wendy.
    Brakhage, Stan.
    Broughton, James.
    Cannon, Terry.
    Clancy, Patrick.
    Dick, Vivienne.
    Doberman, Gary.
    Doby, Alex.
    Espana, Frances Salome.
    Friedman, Adele.
    Friedrich, Su.
    Gamboa, Harry, Jr.
    Gardner, Chris.
    Gerstein, David.
    Gekiere, Madeline.
    Gottheim, Larry.
    Gidal, Peter.
    Greenfield, Amy.
    Guttenplan, Howard.
    Haslanger, Martha.
    Herrera, Raul Lopez.
    Hudina, Chuck.
    Huot, Robert.
    Jost, Jon.
    Keller, Marjorie.
    Kilchesty, Albert.
    Kren, Kurt.
    Kuchar, George.
    Lattanzi, Barbara.
    Lee, David.
    Lerman, Richard.
    Lerner, Jesse.
    Lipzin, Janis.
    Lyon, Danny.
    MacDonald, Scott.
    Mekas, Jonas.
    Murphy, J.J.
    Nava, Greg.
    Poe, Amos.
    Posner, Bruce.
    Rubin, Peter.
    Sabal, Robert.
    Scaff, Bill.
    Schneemann, Carolee.
    Schneider, Rosalind.
    Sharits, Paul.
    Sondheim, Alan.
    Strand, Chick.
    Vasquez, Gustavo.
    Vasulka, Woody.
    Vigil, Carmen.
    White, John.
    Zdravic, Andrej.
    Canyon Cinema Cooperative.
    Creative Arts Public Service Program.
    Encounter Cinema.
    Santa Barbara Independent Film Museum.
    Mexican American art.
    Mexican Americans.
    Audio tapes.
    Motion picture plays.
    Video recordings.