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Guide to the Mario T. Garcia Chicano Collection MS 205
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Processing Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Biographical / Historical Notes
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Title: Mario T. Garcia Chicano Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS 205
    Contributing Institution: San Diego History Center Document Collection
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7.75 Linear feet (12 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1956-1976
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
    Abstract: This collection contains papers relating to the professional and political life of Chicano scholar and historian Mario T. Garcia during his years in San Diego in the early 1970s.
    creator: Garcia, Mario T.

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The San Diego History Center (SDHC) holds the copyright to any unpublished materials. SDHC Library regulations do apply.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Katrina White on July 10, 2012.
    Collection processed as part of grant project supported by the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) with generous funding from The Andrew Mellon Foundation.

    Preferred Citation

    Mario T. Garcia Chicano Collection, MS 205, San Diego History Center Document Collection, San Diego, CA.


    Collection is arranged into ten series:
    Series I: Mario Garcia Personal Papers
    Series II: SDSU Educational Papers
    Series III: UCSD Educational Papers
    Series IV: San Jose State College and Sacramento State College Papers
    Series V: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MECHA) Papers
    Series VI: Cultural and Political Papers
    Series VII: Articles and Magazines
    Series VIII: Collegiate Newspapers (English)
    Series IX: Community Newspapers (English)
    Series X: Newspapers (Bilingual and Spanish)
    Items within each series are arranged by subject, except for Series VIII-X which are arranged alphabetically.

    Scope and Content

    This collection contains the personal and professional papers of Chicano scholar Mario T. Garcia during his time in San Diego in the early to mid-1970s. It also includes documents and ephemera related to the San Diego Chicano community, and the Chicano and anti-war movements of the early 1970s. There are educational papers from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), San Diego State University (SDSU), and Sacramento and San Jose State Colleges, all of which Garcia taught at during his graduate studies. The collection also includes a vast compilation of local, state and national community newspapers and periodicals, as well as numerous collegiate newspapers and publications from UCSD, SDSU, San Jose and Sacramento State. Documents of note include rare original flyers and posters related to the Delano grape boycott and other United Farm Workers activities, as well as posters and ephemera from the general Chicano movement and the Chicano anti-war movement.

    Biographical / Historical Notes

    Mario T. Garcia received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in History at the University of Texas, El Paso. He went on to receive his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. While going to school for his Ph.D., Garcia was a lecturer in Chicano Studies and History at San Diego State University. He held that position from 1970 to 1974. While teaching at SDSU, he was involved in the campaign to establish a Center for Chicano Studies on-campus, while also working closely with the student-run organization MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán). He was also active in the Open Admissions controversy at SDSU, and the movement surrounding Third College at UCSD, as well as a member of the Young Socialist Alliance and Raza contra la Guerra. Garcia was awarded his Ph.D. in history in 1975 based on his doctoral dissertation titled “Obreros: the Mexican workers of El Paso, 1900-1920.” In 1975, he began working at the University of California, Santa Barbara as Acting Assistant Professor of Chicano Studies and History, where he continues to teach today. His other teaching positions included teaching at Third College at the University of California, San Diego and at San Jose State College. Garcia also taught at Yale briefly from 1990 to 1992, later returning to his position as a faculty member at UC Santa Barbara. Along with being a professor of Chicano Studies, Garcia has written a variety of articles for publication and was involved in composing the anthology entitled New Perspectives on Chicano History. Garcia currently serves as the Director of the Latino Leadership Project and the Research Liaison between the Department of Chicano Studies and the Center for Chicano Studies at UCSB. A 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and Fullbright Scholar, Garcia has received numerous book awards including the 1998 Virginia McCormick Scully Literary Award and the 1981 and 1990 Southwest Book Awards. Some of his books include Desert Immigrants: The Mexicans of El Paso, 1880-1920 (1981), Mexican Americans: Leadership, Ideology, and Identity, 1930-1960 (1989), Católicos: Resistance and Affirmation in Chicano Catholic History (2008) and Blowout: Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice (2011).

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Accession numbers 741202, 750129, 761207, 770101.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Association of Chicano Historians.
    Barrio, Raymond
    Buenaventura, Enrique
    California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation.
    Camejo, Antonio
    Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993
    Chicano Council on Higher Education.
    Cortes, Carlos E.
    Freire, Paulo, 1921-1997
    Galarza, Ernesto, 1905-1984
    Garcia, Mario T.
    Garcia, Richard
    Gonzales, Rodolpho, 1928-2005
    Guzman, Ralph C.
    Halstead, Fred
    Jenness, Linda
    Lorenz, Jim
    National Caucus of Chicano Social Scientists (U.S.).
    Nunez Tellez, Rene
    Olivarez, Elizabeth
    Ortiz, Ricardo Chavez
    Palomar College.
    Puente, Alberto G.
    Raza Unida Party (U.S.).
    Rios, Santiago, R
    Rodriquez, Armando M.
    Rodriquez, Olga
    Ruiz, Raul
    Salazar, Ruben, 1928-1970
    San Diego City College.
    San Diego Historical Society.
    San Diego State University.
    San Jose State University.
    Socialist Workers Party.
    Stanford University.
    Thompson, Hunter S.
    United Farm Workers of America.
    University of California, Berkeley.
    University of California, Los Angeles.
    University of California, San Diego.
    University of California, Santa Barbara.
    University of Colorado, Boulder.
    University of Texas at El Paso.
    Young Socialist Alliance (U.S.).
    Anti-war demonstrations
    Berkeley (Calif.)
    Boulder (Colo.)
    Chicano literature
    Chicano movement
    El Paso (Tex.)
    Fullerton (Calif.)
    Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970
    Los Angeles (Calif.)
    Mexican Americans -- Education
    Mexican Americans -- Study and teaching
    Sacramento (Calif.)
    San Diego (Calif.)
    San Jose (Calif.)
    Santa Barbara (Calif.)
    Tijuana (Baja California, Mexico)