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Dunbar-Ortiz (Roxanne) papers
BANC MSS 2004/222 z  
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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Accruals
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • System of Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Related Collections
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Separated Materials
  • Publication Rights
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: The Bancroft Library
    Title: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz papers
    Creator: Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939-
    Identifier/Call Number: BANC MSS 2004/222 z
    Physical Description: 13.95 linear feet (9 cartons, 4 boxes, 1 oversize box)
    Date (inclusive): 1965-2018
    Abstract: The Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz papers document her scholarship, professional work, and activism re: indigenous rights (international and national), indigenous peoples in the United States, the Miskitu Indians in Nicaragua, class and racial politics, and feminism. The collection contains correspondence; writings; research files on the Miskitu Indians; subject Files; personalia; and audiovisual materials.
    Language of Material: In English, Spanish, and Miskito.
    Physical Location: Many of the Bancroft Library collections are stored offsite and advance notice may be required for use. For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.

    Restrictions on Access

    Cartons 1-9, boxes 1, 2, and 4, and Oversize Box 1 are open for research. Box 3 includes restricted information and is closed to researchers until 2054.


    Future additions are expected.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz papers were given to The Bancroft Library between 2004 and 2019 by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternative forms of this collection.

    Biographical / Historical

    Activist, historian, and memoirist, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is Professor Emerita of Ethnic Studies at California State University East Bay. She was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1938 and grew up in Central Oklahoma. After receiving her Ph.D. in History at UCLA in 1974, Dunbar-Ortiz taught in the newly-established Native American Studies Program at California State University, Hayward (now CSU East Bay) and helped found the departments of Women’s and Ethnic Studies there. She has been active in the international indigenous movement for decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Dunbar-Ortiz has written extensively about indigenous rights, indigenous peoples in the United States and Central America, racial politics, 1960s social movements, and feminism.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz papers, BANC MSS 2004/222z, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Marjorie Bryer in 2019.

    Related Collections

    Bernard Nietschmann papers (BANC MSS 2010/195)

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz papers document her scholarship, professional work, and activism re: indigenous rights (national and international), indigenous peoples in the United States, the Miskitu Indians in Nicaragua, class and racial politicse and racism, and feminism.
    The collection is divided into 6 series: Correspondence; Writings; Research Files on the Miskitu Indians; Subject Files; Personalia and Biographical Materials; and Audiovisual Materials.
    Original folder titles were retained. Folders are variously labeled “Miskito” and “Miskitu.” Dunbar-Ortiz typically used the latter term, as that is the Miskitu peoples name for themselves.

    Separated Materials

    Digital materials have been transferred to the Digital Collections Unit of The Bancroft Library.

    Publication Rights

    Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user. For additional information about the University of California, Berkeley Library's permissions policy please see: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/about/permissions-policies

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    Access to audio-visual materials may be restricted due to technical limitations.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Miskito Indians -- Government relations.
    Miskito Indians -- History.
    Miskito Indians -- Wars.
    Miskito Indians -- Civil Rights
    Miskito Indians -- Nicaragua
    Miskitu (Indigenous community : North)
    Miskitu (Indigenous community : South)
    Tasba Pri (Nicaragua)
    Indians, Treatment of -- Nicaragua.
    Nicaragua -- Politics and government -- 1979-1990.
    Dakota Indians.
    Indians of North America -- History.
    Indians of North America -- Colonization.
    Feminists -- United States.
    Rural poor -- Oklahoma.
    Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne, 1939- -- Archives.