Alurista's collection consists of papers and literary manuscripts demonstrating his work as a literary artist. The collection
contains certificates and awards, essays, articles, general correspondence, and correspondence relating to his book
Flor y Canto en Aztlán. His vast collection of research files show his dedication to poetry and literature, as well as Alurista's interest in Chicano,
Mexican-American, and Native American literature. Also included in this collection is footage of Alurista lecturing and reading
his writings out loud. There are 23 boxes total, and are located in Del Norte.
Alurista is one of the leading literary figures during the Chicano Movement era. He is most well known for his support of
the Chicano Movement through his literature and poetry. Alurista was an early Chicano activist, credited in helping to establish
the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego. During the Chicano Movement Alurista authored significant manifestos of the movement.
He was one of the first poets to establish the concept of Aztlán in his writings, a concept that envisions a return to the
praises of the Aztec civilization. He is also the co-founder of El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) which
when translated, means Chicano student movement of Aztlán, that helped organize the Chicano Studies Program at San Diego State
11.0 linear feet
(22 document boxes and 1 oversize box)
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or
quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given
on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply
permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
The collection is open for research.