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Guide to the Alurista Papers CEMA 21
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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 College.
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.