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Guide to the Luís Valdez Papers CEMA 71
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  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Series Description
  • Related Collections
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note

  • Title: Luís Valdez Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 71
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 2.0 boxes and audio and video tapes
    Date (inclusive): 1984-1988
    Abstract: The Luís Valdez Papers cover some of his significant accomplishments as a sceenwriter. Included are two editions of a screenplay about the life of Ritchie Valens, originally titled Let's Go! in 1985, then edited and retitled La Bamba! in 1986. The vast majority of his papers have not yet been housed here as they remain in his possession for the time being. Various other files are also included, such as lecture transcripts and slides of his personal life. This collection also contains photos of Chicano youth and other miscellaneous photographs, also included are taped audio recordings of Luís Valdez.
    Location note: Del Norte.
    creator: Valdez, Luis

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Luis Valdez, born on June 26, 1940 in Delano, California is a well-noted playwright and director, generally regarded as the father of Chicano literature and theatre. The son of migrant workers, Valdez became a champion of the United Farm Workers through his leadership as artistic director of El Teatro Campesino, otherwise known as The Farmworkers' Theatre. Valdez's experience in writing came from his education at San Jose State University, where he wrote his first play, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1964. Valdez reached fame through his scripts and productions focusing on Chicano history, including the well-known La Bamba (1987) and Zoot Suit (1978). Both were later adapted into films under his direction. Valdez continues to this day to work as playwright and producer, as well as mentor and teacher to artists of all ages.

    Series Description

    Series I Scripts, 1985-1986
    This series housed in boxes 1 and 2 include copies of drafts of the script Let's Go (later edited to La Bamba!)
    Series II Lectures, 1984-1988
    This series contains various lecture transcripts and a copy of his University of California, Santa Barbara lecture in 1988 entitled, "An Evening with Luis Valdez: The Evolution of an American Original." These are housed in document box 2.
    Series III Slides
    This series contains slides of Luis and Lupe Valdez's wedding located in document box 2.
    Series IV Photographs
    Series three contains photographs of Chicano youth and other miscellaneous photos. Stored in document box 2.
    Series V Audio Recordings, 1984-1988
    This series contains several cassettes and reels of Valdez being interviewed.

    Related Collections

    Other material in Special Collections: El Teatro Campesino Archives (CEMA 005)

    Conditions Governing Access note


    Conditions Governing Use note

    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.

    Preferred Citation note

    Luís Valdez Papers, CEMA 71, Department of Special Collections, University Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.