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  • Historical note
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  • Title: National Network of Hispanic Women archives
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 54
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
    Language of Material: Multiple languages
    Physical Description: 42.92 linear feet (93 document boxes, 1 half-size document box, 1 photograph album, 1 flat-oversized box, and 1 shoebox)
    Creator: National Network of Hispanic Women (U.S.)
    Source: Castillo, Sylvia
    Date (inclusive): 1977-1993
    Abstract: The National Network of Hispanic Women was a non-profit corporation founded in 1980 dedicated to the identification and advancement of Hispanic women for positions of leadership in the public and private sectors. This organization was founded by Sylvia Castillo, the chair of NNHW and editor of Intercambios Femeniles, a publication branch under the organization. Included in this collection are 97 Boxes containing organizational records, correspondence files, photographs, publications, and ephemera.
    Physical Location: A portion of the collection is located at the Southern Regional Library (SRLF) Facility.
    Language of Material: Collection is primarily in English with some material in Spanish.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research. A portion of the collection is stored offsite. Advance notice is required for retrieval.

    Use Restrictions

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Research 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

    [Identification of Item], National Network of Hispanic Women archives, CEMA 54. Department of Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was donated by Sylvia L. Castillo on November 1, 1993.

    Processing Information

    This collection was processed by Mari Khasmanyan, Kristen Villamor, Sylvia Baldwin, Leonardo Vargas, and Husna Sayedi.

    Historical note

    The National Network of Hispanic Women (NNHW), was a national resource center that linked professional women with one another providing role models for young Hispanics.
    According to Sylvia Castillo, founder of NNHW and a UCSB alumnus, the intent of the organization is for the material to be used to encourage and promote the continuation of gender and ethnic studies, feminist research and debate to further the understanding of the socio-political experiences of Hispanic women in American society.
    "For the first generation of college-educated Hispanic women there were no role models or mentors that could help them fill the gap between the experiences of their blue-collar parents and the career choices that a university education provided," said Castillo, who taught the first course on Chicanas at UCSB in 1973.
    Previously, primary sources documenting Hispanic women have been unpublished dissertations and government documents. "Because of the opportunities UCSB had given me to develop myself, I feel that alumni have the responsibility to contribute back to the university," added Castillo. "The collection will provide research initiatives and ensure that the threads of our experiences are not lost."
    Formalized in 1980, the NNHW addressed issues such as developing a national leadership campaign to create a National Federation of Hispanic Women Leaders and Presidents of Volunteer Organizations. The archives consist of organizational records, correspondence files, photographs, publications, reports, and ephemera.

    Scope and Content

    This collection is arranged into 5 series and is listed in alphabetical order.
    Series 1. Administrative files. This series contains internal organizational files including incoming and outgoing correspondence, project proposals, fundraising and financial documentation, seminar and conference organizational material and more.
    Series 2. Publications. This series contains publications published internally as well as externally. Internal files include Intercambios Feminiles, and drafts and writings. External files include statistics on women employment, sex discrimination, health services, women psychology, minorities in business, and more.
    Series 3. Photographs. Included in this series are photographs from various award ceremonies and conferences from around the 1980's. Also included are physical copies of several organizational member resumes.
    Series 4. Audio and visual recordings. This series contains video recordings associated with various events. The audio recordings in this series are commercial audio reels from Jazz artist Gabor Szabo. Also included are tapes from various conferences and seminars related to the organization.
    Series 5. Ephemera. This series contains several miscellaneous collected objects such as: the key to the city Dade, a mug, buttons, etc.


    This collection was archived to maintain its provenance following original naming structures and organization by creator Sylvia Castillo.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Intercambios femeniles (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    Hispanic American women -- History -- 20th century
    Hispanic American women -- Societies, etc.
    Hispanic American leadership
    Administrative records
    Audiovisual materials
    Ephemera (general object genre)
    Publications (documents)
    National Network of Hispanic Women (U.S.) -- Archives
    Castillo, Sylvia