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Guide to Confederation of La Raza Organizations collection CEMA 31
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  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Use Restrictions
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note

  • Title: Confederation of La Raza Organizations collection
    Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 31
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 linear feet (2 boxes, 1 oversize box)
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1980
    Abstract: This collection consists of two series that document the history of the Confederation of La Raza Organizations within Santa Barbara. It is mostly comprised of newsletters, publications, action plans, announcements, and correspondence from the organization.
    Physical Location: Del Norte
    Language of Materials: The collection is in English.
    General Physical Description note: 2 document boxes, 1 oversized box

    Conditions Governing Access note

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    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

    [Identification of Item], Confederation of La Raza Organizations Collection, CEMA 31. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Carmelita Pickett; completed August 2001

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by the Center for Chicano Studies, circa 1980

    Biographical/Historical note

    In the late 1970's several local Latino advocacy groups in Santa Barbara united to form C.O.R.O. (Confederation of La Raza Organizations). C.O.R.O. began with over one hundred members representing a spectrum of Spanish-speaking groups, which included the Association of Mexican American Educators, Casa-Hermandad General de Trabajadores, CINAC, La Casa de la Raza, El Congreso, La Escuela Tiburcio Vasquez, Hermanas Mujeres Unidas, Migrant Parents Council, SBCC Junta Directiva, and the UCSB Chicano Caucus. The creation of C.O.R.O. symbolized the need for a unified voice to assert the needs of the Mexican/Chicano population in Santa Barbara. C.O.R.O. identified employment, housing, social services, legal assistance, and education as pressing key issues that would be addressed by the organization. C.O.R.O. recognized that the Mexican/Chicano community needed political clout and solidarity in order to challenge the status quo of Santa Barbara.

    Scope and Contents note

    The collection includes newsletters, government publications, action plans, announcements and correspondence and news articles. It is arranged in two series. Series I: Organizational Activity is arranged alphabetically by folder title. This series consists of fifteen folders. The series contains statistical data and information on government sponsored housing resources for communities, government publications related to community development, and federal housing laws. Series II: Newsletters and Publications is arranged alphabetically by folder title; it provides important material that document C.O.R.O.'s fight for equal housing, civil rights, and education. It includes numerous news articles and newsletters that document boycotts, school reform, zoning and housing proposals that affected the Mexican/Chicano community in Santa Barbara during the late nineteen seventies. The oversize box contains several issues of Today, a Goleta community newspaper.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Mexican Americans -- California -- Santa Barbara
    Mexican Americans -- Economic conditions
    Mexican Americans -- Education
    Mexican Americans -- Politics and government
    Mexican Americans -- Social conditions