Guide to Confederation of La Raza Organizations collection CEMA 31

Finding aid prepared by Carmelita Pickett
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
Phone: (805) 893-3062
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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


Series I: Organizational Activity

Box 1, Folder 1

Affirmative Action/Civil Rights 1977-1980

Box 1, Folder 2

Arroyo Case 1978

Box 1, Folder 3

Casa de La Raza 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 4

Community Development Part I 1975-1978

Box 1, Folder 5

Community Development Part II 1977-1979

Box 1, Folder 6

C.O.R.O. Correspondence 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 7

Education Committee 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 8

Election Committee 1978-1979

Box 2, Folder 1

General Membership Meeting Notes 1975-1979

Box 2, Folder 2

Health Issues 1979-1980

Box 2, Folder 3

Housing 1977-1979

Box 2, Folder 4

Immigration Action Committee 1978

Box 2, Folder 5

Steering Committee 1978-1979

Box 2, Folder 6

U.D.A.G. (Urban Development Action Grant) 1978

Box 2, Folder 7

Voting Rights Committee 1978


Series II: Newspapers and Publications

Box 2, Folder 9

Newsletters (related organizations) 1978-1979

Box 2, Folder 10

Newspaper Clippings 1978-1980

Box 3

Today newspaper (oversized container) 1979

Box 2, Folder 8

C.O.R.O. Newsletters 1979