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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Preferred Citation
  • Related Materials
  • Scope and Contents
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Cecilia Preciado Burciaga papers
    Creator: Burciaga, Cecilia Preciado, 1945-2013
    Identifier/Call Number: M2229
    Physical Description: 38 Linear Feet (71 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1952-2006
    Abstract: One of the first high-ranking Chicana administrators at a private university, Cecilia P. Burciaga (1945-2013) was a leader in civil rights and education.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual and born-digital materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.
    Please note: Box 43 contains files related to student work and financial aid and is CLOSED for research until 2051.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchase; 2017. Accession MSS 2017-147

    Biographical / Historical

    One of the first high-ranking Chicana administrators at a private university, Cecilia Preciado Burciaga (1945-2013) was a leader in civil rights and education who inspired generations of students during a twenty year career at Stanford University and later California State University-Monterey Bay. Her advocacy and mentoring extended to participation in various organizations and conferences (including the landmark 1977 National Women's Conference), and she was was also a frequent public speaker.
    Born in Pomona, California to Mexican immigrant parents, Burciaga earned a bachelor's degree in Spanish, English and linguistics from California State University-Fullerton in 1967 and a secondary teaching credential in 1968. She earned a master's degree in policy studies in education from the University of California-Riverside in 1972. Before arriving at Stanford, she was a social science research analyst for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C. and worked for the Interagency Committee on Mexican-American Affairs.
    Burciaga arrived at Stanford in the summer of 1974 to become assistant to the president and provost for Chicano affairs under President Lyman. She subsequently held many posts at Stanford, including Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Development Officer for Student Affairs. Burciaga and her husband, writer and artist José Antonio "Tony" Burciaga (whose collection Stanford also holds), served for ten years as resident fellows at Casa Zapata, the Chicano-theme dorm.
    Following a messy and controversial dismissal from Stanford in 1994, Burciaga became a founding dean of California State University-Monterey Bay. She first worked in the Office of the President and later as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. In 2002, the university settled on a racial discrimination lawsuit brought by Burciaga and two others. The settlement established a $1.5 million scholarship fund for low-income students from California. Cecilia Burciaga died in 2013 of lung cancer. She was 67 years old. [adapted from: https://news.stanford.edu/news/2013/april/cecilia-burciaga-services-040213.html]

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Cecilia P. Burciaga papers (M2229). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford Libraries, Stanford, California

    Related Materials

    Burciaga was interviewed by the Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/tv687dc7972
    Stanford also holds the papers of her husband, the writer and artist José Antonio "Tony" Burciaga: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8pz5gv8/

    Scope and Contents

    The collection contains correspondence (including email from as far back as 1987-1988), published and unpublished writing and speech transcripts, articles and publicity featuring Burciaga, and a variety of publications, reports, and organizational materials. There are separate series for both Stanford and CSU-MB materials, the latter containing several boxes related to her discrimination lawsuit. There is a small amount of photographs, but almost no media in the collection.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical and digital items, permission to examine collection materials is not an authorization to publish. These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. Any transmission or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires permission from the owners of rights, heir(s) or assigns.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Hispanic American women -- California -- Biography -- Sources
    Women -- Education (Higher)
    Chicano Community at Stanford University.
    Hispanic Americans -- Education (Higher)
    Stanford University
    Burciaga, José Antonio.