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Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs Records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Related Material
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs Records
    Dates: 1967-2018
    Collection number: H.Rss.0178
    Extent: 16.4 Linear Feet (12 record cartons, 11 document boxes)
    Repository: Claremont Colleges. Library. Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, CA 91711.
    Abstract: Includes records of the Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center) beginning with the establishment of the center in 1969. Records have been added consecutively every year and include a range of materials, from publications to financial statements, as well as correspondence and promotional material for social events. Student involvement in campus events and political activism are also reflected in newspaper clippings, flyers and other materials in the collection.
    Physical location: Please consult repository.
    Language of Material: Languages represented in the collection: English and Spanish.

    Administrative Information


    This collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs Records (H.Rss.0178). Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont, California.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Acquired from the Chicano Latino Student Affairs office (Chicano Studies Center) of the Claremont University Consortium.


    Materials are added to the collection by the office of Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center) on an annual basis.

    Processing Information

    Arranged and processed by Special Collections staff.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Since its formation in 1969 and through its various manifestations, the Chicano Latino Student Affairs center has provided academic and student affairs support to the Chicano/Latino community of The Claremont Colleges. The center was originally established as the Mexican-American Studies Center in response to the Chicano student struggle. Though the name changed in 1971 to the Chicano Studies Center, the mission of meeting the needs of Chicano students remained constant. With a growing Chicano student population at the colleges, the center focused on academic support and retention.
    Over the years, the center was housed in various places throughout the campus and its leadership structure took on different forms. Originally headed by a director and dean of students, the center became two entities in 1980. The first was the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano Studies (IDCS), headed by a faculty chair, and the second was the Chicano Student Affairs Center, run by a director/dean, assistant dean, and administrative staff.
    From 2004-2005, the newly renamed office of Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA), went through a process of reviewing its programs. The result of the review process was to increase social/cultural programming throughout the colleges. New social/cultural activities that were added include Latino Heritage Month celebrations and the Cesar Chavez Commemoration. Academic and mentoring activities such as the CLSA Sponsor Program, lectures, alumni sessions, community lunches, and leadership development programs were also developed to enrich the students' college experience.
    Chicano Latino Student Affairs has been and continues to be an integral part of the Claremont Colleges community through its advancement of Chicano/Latino studies and the celebration of Chicano/Latino heritage. Through its promotion of the concept of "Familia" within the college consortium, CLSA supports the academic success and personal development of Chicano/Latino students.

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    The collection is made up of records from the office of Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center). The records include correspondence between directors, center staff, college administrators, etc., along with other administrative materials such as budget reports and meeting minutes. Publications produced by the center and part of the collection include the "Chispas" newsletter, the Chicano Studies Center Chapbook, informational brochures, and promotional calendars. Planning and promotional materials for events hosted by the center are also in the collection, including Dia de la Familia, Chicano Graduation, and Dia de los Muertos. There are also newspaper clippings, flyers, correspondence and other materials related to student activism.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Boxes 1 and 2 were the original accessions for the collection and cover a multitude of years. The remaining boxes are arranged by academic year, e.g. 1981-1982, and the folders pertaining to each year are sorted alphabetically. The collection was received in this order and has been maintained as such.

    Related Material

    The following publications of Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center) are located in the Claremont Colleges periodicals collection of Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library:
    • Chicano Studies Center Calendar (1985-86 to 1992-93 and 1996-97)
    • Chispas Newsletter (1979-80 to 2012-13)
    • Chicano Studies Center Handbook (1976-77 to 1977-78 and 1980-81 to 1984/85)
    • La Cronica (October 1974 – 1975)
    The following collections located in the college archives of Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library contain some relational materials to this collection:
    • Claremont Colleges Black Student Affairs Records, H.Rss.0129
    • Claremont Colleges Black Studies and Chicano Studies Center Protest Papers, H.Rss.0128

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library’s online public access catalog.

    Subject Terms

    Claremont Colleges
    Chicano archives
    Chicano movement - California
    Claremont University Consortium
    College student development programs
    Latino studies
    Student affairs services
    Student newspapers and periodicals
    Students - political activity

    Genre and Form of Materials

    Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
    Financial statements