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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: José Antonio Burciaga Papers
    Creator: Burciaga, José Antonio.
    Identifier/Call Number: M2230
    Physical Description: 56 Linear Feet (104 containers)
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1997
    Date (bulk): 1980-1996
    Abstract: José Antonio "Tony" Burciaga was a Chicano writer, artist and poet.

    Biographical / Historical

    After receiving his B.A. in fine arts from the University of Texas El Paso in 1968, Jose Antonio "Tony" Burciaga (1940–1996) began working as an illustrator and graphic arts designer, while also nurturing an interest in poetry. At this time, Burciaga also developed affiliations with the Chicano Movement. In the 70s, he married Cecilia Preciada and moved to the Bay Area, California so Cecilia could work as a dean at Stanford University, where she actively sought to increase the population of Chicano students. In 1985, Tony was granted a residential fellowship at Stanford, and was based at the Latino culture-themed dorm Casa Zapata. At Stanford, Tony further developed his expertise in Chicano poetry and muralism while supporting the growing Chicano Community on campus. In the late 80s up to the time around his passing, Tony also published books of his poems and short stories, granting him success as an author. These works include Weedee Peepo (1988), Drink Cultura (1993), and Spilling the Beans (1995). As an artist and author, Tony Burciaga authentically channeled contemporary popular sentiments of the Chicano Movement and the greater Mexican-American community. Discernable themes in his works across the platforms are issues of Chicano identity and culture, as well as issues concerning Mexican-American civil rights.

    Scope and Contents

    With his artwork, poetry, and writing, Jose Antonio Burciaga was a major contributor to Chicano culture and the Chicano Movement in the Bay Area California during the 1980s-1990s. As a resident fellow at Stanford University, Burciaga engaged with and promoted the artistic and intellectual aspects of "Chicanismo" in the academy. His collection consists of correspondence, writings, artwork, articles and clippings, Chicanismo ephemera, and other materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], José Antonio Burciaga papers (M2230). Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. Note that material must be requested at least 36 hours in advance of intended use. Audiovisual & born-digital materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Conditions Governing Use

    While Special Collections is the owner of the physical 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

    Chicano Community at Stanford University.
    Mexican American art -- California.
    American literature -- Mexican American authors
    Stanford University. Casa Zapata
    Culture Clash (Comedy troupe)