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Alarcón (Norma) papers
BANC MSS 2017/189  
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Series 1. Biographical Information and Personalia circa 1972-2011

Physical Description: Carton 1; Carton 8, folders 27-28

Scope and Content Note

Includes curriculum vitaes, bio-bibliographies, an interview, photographs, address books, engagement calendars, notebooks, and postcards. Please note that the notebooks and academic planners contain both personal and professional information.
Carton 1, Folder 1-4

Curriculum Vitae, Bio-Bibliographies, Data for CVs and Bio-Bibs circa 1981-2006

Carton 1, Folder 5

“Norma Alarcón: At the Forefront of Chicana/Latina Feminist Literary Criticism,” Juanita Heredia, Dissertation Proposal 1996

Carton 1, Folder 6

Newspaper Clippings 1984-1999

Carton 1, Folder 7

Journal Excerpts 1992

Carton 1, Folder 8

Interview with Alarcón, Ramón Saldívar, Alicia Schmidt Camacho 1994

Carton 1, Folder 9

Name Change 1972

Carton 1, Folder 10-12

Photographs 1987-2004, undated

Carton 1, Folder 13-21

Address Books/Academic Planners/Engagement Calendars circa 1983-2004

Carton 1, Folder 22-29

Notebooks, including Spain, and Notes for Gender and Globalization circa 1983-2011, undated

Carton 8, Folder 27-28

Postcards, Note Cards, Bookmarks, and Liner Notes circa 1970s-2005


Series 2. Correspondence 1969-2013

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 1-23; Carton 8, folders 29-32

Scope and Content Note

There is a small amount of personal mail, and outgoing letters, but the bulk is incoming professional correspondence, including related materials. Correspondence can also be found in other series.
Carton 2, Folder 1

Anatole, Anton, and Steve Martinot 1997-2000

Carton 2, Folder 2

Anzaldúa, Gloria 1989-1999

Carton 2, Folder 3-4

Cisneros, Sandra, includes Vitae, Writings 1985-1994, 2013

Carton 8, Folder 29-32

Cisneros, Sandra – Binder circa 1991-2009

Carton 2, Folder 5

Duke University Press/Ken Wissoker – "T(r)opographies of Hunger" 1995

Carton 2, Folder 6

González, Manuel 2012

Carton 2, Folder 7

Joysmith, Claire 1994-1997

Carton 2, Folder 8

Leante, César 1988-1991

Carton 2, Folder 9-10

Martinot, Steve, includes Article 1996-2000

Carton 2, Folder 11

Mesilla Valley Tumblewords Project (MVTP) 1996

Carton 2, Folder 12

Moraga, Cherríe circa 1984-1992

Carton 2, Folder 13

“Signs” Discussion Group (Email) 1997

Carton 2, Folder 14

Umpierre, Luz María circa 1987-1992

Carton 2, Folder 15-17

Personal Correspondence and Cards circa 1979-2007

Carton 2, Folder 18-22

Professional Correspondence 1969-2013, undated

Carton 2, Folder 23

Professional Email 1997-2013


Series 3. Third Woman Press circa 1980-2013

Physical Description: Carton 2, folders 24-53; Carton 3, folder 1-29

Scope and Content Note

Includes administrative materials, correspondence, and materials related to Third Woman Press pubications.

Correspondence and Administrative Records

Carton 2, Folder 24

Agosín, Marjorie circa 1992

Carton 2, Folder 25

Bergholz, Susan 1990-1992

Carton 2, Folder 26

Chicana Feminist Theory/Carla Trujillo 1993-1994

Carton 2, Folder 27

Curiel, Barbara Brinso 1988-1989

Carton 2, Folder 28

“Este Puente” 1988-1989

Carton 2, Folder 29

Fichter, Estrella 1996-1998

Carton 2, Folder 30

Latinas on Stage circa 1994-1999

Carton 2, Folder 31

Opiat, Jim 1992-1994

Carton 2, Folder 32

Peña, Terri de la 1994-1997

Carton 2, Folder 33

Woodruff, Joan Leslie circa 1990-2001

Carton 2, Folder 34-37

Correspondence 1981-2005, undated

Carton 2, Folder 38-40

Correspondence and Related Materials, including Publishing Agreements, Writings 1981-2013, undated

Scope and Content Note

These records are primarily from Third Woman Press, but there may be materials related to other aspects of Alarcón's professional career in these files.
Carton 2, Folder 41

Reviews and Articles re: Third Woman Press Publications and Third Woman Journal circa 1980-1996

Carton 2, Folder 42-44

Public Relations, including Catalogs, Fundraisers, Postcards circa 1981-2002

Carton 2, Folder 45-47

Administrative Records and Correspondence 1982-2002, undated

Carton 2, Folder 48

California Sales Tax and Seller's Permit 1989-1997

Carton 2, Folder 49

Contracts 1990-1997

Carton 2, Folder 50

Third Woman Arts Project, including Articles of Incorporation 2001, undated

Carton 2, Folder 51

“Hoenaje a las veteranas: Healing Our Wounds through Third Woman Press” circa 2004

Carton 2, Folder 52

Reading the Empire 2007, undated



Carton 2, Folder 53

"Dictee," by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha circa 1993-1994

Carton 3, Folder 1-2

"The Third Wave: Feminist Perspectives on Racism" circa 1988-1991

Carton 3, Folder 3-29

"This Bridge Called My Back" – Republication 1999-2002

Scope and Content Note

Includes correspondence, administrative and artwork files, contracts, editors' essays and dedications, and files re: the conference and celebration, "Practicing Transgression: Radical Women of Color in the 21st Century." Artists represented are Ana Mendieta, Marsha Gomez, Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie, Yolanda Lopez, Betye Saar, Judy Baca, Theresa Cha, Nereida Garcia-Ferraz, Eva Garcia, Liliana Wilson Grez, Ester Hernandez, Happy Hyder, Betty Kano, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Faith Ringgold, Fan Warren, Jean Weisinger, and Gloria Rodriguez.

Series 4. Writings circa 1966-2012

Physical Description: Carton 3, folders 3-68; Carton 4; Carton 5, folders 1-26


Arranged alphabetically by title or topic.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of articles, book chapters, book reviews, conference presentations, Alarcón's dissertation and related materials (correspondence and transcripts of tapes), interviews conducted by Alarcón, notes, poetry, reprints, and talks. There are many drafts and varied versions of the same works (sometimes with different titles). The notes in this series may also be for course lectures. Interviewees include Ana Castillo, Barbara Brinson-Pineda, Pat Mora, Cherríe Moraga, Lorna D. Cervantes, Gloria Anzaldúa, M.A., M.G., and I.Z.
Carton 3, Folder 3-68

A-L ("Anzaldúa’s Chronicles: Inscribing Gynetics"-"Latina Feminist Testimonios: Papelitos Guardados") circa 1982-2007

Carton 4, Folder 1-65

L-W ("Latina Writers in the United States: Introduction”-“The Work of Armando Rascón,”) circa 1966-2012

Carton 4, Folder 66-76

Notes 1985-1999, undated

Scope and Content Note

Notes re: writing, teaching, seminars, projects, and readings. Topics include "from Chiapas to Califas" (in Carton 4); Mary Wollstonecraft; net discourse on women; Cortazar and Unamuno; Minority Discourse seminar; Chicana subjection; resistance; Coyolxauhqui-Anzaldúa; environment – reinventing nature; Gayatri Spivak; academic and theoretical; and Chulas Fronteras (in Carton 5). Most folders of notes were unlabeled, but when they were there, original titles were retained.
Carton 5, Folder 1-26

Notes circa 1989-2001, undated


Series 5. Course Materials circa 1986-2003

Physical Description: Carton 5, folders 27-68; Carton 6, folders 1-17

Scope and Content Note

Includes background materials, email, lectures, notes, readers, and syllabi for UC Berkeley classes in Chicano Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, Spanish, and Women's Studies. Topics include Chiapas; Chicana women writers; seminars on Mexico and Latin America; race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality; Third World/Third Text/Third Space; modernity and postmodernity; and cultural representations of gender.
Carton 5, Folder 27-64

Chicano Studies, English, Ethnic Studies, Spanish, and Women's Studies 1986-2006

Carton 5, Folder 65-68

Course Readers in Chicano Studies and Ethnic Studies 1987-1994

Carton 6, Folder 1-17

Course Readers in Ethnic Studies, Spanish, Women's Studies, and Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) 1990-2003, undated


Series 6. Administrative Materials 1985-2005

Physical Description: Carton 6, folders 18-20; Carton 7, folders 1-29

Scope and Contents

Includes departmental files from Chicano Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Women's Studies, and files related to Alarcón's academic career.
Carton 6, Folder 18-20

Chicano Studies, Departmental Files circa 1990-2003

Carton 7, Folder 1-20

Ethnic Studies, Departmental Files circa 1992-2003

Scope and Content Note

Includes colloquia; curricula; definitions; a Faculty Interview Project; materials related to meetings, the Ethnic Studies Research Center, and strategic planning. Some materials are also related to Chicano, Chicana, and Latina Studies.
Carton 7, Folder 21-25

Women’s Studies, Departmental Files/Beatrice Bain Research Center 1991-2003

Carton 7, Folder 26

Personnel Correspondence – Purdue and University of California, Berkeley 1985-1988

Carton 7, Folder 27-29

Promotion/Retention, Academic Review/Promotion 1990-2005


Series 7. Professional Activities 1984-2013

Physical Description: Carton 7, folders 30-43; Carton 8, folders 1-26


Arranged (roughly) chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials related to conferences Alarcón was invited to speak at and to professional work she did outside the University of California, Berkeley. Please note there is some overlap with Series 3, Writings.
Carton 7, Folder 30-32

Conference Programs (for Conferences where Alarcón Presented) 1984-2011, undated

Carton 7, Folder 33-34

Invited Papers 1986-2008, undated

Carton 7, Folder 35

National Institute of Chicana Writers 1986-1987

Carton 7, Folder 36

Different Voices Summer Institute 1987-1988

Carton 7, Folder 37-39

Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS), including Conference 1988-2006

Carton 7, Folder 40

University of California Chicano/Latino Consortium (UCCLC) 1989

Carton 7, Folder 41-43

University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) – Irvine 1989-1998

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials re: Minority Discourse Seminar, Administering the Humanities/Disciplinary Forum, and the conferences "The Chicano Writes: On Word and Film" and "Private Culture, Public Policy." (In Cartons 7 and 8)
Carton 8, Folder 1-3

University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) – Irvine circa 1991-1998

Carton 8, Folder 4-5

Modern Language Association (MLA) Panel/Asilomar Conference 1990, 1993

Carton 8, Folder 6

Latina Feminist Comparative Research, West Coast Group 1994

Carton 8, Folder 7-8

Globalization and Culture Program/Globalization and Collective Action 1994, 1996

Carton 8, Folder 9-11

Ford Foundation Curriculum Grant 1996-1998

Scope and Content Note

Includes materials re: conferences on Gender and Globalization, International Studies, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Globalization (Organized Research Units).
Carton 8, Folder 12

Grants, including Ford Foundation 1997-1999

Carton 8, Folder 13

Feminisms in Latin America 1996

Carton 8, Folder 14

Traces (Journal) circa 1996-1997

Carton 8, Folder 15

Organized Research Units (ORU) 1997-1999

Carton 8, Folder 16-25

Conference Materials 1997-2002

Scope and Content Note

Conferences include: Making and Unmaking of Whiteness; Empowering Women of Color; Crossing Over: Third World Liberation Front Strike; Performing Unnatural Acts – Critically Queering Racial Cultural Studies; Barcelona; The Color of Violence; Future of Women’s Studies; Police and Prisons; and The Routes of Culture.
Carton 8, Folder 26

El Mundo Zurdo – Conference Honoring the Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldúa 2010-2013

oversize_folder 1A-2B, oversize_box 1

Series 8. Posters, Broadsides and Artwork 1984-2003, undated

Physical Description: Oversize folders 1A, and 2B; oversize box 1

Scope and Content Note

Folder 1A includes posters for Ana Castillo Regent's Lecture and the "Oppositional Wetness: Mujeres Living Theory" conference at UC Berkeley, 1997; “Canto Florida,” by Cherrie Moraga, with original drawing by Celia Herrera Rodriguez, 1998; "This Bridge Called My Back," publication and conference posters, 2002-2003; “Protocolo de Verduras,” Lucha Corpi broadsides, undated; and drawings of two nudes, undated.
Folder 2 B includes “Tejido de los Desaparacidos,” Ester Hernandez, 1984 (signed); "La Ofrenda II," Ester Hernandez, 1990 (signed and numbered); an anti-apartheid calendar, Malaquias Montoya, 1985 (signed); Voices of la Mujer: Contemporary Latina Writers Festival, 1990; Noche de Estrellas, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1992; “Mujer de Mucha Enigma,” Yreina Cervántez poster – with message for Norma, numbered 2/5, 1999; and an unidentified painting.
Oversize Box 1 contains "The Blue Ladies," a reproduction of a fresco from Crete (original dates from approximately 1500 B.C.)
Carton 9

Series 9. Audiovisual Materials 1981-1997, undated

Physical Description: Carton 9

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Access to audio-visual materials may be restricted due to technical limitations.

Scope and Content Note

Audiocassettes and VHS videotapes. Audiotapes include Lucha Corpi, [interview], 1991; Lisa Lowe/Norma Alarcón, 1992; Entrevista Matilde Landeta, June 1991; Matilde Landeta -- Speak for Myself Conference, March 1992; Rosario Castellanos reads “El Trato de las Corrientes Lit of Mex.,” undated; Spanish: Rosario Castellanos Talks on Writers & Lit, undated; Spanish 412 Lectures, Dr. Castellanos, February-May 1967; Muestras Dialectales, Parts I-II, undated; Carlos Monsivás [LACMA] talk, "Art and Popular Art": Mexico Splendors of 30 Centuries, November 3, 1991; Guillermo Gomez-Peña at Highways, Venice, CA, November 1991; Minority Discourse I, with Gomez-Pena and [Fronnet], February 25, 1992; Minority Discourse I, with Clifford and Poster, February 11, 1992; Two Letters/Never Marry a Mexican, aired on KCRW, 1993; Sandra Cisneros, [interview?], San Antonio, Texas, 1991; Three Poems of Sandra Cisneros, set by Geoffrey Wilcken, undated; Speaking for the Subject -- Stuart Hall, May 1989; Maria Limón, August 1991; Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About, interview on Women Hold Up Half the Sky, KALX, undated; Lit Crit -- [Sonia/Diaza/Yvone] Me, August 1991; Ana Castillo/Lucha Corpi, April 18-19, 1986; Norma Alarcón/Anzaldúa, March 1992; History of Consciousness Meeting, October 1988; and Lucha Villa (Bola de Nieve), undated. Of note are the Ethnic Studies Curriculum Faculty Interviews conducted by Juana María Rodríguez (with Margarita Melville, Ron Takaki, Cara Sue Kidwell, Terry Wilson, Julia Curry Rodriguez, Mario Barrera, Ling-Chi Wang, Carolos Muños, Michael Omi, David Lloyd, and Elaine Kim), Spring 1993.
Videotapes include Americas, undated; Zoot Suit, 1981 [copy of feature film]; New World Border, 1997; Surviving Columbus, undated; Watsonville on Strike, 1989 [copy of documentary]; interview – either with Norma Alarcón or Irum Shiekh, Summer 1999; Private Face of the [Nation], undated; La Carpa, undated; "Guatelmalan Reflections," Rigoberta Menchú. talk at the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley, April 2000; Shoot for the Contents, Trinh T, Minh-ha, 1991; and the following from Canal 6 de Julio: Bienvenidos a Bordo: Convencion Nacional Democratica, August 1994; La Guerra de Chiapas, 1994; Abriendo Surco la Situacion Indigena en Mexico, 1994; ACTEAL: estratagia de muerte, circa 1995-1997; and Chiapas, Diálogo bajo amenaza, circa 1995-1997.