Gloria Arellanes Papers

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Los Angeles, California 90032-8300

Descriptive Summary

Title: Gloria Arellanes Papers
Dates: 1967-1979
Collection Number: 2010.001
Creator/Collector: Arellanes, Gloria
Extent: 13.75 linear ft.
Repository: California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California 90032-8300
Abstract: The East Los Angeles Archives (ELAA) is comprised of collections which document the lives and events of a historical community central to the social, political, and cultural history of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States. The ELAA is a program that advances scholarship in Chicano/Latino studies and Los Angeles history through its varied collection of primary research materials. This archives has a special interest in materials documenting the Chicano and Civil Rights movements in East Los Angeles during the 1960s and 1970s.
Language of Material: English


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Preferred Citation

Gloria Arellanes Papers. California State University, Los Angeles

Acquisition Information

Donated by Gloria Arellanes, 2010.

Biography/Administrative History

Gloria Arellanes (1946- ) was born in East Los Angeles and raised in El Monte, California. She attended El Monte High School in the early 1960s and in the mid 1960s she worked in the Neighborhood Adult Participation Project in South Los Angeles. In the late 1960s she became Minister of Finance and Correspondence of the Chicano Brown Beret organization’s founding East Los Angeles Chapter. As Minister of Finance and Correspondence she wrote press releases, letters, and edited La Causa, the East Los Angeles based Brown Beret Newspaper. She also served as administrator of El Barrio Free Clinic and was a member of the National Chicano Moratorium Committee (1969-1970). She attended the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C. (1968), and the Denver Youth Conferences (1969 and 1970). After leaving the Brown Beret organization in early 1970, she organized the women’s group, Las Adelitas de Aztlan. She also coordinated la Clinica del Barrio and continued as a health care worker through the late 1970s. The bulk of the collection includes political flyers and broadsides, newspapers, books, buttons, posters and photographs dating from 1967 to the late 1970s. Documents also include materials related to her role as Minister of Finance and Correspondence and Free Clinic Coordinator, as well as to the founding of Las Adelitas de Aztlan and her involvement in the coordination of La Clinica Familiar del Barrio.

Scope and Content of Collection

This scope and content note represents two initial accessions with the last additions comprising a variety of materials, plus photographs. Gloria Arellanes and Dionne Espinoza [Professor of History, Cal State LA] identified a large percentage of the contents of the files. They placed documents and materials into folders that were assigned topical categories within Series I, Subject Files. The topical categories in Series I were maintained throughout the processing of the collection.

Indexing Terms

Chicano Movement
Chicano Moratorium
Chicano Civil Rights
Arellanes, Gloria
Sanchez, David
Father Luce
Brown Berets
Adelitas de Aztlan
East Los Angeles
Los Angeles

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