Jump to Content

Collection Guide
Collection Title:
Collection Number:
Get Items:
View entire collection guide What's This?
PDF (88.85 Kb) HTML
Search this collection
Collection Details
Table of contents What's This?
  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement Note
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Source of Acquisition
  • Accruals and Additions
  • Related Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Other Descriptive Information
  • Biographical Note

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
    Title: Rita Sanchez Papers
    Creator: Sanchez, Rita
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-0456
    Physical Description: 3.34 Linear Feet
    Date: 1972-2013
    Language of Material: English , Spanish; Castilian .

    Scope and Contents

    The Rita Sanchez Papers (1972-2013) document Sanchez's work while teaching at Mesa Community College and her influence on the Chicano Studies Department there, as well as work done in the San Diego community. The majority of the material dates from 1990-2000 and focuses on student activities and campus events. The collection is divided into two series: Professional Papers and Photographs. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of correspondence, teaching supplements, newspaper clippings, photographs and video recordings.
    The Professional Papers series (1972-2012) includes correspondence, articles, programs, video recordings, teaching materials, and newsletters. Noteworthy materials include Imagenes de la Chicana, a publication inspired by Sanchez's classes, course readers for her La Chicana class, and materials from her induction into the Women's Hall of Fame in 2011.
    The Photographs series (1975-2013) is divided into two sub-series: General Photographs and Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall. The General Photographs sub-series (1975-2011) includes photographs from throughout Rita Sanchez's career. Of particular interest are photographs from events for which Sanchez served as committee chair, which include campus visits by Rosa Parks and Dolores Huerta. Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall (2012-2013) contains a scrapbook and photographs from the wall displayed at the Chicana/o Archive to honor Chicanas throughout the San Diego community.

    Arrangement Note

    I. Professional Papers (1972-2012)
    II. Photographs (1975-2013)
         1. General Photographs (1975-2011)
         2. Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall (2012-2013)

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Source of Acquisition

    Rita Sanchez

    Accruals and Additions

    2010-020, 2010-041, 2012-035, 2013-028

    Related Materials

    Gracia Molina de Pick Papers (1902-2013)
    Maria Nieto Senour Papers (1943-2014)
    Maria Garcia Papers (1968-1997)
    Enriqueta Chavez Papers (1955-2000)
    Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection (1974-1983)

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of item, folder title, box number, Rita Sanchez Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

    Other Descriptive Information

    Please note that this collection was formerly titled the Rita Sanchez Mesa College Collection.

    Biographical Note

    Rita Sanchez was born May 20, 1937 in San Bernardino, California. She attended San Jose State University, majoring in journalism, and earned an M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University in 1974. Later, she pursued her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and was a Ford Foundation Fellow for five years. She was the first to teach a Chicana Studies course at Stanford University where she proposed a Chicana journal, Imagenes de la Chicana, that was published in 1973.  
    Sanchez taught in the Mexican American Studies Department at San Diego State University from 1974-1984 where she edited Vision de la Mujer, a collection of student writings. In 1990, she continued her teaching career at San Diego Mesa Community College. There she served as Chair of the Mesa College Committee Against Racism and of the Chicano Studies Department from 1996-1999. In 2006, Sanchez recommended changing the Chicano Studies Department name at Mesa College to the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Sanchez is currently semi-retired but continues teaching, working on her writings and advocating for acknowledgment of Chicanas and Chicanos in the history of the United States.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Personal Papers