Guide to the Rita Sanchez Papers

Finding Aid Authors: Priscilla Lopez.
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Guide to the Rita Sanchez Papers

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Rita Sanchez Papers
Dates: 1972-2013
Identification: MS-0456
Creator: Sanchez, Rita, 1937-
Physical Description: 3.34 linear ft
Language of Materials: English Spanish;Castilian
Repository: Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA, 92182-8050
Phone: 619-594-6791

Biographical Information:

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.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Personal Papers

Administrative Information

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.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation:

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

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)

Arrangement of Materials:

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

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.

Detailed List of Contents


Professional Papers 1972-2012

Box 1, Folder 1

Apache Warrior Cochise Guest Star in Family Affair, The San Diego Mesa News February 2003

Box 1, Folder 2

Articles About Rita Sanchez 1992-2005

Box 1, Folder 3

Articles by Rita Sanchez 1979-2012

Box 1, Folder 4

Betita (Elizabeth) Martinez Event 2005

Box 1, Folder 5

Chicano Studies Program Review 1988-2002

Box 1, Folder 6

Correspondence-General 1978-2011

Box 1, Folder 7

Correspondence-Mesa College Chicano Studies Department 1991-1994

Box 1, Folder 8

Curriculum Vitaes 2000-2012

Box 1, Folder 9

Dolores Huerta: Committee Chair Rita Sanchez 2003

Box 1, Folder 10


Scope and Contents

1) Chicano San Diego-Chicana Activists: Chicanas in the Arts, 1974-1994. March 11, 2008.2) Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration Fall 2007-A Legacy of Chicana/Latina Leadership: Gracia Molina de Pick. October 3, 2007.3) San Diego Mesa College Chicano Studies Department Digital Preservation Project-Panel Discussion with Ana Castillo, Lucha Corpi, Leroy Quintana, Rita Sanchez and Alma Luz Villanueva. March 14, 1991.
Box 1, Folder 11

Humanities, Language and Multicultural Studies Building-Dedication Brochure and Plaque 2003

Box 1, Folder 12

Imagenes de la Chicana circa 1972

Box 1, Folder 13

La Chicana Speaks!!! CS170 Course Reader 2005-2007

Box 2, Folder 1

Letters of Recommendation 1998, 2000

Box 2, Folder 2

Letters to Dona Agueda Martinez 2000

Box 2, Folder 3

Mesa College Evaluations 1990-2012

Box 2, Folder 4

Mesa College Events 2002-2003

Box 2, Folder 5

Newspaper Articles 1990-1998

Box 2, Folder 6

On-Site Sculpture Committee-Description, Function and Operation, Rigoberta Menchaca. 1993-1994

Box 2, Folder 7

Peace Mural 1990-1997

Box 2, Folder 8

Rita Sanchez: Her Race for Change, With Excellence Newsletter, San Diego Community College District October 1992

Box 2, Folder 9

Rita Sanchez Retirement 2003

Box 2, Folder 10

San Diego State University Chicano Studies Department-Mission Statement circa 1990

Box 2, Folder 11

Speeches and Presentations 2003-2012

Box 2, Folder 12

Stanford University Reunion 2012

Box 2, Folder 13

VHS-Tribute to Betita (Elizabeth) Martinez April 21, 2005

Box 2, Folder 14

Visión, San Diego State University Spring 1976

Box 2, Folder 15

Women's Hall of Fame Induction 2011


Photographs 1975-2013


General Photographs 1975-2011

Box 3, Folder 1

Cesar Chavez Memorial, Burial Site La Paz, San Diego State University Field Trip 2001

Box 3, Folder 2

Charlotte Terry at Mesa College circa 1990

Box 3, Folder 3

Chicana Class at San Diego State University circa 1975

Box 3, Folder 4

Chicana Class CS170 La Chicana Fall 2000, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Chicano Studies, 30th Anniversary Chicano Studies 2000

Box 3, Folder 5

La Chicana Class, Chicano Culture Class circa 1990

Box 3, Folder 6

Chicana Class, Chalk Painting, NACCS Conference, Chicana Park Day Event, Ana Castillo, Photos at Mesa 1990-2009

Box 3, Folder 7

Chicana Studies Class 1990

Box 3, Folder 8

Chicana/Chicano Professors circa 2000

Box 3, Folder 9

Chicano/Chicana Studies Student Assistant Marriage 2000

Box 3, Folder 10

Chicano Class Fall 2000

Box 3, Folder 11

Chicano Culture Class 2001

Box 3, Folder 12

Chicano Park Day 30th Anniversary 2000

Box 3, Folder 13

Chunky Sanchez KPBS Event, Cesar Chavez Day Event at SDSU 1996, 2002

Box 3, Folder 14

College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, Rita's Talk "La Frida and Her Circle" 1999

Box 3, Folder 15

Dia de los Muertos Altar at Mesa College circa 2000

Box 3, Folder 16

Dolores Huerta at Mesa College 2004

Box 3, Folder 17

Dolores Huerta Comes to SDSU 2006

Box 3, Folder 18

Field Trip to Chicano Park, Richard Griswold Lecture 2002

Box 3, Folder 19

Halloween Party 1995, 1996

Box 3, Folder 20

Mesa College 20th Anniversary 1990

Box 3, Folder 21

Mesa College 30th Anniversary, Mesa Hispanic Heritage Week, Maggie Ruiz and Faculty 2000

Box 3, Folder 22

Mesa College Goes to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Conference. 1990, 1991

Box 3, Folder 23

Mesa College Goes to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Conference 2001

Box 3, Folder 24

Mesa College Graduation, Chicano Studies Anniversary, Chicana Studies Class 1991-2000

Box 3, Folder 25

Las Posadas Event at Richard Griswold's House circa 1998

Box 3, Folder 26

Rene Nuñez's Retirement Party 2002

Box 3, Folder 27

Roberto L. Martinez Funeral Reception 2010

Box 3, Folder 28

Rosa Parks at Mesa College 1991

Box 3, Folder 29

Salvador Torres Paints Rita Sanchez for her Birthday circa 2002

Box 3, Folder 30

San Diego State University Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Conference 2002

Box 3, Folder 31

San Diego State University Carnival Party 2006

Box 3, Folder 32

San Diego State University Chicana/Chicano Studies Picnic circa 2000

Box 3, Folder 33

San Diego State University Chicana Journal of Student Writings 1976

Box 3, Folder 34

San Diego State University Chicana Studies, Las Chicanas Class 1976

Box 4, Folder 1

San Diego State University Fieldtrip, Mesa Chicano Studies Students go to SDSU to Hear Author Michelle Serros n.d.

Box 4, Folder 2

San Diego State University Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) circa 1999

Box 4, Folder 3

San Diego State University/Mesa College Field Trip to Chicano Park 1996

Box 4, Folder 4

San Diego State University Posadas Fundraiser 1998

Box 4, Folder 5

Women's Hall of Fame Induction 2011


Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall 2012-2013

Box 4, Folder 6

Chicana Conciencia Program and Wall Photograph 2013

Box 4, Folder 7

Chicana Conciencia Scrapbook 2013

Box 4, Folder 8

Chicana: Una Decision Conciente 2012

Box 4, Folder 9

Wall Panels: Herminia Acosta Enrique, Genoveva Aguilar, and Griselda (Grace) Alvarez Sesma 2012

Box 4, Folder 10

Wall Panels: Fredi Avalos, Tina de Baca, and Patricia Blanco Sanchez 2012

Box 4, Folder 11

Wall Panels: Tommie Camarillo, Irma Castro, and Lilia Gracia Castro 2012

Box 5, Folder 1

Wall Panels: Norma Cazares, Carmen Chavez, and Enriqueta Chavez 2012

Box 5, Folder 2

Wall Panels: Norma Chavez, Alicia Chavez-Arteaga, Guadelupe Corona, and Stephanie De La Torre 2012

Box 5, Folder 3

Wall Panels: Denise Ducheny, Cathy Espita, Maria Figueroa-Chacón, and Aida Flores 2012

Box 5, Folder 4

Wall Panels: Maria Garcia, Georgette Gomez, Leticia Gomez-Franco, and Bertha "Birdie" Gutierrez 2012

Box 6, Folder 1

Wall Panels: Charlotte Hernandez-Terry, Norma Iglesias, and Adriana Jasso de Simon 2012

Box 6, Folder 2

Wall Panels: Irene Lara, Linda LeGerrette, and Carmen Linares-Kalo 2012

Box 6, Folder 3

Wall Panels: Carmen Lopez, Juanita Lopez, and Sonia Lopez 2012

Box 6, Folder 4

Wall Panels: Yolanda Lopez, Aida Mancillas, and Consuelo Manriquez 2012

Box 7, Folder 1

Wall Panels: Irene P. Mena, Alessandra Moctezuma, and Gracia Molina de Pick 2012

Box 7, Folder 2

Wall Panels: Delia Moreno, Mujeres en Resistencia, Gabriela Munoz-Reza, and Rosa Olga Navarro 2012

Box 7, Folder 3

Wall Panels: Maria Nieto-Senour, Felicitas Nuñez, Rachael Ortiz and Gail Perez 2012

Box 7, Folder 4

Wall Panels: Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, Nidya Ramirez, and Gloria Rebolledo Torres 2012

Box 8, Folder 1

Wall Panels: Fernanda Rios, Laura Rodriguez, and Lin Romero 2012

Box 8, Folder 2

Wall Panels: Mary Salas, Elva R. Salinas, and Rosalia Salinas 2012

Box 8, Folder 3

Wall Panels: Marta Sanchez, Rita Sanchez Griswold del Castillo, and Carmen Sandoval 2012

Box 8, Folder 4

Wall Panels: Eva Sandoval, Gloria Serrano-Medina, and Josephine Talamantez 2012

Box 8, Folder 5

Wall Panels: Teresa Valladolid and Olga Artemisa Vásquez 2012