Rita Sanchez Papers MS-0456

Priscilla Lopez
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182-8050

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


Professional Papers Series 1 1972-2012

box 1, folder 1

Apache Warrior Cochise Guest Star in Family Affair, The San Diego Mesa News Folder 1 February 2003

box 1, folder 2

Articles About Rita Sanchez Folder 2 1992-2005

box 1, folder 3

Articles by Rita Sanchez Folder 3 1979-2012

box 1, folder 4

Betita (Elizabeth) Martinez Event Folder 4 2005

box 1, folder 5

Chicano Studies Program Review Folder 5 1988-2002

box 1, folder 6

Correspondence-General Folder 6 1978-2011

box 1, folder 7

Correspondence-Mesa College Chicano Studies Department Folder 7 1991-1994

box 1, folder 8

Curriculum Vitaes Folder 8 2000-2012

box 1, folder 9

Dolores Huerta: Committee Chair Rita Sanchez Folder 9 2003

box 1, folder 10

DVDs 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 Folder 11 2003

box 1, folder 12

Imagenes de la Chicana Folder 12 circa 1972

box 1, folder 13

La Chicana Speaks!!! CS170 Course Reader Folder 13 2005-2007

box 2, folder 1

Letters of Recommendation Folder 1 1998, 2000

box 2, folder 2

Letters to Dona Agueda Martinez Folder 2 2000

box 2, folder 3

Mesa College Evaluations Folder 3 1990-2012

box 2, folder 4

Mesa College Events Folder 4 2002-2003

box 2, folder 5

Newspaper Articles Folder 5 1990-1998

box 2, folder 6

On-Site Sculpture Committee-Description, Function and Operation, Rigoberta Menchu Folder 6 1993-1994

box 2, folder 7

Peace Mural Folder 7 1990-1997

box 2, folder 8

Rita Sanchez: Her Race for Change, With Excellence Newsletter, San Diego Community College District Folder 8 October 1992

box 2, folder 9

Rita Sanchez Retirement Folder 9 2003

box 2, folder 10

San Diego State University Chicano Studies Department-Mission Statement Folder 10 circa 1990

box 2, folder 11

Speeches and Presentations Folder 11 2003-2012

box 2, folder 12

Stanford University Reunion Folder 12 2012

box 2, folder 13

VHS-Tribute to Betita (Elizabeth) Martinez Folder 13 April 21, 2005

box 2, folder 14

Visión, San Diego State University Folder 14 Spring 1976

box 2, folder 15

Women's Hall of Fame Induction Folder 15 2011


Photographs Series 2 1975-2013


General Photographs Sub-Series 1 1975-2011

box 3, folder 1

Cesar Chavez Memorial, Burial Site La Paz, San Diego State University Field Trip Folder 1 2001

box 3, folder 2

Charlotte Terry at Mesa College Folder 2 circa 1990

box 3, folder 3

Chicana Class at San Diego State University Folder 3 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 Folder 4 2000

box 3, folder 5

La Chicana Class, Chicano Culture Class Folder 5 circa 1990

box 3, folder 6

Chicana Class, Chalk Painting, NACCS Conference, Chicana Park Day Event, Ana Castillo, Photos at Mesa Folder 6 1990-2009

box 3, folder 7

Chicana Studies Class Folder 7 1990

box 3, folder 8

Chicana/Chicano Professors Folder 8 circa 2000

box 3, folder 9

Chicano/Chicana Studies Student Assistant Marriage Folder 9 2000

box 3, folder 10

Chicano Class Folder 10 Fall 2000

box 3, folder 11

Chicano Culture Class Folder 11 2001

box 3, folder 12

Chicano Park Day 30th Anniversary Folder 12 2000

box 3, folder 13

Chunky Sanchez KPBS Event, Cesar Chavez Day Event at SDSU Folder 13 1996, 2002

box 3, folder 14

College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, California, Rita's Talk "La Frida and Her Circle" Folder 14 1999

box 3, folder 15

Dia de los Muertos Altar at Mesa College Folder 15 circa 2000

box 3, folder 16

Dolores Huerta at Mesa College Folder 16 2004

box 3, folder 17

Dolores Huerta Comes to SDSU Folder 17 2006

box 3, folder 18

Field Trip to Chicano Park, Richard Griswold Lecture Folder 18 2002

box 3, folder 19

Halloween Party Folder 19 1995, 1996

box 3, folder 20

Mesa College 20th Anniversary Folder 20 1990

box 3, folder 21

Mesa College 30th Anniversary, Mesa Hispanic Heritage Week, Maggie Ruiz and Faculty Folder 21 2000

box 3, folder 22

Mesa College Goes to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Conference. Folder 22 1990, 1991

box 3, folder 23

Mesa College Goes to the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Conference Folder 23 2001

box 3, folder 24

Mesa College Graduation, Chicano Studies Anniversary, Chicana Studies Class Folder 24 1991-2000

box 3, folder 25

Las Posadas Event at Richard Griswold's House Folder 25 circa 1998

box 3, folder 26

Rene Nuñez's Retirement Party Folder 26 2002

box 3, folder 27

Roberto L. Martinez Funeral Reception Folder 27 2010

box 3, folder 28

Rosa Parks at Mesa College Folder 28 1991

box 3, folder 29

Salvador Torres Paints Rita Sanchez for her Birthday Folder 29 circa 2002

box 3, folder 30

San Diego State University Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Conference Folder 30 2002

box 3, folder 31

San Diego State University Carnival Party Folder 31 2006

box 3, folder 32

San Diego State University Chicana/Chicano Studies Picnic Folder 32 circa 2000

box 3, folder 33

San Diego State University Chicana Journal of Student Writings Folder 33 1976

box 3, folder 34

San Diego State University Chicana Studies, Las Chicanas Class Folder 34 1976

box 4, folder 1

San Diego State University Fieldtrip, Mesa Chicano Studies Students go to SDSU to Hear Author Michelle Serros Folder 1 n.d.

box 4, folder 2

San Diego State University Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Folder 2 circa 1999

box 4, folder 3

San Diego State University/Mesa College Field Trip to Chicano Park Folder 3 1996

box 4, folder 4

San Diego State University Posadas Fundraiser Folder 4 1998

box 4, folder 5

Women's Hall of Fame Induction Folder 5 2011


Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall Sub-Series 2 2012-2013

Scope and Contents

Please note that some of the images used for the Chicana Conciencia wall panel were provided by Patricia Aguayo who displayed them for an earlier program called Ser Chicana, Una Deciscion Conciente in Barrio Logan in 2012. These images include: Genoveva Aguilar, Griselda (Grace) Alvarez Sesma, Patricia Blanco Sanchez, Alicia Chavez Arteaga, Stephanie de la Torre, Cathy Espitia, Aida Flores, Georgette Gomez, Leticia Gomez-Franco, Berta "Birdie" Gutierrez, Carmen Linares-Kalo, Juanita Lopez, Gabriela Munoz Reza, Mujeres en Resistencia, Nedya Ramirez, Fernanda Rios, Eva Sandoval, and Olga Artemisa Vasquez.
box 4, folder 6

Chicana Conciencia Program and Wall Photograph Folder 6 2013

box 4, folder 7

Chicana Conciencia Scrapbook Folder 7 2013

box 4, folder 8

Chicana: Una Decision Conciente Folder 8 2012

box 4, folder 9

Wall Panels: Herminia Acosta Enrique, Genoveva Aguilar, and Griselda (Grace) Alvarez Sesma Folder 9 2012

box 4, folder 10

Wall Panels: Fredi Avalos, Tina de Baca, and Patricia Blanco Sanchez Folder 10 2012

box 4, folder 11

Wall Panels: Tommie Camarillo, Irma Castro, and Lilia Gracia Castro Folder 11 2012

box 5, folder 1

Wall Panels: Norma Cazares, Carmen Chavez, and Enriqueta Chavez Folder 1 2012

box 5, folder 2

Wall Panels: Norma Chavez, Alicia Chavez-Arteaga, Guadelupe Corona, and Stephanie De La Torre Folder 2 2012

box 5, folder 3

Wall Panels: Denise Ducheny, Cathy Espita, Maria Figueroa-Chacón, and Aida Flores Folder 3 2012

box 5, folder 4

Wall Panels: Maria Garcia, Georgette Gomez, Leticia Gomez-Franco, and Bertha "Birdie" Gutierrez Folder 4 2012

box 6, folder 1

Wall Panels: Charlotte Hernandez-Terry, Norma Iglesias, and Adriana Jasso de Simon Folder 1 2012

box 6, folder 2

Wall Panels: Irene Lara, Linda LeGerrette, and Carmen Linares-Kalo Folder 2 2012

box 6, folder 3

Wall Panels: Carmen Lopez, Juanita Lopez, and Sonia Lopez Folder 3 2012

box 6, folder 4

Wall Panels: Yolanda Lopez, Aida Mancillas, and Consuelo Manriquez Folder 4 2012

box 7, folder 1

Wall Panels: Irene P. Mena, Alessandra Moctezuma, and Gracia Molina de Pick Folder 1 2012

box 7, folder 2

Wall Panels: Delia Moreno, Mujeres en Resistencia, Gabriela Munoz-Reza, and Rosa Olga Navarro Folder 2 2012

box 7, folder 3

Wall Panels: Maria Nieto-Senour, Felicitas Nuñez, Rachael Ortiz and Gail Perez Folder 3 2012

box 7, folder 4

Wall Panels: Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, Nidya Ramirez, and Gloria Rebolledo Torres Folder 4 2012

box 8, folder 1

Wall Panels: Fernanda Rios, Laura Rodriguez, and Lin Romero Folder 1 2012

box 8, folder 2

Wall Panels: Mary Salas, Elva R. Salinas, and Rosalia Salinas Folder 2 2012

box 8, folder 3

Wall Panels: Marta Sanchez, Rita Sanchez Griswold del Castillo, and Carmen Sandoval Folder 3 2012

box 8, folder 4

Wall Panels: Eva Sandoval, Gloria Serrano-Medina, and Josephine Talamantez Folder 4 2012

box 8, folder 5

Wall Panels: Teresa Valladolid and Olga Artemisa Vásquez Folder 5 2012