Finding Aid for the The Church of the Epiphany Records, 1964-2000 103

Processed by CSRC - Erin Rush .
Chicano Studies Research Center Library
144 Haines Hall
Box 951544
Los Angeles, California 90095-1544

Contributing Institution: Chicano Studies Research Center Library
Title: The Church of the Epiphany Records
Creator: Church of the Epiphany (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Identifier/Call Number: 103
Physical Description: 7 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1964-2000
Abstract: This is a collection of papers, photos and printed materials relating to the Los Angeles Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights, which served as a base for the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and more particularly the organizing efforts of Cesar Chavez.
Physical Location: The Chicano Studies Research Center Library.
Language of Material: English .


Open for research.

Acquisition Information

Collection donated by the Very Reverend Will Waters, August 29, 2007.


The material is in the order determined by the initial archivist. The collection is arranged in the following series:
  • Series 1. Clippings
  • Series 2. Photographic material
  • Series 3. Correspondence
  • Series 4. Printed material


The Church of the Epiphany in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles was founded in 1883, and is the oldest standing Episcopal Church in the City of Los Angeles. Bishop Johnson, the first Bishop of the new Diocese of Los Angeles, gave his first sermon as a new Bishop at Epiphany and many Bishops from all over the Anglican Communion including Robert Runcie, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, have preached and celebrated at Epiphany. Cesar Chavez, the Founder of the United Farmworkers Union and long time friend of Epiphany, also graced its pulpit. In 2005 the church was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Church of the Epiphany Records, 103, Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Rush in 2009. Finding aid edited by Esmeralda Gomez under the supervision of Doug Johnson in 2020.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of clippings, photographs, correspondence, printed material, and ephemera. These materials document the church's decades of involvement with the Chicano Movement and other civil rights struggles, as well as more common ecclesiastical issues. There is also a significant amount of material on Maria Cueto and Raisa Nemikin, two church employees who were jailed for several months in the 1970s for refusing to cooperate with a federal investigation into Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional (FALN), a Puerto Rican separatist group.

Publication Rights

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of materials, including but not limited to infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

National Brown Beret Organization
Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993
Chicano movement.
United Farm Workers
FALN (Organization)


Series 1. Clippings

Box 7, Folder 10

The Episcopal News 1996

Box 8, Folder 5

Cesar Chavez, UFW 1971-1993

Box 8, Folder 6

Various Church events and issues 1981

Box 8, Folder 7

The Episcopal News 1979

Box 8, Folder 8

Lydia Lopez to chair new Hispanic Commission 1978

Box 8, Folder 9

Various Episcopal news 1977

Box 8, Folder 10

Rt. Rev Robert C. Rusack, Suffragan Bishop of Los Angeles 1964

Box 8, Folders 13-14

Various Episcopal church news and events 1980-1982

Box 8, Folder 16

Various Episcopal church events and news reports 1936-1987

Box 9, Folder 1

Various church events and news reports 1982

Scope and Contents

Includes recipes.
Box 9, Folder 3

Virginia Ram and various church events 1981-03-1982-04

Box 10, Folder 13

Newspaper articles on various church events 1987

Box 11, Folders 1-12

The Episcopal News 1983-1994


Series 2. Photographic Material

Box 1, Folders 1-4

Cultural events 1967-1988

Physical Description: Color Slides

Scope and Contents

Folder 3 includes photos of Cessar Chavez.
Box 1, Folder 5

Various members and events undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Church priests, congregants, and events 1981-1983

Box 2, Folder 2

Church events and congregants 1978-1986

Scope and Contents

Includes: Deanery Day at Cathedral, 1978; Centennial, January 1986.
Box 2, Folder 3

Congregants and events 1968-1988


Photographs by Nancy Tovar.
Box 2, Folder 4

Chris Ram birthday / Virginia Ram funeral 1971-1980

Box 2, Folder 5

Slides of neighborhood, mural, etc. 1976-1979

Box 2, Folder 6

Day of the Dead 1978-1979


Photographs by Nancy Tovar; includes flier and correspondence releasing images
Box 2, Folder 7

United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO) meeting / police chief Daryl Gates 1979-1981

Box 2, Folder 8

Palm Sunday 1988

Box 2, Folder 9

Easter 1988

Box 2, Folder 10

Dance 1988

Box 2, Folder 11

Various church congregants and events 1988

Box 2, Folder 12

Huelga, Sacramento 1976-1981

Box 2, Folder 13

Camping Trip / 4th of July parade 1946-1967

Box 3, Folder 3

Various church congregants, services, and events 1983

Scope and Contents

Includes church kitchen fire.
Box 3, Folder 4

Various church events 1985

Scope and Contents

UNO Meetings; Bishop Garver Installation; Pat Martinez, UCLA Law Graduation
Box 6, Folder 10

Brown Berets 1972-1973

Box 6, Folder 11

Hispanic Convention 1976-1977

Box 7, Folder 1

UFW rally undated

Scope and Contents

Includes photograph of seven ministers.
Box 7, Folder 2

Church, house, and dining hall undated

Box 7, Folder 13

Church ministers group photo undated

Scope and Contents

Also includes: quincenera girl; children; Virgina Ram; Fr. Walters.
Box 8, Folder 11

Miscellaneous 1981


Includes: Camp Stevens; Easter Service; various church members and events.
Box 10, Folder 14

Virginia Ram and flowers mural undated

Box 10, Folder 15

Laughing ministers undated

Box 10, Folder 16

Folklorico girls / church service / funeral procession undated

Box 10, folder 12

Fiesta Canterbury Cinco De Mayo 1973-1977

Scope and Contents

Includes fliers, church schedule, and artwork..

Series 3. Correspondence

Box 4, Folder 9

Maria Cueto and Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional 1977-1985


Church staff members Maria Cueto and Raisa Nemikin were imprisoned for refusing to cooperate with FBI investigation of Episcopal Church and "terrorist" Puerto Rican independence movement (FALN); folder includes correspondence of Nancy Von Lauderback and Bishop John M. Allin.
Box 5, Folder 3

Executive Council of the Episcopal Church 1977-1978


Correspondence From: Rt. Rev. Milton L. Wood, D.D. To: Rev. Charles E. Bennison, Jr.; Correspondence From: Robert S. Potter To: Elizabeth Fink, Esq.; Correspondence From: Robert S. Potter To: Kenneth W. Greenawalt, Esq.; Correspondence From: Robert S. Potter To: Rt. Rev. John M. Allin; Correspondence From: Robert S. Potter To: Members of the Executive Council The Episcopal Church; Anonymous Correspondence; Memorandum: Rev. Richard Gillett
Box 6, Folder 7

General convention 1981-1982

Scope and Contents

Topics include: Salvadoran refugees; San Gabriel Parish Endowment; ordination. Includes correspondence from Rev. Canon Oliver B. Garver to Rev. Roger H. Wood.
Box 8, Folder 17

List of grievances against Rev. Patrica O'Reilly and Rev. Bryan Jones 1987-02-12-1987-02-16


Invitation to anniversary service possibly dated incorrectly.

Series 4. Printed Material

Box 3, Folder 1

Various church events and announcements 1968-1990

Box 3, Folder 2

Various church events 1991

Box 3, Folder 5

Hispanic ministry and East Los Angeles Parish 1973

Box 3, Folder 6

Hispanic Ministry 1973

Box 3, Folder 7

Oliver B. Garver, Jr. 1973

Box 3, Folder 8

Various programs for church services 1987-1988

Box 4, Folders 1-2

Various programs for church services and events undated

Box 4, Folder 3

Various programs for church services and events 1987-1988

Box 4, Folder 4

Papers and programs 1984-1997

Scope and Contents

Includes music lyrics, song and prayer books, and funeral service programs.
Box 4, Folder 5

John B. Luce transfer to Los Angeles 1965-1966

Box 4, Folder 6

Church of Angels 1967-1968

Scope and Contents

Includes material on: Brown Berets; riots; school walk-outs at Roosevelt High School; Cesar Chavez; UCLA student refuses draft.
Box 4, Folder 7

Chicano Walkouts 1971-1972

Box 4, Folder 8

Grant proposal and various church events 1980

Box 5, Folder 1

Maria Cueto, Raisa Nemikin, and Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional 1977-1978

Box 5, Folder 2

Hymn book undated

Box 5, Folder 4

Education for a New Mañana Association of Mexican-American Educators Inc. 1965


First Annual Issues Conference December 3-4, 1965 San Diego, CA
Box 5, Folder 5

Bilingual education / Latin youth dropouts 1965-1974

Box 5, Folder 6

Church programs 1967-1969


Drawing by Allan R. Crite
Box 5, Folder 7

Hispanic Ministry Development Report to the Commission on Hispanic Ministry Diocese of Los Angeles 1981

Box 5, Folder 8

Church of the Epiphany Celebration Blessing Supplementary Music 1984

Box 5, Folder 9

Various events 2000

Box 5, Folder 10

Cathedral Center Arts Program Exhibition undated

Scope and Contents

Katrina Carter, Artist
Box 5, Folder 11

Service programs, invitations, and fliers on various events 1988-1990

Box 5, Folder 12

Service programs / Nomination letter: Virginia Ram for executive council 1985-1988

Box 5, Folder 13

The Church of the Epiphany 1971-1978

Box 5, Folder 14

Service programs 1987-1988

Box 5, Folder 15

Service programs 1981-1983

Box 5, Folder 16

Service programs 1987-1988

Box 6, Folder 1

Service programs 1973-1979

Box 6, Folder 2

The Church of the Epiphany 1979-1980

Box 6, Folder 3

Archbishop of Canterbury visits Los Angeles 1981

Scope and Contents

Includes material on: Urban Assembly; cathedral grant; UNO convention election; Lydia Lopez, president
Box 6, Folder 4

Various church events 1982-1983

Box 6, Folder 5

Service programs 1988

Box 6, Folder 6

Church services 1968

Box 6, Folder 8

Service programs 1986

Box 6, Folder 9

Service programs undated

Box 7, Folder 3

United Neighborhoods Organization (UNO) / South Central Organizing Committee (SCOC) / East Valley Organization (EVO) 1979-1981

Scope and Contents

Includes material on Mike Dukakis.
Box 7, Folders 4-5

United Neighborhood Organization 1981-1982


Includes: monthly dues report; UNO Handbook; media documentation (copies of newspaper clippings); proposed convention amendments.
Box 7, Folder 6

Immanuel Episcopal Church Newsletter and The Witness 1977-03-25

Scope and Contents

Includes: eight issues of The Witness; petition regarding Maria Cueto and Raisa Nemikin of FALN; letter from Church and Society, Southern California Chapter to Bishop Allin re: Maria Cueto and Raisa Nemikin.
Box 7, Folder 7

The Witness: various articles regarding Maria Cueto and Raisa Nemikin of FALN 1985-1986

Scope and Contents

Includes three issues: vol. 68 nos. 5 and 7, vol.69 no.3. Also includes: correspondance to Nancy Von Lauderback from Federal Correctional Institution re: Maria Cueto and returned material (dry flowers ensealed in white paper not authorized).
Box 7, Folder 8

Maria Cueto and Steven Guerra Trial 1983-1984

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondance to Nancy Von Lauderbach from. Church and Society, West.
Box 7, Folder 9

Maria Cueto and Steven Guerra of Fuerzas Armadas de Liberacion Nacional 1977-1982

Scope and Contents

Includes: LA Episcopal Urban Caucus meeting minutes; correspondence to Vestry Members from the Parish of East LA.
Box 7, Folder 11

Hispanic Commission 1988

Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence to Nancy Von Lauderback from St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.
Box 7, Folder 12

Analysis of the Existing Structure and Proposal for Rehabilitation 1982-1991

Scope and Contents

Includes material on: A Day of Vestry retreat; personal notes; the Finance and Fundraising Committee meeting minutes; Joint Consolidated Adjusted Tax Bill; correspondence to Nancy Von Lauderback from Frederick H. Borsch; LA Police Dept. Preliminary Investigation of Burglary.
Box 7, Folder 14

Contact list undated

Box 8, Folders 1-2

Contact lists undated

Box 8, Folder 3

Various pamphlets, conference report, newsletters, and fliers 1967-1974

Box 8, Folder 4

Various newsletters, fliers, and programs 1981

Box 8, Folder 12

The Hispanic Challenge to the Episcopal Church, Opportunity for Mission in the 80s undated


Virginia Ram's personal copy
Box 8, Folder 15

Calendar and flier 1980

Box 9, Folder 2

History of Church of the Epiphany and Diocese of Los Angeles 1945-1983

Box 9, Folder 4

Virginia Ram 1982-1988

Box 9, Folder 5

Ruben Salazar's death / riots / The National Chicano Moratorium circa. 1971

Box 9, Folder 6

Ruben Salazar death and inquiry circa. 1990

Box 9, Folder 7

Church programs and fliers 1983-1990

Box 9, Folders 8-9

Various church issues and events 1981-1988

Box 10, Folders 1-2

Various church events and issues 1988

Box 10, Folder 3

A Cleansing Fire: the Rise of the Chicano Movement and the Church of the Epiphany 1965-1980

Box 10, Folder 4

Proposal to Change Committee to Stop Home Destruction From Watch-Dog Barrio Homeowners Movement in East Los Angeles circa. 1970

Box 10, Folder 5

Cut tissue paper made by Virginia Ram undated

Box 10, Folder 6

Various church members and church events undated

Box 10, Folder 7

El Pescador newspaper and fliers 1973-1981

Box 10, Folder 8

Church events and issues 1973-1980

Box 10, Folder 9

Various church events and issues 1967-1991

Box 10, Folder 10

Vietnam War photocopies 1969-1971

Box 10, Folder 11

Various church event and issues 1977-1993

Box 10, Folder 17

Copy of statement by Raisa Nemikin, Pedro Archuleta, and Maria Cueto 1997-07-21

Scope and Contents

Statement released by New York Committee Against Grand Jury Repression; includes prisoner numbers of Raisa, Pedro, and Maria.