Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records MS-0442

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

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records
Creator: Chicana and Chicano Studies Department
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0442
Physical Description: 1.67 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1968-2003
Date (bulk): 1970-1979
Language of Material: English , Spanish; Castilian .

Scope and Contents

The Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records (1968-2003) document the development and administration of the department and its curriculum. Highlights include materials relating to the department's incorporation into the College of Professional Studies and the resulting backlash from students. The majority of the material dates from the 1970s and details early department organization and curricula. The collection includes correspondence, syllabi, memorandums, course files, faculty meeting minutes, and reports. The collection is filed alphabetically.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. 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.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was acquired from the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department (date unknown); material was added in October 2006 from Barbara Friedrich, wife of Dr. Will Kennedy, one of the founders of the Mexican American Studies Department.

Accruals and Additions


Related Materials

Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, 1968-2008
Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983
Arturo Casares Papers, 1968-2007
Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997
Chicano Federation of San Diego County Records, 1968-1980
Center for Women's Studies and Services Records, 1947-1997

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

Other Descriptive Information

This collection was processed as part of the Chicano Studies Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the President's Leadership Fund.

Historical Note

Initially developed in 1968 by students and faculty inspired by the Civil Rights and Chicano movements, San Diego State College (SDSC) officially established the Mexican-American Studies Department, now known as the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, in 1969, and offered both a major and a minor. SDSC faculty and students followed El Plan de Santa Barbara as a blueprint for the codification of Chicana/o Studies at the university level, which had been created at the 1969 UC Santa Barbara Conference of Chicano students, professors, and activists. The purpose of the newly-formed department was to teach an accurate and complete history of Chicanos and Mexican-Americans and their contributions to the United States. In addition, the department hoped to recruit more Chicana/o students to the campus, and teach and develop skills that students could use to help their communities politically and economically.
In the beginning, students under the guidance of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) ran the department. They actively participated in departmental meetings and decisions, taught classes, hired and fired faculty, and helped to develop the curriculum. In 1975, however, with San Diego State College's change to university status, SDSU incorporated the Mexican-American Studies Department into the College of Professional Studies. As a result of this institutionalization, the department's decision-making process became faculty and staff centered. Later, in 1980, the department became part of the College of Arts and Letters.
Today, the department maintains a multi-disciplinary curriculum offering classes in film, history, anthropology, sociology, literature, and politics. The curriculum also features classes in immigration and border studies, and encourages community outreach through internships, cultural exchanges, research, and advocacy. Faculty and students participate in cultural documentation projects, such as the Chicano Park Historical Documentation Project, oral interviews, and original research.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Institutional Archives
San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano Studies
Chicano movement--California--San Diego

box 1, folder 1

Academic Planning Database Report Folder 1 Fall 1975

box 1, folder 2

Academic Reviews Folder 2 1991, 1998, 2000

box 1, folder 3

Annual Progress Report Folder 3 1975

box 1, folder 4

Annual Report Folder 4 1978-1979

box 1, folder 5

Bibliographies and Articles for Mexican American Studies (MAS) courses Folder 5

box 1, folder 6

Budget Folder 6 1974-1975

box 1, folder 7

Centro de Estudios: Budget Folder 7 1972-1973

box 1, folder 8

Centro de Estudios Meeting Folder 8 June 7, 1972

box 1, folder 9

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica A.C. Folder 9 1984

box 1, folder 10

Changes in Department Administration/Policy Folder 10 1974

box 1, folder 11

Chicano Affairs Advisory Board Folder 11 1974-1975

box 1, folder 12

Chicano Athletic Association Folder 12 1974

box 1, folder 13

Chicano Book: Outline, Introduction, Articles Folder 13

box 1, folder 14

Chicano Faculty and Administrators Organization, San Diego State University Folder 14 1975

box 1, folder 15

Chicano Studies Faculty Conference Folder 15 October 1971

box 1, folder 16

Correspondence: Administrative Folder 16 1974

box 1, folder 17

Correspondence: Chairperson Folder 17 1974-1975

box 1, folder 18

Correspondence: General Folder 18 1970, 1974-1975

box 2, folder 2

Correspondence: General Folder 2 1975-1976

box 2, folder 3

Correspondence: General Folder 3 1975-1976

box 2, folder 4

Correspondence: General Folder 4 1976

box 2, folder 5

Correspondence from Dean Howell and Dean Rost Folder 5 1975-1976

box 2, folder 6

Correspondence from Jane Smith's Office Folder 6 1975

box 2, folder 7

Correspondence from Lois W. Sisson, Director of Personnel Services Folder 7 1975-1976

box 3, folder 1

Denver's Chicano Youth Liberation Conference Folder 1 1969

box 3, folder 2

Departmental Self Study Folder 2 February 2000

box 3, folder 3

Faculty Meetings Folder 3 1973-1975

box 3, folder 4

Faculty Meetings Folder 4 1975-1976

box 3, folder 5

Faculty Meeting Minutes Folder 5 1977-1978

box 3, folder 6

Faculty Meeting Minutes Folder 6 1978-1979

box 3, folder 7

Grievance Committee of Victor Salandini Folder 7 1977-1978

box 3, folder 8

Leaflets, Announcements, Newsletters Folder 8

box 3, folder 9

Master's Degree Proposal Appendices Folder 9 circa 2003

box 3, folder 10

Memorandums Folder 10 1972-1977

box 3, folder 11

Memorandums from Payroll Folder 11 1975-1976

box 3, folder 12

Mexican American / Chicana/o Studies Course Brochures Folder 12 1969-1972

box 3, folder 13

Mexican American Studies (MAS) 10: Mexican Americans in Transition course Folder 13 early 1970s

box 3, folder 14

Mexican American Studies Graduation Folder 14 1995

box 4, folder 1

Mexican American Studies New Major Proposal Folder 1

box 4, folder 2

Mexico-United States Border Program American Friends Service Committee Newsletter Folder 2 January - February 1981

box 4, folder 3

Mission Statement Folder 3

box 4, folder 4

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Folder 4 1975-1979

box 4, folder 5

MEChA: Plan of Organization Folder 5 September 27, 1973

box 4, folder 6

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund Folder 6 1986-1987

box 4, folder 7

Personnel Advisory Committee Folder 7 1975-1976

box 4, folder 8

Personnel File Policy Implementation Folder 8 1975

box 4, folder 9

Promotional Material Folder 9 Fall 1978

box 4, folder 10

Rationale and Justification for Mexican American Studies Folder 10

box 4, folder 11

San Diego County Ad Hoc Committee Newsletter volume 2 Folder 11 May 1976

box 4, folder 12

Semana de la Raza Folder 12 May 3-7, 1971

box 4, folder 13

Socioeconomic Conditions of Mexican Americans Folder 13

box 4, folder 14

Supplemental Materials Folder 14

box 4, folder 15

Syllabi: Dr William Kennedy Courses Folder 15

box 4, folder 16

Teaching Materials Folder 16 1969-1984

box 4, folder 17

Travel Policies, Procedures, Advances Folder 17 1974-1975