Guide to the Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection

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Guide to the Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection 1951/2006

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Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection
Dates: 1951-2006
Bulk Dates: 1970-1980
Identification: MS-0457
Creator: Hernandez Terry, Carlotta, 1937-2006
Physical Description: 0.84 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:

Carlotta (Charlotte) Hernandez Terry was born in San Diego on April 13, 1937 and was raised in Logan Heights and National City. She attended the Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School until 1951, and studied voice at a young age. Hernandez attended San Diego City College where she studied bilingual education and technical illustration, and worked as a teaching assistant for the Chicano Studies Department. She also attended San Diego State University where she took courses in the Mexican-American Studies department. Hernandez became an accomplished singer, songwriter, and artist during the 1960s and 1970s when she composed protest songs, becoming known as the "Chicana Bob Dylan."
Hernandez's accomplishments include performing at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., and conducting a music workshop in Mexico City at the International Women's Year Conference in 1975. Hernandez also performed at many universities and colleges, and served as a planner and muralist for the Chicano Park Steering Committee from 1972-1979. In 1977 she was also a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts teaching grant. Some of her signature songs include "Living in the Barrio, Life Is Just Like That" and "Mamma Works Hard for Her Weekly Pay."
Hernandez had a long career that included community work counseling juveniles, battered women, and H.I.V. patients. She worked for the Maximize Access to Advance our Community (M.A.A.C.) project, San Diego County Probation Department, San Diego Unified School District, the San Diego County Chicano Federation, and was a member of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women in 1977.
Carlotta Hernandez Terry passed away June 16, 2006 at her home in National City.

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 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. Permissions 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, Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection (1951-2006) documents Hernandez's accomplishments as a singer-songwriter and painter. Of particular interest are transcripts of the songs written by the artist as well as pieces of her artwork. Also included are photographs of Hernandez's musical performances and paintings, including the Tierra Mia mural at Chicano Park. The majority of the material dates from 1970-1980 and focuses on her artistic achievements. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of photographs, correspondence, news articles, flyers and video recordings.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Artists in Residence 1978-1979

Box 1, Folder 2


Box 1, Folder 3

Biographical Information-Carlotta Hernandez Terry 1951-2006

Box 1, Folder 4

Charlotte's Music and Other Songs

Box 1, Folder 5

Chicano Federation 1981

Box 1, Folder 6

Community Arts: An Intercultural Council of the Arts Project 1978

Box 1, Folder 7

Contacts Information

Box 1, Folder 8

Copyrights 1972-1974

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence 1973-1977

Box 1, Folder 10

Del Sol Apartments Program 1981

Box 1, Folder 11

Education/Coursework Materials (Programa AGP de Estudios Sociales) circa 1977

Box 1, Folder 12


Box 1, Folder 13

Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C., American Revolution Bicentennial February 23, 1976

Box 1, Folder 14

National Endowment for the Arts

Box 1, Folder 15

News Articles 1981, 1992, 2003

Box 1, Folder 16

Performance/Work Documents circa 1970s

Box 1, Folder 17


Box 1, Folder 18

SDSU 1976

Box 2

VHS - Carlota Hernandez Singing (DVD available for viewing)

Box 2

VHS - Paintings: Charlotte in Chicano Park (DVD available for viewing)

Box 2

U-matic - Carlota: Tick Tock and Rest of Songs (unavailable for viewing at this time)