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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Chicano Studies Research Center Library
    Title: Lupe Anguiano Papers
    Creator: Anguiano, Lupe
    Identifier/Call Number: 52
    Physical Description: 23 linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1929-2019
    Abstract: This collection contains papers, photographs, printed materials, ephemera and realia related to Lupe Anguiano's personal and professional life.
    Language of Material: Collection materials in English and Spanish.
    Physical Location: COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center Library and Archive for paging information.


    Open for research.

    Acquisition Information

    Collection donated to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library Archive. Deed on file at the archive office, 180 Haines Hall, UCLA.


    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Personal files
    • Series 2. Teen Post Program
    • Series 3. Office of Education
    • Series 4. United Farm Workers
    • Series 5. Southwest Regional Office for the Spanish Speaking
    • Series 6. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
    • Series 7. National Women's Employment and Education
    • Series 8. Lupe Anguiano and Associates
    • Series 9. Environmental Work
    • Series 10. Awards
    • Series 11. Materials about Lupe Anguiano
    • Series 12. Oversized periodicals
    • Series 13. Oversized Awards, Phoographs, and Realia
    • Series 14. 2008 additions
    • Series 15. Ephemeral materials
    • Series 16. 2015 additions


    Lupe Anguiano was born on March 12, 1929. For more than fifty years she has worked for the equality of all people. She was born in Colorado. Her father worked for the railroad and in the summers the family lived in California, picking fruit and walnuts. In 1949, she joined Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters. As a nun, she worked for fifteen years to improve the social, educational, and economic conditions of poor people throughout the United States. Anguiano was also a United Farm Workers' volunteer, working directly under the direction of Cesar Chavez in Delano, California. In the late 60s, she was assigned to lead what became the successful grape boycott in Michigan.
    In 1966, Anguiano became the East Los Angeles Coordinator of the Teen Post program, a program funded by President Johnson's War on Poverty program. Her work with youth brought her to the attention of Congressman George E Brown who nominated her to be a delegate to a White House meeting addressing the inadequate education offered to most Mexican Americans. From 1967-1969, she served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Office of Education where she created the Mexican American Unit. She also assisted in the development and passage of the Bilingual Education Act.
    In 1973, she returned to Washington and became the Program Officer for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. During this time she began to focus on women's rights, including the Equal Rights Amendment and the Women's Action Program. She worked with Women's Movement leaders such as Gloria Steinem and Bella Abzug, to found the National Women's Political Caucus. In the same year, she accepted a position with the Southwest Regional Office for the Spanish Speaking (SWROSS) which was sponsored by the National Council of Catholic Bishops. She took this position with the understanding that women's welfare would be her primary focus.
    For many years, Anguiano worked helping women who were single parents move out of the dismal cycle of welfare. During the 1970s, she advocated changing AFDC Welfare Policy from "income maintenance" to an education and gainful employment policy and most importantly to assign these women the title "head of household." In 1973, disturbed by the hopelessness of women and children trapped in welfare poverty, Anguiano moved into the San Antonio public housing projects and within six months, she helped five hundred San Antonio women switch from welfare rolls to jobs--all in the private sector.
    In 1977, Lupe was elected as a delegate to the first State of Texas federally funded Women's Conference and was also elected as a delegate to the landmark First National Women's Conference held in Houston in November of the same year. Along with Jean Stapleton and Coretta Scott King, Anguiano read the "Declaration of American Women" before thousands of conference delegates and guests.
    In 1979 she founded the National Women's Employment and Education Model Program (NWEE); enlisting the support of many San Antonio businesses who provided skills training for women along with funding for education, employment upward mobility, child care, transportation, and other support services. NWEE became a nationally recognized successful employment and education model – implemented in seven states – where over 5,000 women who were single parents became gainfully employed.
    In the early 1980's, Lupe founded her business, Lupe Anguiano and Associates, a consulting firm that helped business build cooperative relationships with their local neighborhoods. The firm also helped non profit organizations find funding sources.
    In 2015 Anguiano said that she is "a passionate environment volunteer, helping to protect 'Mother Earth' from global warming and other destructive environmental hazards." She is a full-time volunteer with the "California Coastal Protection Network" (CCPN), headed by Susan Jordan. CCPN is leading the struggle to protect the California Coast from fossil fuels, oil drilling, from the threat of LNG (liquefied natural gas) tankers which would dump over 280 tons of pollution annually, and against pipelines on the Oxnard , Malibu Ocean floor. She also works with Rory Cox, Program Director of Pacific Environment and Ratepayers for Affordable Clean Energy, and numerous environmental organizations throughout the United States and other countries. As of 2019, she lives in Oxnard, California.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Lupe Anguiano Papers, 52, Chicano Studies Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Processing Information

    The collection was processed in 2015 by "CSRC." The finding aid was edited and additions were processed by Doug Johnson, 2019.

    Related Material

    Oral history  with Lupe Anguiano conducted in 2011 by the UCLA Library Center for Oral History Research.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of papers, photographs, publications and printed materials, ephemera, and realia related to Lupe Anguiano's personal and professional life. It includes material from her childhood and adolescence, as well as her time in the convent. It also documents her work with various social justice organizations and governmental agencies.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center. All requests for permission to publish must be submitted in writing to the Chicano Studies Research Center Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    National Women's Conference
    Public welfare
    Women's rights
    Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters
    United Farm Workers of America