Guide to Just Another Poster Exhibition Collection CEMA 133

Finding aid prepared by Sal Guerena
University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Santa Barbara, California, 93106-9010
(805) 893-8563

Title: Just Another Poster Exhibition Collection
Identifier/Call Number: CEMA 133
Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Barbara, Davidson Library, Department of Special Collections, California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 6.0 boxes consists of 3 Document Boxes, 2 Slide Binder Boxes, and 1 Oversize Box
Date (inclusive): 1992-2003
Abstract: Just Another Poster? Chicano Graphic Arts in California explores the critical role posters and other graphic arts have played in the Chicano struggle for self-determination in California. This is one of the many projects that focus on what has been called the Chicano poster movement or explore the inextricable ties between the history of Chicano cultural production and the Chicano civil rights movement.
creator: Güereña, Salvador

Processing Information note

Processed by Salvador Güereña, July 2011.

Custodial History note

The bulk of the collection is composed of aggregated CEMA administrative files collected by Salvador Güereña and includes his own curatorial meeting notes on the project dating from its inception in 1993 through execution in 2000.

Biographical/Historical note

¿Just Another Poster? Chicano Graphic Arts in California was a major interpretive interdisciplinary traveling exhibition on Chicano graphic art in California that was developed between 1993-1999, launched in 2000 and toured nationally through 2003. The exhibition was a comprehensive exploration of the critical role posters and other graphic materials played in the Chicano struggle for self-determination. The project’s origins are attributed to University Librarian Joseph A. Boissé’s desire to produce a full-color volume of silkscreen art from collections in the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives.
The exhibition was organized by the University Art Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, in collaboration with CEMA, Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, UCSB, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. The interdisciplinary curatorial team included Holly J. Barnet, Marla C. Berns, C. Ondine Chavoya, Salvador Güereña, George Lipsitz, Chon Noriega, Rafael Perez-Torres, Tere Romo, and Carol Wells, Director. The project was overseen by Marla C. Berns.
The exhibition was funded in part by grants from: The Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, the Intercampus Arts Program of the University of California, California Council for the Humanities, UC MEXUS of the University of California, California Arts Council, the Humanities Research Institute of the University of California in Irvine, and the UC Santa Barbara Library.

Condition Governing Access note


Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Series Description

Series I Curatorial Team Planning contains agendas, notes minutes, general correspondence including e-mails and some on letterhead, project plan, and grant proposals.
Series II Production consists of production files, checklists with various drafts, including preliminary catalogs. Also included are exhibit loans and exhibition texts, including wall panels in English and Spanish, and educational materials.
Series III Publicity and Publications holds news releases, sample promotional materials from the venues, and a copy of the exhibition catalog and poster.
Series IV Slides is held in two binder boxes with slides marked as part of the preliminary selections for the exhibition selection process.
Series V Photographs contains photographs depicting the silkscreen process.

Scope and Contents note

Series I Curatorial Team Planning is held mostly in box 1, but a few items spill over into box 2. The date range for this series is 1992 through 2001, with a few items that are undated.
Series II Production is contained mostly in box 2, with a few items located in box 3. Although there are a few items undated, most of this series ranges from 1995 to 2003.
Series III Publicity and Publications is located in box 3, with oversized materials in oversize box 6. All materials range from 2000 to 2003.
Series IV Slides is held in two binder boxes, numbers 4 and 5. This collection does not have a date range.
Series V Photographs is located in oversize box 6, and is undated.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Art - Exhibitions
Chicano art
Chicano movement--California
Mexican American artists -- California
Screen printing


Series I Curatorial Team Planning

Box 1, Folder 1

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1992-1993

Box 1, Folder 2-7

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1993

Box 1, Folder 8

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1993-1994

Box 1, Folder 9

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1993-1996

Box 1, Folder 10

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1994-1995

Box 1, Folder 11-13

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1995

Box 1, Folder 14

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1995-1998

Box 1, Folder 15-16

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1996

Box 1, Folder 17-22

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1998

Box 1, Folder 23

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1998

Box 1, Folder 24-26

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 1999

Box 1, Folder 27

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 2000

Box 1, Folder 28

Correspondence and Meeting Notes 2000-2001

Box 1, Folder 29

Correspondence and Meeting Notes undated

Box 2, Folder 1

Correspondence and Meeting Notes, Mexico 1999

Box 2, Folder 2

Grant 1994

Box 2, Folder 3

Permission to Reproduce 2001

Box 2, Folder 4

Project Plan undated

Box 2, Folder 5

Project Plan and Summary undated

Box 2, Folder 6

Roster of Team 1995-1996

Box 2, Folder 7

UCSB Library Fundraising 1997


Series II Production

Box 2, Folder 8

Artist Lists and Mechicano Art Center Inventory 1999

Box 2, Folder 9

Bibliography on Chicano Graphic Art undated

Box 2, Folder 10

Checklists Drafts, Catalog of Preliminary Selections 1995

Box 2, Folder 11

Checklists Drafts, Catalog of Revised Selection 1998

Box 2, Folder 12-15

Checklists Drafts 1999

Box 2, Folder 16-17

Checklists Drafts undated

Box 2, Folder 18

Checklists Drafts, Mechicano Art Prints 1996

Box 2, Folder 19-20

Exhibit Loans 1999-2001

Box 3, Folder 1-2

Exhibit Loans 2000-2001

Box 3, Folder 3

Exhibit Loans 2003

Box 3, Folder 4

Frame Signed undated

Box 3, Folder 5

Spreadsheets of CEMA Posters undated

Box 3, Folder 6

Texts 2000

Box 3, Folder 7

Texts undated

Box 3, Folder 8-9

Texts in Spanish undated

Box 3, Folder 10-12

Texts and Labels ca. 1999


Series III Publicity and Publications

Oversize-Box 6, Folder 1

Announcement Poster for UCSB Venue 2001

Box 3, Folder 13

Exhibition Catalog 2001

Box 3, Folder 14-15

Sample Promotional Materials 2000-2003

Oversize-Box 6, Folder 2

Sample Publicity Articles 2001

Box 3, Folder 16

Fowler Museum, UCLA 2001

Box 3, Folder 17

University Art Museum, UC Santa Barbara 2001


Series IV Slides

Box 4-5

Preliminary Selection Slides undated


Series V Photographs

Oversize-Box 6, Folder 3

Silkscreen Process Photograph Documentation undated