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Guide to the Los Lupeños de San José Records,1969-2009
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  • Collection Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Custodial History
  • Administrative History
  • Bibliography and references cited
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Los Lupeños de San José Records
    Date (inclusive): 1969-2009
    Collection number: CR-2009-02-13
    Creator: Los Lupeños de San José
    Collection Size: 5 boxes 1 oversized box 2.67 linear feet
    Repository: San José Public Library, California Room
    San José, CA 95112
    Abstract: This collection is comprised of administrative records, organizational papers and history, board reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, clippings, flyers, dance programs, dance school materials, photographs, slides and audiovisual performances of Los Lupeños de San José. The records have been kept by Los Lupeños de San José.
    Physical location:

    For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

    Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Although San José Public Library's California Room does physcially own all archival materials in its possession, it does not necessarily own the intellectual property rights (copyright) associated with all items (Title 17, Chapter 2, Section 202, "Ownership of copyright as distinct from ownership of material object). Publishing materials from our holdings requires written permission from the San José Public Library, along with proper credit given to our institution. For permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Lead Librarian of the California Room. Users may reproduce materials for teaching, research, and private study in accordance with fair use on the condition that they give proper credit to the California Room, San José Public Library.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Los Lupeños de San José, California Room, San José Public Library

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was collected by Los Lupeños de San José and donated to the California Room, San José Public Library.

    Processing Information

    Processing and guide prepared by Diana Kohnke. Guide encoded by Diana Kohnke, 2009.

    Custodial History

    This collection has been in the custody of Los Lupeños de San José.

    Administrative History

    Los Lupeños de San José was co-founded (and initially directed) by Susan Cashion and Ramón Morones in 1969 as Los Lupeños Dancers. Originally beginning as a study and performance group of Mexican dance and culture under the guidance of Daniel Galan, Consul General of Mexico in San José, and assisted by Guadalupe Suarez, a local civic leader in Mexican affairs, Los Lupeños de San José also branched out to engage in community outreach and opened a school called Escuela de Danza y Cultura (School of Dance and Culture).
    The style of dance that Los Lupeños de San José practices, teaches, and performs was a novel genre in the 1950s created by Amalia Hernandez of Mexico City as a new style of Mexican traditional dance which she named Ballet Folklórico. At the University of Guadalajara, Cashion and Morones met and studied this style of dance under the tutelage of Rafael Zamarripa who advanced the fledgling dance form at the university.
    Susan Cashion, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, originally studied dance at the University of California, Los Angeles where she received a Fulbright scholarship to do research on Mexican dance at the University of Guadalajara. It was there that she met Ramón Morones, a native of Guadalajara, and following Zamarripa's philosophy they worked to create original choreographies and theatrical settings based on traditional Mexican dance. Dr. Cashion is currently a Dance Department faculty member at Stanford University.
    Los Lupeños de San José experienced rapid growth during its first decade by participating extensively in Mexican community activities throughout the San Francisco Bay are and representing the City of San José at the Spokane World's Fair and Carnaval in Veracruz. In 1972, Los Lupeños co-founded the Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos, and several years later participated in the creation of Danzantes Unidos, an annual California Mexican Dance Festival. Since then, in spite of funding problems, it has continued to create original dance suites, teach new students, and perform in numerous venues. In 2006 Los Lupeños de San José was dissolved as a non-profit corporation by its Board of Directors, and taken under the wing of the Mexican Heritage Corporation as the resident dance company of the Mexican Heritage Plaze in San José. Under this agreement Los Lupeños de San José became a permanent performance component of the San José Mariachi Festival.

    Bibliography and references cited

    Mexican Heritage Bellas Artes De San José.Los Lupeños de San José-History Web page. http://www.mhcviva.org/lupenos/history.html (accessed March 25, 2009)

    Stanford University. Dance Department Faculty Web page. http://www.stanford.edu/dept/dance/faculty/scashion.html (accessed March 25, 2009).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection consists of materials relating to the activities of Los Lupeños de San José which was founded in 1969. It was one of the first and one of the few California organizations representing the new genre of Mexican folklórico. This collection contains financial records, organizational correspondence, publicity and event documents, news clippings, video and DVD recordings, and other printed matter. Additionally, the collection is dense in photographs of the individuals involved in Lupeños de San José as well as of the dance school and the dance company's performances.


    This collection is arranged into five series: Series I: Administrative Files; Series II: Escuela de Danza y Cultura (School of Dance and Culture); Series III. Printed Matter; Series IV. Photographs and Slides; Series V. Audiovisual Materials.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index similar items in the Library of Congress.


    Ballet Folklórico de México.
    Dance schools--California--San Jose.
    Folk dancing--Mexican.
    Modern dance--United States--Archival resources.
    Dancers--California--San Jose.