Arturo Casares Papers MS-0440

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

Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
Title: Arturo Casares Papers
Creator: Casares, Arturo
Identifier/Call Number: MS-0440
Physical Description: 0.42 Linear Feet
Date (inclusive): 1968-2008
Date (bulk): 1968-1975
Date: Date acquired: 06/05/2008
Language of Material: English , Spanish; Castilian .

Scope and Contents

The Arturo Casares Papers (1968-2008) document the establishment of the Barrio Station in San Diego and Casares' involvement in the Chicano Movement. Highlights include photographs of the UFW grape strike and the Chicano Moratorium, Casares' English class journal with entries discussing the formation of a Mexican-American Studies program at San Diego State College, old Barrio Station Newsletters, and documents regarding the Chicano Park Incident in which police arrested Casares.  Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of correspondence, course papers, newsletters, and photographs.  The majority of materials date from 1968 to 1975.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. 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.

Source of Acquisition

Arturo Casares

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Preferred Citation

Identification of item, folder title, box number, Arturo Casares Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

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.

Biographical Note

Born in 1943, Arturo Casares grew up in Del Rio, Texas, where he attended a segregated school. Casares moved to Long Beach, CA in 1960. He finished high school and married at the age of 19. He then attended Long Beach City College.  He received an Associate's degree in Liberal Studies and transferred to San Diego State College in 1968. At SDSC, Casares majored in Spanish and minored in History. Later, Casares received a Master's from the University of New Mexico in Counseling.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Casares became active in the Mexican American Youth Association (MAYA), an activist Chicano group, and later in the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA). In addition, Casares worked as a teacher's aide at Logan Elementary school and San Diego High School. Working at these schools once again exposed Casares to gang activities and the limited scholastic resources associated with impoverished neighborhoods. As a result, he founded Barrio Station, an outreach center for low-income Mexican-American families, which still exists today. The Station offers tutoring, recreational activities, and services for at-risk youth.
In addition, Casares began attending student conferences to discuss the implementation of El Plan de Santa Barabara, which sought to establish Chicano and Mexican-American studies programs at the university level. He also became active in the free speech and Chicano movements, supporting Cesar Chavez's United Farm Workers (UFW) strikes and protests.  He was also Vice Chairman of the Chicano Federation. In April of 1971, Casares and two other men, David Llamas Jose Benavides, were arrested at the first anniversary celebration of Chicano Park for obstructing a police officer. The event became known as the "Chicano Park Incident."
Today, Casares continues his community work.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Personal Papers
Chicano movement--California
San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano Studies
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan de U.C.S.B.
United Farm Workers of America

box 1, folder 1

Barrio Station Folder 1 1971-1975, 2008

box 1, folder 2

Chicano Movement: Some Not Too Objective Observations by Abelardo B. Delgado Folder 2 1971

box 1, folder 3

Chicano Park Incident Folder 3 1971

box 1, folder 4

Correspondence Folder 4 1978-1979

box 1, folder 5

English 1B Journal Folder 5 1968

box 1, folder 6

Family Counseling Model Folder 6

box 1, folder 7

Photograph Negatives Folder 7 1970-1975

box 1, folder 8

Photographs: Aztlan Wedding, Santa Barbara - Carnales/National Guard Armory Folder 8

box 1, folder 9

Photographs: Aztlantes Folder 9

box 1, folder 10

Photographs: Barrio Carnales - David, Arturo, Sammy Folder 10

box 1, folder 11

Photographs: Barrio Student Activities Folder 11 1969-1975

box 1, folder 12

Photographs: Barrio Trips, Fiestas, Comida, Chicano Park Tierra Folder 12 1970, 1975

box 1, folder 13

Photographs: Camp Oliver Folder 13 December 1969

box 1, folder 14

Photographs: Chicano Moratorium Folder 14 1970

box 1, folder 15

Photographs: Chicano Park Folder 15

box 1, folder 16

Photographs: Chicano Park Incident - Jail Time Folder 16 December 1971

box 1, folder 17

Photographs: La Huelga United Farm Workers (UFW) Grape Boycott Folder 17 1970

box 1, folder 18

Photographs: Project Consejo/Bobbie and Brothers Out of Jail Folder 18

box 1, folder 19

Photographs: San Diego State College Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) Elections Folder 19 1972

box 1, folder 20

Psychology of the Chicano 101 Folder 20

box 1, folder 21

San Diego State College Course Papers Folder 21 1968-1970