Guide to the Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records

Finding Aid Authors: Priscilla Lopez.
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Guide to the Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records 1993/2011

Special Collections & University Archives

Overview of the Collection

Collection Title: Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records
Dates: 1993-2011
Bulk Dates: 1990-1995
Identification: MS-0460
Creator: Association of Chicana Activists (AChA)
Physical Description: 1.83 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

Historical Note:

The Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) at SDSU was founded in 1991 by members of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) seeking to focus on issues related to Chicanas. Founding members included Silvia Bustamante, Martha Cervantez, Guadalupe R. Corona, Rosa Hernandez, Maria del Carmen Mendez, Lorena Valenzuela and Teresa Zamora. In 1995, a second chapter was formed at the University of San Diego. The philosophy of the association includes raising cultural awareness and Chicana consciousness, as well as encouraging civic involvement and political awareness, following the basic principles of the Plan de Santa Barbara, a Chicano plan for higher education.
AChA held its first annual high school conference in 1993. The conferences have helped to form solidarity among Chicanas and provided support in their college entrance experience. They have also provided networking and leadership skills for attendees. AChA continues to be active by supporting Chicanas in becoming advocates for the empowerment of the people.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material:

Organizational Records

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, Association of Chicana Activists Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Scope and Contents

The Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records document the history of AChA at SDSU. Highlights include a copy of the 1993 newsletter for the organization's first annual high school conference, as well as original transparencies and positives of AChA's logo. In particular, the records highlight the group's formation, high school conferences and other events and activities. The collection is filed chronologically with the majority of the materials dating from the early 1990s. The records consist of albums, scrapbooks, newsletters, transparencies, and photographs.

Detailed List of Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

Album 2001

Box 1, Folder 2

Album 2002

Box 1, Folder 3

High School Conference Newsletters 1993 and 1994

Box 1, Folder 4

High School Conference Newsletters 1997 and 1998

Box 1, Folder 5

High School Conference Newsletters 2000-2004

Box 1, Folder 6

High School Conference Newsletters 2005-2009

Box 1, Folder 7

Scrapbook 1993-1994

Box 2

Scrapbook 1998-1999

Box 2

Scrapbook 2000-2001

Box 2

Scrapbook 2003-2004

Box 3

Logo original positives and transparencies

Box 3

Scrapbook 2000

Box 3

Scrapbook 2001

Box 3

Scrapbook Spring 2001

Folder 1

AChA Meetings Poster 2011