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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
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  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Processing Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Blase Bonpane Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1977
    Collection number: 1590
    Creator: Bonpane, Blase
    Extent: 131 boxes (65.5 linear ft.) 5 cartons (5 linear ft.) 1 oversize folder 42 oversize boxes
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: Blase Bonpane taught political science and sociology at California State University Northridge (1973-81), was the executive director of the Office of the Americas and the author of many books and articles, chiefly on Central America. The collection consists of correspondence, lectures, sound recordings, journals, and other materials related to Bonpane's work as a peace activist.
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Blase Bonpane, 1990-95.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Blase Bonpane Papers (Collection 1590). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 709423 


    Bonpane earned a BA in philosophy, Maryknoll College, 1953; Master of Religious Education, University of the State of New York, 1958; MA, Latin American studies, Georgetown University, 1967; Ph.D, Social Science Liberation Theology, University of California at Irvine, 1984; regional director of Maryknoll Fathers, 1962-65; taught political science and sociology, California State University Northridge, 1973-81; served on Council of Educational Development, UCLA, 1969-70; director of publications and development for United Farm Workers of America, 1971-73; senior research fellow at Council on Hemispheric Affairs; executive director of the Office of the Americas, Los Angeles; author of many books and articles, chiefly on Central America; frequent radio commentator on KPFK.

    Scope and Content

    Collection consists of correspondence, lectures, sound recordings, journals, and other materials related to Bonpane's work as a peace activist. Many materials focus on U.S. foreign policy and Central America, but some relate to the Vietnam War and the United Farm Workers of America. Includes manuscripts of Bonpane's work and tape recordings of his commentary on radio station KPFK as well as other materials related to his work with the Office of the Americas.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Archives.
    2. Date books.
    3. Judge Bonpane files.
    4. Manuscripts and clippings.
    5. Campaign materials.
    6. Notebooks.
    7. Audiocassettes and reel to reel tapes.
    8. International March for Peace in Central America.
    9. Central America.
    10. Bonpane's published articles and book: Guerillas of Peace.
    11. Freedom of information files.
    12. Correspondence.
    13. Office of the Americas.
    14. Appointment books.
    15. Liberation study of scripture.
    16. Gulf War and Iraq.
    17. KPFK.
    18. Miscellaneous.
    19. Cassette Tapes.
    20. Compact Discs.
    21. Papers.
    22. Umatic Videos.
    23. VHS Cassettes.

    Processing Note

    : Boxes 1-94 processed by UCLA Library Special Collections staff, August 1993; boxes 95-149 processed by Su Kim Chung, June 1997; Boxes 150-163, processed by Bernadette Roca, March 2004; boxes 164-178 processed by Bernadette Roca, July 2006.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Bonpane, Blase--Archives.
    Bonpane, Blase-- Guerrillas of Peace.
    Catholic Church--California--Los Angeles--Clergy--Archival resources.
    Office of the Americas.
    Political activists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    Radio journalists--California--Los Angeles--Archival resources.
    United States--Foreign relations--Central America.

    Genres and Forms of Material