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Guide to the Mendez v. Westminster : research materials, 1879-1995
Special Collections M0938  
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Mendez v. Westminster : research materials,
    Date (inclusive): 1879-1995
    Collection number: Special Collections M0938
    Creator: Arriola, Christopher J.
    Extent: 2 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

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    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Gift of Christopher J. Arriola, 1997

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    [Identification of item] Mendez v. Westminster : research materials, M0938, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    Christopher Arriola is currently working for the Los Angeles District Attorney (1997). He received his J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law, Univ. of California at Berkeley, 1995, and his A.B. from Stanford University, in 1992. He was originally a graduate of El Modena High School.

    Scope and Content

    The study of a legal case involving public school discrimination in the Orange County town of El Modena. The case, Mendez v. Westminster, traveled from then rural Orange County, all the way to the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco, where the court held that Mexican Americans could not be discriminated against on the basis of national origin. Arriola did a case study of Mexican school segregation in Orange County, in particular in El Modena, and legal analysis of the issues surrounding the Mendez case. Included are interviews, historical material, clippings, case abstracts, finished papers, etc.

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    Danker, Esther.
    Danker, Ralph.
    Gobbel, J.D.
    Gobbel, Marge.
    Gomez, Daniel.
    Gonzalez, Gilbert G.
    Haas, Mary Lisbeth.
    Mendez, Gonzalo--Trials, litigation, etc.
    Quintana, Annie.
    Rodriguez, Vince.
    Torres, Bob.
    Treff, Simon Ludwig.
    Valenci, Oscar.
    Westminster School District (Orange County, Calif.)
    Discrimination in education--Orange County--History.
    Educational law and legislation--Orange County.
    Mexican Americans--Education.
    Segregation in education--Law and legislation--United States.