Tomás Rivera was born on December 22, 1935 in Crystal City,
Texas. Rising from humble beginnings as the son of Mexican migrant farm workers, Rivera went
to Southwest Texas State University, where he received his B.S. in English Education in
1958. Aiming higher, he returned to Southwest Texas State to get a Master's in Education in
1964 and then, in 1969, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Romance
Literatures. Rivera taught at the university level for many years at various institutions
before becoming chancellor at the University of California, Riverside in 1979, the first
minority chancellor in the University of California system. He served as chancellor until
his untimely death on March 16, 1984. The Tomás Rivera archive contains more than
85,000 items in 198 document boxes (82.5 linear feet) which are divided into five sections:
Biographical Works, Literary Manuscripts, Educational Material, Civic Leadership, and
Illustrative Material. Folders further subdivide each box.
Tomás Rivera was born on December 22, 1935 in Crystal City, Texas. Rising from humble
beginnings as the son of Mexican migrant farm workers, Rivera went to Southwest Texas State
University, where he received his B.S. in English Education in 1958. He then taught English
and Spanish in high school in San Antonio, Crystal City, and League City.
82.5 linear feet
(198 document boxes)
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Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Regents of the University of California
as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
The collection is open for research.