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Guide to the Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection, 1983-2004
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection
    Dates: 1983-2004
    Identification: URB/MELA
    Creator: Gutiérrez, Juana Beatriz
    Physical Description: 9.50 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez co-founded the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) with several other women and a priest, Monsignor John Moretta. After co-founding MELA, she formed MELA-SI (Santa Isabel), becoming the president of that organization. Both groups worked to keep their communities and families safe by assisting others, organizing protests, and raising awareness within the community. Gutiérrez had nine children, all of whom assisted with MELA projects. She has received awards for her work within the community and today MELA is a well-known grassroots organization.

    The records of the Mothers of East Los Angeles consist primarily of correspondence to and from Mothers of East Lost Angeles members, as well as newspaper clippings regarding the Mothers during their activities. It also contains flyers, magazine articles and certificates for achievements of MELA.
    Note:
    This collection was processed under a U.S. Department of Education Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant.

    Biographical Information:

    Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez co-founded the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) with several other women and a priest, Monsignor John Moretta, when a proposal regarding a state prison jeopardized her children’s safety. She was born and raised in Mexico, and later moved to Texas where she married her husband Ricardo. After her marriage she moved to Boyle Heights, where she began to take active roles in helping the community. After co-founding MELA, she formed MELA-SI (Santa Isabel), becoming the president of that organization. Both groups worked to keep their community and families safe, by helping others, protesting against projects, and rising awareness on problems in the community. Gutiérrez had nine children all of which helped with the projects. She has received awards for her projects in the community, and today MELA is a well known grassroots organization.

    Access Terms

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

    Corporate Name:

    Mothers of East Los Angeles

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Photographic material

    Geographic Name:

    East Los Angeles (Calif.)

    Personal Name:

    Gutiérrez, Juana Beatriz

    Topical Term:

    Community activists -- California -- East Los Angeles
    Mothers -- California -- East Los Angeles

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall, Yolanda Alaniz, Joan Van Sickle, Maria Bonilla

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Administrative Records, 1984-2002
    Series II: Community Activism, 1983-2004
        Subseries A: Education - Scholarships, 1994-2004
        Subseries B: Education - General, 1987-2002
        Subseries C: Environment - Ecology, 1992-2003
        Subseries D: Environmental Earth Fairs and Community Clean Up Programs, 1993-2002
        Subseries E: Environmental - Incinerators and Toxics, 1988-2000
        Subseries F: Environmental - Gas and Energy, 1995-2002
        Subseries G: Environmental - Air and Water, 1987-2000
        Subseries H: Environmental - General, 1990-2001
        Subseries I: Health - Lead, 1993-2000
        Subseries J: Health - General, 1994-2000
        Subseries K: Prisons, 1983-1989
        Subseries L: Political, 1984-2004
        Subseries M: Transportation, 1991-2000
        Subseries N: Labor, 1988-2002
        Subseries O: General Projects, 1987-2000
    Series III: General Correspondence and Enclosures, 1985-2004
    Series IV: Exhibition Materials, 1987-1997

    Scope and Contents

    The records of the Mothers of East Los Angeles consist primarily of correspondence to and from Mothers of East Lost Angeles members, as well as newspaper clippings regarding the Mothers during their activities. It also contains flyers, magazine articles and certificates for achievements of MELA. The collection is arranged in three series: Administrative Records (1984-2002), Community Activism (1983-2004), and General Correspondence and Enclosures (1985-2004), and Exhibition Materials (1987-1997).
    Series I, Administrative Records, contains administrative information about MELA, consisting of flyers, summaries, statements, as well as calendars and newsletters distributed by MELA. The series is arranged chronologically.
    Series II, Community Activism, documents many of the events coordinated by MELA and include materials such as correspondence, flyers, and newspaper clippings. It is divided into fifteen subseries: Education - Scholarships (1994-2004), Education - General (1994-2004), Environment - Ecology (1992-2003), Environmental Earth Fairs and Community Clean Up Programs (1993-2002), Environmental - Incinerators and Toxics (1988-2000), Environmental - Gas and Energy (1995-2002), Environmental - Air and Water (1987-2000), Environmental - General (1990-2001), Health - Lead (1993-2000), Health - General (1994-2000), Prisons (1983-1989), Political (1984-2004), Transportation (1991-2000), Labor (1988-2002), and General Projects (1987-2000). The materials are arranged chronologically.
    Series III, General Correspondence and Enclosures, contains correspondence to and from MELA and/ or Juana Gutiérrez. This series also contains newspaper clippings and other enclosures about MELA and their achievements. The series is arranged chronologically.
    Series IV, Exhibition Materials, includes items from previous gallery exhibits which highlight the history and accomplishments of MELA.