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Guide to the José Antonio Villarreal Papers
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Series I: Correspondence, 1953-1991, and undated

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Scope and Content

The materials in this series document the personal and professional life of José Antonio Villarreal and his endeavors to publish his writings. The bulk of the series consists of Villarreal’s correspondence with editors at Doubleday & Company and literary agents at Paul R. Reynolds. Other literary agencies and publishers represented in this series include Curtis Brown, Ltd.; Harry Jacobsen; Scott Meredith Literary Agency; and Bilingual Press. Also included is correspondence with family, friends, colleagues, and students; literary correspondence related to permissions, personal appearances, and publication; correspondence with academic institutions where Villarreal sought employment, taught, or visited as a guest lecturer; and letters describing his views on Chicano literature and the Chicano Movement.
The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by sender’s last name or name of affiliated organization, with incoming and outgoing letters interfiled chronologically. Whenever possible, the correspondence is filed under the name of the institution with which the writer is affiliated, whether the letter is of a personal or professional nature. Partially identified and unidentified letters can be found at the end of the series.

Box 1: Correspondence Arranged by Academic Institution, A-Y, 1959-1991, and undated


Box 2: Correspondence Arranged by Organization, A-N 1953-1991, and undated


Box 3: Correspondence Arranged by Organization, P-Y, 1959-1990, and undated


Box 4: Correspondence Arranged by Sender’s Last Name , 1958-1990, and undated


Series II: Writings by Villarreal, 1959-1992, and undated

Physical Description: 15 boxes

Scope and Content

The materials in this series document Villarreal’s creative process and output as a writer. The records include drafts; original research materials and notes; outlines; page and galley proofs; and typescripts of Villarreal's books. Several of the drafts contain editorial markings. There are also articles, essays, and poetry written by Villarreal, some of which were published in anthologies, magazines, and newspapers. Also included is an early manuscript and precursor to the book Pocho, entitled Our Little Life.
This series is arranged alphabetically by title. The writings exist in multiple drafts, and the physical arrangement does not necessarily reflect the order of composition. Boxes 6 and 7 consist of unbound drafts in no discernible order.
Note: Come Ride with Me was renamed The Conscripts. Heraclio and My Kinsman, My Foe are earlier titles for The Fifth Horseman.

Box 5: Clemente Chacón, circa 1974-1984


Box 6: The Fifth Horseman, 1960, and undated


Box 7: [The Fifth Horseman] Heraclio, undated


Box 8: [The Fifth Horseman] My Kinsman, My Foe, 1960


Box 9: The Fifth Horseman, 1969


Box 10: The Fifth Horseman, undated


Box 11: The Fifth Horseman, circa 1974-1984


Box 12: Pocho, undated


Box 13: Pocho, undated


Box 14: Pocho, undated


Box 15: Pocho, circa 1959


Box 16: Pocho, circa 1959


Box 17: Other Writings, C – Me, 1965-1992, and undated


Box 18: Other Writings, Me – V, 1959-1979, and undated


Box 19: Other Writings, oversized, 1962-1966


Series III: Printed Materials, 1959-1995

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content

The materials in this series document the various ways in which Villarreal’s writings were received by academics, critics, members of the Chicano Movement, and others; his speaking engagements; his participation in various literary conferences; and his career as a writer. Included are critiques of Pocho; interviews and articles about Villarreal; programs for conferences and writers workshops; reviews of Pocho and The Fifth Horseman; publicity materials; and newspaper clippings.
This series is arranged by format.

Box 20: Printed Materials, 1959-1995, and undated


Series IV: Personalia, 1950-2010

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content

The materials in this series document Villarreal’s personal life and professional achievements. The records include awards; a Chicano literature bibliography and printed materials collected by Villarreal; his curriculum vitae; his college diploma; papers and photographs documenting the donation of his papers to the University of Santa Clara; his honorary degree from Houston International University; memorial service materials; and pages from a scrapbook.

Box 21: Personalia, 1950-2010


Series V: Audiovisual Materials, 1975, and undated

Physical Description: 1 box

Scope and Content

The materials in this series include audio reel-to-reel, audiocassette, and videocassette recordings of Villarreal in conversation with his peers, community, and students. Included are audiocassette recordings of Villarreal and others presenting at a Chicano Writers’ Workshop at the University of California, Berkeley in 1975 and a radio broadcast of Villarreal being interviewed by Roberto Cantú and Victor Vasquez; reel-to-reel recordings of a presentation Villarreal gave at the University of Colorado, Boulder on the Mexican-American experience; two unidentified reels; and a videocassette recording of Villarreal speaking to an unidentified group of students and community members about his life, his work, and Chicano culture and heritage.
Note: Reel-to-reel recordings are not available for playback at this time.

Box 22: Audiovisual Materials, 1975, and undated