This collection contains materials assembled by Rupert Garcia and document his passion for civil rights and activist art.
Garcia was a student at San Francisco State where some of the earliest protests against racism in higher education institutions
took place. This collection has material on that event in 1968 and 1969. The bulk of the nearly 600 posters span from the
late 1960s through the 1980s. These posters include protest art, civil rights demonstrations and marches, Vietnam War-era
protests and rallies, as well as United Farm Workers (UFW)-related events. Additionally, there are writings, publications,
teaching papers and other informative materials that Garcia gathered as part of his research and teaching in Chicano Arts
and the Chicano Movement, ranging from 1967 to 2000s. Researchers Chicano Studies and Art will find of special value the materials
reflecting his intimate knowledge of San Francisco poster and mural art.
Rupert Garcia was born in French Camp, California in 1941. He was raised in Stockton and attended Stockton College, but left
in 1962 to enroll in the U.S. Air Force. After serving in Thailand during the Vietnam War, Garcia enrolled in San Francisco
State University's art program and earned a B.A. and M.A. in painting. As a student, he became actively involved in the civil
rights and anti-war movements. During the San Francisco student strikes of 1968 and 1969, Garcia produced prints in support
of the United Farm Workers, civil rights, land rights, and political awareness. In 1981, Garcia received an M.A. in art history
from the University of California at Berkeley and went on to teach at San Jose State University, School of Art and Design
in San Jose, California.
26 document boxes and 9 oversized flat boxes, and 556 posters
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