Scope and Content
Organization and Arrangement
Title: Terri de la Peña papers
Date (inclusive): 1988-1996
Collection number: 1960
Peña, Terri de la, 1947-
15 document boxes (7.5 linear ft.)
Abstract: Terri de la Peña is a novelist, short story writer, and children's book author whose writings deal with complex issues of
identity, homophobia, assimilation and resistance focusing on the lives of Chicana lesbians. This collection contains materials
related to the creation, dissemination, publication and revision of both fictional and nonfictional works by Terri de la Peña.
The bulk of the collection is made up of drafts of her first novel, Margins, also considered to be the first lesbian Chicana
novel. The collection includes correspondence, contractual information, promotional materials, drafts and notes.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections
for paging information.
Restrictions on Access
Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library
Special Collections for paging information.
Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the
creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright
owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.
Provenance/Source of Acquisition
Gift of Terri de la Peña, 1996. This collection is part of an outreach and collection-building partnership between the June
L. Mazer Lesbian Archives, the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) and the UCLA Library.
Processed by Stacy Wood, 2011.
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archive
at UCLA is an outreach and collection-building partnership between the
June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives
UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW)
. These collections expand the pool of primary source materials available to researchers and to the community at large. This
partnership was initiated by CSW and is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to inventory, organize,
preserve, and digitize more than eighty Mazer collections pertaining to lesbian and feminist activism and writings.
[Identification of item], Terri de la Peña papers (Collection Number 1960). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young
Research Library, UCLA.
Mary Theresa de la Peña was born on February 20, 1947 in Santa Monica California. She is a fifth generation Californian. Her
father, Joaquin de la Pena, was a tire repair foreman; her mother, Juanita Escobedo, owned a beauty shop. De la Pena was educated
in Santa Monica parochial schools and at Santa Monica Community College. She is a self-taught writer. She wrote her first
Margins, while employed as an academic affairs assistant with the College of Letters and Science at the University of California
Los Angeles. The majority of her work is in short story form, although she wrote several novels. Her narratives revolve around
the myriad cultural and social issues facing Chicana lesbians such as a search for identity, cultural assimilation, class
consciousness, historical awareness, internal and external racism, homophobia and visibility.
||Finding Courage: Writings by women
||The Original Coming Out Stories
||Lesbian Bedtime Stories Two
||Blood Whispers: L.A. Writers on AIDS
||A is for the Americas (Children's book co-written with Cynthia Chin-Lee and Enrique O. Sanchez)
||Happy Endings: Lesbian Writers Talk about their Lives and Work
||Out of the Class Closet: Lesbians Speak
||Lavender Mansions: 40 Contemporary Lesbian and Gay Short Stories
||Another Wilderness: New Outdoor Writing by Women
||Night Bites: Vampire Stories by Women
||Lesbian Friendships: For Ourselves and Each Other
||Off the Rag: Lesbians Writing on Menopause
||Faults: A Novel
||Night Shade: Gothic Tales by Women
||At Home on This Earth: Two Centuries of U.S. Women's Nature Writing
||Tortilleras: Hispanic and U.S. Latina Lesbian Expression
||The Chicano/Latino Literary Prize: An Anthology of Prize-Winning Fiction, Poetry and Drama
Scope and Content
This collection contains materials related to the creation, dissemination, publication and revision of both fictional and
nonfictional works by Terri de la Peña. The bulk of the collection is made up of drafts of her first novel,
Margins, also considered to be the first Chicana novel. The collection includes correspondence, contractual information, promotional
materials, drafts and notes.
Organization and Arrangement
Materials are arranged according to title of work.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Peña, Terri de la, 1947- --Archives.
Mexican American women authors --California, Southern --Archival resources.
Mexican American lesbians --California, Southern --Archival resources.
Housed within UCLA Special Collections under the title Peña (Terri de la) Poster ca. 1994, is one, limited edition publicity
poster for her novel
Latin Satins. Notes concerning her involvement are included in the Starr (Adele) Collection on Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Bulk 1977-1996 at the ONE Gay and Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California.