The José Montoya Papers cover his life from his return from the Korean War around 1954 through the late 2000s. They contain
biographical information such as correspondence, events and sketchbooks. Montoya is an important cultural luminary of the
Chicano Movement in which he had been long involved as a poet, activist, educator and artist. His artwork in this collection
is represented in sketches, posters, slides and in digital format on Calisphere.
José Montoya (1932 - September 25, 2013) is one of the premiere cultural activists in the Chicano movement. He was Born in
New Mexico in 1932, but grew up in central California. He witnessed the struggle for migrant farm workers rights first hand.
His involvement with organized labor, and collaboration with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers movement, was the beginning
of his lifelong commitment to artistic inquiry and an unwavering dedication to artistic activism. Montoya cofounded one of
the ground-breaking Chicano Artist Collectives in 1970. This group came to be known as the Royal Chicano Air Force. The RCAF
set the standard for using art as a tool for Chicano historical exposition, advocacy and the education of young people.
22.0 linear feet
(44 boxes total: 21 document boxes (1-4, 11-22), 5 photo binder boxes (5-9), 8 oversize boxes (11, 23-29), 85 Sketchbooks
(in document boxes 30 - 44) and 56 posters)
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