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Guide to the San José State University Chicano Oral History Collection
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Series I: Chicano Oral History Project 1968-2005

Creator: San José State University Mexican American Studies Department
Physical Description: 6 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

The focus of this project is on the Chicano Movement in San José and Santa Clara County in the 1960s and 1970s. During this period, San José was a center of Chicano activism and social change, including some of the earliest Chicano student walkouts in the state, student activism at SJSU and other area colleges, and community organizing. Key activities discussed in the interviews include the Fiesta de las Rosas and the emergence of community organizations including the Community Alert Patrol, the Confederacion de la Raza Unida, the Mexican American Studies Department, United People Arriba, the Mexican American Graduate Studies Department, the Mexican American Educational Opportunities Program, the Mexican American Community Services Agency, the Brown Berets for Justice and the Mexican American Student Confederacion. Other activities investigated include demonstrations and protests such as the Educational Pilgrimage to Sacramento, San José State Students at National Moratorium in Los Angeles in 1970, the walkouts at Roosevelt Jr. High School and San José City College, San José United Grape Workers Boycott, and San José State University's Chicano Commencement.

Personal Names

  • Lela Chavez
  • Rudolfo Coronado
  • Ernestina Garcia
  • Humberto Garza
  • Salvador Gascon
  • Jess Jacques
  • Randall Jimenez
  • Charley Laustanau
  • Sofia Mendoza
  • Pete Michel
  • Frances Palacios
  • Linda Peralta-Conway
  • Vicente Perez
  • Gabriel Allan Reyes
  • Eliodoro Rivera
  • Bea Robinson
  • Adrian Vargas
  • Jose Villa


This series is arranged alphabetically by interviewee and chronologically by date.
Box 1-3

Audio and Visual Tapes 1978-2003

Box 1-2

Audiocassette Tapes 1978-2000

Box 3

Betamax tapes, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes 1988-2003

Box/Folder 4/1

Chicano Commencement Speech 1991

Box/Folder 4/2

Chicano Movement Newsclippings 1968-1977

Box/Folder 4/3-4/5

Chicano Oral History Interviews 1987-2005

Box/Folder 4/3

Agreements 1987-2004

Box/Folder 4/4

Biographies and Summaries 1988-2003

Box/Folder 4/5

Indexes 2005

Box/Folder 4/6

Chicano Oral History Project Proposals 1985-1988

Box/Folder 4/7-4/12

Confederacion de la Raza Unida undated 1969-1977

Box/Folder 4/7

Correspondence 1975-1977

Box/Folder 4/8

Court Documents 1975

Box/Folder 4/9

Newsletters 1970s

Box/Folder 4/10

Press Releases 1970s

Box/Folder 4/11

Reports and Planning Documents undated 1969

Box/Folder 4/12

Speeches 1969-1977

Box/Folder 4/13

Fresh Air Interview with Luis and Daniel Valdez 1987

Box/Folder 5/14-6/39

Oral History Transcripts undated 1988-1990

Box/Folder 5/14

Chavez, Lela 1989

Box/Folder 5/15

Coronado, Rudolfo 1988

Box/Folder 5/16

Garcia, Ernestina 1988

Box/Folder 5/17

Garza, Humberto 1989

Box/Folder 5/18-5/20

Gascon, Salvador 1989

Box/Folder 5/21

Jaques, Jess 1989

Box/Folder 5/22-5/23

Jimenez, Randall 1990

Box/Folder 5/24

Laustanau, Charley 1989

Box/Folder 5/25

Mendoza, Sofia 1988

Box/Folder 5/26-5/27

Michel, Pete 1989

Box/Folder 5/28

Palacios, Frances 1989

Box/Folder 6/29

Peralta- Conway, Linda 1989

Box/Folder 6/30

Perez, Vicente 1990

Box/Folder 6/31

Reyes, Gabriel Allan 1988

Box/Folder 6/32

Rivera, Eliodoro 1988

Box/Folder 6/33

Robinson, Bea Vasquez 1989

Box/Folder 6/34

Vargas, Adrian 1989

Box/Folder 6/35-6/39

Villa, Jose undated