Inventory of the Gloria Anzaldúa Altares Collection

Irene Reti
The University Library
Special Collections and Archives
University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
© 2006
The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the Gloria Anzaldúa Altares Collection

Collection number: MS 308

The University Library

Special Collections and Archives

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California
Processed by:
Irene Reti
Date Completed:
September 2006
Encoded by:
UCSC OAC Unit
© 2006 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Gloria Anzaldúa Altares collection
Dates: 1942-2004
Collection number: MS 308
Creator: Anzaldúa, Gloria
Collection Size: 18 boxes, 1 map roll
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection of figurines, small clay pots, masks, rattles, candles, altar cloths, and other ephemera was used by Gloria Anzaldúa as altar (altares) objects at her home in Santa Cruz, California. These altares were an integral part of her spiritual life and creative process as a writer.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the collection.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

This collection is open for viewing.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Gloria Anzaldúa Altares collection. MS 308. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Anzaldúa Family in 2005.

Biography

"I sit here before my computer, Amiguita, my altar on top of the monitor with the Virgen de Coatlalopeuh candle and copal incense burning. My companion, a wooden serpent staff with feathers, is to my right while I ponder the ways metaphor and symbol concretize the spirit and etherealize the body. The Writing is my whole life, it is my obsession." Gloria E. Anzaldúa from Borderlands/La Frontera (Aunt Lute Books, 1999)
Independent scholar and creative writer Gloria E. Anzaldúa was an internationally acclaimed cultural theorist. As the author of Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Anzaldúa played a major role in shaping contemporary Chicano/a and lesbian/queer identities. And as editor or co-editor of three multicultural anthologies, she played an equally vital role in developing an inclusionary, multicultural feminist movement. Anzaldúa's writings have been included in over 100 anthologies to date. Her works greatly impacted a wide variety of academic disciplines, including (but not limited to) American studies, Chicano/a studies, composition studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies, feminism and feminist theory, literary studies, queer theory, and women's studies. A versatile author, Anzaldúa published poetry, theoretical essays, short stories, autobiographical narratives, interviews, children's books, and multigenre edited collections. Her published works include This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (1981, co-edited with Cherr?e Moraga), a ground-breaking collection of essays and poems widely recognized by scholars in Women's Studies as the premiere multicultural feminist text; Borderlands/La Frontera (1987), a founding text of Chicano/a Studies and Border Studies, as well as a classic of twentieth-century American literature; Making Face, Making Soul/Haciendo Caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Feminists-of-Color (1990), a multigenre collection used in many university classrooms; two bilingual children's books "Friends from the Other Side/Amigos del otro lado and Prietita and the Ghost Woman/Prietita y la Llorona; Interviews/Entrevistas (2000), a memoir-like collection of interviews; this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation (2002, co-edited with AnaLouise Keating), a multigenre collection that examines the current status of feminist/womanist theorizing; and additional stories and essays. Anzaldúa and her works won numerous awards, including a fiction award from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Before Columbus Foundation American Book Award, the Lamda Lesbian Small Book Press Award, the Susan Koppelman Award, the Smithsonian Notable Book Award, and the Americas Honor Award. Borderlands/La Frontera was selected as one of the 100 Best Books of the Century both by Hungry Mind Review and by Utne Reader.
Anzaldúa was born in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, the eldest child of Urbano and Amalia Anzaldúa. She received her B.A. from Pan American University, her M.A. from University of Texas, Austin, and her Ph.D. (awarded posthumously) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
AnaLouise Keating

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection of figurines, small clay pots, masks, rattles, candles, altar cloths, and other ephemera was used by Gloria Anzaldúa as altar (altares) objects at her home in Santa Cruz, California. These altares were an integral part of her spiritual life and creative process as a writer.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Anzaldúa, Gloria--Archives
Altars
Altarpieces
Idols and images--Worship
Authors, American--California--Santa Cruz County
Mexican American lesbians--Fiction
Mexican American women--Ethnic identity
Women and literature--United States--History--20th century

Other Finding Aids

Gloria Anzaldúa papers at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas.

Container List

Box 1

Painted Fish (large - wood)

Box 1

Painted frog (wood ornament)

Box 1

Aztec Statue (stone on wood pedestal)

Box 1

Aztec Head (stone)

Box 1

Brass monkey

Box 1

Metal horse (black)

Box 1

Wood sea otter

Box 1

Naughty Nun crèche

Box 1

Fossil spiral

Box 1

Fossil tile

Box 1

Wooden Owl on pedestal

Box 1

Red Fruit Bowl (ceramic, small)

Box 1

Tiny Rattan Basket w/ceramic fruits & vegetables

Box 1

Shell (large, white)

Box 1

Shell (small white/tan)

Box 1

Shell (small w/hole)

Box 1

Metal Horse on polished rock slice

Box 1

"Frieda Kahlo" - button

Box 1

"Support Indian Sovereignty" - button

Box 1

"Who you callin' immigrant, pilgrim?" - button

Box 1

"Take Back the Night" - button

Box 1

"Being Weird isn't enough" - button

Box 1

"Todos un Pueblo" - button

Box 2

Red Cowboy Hand

Box 2

Black penguin (beak broken)

Box 2

Glass Hummingbird

Box 2

Wooden Roadrunner

Box 2

Ceramic duck

Box 2

Black armadillo (standing)

Box 2

Duck Box

Box 2

Hen coin box

Box 2

Stone Seal

Box 2

Red Stone dog

Box 2

Black spoon

Box 2

Brass turtle

Box 2

Metal armadillo (The Alamo)

Box 2

Hen box (oriental)

Box 2

Black rooster

Box 2

Black duck (standing)

Box 2

Black duck (nesting)

Box 2

Black clay hen (nesting)

Box 2

Black clay rooster (standing, tail fanned)

Box 2

Coiled snake w/separate tail and head (incense burner)

Box 2

Armadillo magnet

Box 2

Snake magnets (2)

Box 2

Wood alligator

Box 2

Clay salamander

Box 2

Beaded lizard

Box 2

Painted wood alligator

Box 2

Polynesian woman (wood)

Box 2

Snakes - 4 (1 flat ceramic; 1 light brown; 1 dark brown; 1 short gourd rattle)

Box 2

Snake (bamboo, articulated)

Box 3

Basket with dangling silver beads

Box 3

Black pot

Box 3

Soapstone pot

Box 3

Colorful ceramic Mexican water jug

Box 3

Plastic virgin plate

Box 3

Clasped wooden figures

Box 3

Wooden Mexican mirror

Box 3

Pots

Box 3

Ceramic tile with steer head on it

Box 4

Jaguar head - wooden mask

Box 4

Owl made of shell

Box 4

Cactus magnet

Box 4

Stone quail, ducks

Box 4

Ceramic hand-painted rattle gift

Box 4

Black face mask

Box 4

Snakes

Box 4

Wooden painted cactus box

Box 4

Red ceramic plate

Box 4

Metal cowgirl boot

Box 4

Box made of orange

Box 4

Armadillo

Box 4

Beaded spider

Box 5

Virgin tapestry

Box 5

Ceramic virgin

Box 5

Small virgin with calla lillies

Box 5

Virgin magnets

Box 5

Aztec twins figure

Box 5

Zebra candle stick

Box 5

Small Mexican flag

Box 5

Silver mirror

Box 5

Virgin wooden plaque

Box 5

Rattles

Box 5

Pots

Box 5

Crystals

Box 5

Metal bell

Box 6

Turtle carrying figures on its back (large, Mexican painted style)

Box 6

Coatilcue stone figure

Box 6

Three small masks

Box 6

Stone owl box

Box 6

Ceramic jaguar hanging ornament

Box 6

Stone quail

Box 6

Blue-glazed metal plate

Box 6

Origami by Kit Quan

Box 6

Stone duck box

Box 6

Obsidian bears

Box 6

Beadwork on safety pin

Box 7

Women writer with beasts small display

Box 7

Wooden horse with broken leg

Box 7

Altar cloths

Box 7

Button collection

Box 7

Large ceramic layered face mask

Box 7

Feather pendant

Box 7

Altar in the bathroom

Box 7

Misc. small altar objects

Box 7

Stone shaman

Box 7

Small green painted wooden easel

Box 7

Human figurine

Box 7

Virgin creche

Box 7

Clay pig

Box 8

Aztec coaster

Box 8

Aztec bookends

Box 8

Ceramic goddess candle

Box 8

Lizard stickers

Box 8

Small altar objects

Box 8

Unframed pictures and cards

Box 8

Framed pictures and cards

Box 9

Round candle and stand

Box 9

Altar cloths

Box 9

Beaded collar

Box 9

Origami by Kit Quan

Box 9

Framed pictures and cards

Box 10

Unframed pictures and cards

Box 10

Anzaldua captions 2006 McHenry library exhibit

Box 10

2006 McHenry Library Exhibit comment book

Box 11

Creche

Box 11

Metal plate

Box 11

Virgin figure

Box 11

Framed pictures and cards

Box 12

Large Virgin tapestry

Box 12

Altar box

Box 12

Virgin candles

Box 12

Finger piano

Box 13

Marbles

Box 13

Mirror

Box 13

Crochet butterfly

Box 13

Medicine pouches

Box 13

Crystals

Box 13

Baskets

Box 14

Mouse pad decorated w/ Virgin de Guadalupe

Box 14

Wooden snake on wheels

Box 14

Stone turtle

Box 14

Wood box decorated w/cacti

Box 14

Wood stick, approx. 6" long

Box 14

Small rubber turtles (4)

Box 14

Stone turtle (handmade by Rose Lightning)

Box 14

Virgin candle

Box 14

Small basket with cut ribbons

Box 14

Small face masks (2)

Box 14

Yemaya candle

Box 14

Stuffed snake

Box 14

Eskimo knife

Box 14

Yellow wool cloth w/fringe

Box 14

Frame, red plastic - cartoon of naked woman sleeping, jaguar, snake

Box 14

Multi-colored woven rug wrapped around 1 pink metal framed picture of jaguar

Box 14

Pouch w/dried nuts

Box 14

Pouch w/3 coins, 2 crystals

Box 14

Pouch w/sand, dirt, seeds, etc.

Box 14

Articulated wooden snake toy

Box 14

Braided straw coil

Box 14

Frieda Kahlo - US Stamp ceremony 6/22/2001, postcard

Box 14

Small blue rug

Box 14

Framed cartoon - Frank Romero "La Llorena" silver metal frame

Box 14

Many Hands Gallery box containing: 1 round crystal; 1 crystal pendant & black bead choker

Box 14

Mini books in slipcases (2)

Box 14

Carved wood turtle

Box 15

Metal lizard incense burner

Box 15

Coiled paper snake (fragile)

Box 15

Beaded doll

Box 15

Corn cobs - wax candles

Box 15

Miniature tableau: Skeleton kneeling over grave with flowers

Box 15

Metal woman

Box 15

Ceramic lizard magnet

Box 15

Miniature ceramics: rabbit, owl, cat

Box 15

2 Pendants - goddess Quan Yin

Box 15

Miniature tableau: Black painted wood car with man & woman passengers - With separate cross marked "Gloria"

Box 15

Miniature tableau: Diego Rivera as a frog, table w/ food, skeleton Frida Kahlo; label reads, "Ofrenda para Diego Y Frida"

Box 15

Miniature tableau: table with skulls, snakes, black candles - table base broken

Box 15

Metal frog - small

Box 15

Metal horse [brass]

Box 15

Black felt hat

Box 15

Frog wind chime

Box 16

Black mask - papier mache

Box 16

Black glazed ceramic rooster bowl containing metal star

Box 16

Gourds with incised faces

Box 16

Ceramic figurine -seated woman with calla lilies

Box 17

Mortar and pestle

Box 17

Ceramic woman black w/square black bead necklace

Box 17

Fossil tile

Box 17

Ceramic otter - black

Box 18

Wooden yellow jaguar woman with tail (large, fragile)

Box 18

Wood & stone incense holder w/turtle and incense sticks

Box 18

Standing figurine in paper w/ceramic face and basket of corn kernels

Box 18

Abalone shell

Box 19

Goddess figure staff & Serpent staff