Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, 1968-2008
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Brief Description: The Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, assembled after Nuñez's death, documents his work in promoting educational equity and parent involvement, and his help in founding the Chicano Studies Department at SDSU.  Filed alphabetically, the collection includes educational treatises, academic papers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and materials relating to Nuñez's memorial service at San Diego State University.  The collection dates from 1968 to 2008.
Held at:
Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Created by: Nuñez, Rene (1936-2006)
Volume: 3.96 Linear Feet
Acquired: 10/18/2007. 2009-043, 2012-025.
Biographical Note for Nuñez, Rene (1936-2006) :

The son of immigrants, Rene Nuñez was born in 1936 and raised in San Diego.  He graduated from San Diego High School in 1955, and joined the army four years later.  After leaving the army, Nuñez attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his Bachelor's degree in Spanish in 1967.  During this time, he worked as the Director of the Educational Clearinghouse, a college outreach program for Chicano/a and African-American students living in LA's underprivileged neighborhoods.  As an activist dedicated to improving Chicano education, Nuñez participated in the 1968 Chicano Student Walkouts, and helped to organize the Biltmore Hotel educational demonstration of 1968.  He was arrested as part of the "Biltmore 10."  He played a major role in the 1969 UC Santa Barbara Conference of Chicano students, professors, and activists.  The conference discussed educational issues in the Chicano community, and resulted in the creation of "El Plan," a blueprint for the codification of Chicano Studies programs at the university level.  Several universities implemented the plan the following year.  The conference also established the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA).  In addition to this work, Nuñez was active in the anti-war movement as well.

In 1969, Nuñez became Director of the Centro de Estudios Chicanos at SDSU.  He formally joined the faculty in 1971, and helped to develop the curriculum for the Chicana and Chicano Studies department.  In his classes, Nuñez promoted the principles of the Chicano Movement, celebrated Chicano history and culture, and encouraged community outreach and involvement.  In 1972, Nuñez received a Master's degree in Urban Studies from Occidental College.  In 1985, he obtained a Master's in Political Science from UCSD, and in 1994 he acquired a joint doctorate in education from SDSU and Claremont Graduate University.

In 2002, Nuñez retired as Professor Emeritus of Chicano Studies.  He continued teaching and remained an active participant in the San Diego County Latino Coalition for Education, the National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), the Latino Education Summit, and La Rama de Padres Latinos.  Nuñez died in 2006.  Faculty at SDSU held a "Teach-In and Call to Action" in honor of Nuñez.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Chicano movement--California
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan de U.C.S.B.
San Diego State University. Chicana and Chicano Studies
Genres/Forms of Material
Audio Recordings
Personal Papers
Video Recordings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine.  Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Notes: Richard Griswold  Materials in this collection were compiled and donated by Richard Griswold on 18 October 2007.
Related Materials:

Chicano Federation of San Diego County Records, 1968-1980

Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983

Arturo Casares Papers, 1968-2007

Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997

Citizens United for Racial Equality Records, 1968-1976

PreferredCitation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Finding Aid Revisions: 2012-025 accession added to collection by Kira Hall in Feb. 2015.