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Title: Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records, 1968-2003Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0442
Extent: 1.67 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1970-1979
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Initially developed in 1968 by students and faculty inspired by the Civil Rights and Chicano movements, San Diego State College (SDSC) officially established the Mexican-American Studies Department, now known as the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department, in 1969, and offered both a major and a minor.  SDSC faculty and students followed El Plan de Santa Barbara as a blueprint for the codification of Chicana/o Studies at the university level, which had been created at the 1969 UC Santa Barbara Conference of Chicano students, professors, and activists.  The purpose of the newly-formed department was to teach an accurate and complete history of Chicanos and Mexican-Americans and their contributions to the United States.  In addition, the department hoped to recruit more Chicana/o students to the campus, and teach and develop skills that students could use to help their communities politically and economically.

Initially, students under the guidance of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) ran the department.  They actively participated in departmental meetings and decisions, taught classes, hired and fired faculty, and helped to develop the curriculum.  In 1975, however, with San Diego State College's change to university status, SDSU incorporated the Mexican-American Studies Department into the College of Professional Studies.  As a result of this institutionalization, the department's decision-making process became faculty and staff centered.  Later, in 1980, the department became part of the College of Arts and Letters.

Today, the department maintains a multi-disciplinary curriculum offering classes in film, history, anthropology, sociology, literature, and politics.  The curriculum also features classes in immigration and border studies, and encourages community outreach through internships, cultural exchanges, research, and advocacy.  Faculty and students participate in cultural documentation projects, such as the Chicano Park Historical Documentation Project, oral interviews, and original research.

Author: Amanda Lanthorne
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Acquired: 10/17/2006. 2006-029
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. 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 Note: Mixed  This collection was acquired from the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department (date unknown); material was added in October 2006 from Barbara Friedrich, wife of Dr. Will Kennedy, one of the founders of the Mexican American Studies Department.
Related Materials:

Rene Nuñez Memorial Collection, 1968-2008

Carmen Sandoval Fernandez Poster Collection, 1974-1983

Arturo Casares Papers, 1968-2007

Maria Garcia Papers, 1968-1997

Chicano Federation of San Diego County Records, 1968-1980

Center for Women's Studies and Services Records, 1947-1997

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Chicana and Chicano Studies Department Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State Universit
Collection Material Type: Official Records
Other Note: This collection was processed as part of the Chicano Studies Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the President's Leadership Fund.
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