MANA of San Diego County Records, 1986-2002
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Brief Description:

The MANA of San Diego County Records document the operation and administration of MANA during Olivia Puentes-Reynolds’ involvement in the organization.  The collection provides extensive documentation for MANA's work promoting educational achievement and increasing Latino representation at the local, state, and national levels.  Records in the collection regarding the Hermanitas program, Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship, Platica lecture series, and Political Committee highlight these endeavors.  The collection dates from 1986 to 2002 with the majority of materials dating from 1994 to 1999.   The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, brochures, news clippings, flyers, conference materials, and committee files.  The collection is divided into three series: Administrative Files (1986-2002), the Brindis Files (1994-2002), and Conference Files (1993-1999).

The Administrative Files document the basic administration of the San Diego County chapter of MANA.  Arranged alphabetically, these files date from 1986 to 2002 and make up the largest of the three series.  Particularly noteworthy are the files relating to MANA’s Hermanitas Mentorship Program, which seeks to empower pre-teen girls and promote education.  The series is composed of correspondence, brochures, meeting minutes, budget information, committee files, event information, and news clippings.

The Brindis Files document MANA’s annual Brindis celebration, which honors prominent Latina professionals and recognizes the recipients of the Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship.  Highlights include drafts of speeches given by guest speakers, such as Mayor Susan Golding.  Arranged chronologically, the series dates from 1994 to 2002 and includes programs, correspondence, flyers, nominations, speeches, and planning and budget information.

The Conference Files date from 1993 to 1999 and document the San Diego chapter of MANA’s participation at national and international conferences regarding women.  The series is arranged alphabetically and includes notes, flyers, handouts, and schedules from national MANA conferences, the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, as well as training, youth, and development conferences.

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Special Collections & University Archives
5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego, CA 92182 8050
Phone: 619-594-6791
Email: askscua [at]
Created by: MANA of San Diego County (1986-)
Volume: 3.75 Linear Feet
Acquired: 06/29/2009.

I. Administrative Files, 1986-2002

II. Brindis Files, 1994-2002

III. Conference Files, 1993-1999

Biographical Note for MANA of San Diego County (1986-) :

Established in 1974 as the Mexican-American Women's National Association (MANA), MANA is a non-profit organization which seeks to better Latina women, or hermanas, through educational, economic, political, health, and social advocacy programs.  In 1994, the association changed its name to the more inclusive MANA, A National Latina Organization in order to acknowledge its growing diversity.  Today, MANA consists of over 26 chapters, including MANA of San Diego County, and is the "single largest pan-Latina organization in the United States."

In 1986, a group of Latina women dedicated to community activism founded the San Diego Chapter of MANA.  The chapter offers workshops, advocacy programs, conferences, and mentoring programs for Latinas.  The organization's Hermanitas program is a one-on-one mentorship program dedicated to supporting and encouraging pre-teen Latinas to stay in school.  The Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship likewise promotes education amongst young Latinas.  Every year, MANA awards this scholarship at the Brindis, a celebratory tribute to outstanding Latina professionals.  In addition, MANA's Platica lectures give local officials and community leaders a chance to address issues relevant to the Latina community, including immigration and education.  Today, MANA of San Diego County continues to thrive as an organization dedicated to empowerment and leadership of Latinas.

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, a local Latina activist, was active in MANA from 1993 to 2000.  She served as Strategic Planning Facilitator, Membership Chair, Program Chair and President.  She chaired two Brindis, co-chaired the 1993 National MANA Leadership Conferernce, and chaired the 1996 MANA National Leadership Conference.

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Mexican American education--California--San Diego
Mexican American women--California--San Diego County--History--20th century--Sources
Mexican American Women’s National Association
Genres/Forms of Material
Organizational Records
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
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Acquisition Notes: Olivia Puentes-Reynolds
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PreferredCitation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, MANA of San Diego County Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.