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Title: Gracia Molina de Pick Papers, 1902-2015Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ID: MS-0513
Extent: 34.92 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1960-1985
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Gracia Molina de Pick, a prominent educator, feminist, and community activist, was born March 21, 1928 in Morelia, Michoacan. Growing up, she was surrounded by a family of political reformers. In 1946 at age 18, she traveled to Paris to attend the founding congress of the International Union of Socialist Youth, and subsequently behind the Iron Curtain to Yugoslavia to help rebuild the country's railroads. This successful work marked the beginning of a lifetime of activism.

Molina de Pick moved to California in 1957 and proceeded to earn Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Spanish Language from San Diego State University. She pursued doctoral studies at the University of California at San Diego and the University of Southern California in Education Administration. Molina de Pick continued to work in higher education, and is particularly remembered within the San Diego community for being an integral part of the establishment of the nation’s first associate’s degree in Chicano Studies at Mesa College and a founding faculty member of Thurgood Marshall College (Third College) at the University of California at San Diego. Both programs were evidence of Molina de Pick’s endeavors to incorporate a wider scope of educational topics, especially Chicano culture, into the standard curriculum. She also worked extensively to promote bilingual and bicultural education, particularly at Sweetwater Union High School. Her bilingual education reform led her to become a founding member and the San Diego chapter president of the Association of Mexican-American Educators (AMAE). Molina de Pick was also the first San Diegan appointed to the California Postsecondary Education Commission in 1975.

Gracia Molina de Pick joined the Democratic Party in 1971. Shortly after joining, she helped to found Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional, the first national Chicana Association. She also became an active member and leader of many other organizations devoted to feminism, Chicano rights, civil rights, and labor reform.  Her involvements include the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC), the Mexican American Women’s National Association (MANA), the National Council of La Raza, the United Farm Workers, and the Chicano Federation. She attended the United Nations Conferences in Mexico City, Nairobi, Copenhagen, and Beijing, the National Women’s Conference in Houston, Texas, and several Democratic National Conventions. She was also appointed to serve on the Census Advisory Committee for the Spanish Origin Population for the 1980 census. Prior to her retirement, she also served as a Human Resource Consultant for the Agency for International Development (African Bureau) of the U.S. State Department and for the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor. At this stage of her career, Molina de Pick had completed and published Mujeres en la Historia/Historias de Mujeres with Carmen Lugo, a book that includes voices of women absent from the previous historical record.

Molina de Pick’s dedication to serving the community and advocating for the rights of others, as well as professional accomplishments, have been recognized at the local, state, and national levels. Amongst her many honors, Molina de Pick received the Points of Light U.S. Presidential Award from George H.W. Bush, the Community Activist Award from the Chicano Federation, the Teacher of the Year Award from Mesa College, and was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

Gracia Molina de Pick was married to Richard Pick and raised three children, Milan, Adele, and Daniel. She currently resides in San Diego.

Author: Kira Hall and Taylor de Klerk
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I. Biographical, 1945-2013

    1. Personal Papers, 1945-2013

    2. Photographs, n.d.

II. Writings, 1963-2011

    1. Published, 1974-2003

    2. Unpublished, 1963-2011

III. Correspondence, 1964-2012

IV. Education Materials, 1962-2012

    1. Bilingual Education, 1967-1996

    2. California Postsecondary Education Commission, 1970-1981

    3. Higher Education, 1962-2012

V. Women's Rights, 1961-2006

    1. Chicana Activism, 1966-2005

    2. Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional, 1973-2003

    3. Feminist Organizations, 1968-2005

    4. National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC), 1971-1987

    5. Reproductive Rights, 1974-2004

    6. Women's History and Women's Rights Publications, 1971-2006

    7. Women's Rights Conferences, 1961-2006

VI. Activism and Political Involvement, 1902-2012

    1. Chicano Activism, 1967-2009

    2. Chicano Cultural Identity and History, 1928-2010

    3. Civil and Human Rights, 1966-2012

    4. Community Engagement, 1966-2009

    5. Democratic Party, 1973-2004

    6. Education Reform, 1965-1985

    7. Environmentalism, 1971-1981

    8. Health Care, 1967-1994

    9. Immigration, 1956-2011

    10. Indigenous Community Rights, 1968-2000

    11. International Relations, 1971-1997

    12. Labor Rights, 1968-2009

    13. United States Census, 1970-1985

    14. United States/Mexico Relations, 1902-2011

    15. Youth Advocacy, 1968-2011

VII. Buttons and Name Badges, 1980-2012

VIII. Art and Posters, 1973-2010

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 08/07/2014.
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: Daniel Pick
Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Gracia Molina de Pick Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Personal Papers
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