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Rita Sanchez Papers, 1972-2013 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Rita Sanchez Papers, 1972-2013Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Sanchez, Rita (1937-)

Extent: 3.34 Linear Feet


I. Professional Papers (1972-2012)

II. Photographs (1975-2013)

     1. General Photographs (1975-2011)

     2. Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall (2012-2013)

Date Acquired: 07/22/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rita Sanchez Papers (1972-2013) document Sanchez's work while teaching at Mesa Community College and her influence on the Chicano Studies Department there, as well as work done in the San Diego community. The majority of the material dates from 1990-2000 and focuses on student activities and campus events. The collection is divided into two series: Professional Papers and Photographs. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of correspondence, teaching supplements, newspaper clippings, photographs and video recordings.

The Professional Papers series (1972-2012) includes correspondence, articles, programs, video recordings, teaching materials, and newsletters. Noteworthy materials include Imagenes de la Chicana, a publication inspired by Sanchez’s classes, course readers for her La Chicana class, and materials from her induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in 2011.

The Photographs series (1975-2013) is divided into two sub-series: General Photographs and Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall. The General Photographs sub-series (1975-2011) includes photographs from throughout Rita Sanchez’s career. Of particular interest are photographs from events for which Sanchez served as committee chair, which include campus visits by Rosa Parks and Dolores Huerta. Chicana Conciencia Tribute Wall (2012-2013) contains a scrapbook and photographs from the wall displayed at the Chicana/o Archive to honor Chicanas throughout the San Diego community.

Biographical Note

Rita Sanchez was born May 20, 1937 in San Bernardino, California. She attended San Jose State University, majoring in journalism, and earned an M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University in 1974. Later, she pursued her Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego and was a Ford Foundation Fellow for five years. She was the first to teach a Chicana Studies course at Stanford University where she proposed a Chicana journal, Imagenes de la Chicana, that was published in 1973.  

Sanchez taught in the Mexican American Studies Department at San Diego State University from 1974-1984 where she edited Vision de la Mujer, a collection of student writings. In 1990, she continued her teaching career at San Diego Mesa Community College. There she served as Chair of the Mesa College Committee Against Racism and of the Chicano Studies Department from 1996-1999. In 2006, Sanchez recommended changing the Chicano Studies Department name at Mesa College to the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Sanchez is currently semi-retired but continues teaching, working on her writings and advocating for acknowledgment of Chicanas and Chicanos in the history of the United States.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Accruals: 2010-020, 2010-041, 2012-035, 2013-028

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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 Source: Rita Sanchez

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Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Rita Sanchez Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised 11 February 2015 by Taylor de Klerk

Other Note: Please note that this collection was formerly titled the Rita Sanchez Mesa College Collection.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Professional Papers, 1972-2012],
[Series 2: Photographs, 1975-2013],

Series 1: Professional Papers, 1972-2012Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Apache Warrior Cochise Guest Star in Family Affair, The San Diego Mesa News, February 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Articles About Rita Sanchez, 1992-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles by Rita Sanchez, 1979-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Betita (Elizabeth) Martinez Event, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Chicano Studies Program Review, 1988-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence-General, 1978-2011Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence-Mesa College Chicano Studies Department, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Curriculum Vitaes, 2000-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Dolores Huerta: Committee Chair Rita Sanchez, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 10: DVDsAdd to your cart.

1) Chicano San Diego-Chicana Activists: Chicanas in the Arts, 1974-1994. March 11, 2008.

2) Chicano/Latino Heritage Celebration Fall 2007-A Legacy of Chicana/Latina Leadership: Gracia Molina de Pick. October 3, 2007.

3) San Diego Mesa College Chicano Studies Department Digital Preservation Project-Panel Discussion with Ana Castillo, Lucha Corpi, Leroy Quintana, Rita Sanchez and Alma Luz Villanueva. March 14, 1991.

Folder 11: Humanities, Language and Multicultural Studies Building-Dedication Brochure and Plaque, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Imagenes de la Chicana, circa 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 13: La Chicana Speaks!!! CS170 Course Reader, 2005-2007Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letters of Recommendation, 1998, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Letters to Dona Agueda Martinez, 2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Mesa College Evaluations, 1990-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Mesa College Events, 2002-2003Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Newspaper Articles, 1990-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 6: On-Site Sculpture Committee-Description, Function and Operation, Rigoberta Menchu, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Peace Mural, 1990-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Rita Sanchez: Her Race for Change, With Excellence Newsletter, San Diego Community College District, October 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Rita Sanchez Retirement, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 10: San Diego State University Chicano Studies Department-Mission Statement, circa 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Speeches and Presentations, 2003-2012Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Stanford University Reunion, 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 13: VHS-Tribute to Betita (Elizabeth) Martinez, April 21, 2005Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Visión, San Diego State University, Spring 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Women's Hall of Fame Induction, 2011Add to your cart.

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