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Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records, 1993-2011

By Priscilla Lopez

Collection Overview

Title: Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records, 1993-2011

Creator: Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) (1991-)

Extent: 1.83 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 12/08/2009

Languages: English [eng], Spanish;Castilian [spa]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) Records document the history of AChA at SDSU. Highlights include a copy of the 1993 newsletter for the organization's first annual high school conference, as well as original transparencies and positives of AChA's logo. In particular, the records highlight the group's formation, high school conferences and other events and activities. The collection is filed chronologically with the majority of the materials dating from the early 1990s. The records consist of albums, scrapbooks, newsletters, transparencies, and photographs.

Biographical Note

The Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) at SDSU was founded in 1991 by members of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) seeking to focus on issues related to Chicanas. Founding members included Silvia Bustamante, Martha Cervantez, Guadalupe R. Corona, Rosa Hernandez, Maria del Carmen Mendez, Lorena Valenzuela and Teresa Zamora. In 1995, a second chapter was formed at the University of San Diego. The philosophy of the association includes raising cultural awareness and Chicana consciousness, as well as encouraging civic involvement and political awareness, following the basic principles of the Plan de Santa Barbara, a Chicano plan for higher education.

AChA held its first annual high school conference in 1993. The conferences have helped to form solidarity among Chicanas and provided support in their college entrance experience. They have also provided networking and leadership skills for attendees. AChA continues to be active by supporting Chicanas in becoming advocates for the empowerment of the people.

Administrative Information

Accruals: 2009-006

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: 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. Permissions 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: Cristina Pulido; Isidro Ortiz

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Association of Chicana Activists Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Album, 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Album, 2002Add to your cart.
Folder 3: High School Conference Newsletters, 1993 and 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 4: High School Conference Newsletters, 1997 and 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 5: High School Conference Newsletters, 2000-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 6: High School Conference Newsletters, 2005-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Scrapbook, 1993-1994Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Scrapbook, 1998-1999Add to your cart.
Item 2: Scrapbook, 2000-2001Add to your cart.
Item 3: Scrapbook, 2003-2004Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Logo original positives and transparenciesAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Scrapbook, 2000Add to your cart.
Item 3: Scrapbook, 2001Add to your cart.
Item 4: Scrapbook, Spring 2001Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AChA Meetings Poster, 2011Add to your cart.