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Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection, 1951-2006 | Special Collections & University Archives

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Collection Overview

Title: Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection, 1951-2006Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1970-1980

Primary Creator: Hernandez Terry, Carlotta (1937-2006)

Extent: 0.84 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 07/07/2010

Forms of Material: Personal Papers

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection (1951-2006) documents Hernandez's accomplishments as a singer-songwriter and painter. Of particular interest are transcripts of the songs written by the artist as well as pieces of her artwork. Also included are photographs of Hernandez's musical performances and paintings, including the Tierra Mia mural at Chicano Park. The majority of the material dates from 1970-1980 and focuses on her artistic achievements. Filed alphabetically, the collection consists of photographs, correspondence, news articles, flyers and video recordings.

Biographical Note

Carlotta (Charlotte) Hernandez Terry was born in San Diego on April 13, 1937 and was raised in Logan Heights and National City. She attended the Seventh Day Adventist Elementary School until 1951, and studied voice at a young age. Hernandez attended San Diego City College where she studied bilingual education and technical illustration, and worked as a teaching assistant for the Chicano Studies Department. She also attended San Diego State University where she took courses in the Mexican-American Studies department. Hernandez became an accomplished singer, songwriter, and artist during the 1960s and 1970s when she composed protests songs, becoming known as the "Chicana Bob Dylan."

Hernandez's accomplishments include performing at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., and conducting a music workshop in Mexico City at the International Women's Year Conference in 1975. Hernandez also performed at many universities and colleges, and served as a planner and muralist for the Chicano Park Steering Committee from 1972-1979. In 1977 she was also a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts teaching grant. Some of her signature songs include "Living in the Barrio, Life Is Just Like That" and "Mamma Works Hard for Her Weekly Pay."

Hernandez had a long career that included community work counseling juveniles, battered women, and H.I.V. patients. She worked for the Maximize Access to Advance our Community (M.A.A.C.) project, San Diego County Probation Department, San Diego Unified School District, the San Diego County Chicano Federation, and was a member of the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women in 1977.

Carlotta Hernandez Terry passed away June 16, 2006 at her home in National City.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

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: Christine Clausner and Deborah Reigel

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Carlotta Hernandez Terry Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Artists in Residence, 1978-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 2: ArtworkAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Biographical Information-Carlotta Hernandez Terry, 1951-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Charlotte's Music and Other SongsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Chicano Federation, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Community Arts: An Intercultural Council of the Arts Project, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Contacts InformationAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Copyrights, 1972-1974Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1973-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Del Sol Apartments Program, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Education/Coursework Materials (Programa AGP de Estudios Sociales), circa 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Flyers/AnnouncementsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C., American Revolution Bicentennial, February 23, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 14: National Endowment for the ArtsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: News Articles, 1981, 1992, 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Performance/Work Documents, circa 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: SDSU, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: VHS - Carlota Hernandez Singing (DVD available for viewing)Add to your cart.
Item 2: VHS - Paintings: Charlotte in Chicano Park (DVD available for viewing)Add to your cart.
Item 3: U-matic - Carlota: Tick Tock and Rest of Songs (unavailable for viewing at this time)Add to your cart.

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