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Collection Details


Collection Name: Chicano Student Movement at Western New Mexico University Oral History
Repository Name: University of New Mexico. Zimmerman Library. Center for Southwest Research [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Local Identifier: MSS 599 BC
URL: http://elibrary.unm.edu/oanm/NmU/nmu1%23mss599bc/nmu1%23mss599bc_m3.html
Dates Spanned: 1965-1991
Description: This collection consists of seven (7) interviews, five of which are recorded on six (6), ninety-minute cassette tapes. The interviews were conducted by Mario A. R. Carreon with the following individuals: Johnny Arzola, Juan Castañón, Maria Gutierrez-Spencer, David Maestas, Luis Nolasco, Mike M. Ordaz, and Saul Ramos. There are tape logs for all interviews, however, there are no cassette tapes for interviews with Johnny Arzola and Juan Castañón. The collection also contains background research materials. There are news clippings, correspondence, and reports concerning bilingual and minority education. There are also flyers and programs about Chicano organizations such as Estudiantes Unidos, the first true Chicano organization at WNMU, established in 1971. In 1981, the name Estudiantes Unidos was changed to Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A). M.E.Ch.A. is a national Hispanic student organization concerned with the cultural, education, social and political awareness of the Chicano. Events such as Dia de Los Muertos celebrations, the First Southwest Chicano Cultural Conference, the dedication of the M.E.Ch.A. building, and the 40 year anniversary of the Empire Zinc Strike are documented in this collection. The Empire Zinc Strike was a fight for equality in wages and benefits for Mexican American workers in the 1950s. This incident provided the backdrop for the movie interpretation of the book The Salt of the Earth, written by Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 7
Broad Subjects: Ethnic groups; Politics; Education
ASP Subjects: Bilingualism; Community; Education, Bilingual; Hispanic Americans; New Mexico; Oral history; Silver City, NM; United States; Western New Mexico University, Silver City , NM
Other Subjects: Estudiantes Unidos
Collection Code: OHC0000219