CSU–Pueblo Library Presents Colorado Chicano Movement Archives at reception


The University Library at Colorado State University – Pueblo will hold a reception and presentation from 5 to 7 p.m. on June 30 at El Centro del Quinto Sol Community Center, 609 N. Erie Ave., to introduce its newly created Colorado Chicano Movement Archives. The event will include entertainment, recognition of donors, an informational presentation by Interim University Archivist Beverly Allen, and a presentation of student research by CSU-Pueblo students, Ruth Soto and Reyes Martinez Lopez.

The Colorado Chicano Movement Archives contains audio, visual, and printed material related to the Mexicano people’s fight against racism and discrimination in Colorado. Part of a greater national and international struggle challenging social injustice during the 1960s and 70s, the Chicano Movement was an effective engine for change and had a significant impact on the United States’ system of government. While providing a powerful impetus for transformation in the public education system, electoral politics, labor practices, and law and order policies, the movement also nurtured a cultural renaissance in Chicano art and literature. The Chicano Movement shook the social stratosphere of the state of Colorado and the story of el movimiento must be preserved.

This collection, part of the University’s new Southern Colorado Ethnic Heritage and Diversity Archives (SCEHADA), collects, preserves, and makes available documents related to the Chicano Movement in Colorado. The Library received a $30,000 grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to develop these collections, and as part of its grant activities, the University Archives has digitized a portion of the Colorado Chicano Movement Archives and made the digital images available on the Internet. It also has created finding aids for the collections, available online. To view these materials, visit the University Archives website at: http://library.colostate-pueblo.edu/about/departments/archives/index.asp.

As part of the June 30 reception, the University Archives will announce the acquisition of new material from Jose Esteban Ortega related to the Chicano Movement in Colorado including: photographs, a vintage collection of community newspapers and other publications documenting the Chicano Movement of the 1960s and 70s from throughout the state of Colorado, rare books on Chicano history, as well as silk-screened banners and t-shirts emblazoned with movement slogans and artwork. A Pueblo resident for nearly 60 years, Ortega remains a well-respected community activist participating in the planning and promotion of annual Cinco de Mayo parades, Dia de La Raza celebrations, and commemorations to honor the deaths of Chicano activists who lost their lives fighting against social injustices in Colorado.

The Colorado Chicano Movement Archives includes photographs, slides, newspapers, motion picture films, audio tapes, correspondence, diaries, oral histories, and other primary resources documenting the Chicano Movement in Colorado. The University is seeking additional donations to the Colorado Chicano Movement Archives. For more information, contact Allen at (719) 549-2475 or by email at beverly.allen@colostate-pueblo.edu

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