Raza Chronicles: Latino History at UNT Collection
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Brief Description: The Raza Chronicles: Latino History at UNT collection, (“la raza,” literally translated as “the race,” is a term that has varied meanings, but is used in this case to demonstrate ethnic or racial pride in Hispanic heritage) contains research notes, photographs and oral history interviews conducted in 2011 and 2012 for events held during Hispanic Heritage Month in September of 2012.  UNT Hispanic Heritage Month events documented include the Raíces: History of Raza at UNT Symposium and a companion exhibit in the UNT Library’s Special Collections Reading Room.  The Raza Chronicles collection represents the perspective of Latino students attending UNT from 1948 – 2012 and documents the growth of the Hispanic student population at UNT and the growing activism and importance of campus groups, like MASA (Mexican American Student Organization), ALAS (Association of Latin American Students), and HSHE (Hispanic Students for Higher Education).  In addition, the collection includes information on the formation of campus chapters of Latina based national sororities, such as Chi Upsilon Sigma and Sigma Lambda Gamma. Information about other programs relevant to North Texas Latinos include the Pen Pals/Discover College Life project (a mentoring program through Dolores Huerta Elementary School in Ft. Worth) and other institutions’ efforts to promote and preserve Hispanic heritage.
Held at:
University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library
1155 Union Circle # 305190
Denton, TX 76203
Record Series Number: 01/AR0813
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Acquired: 00/00/2014. 2014-46
Arrangement: This collection is divided into four series: oral histories, lectures, and events, research files, and photographs. The oral histories, lectures, and event DVDs and their associated transcripts are organized alphabetically. The research files are arranged primarily in their original order as received from donor, but are also broken down into wide themes, such as research for the Raza symposium and exihibit, the Pen Pals/Discover College Life Project, and information on Raza collections at other institutions.
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Languages of Materials
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Notes: Collection is housed in the UNT Archives and Rare Book department vault. Advance notice for use is preferred. Please contact the UNT Archives and Rare Book department for further information.
Technical Access Notes: Collection contains DVDs. Some interviews are only available in a digital format.
Acquisition Notes: Dr. Gloria Contreras  donation
Related Materials:

The Gloria Contrares Collection has more information on Hispanic students and groups at UNT, in addition to her professional papers: findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=659

The digital exihibit of Raíces: History of Raza at UNT can be viewed here: http://exhibits.library.unt.edu/raices

PreferredCitation: Raza Chronicles: Latino History at UNT Collection, University of North Texas Libraries Special Collections