Raza Chronicles: Latino History at UNT CollectionAdd to your cart.

By Lisa Brown and Laurel Alexander

Collection Overview

Title: Raza Chronicles: Latino History at UNT CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0813
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
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.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2014. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: Spanish;Castilian


This collection contains DVDs of oral histories, lectures, and of events during the Raíces: History of Raza at UNT held as part of Hispanic Heritage month in September of 2012. In addition, it contains research notes about Latino students, groups, and faculty from UNT, and photographs of UNT Latino groups used for the Raza exhibit held in Special Collections.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

In 2011 and 2012 Dr. Gloria Contreras, a UNT Education professor and the first Vice President for Diversity, and Dr. Roberto Calderon, a UNT History faculty member, conducted 14 oral histories with Latino UNT alums in preparation for the September 2012 symposium Raíces: History of Raza at UNT. Contreras performed further research on Latino students in UNT yearbooks and emails.

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

Collection is housed in the UNT Special Collections department vault. Advance notice for use is preferred. Please contact the UNT Special Collections department for further information.

Technical Access Note:

Collection contains DVDs. Some interviews are only available in a digital format.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Accruals: 2014-46
Acquisition Source: Dr. Gloria Contreras
Acquisition Method: 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

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


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