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Gloria Contreras Papers, 1965-2012 | University Archives

By Lisa Brown

Collection Overview

Title: Gloria Contreras Papers, 1965-2012Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1980-2000
ID: 01/AR0818
Primary Creator: Contreras, Gloria
Extent: 7.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The collection is divided into six series, based chronologically on decades: the undated materials, 1970-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, 2000-2009, and 2010-2013.
Date Acquired: 07/00/2014. More info below under Accruals.
Subjects: Education -- Japan, Educators -- Texas, Social sciences, South America—Social conditions—20th century, Women social scientists
Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

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Composed of materials pertaining to the career of Dr. Gloria Contreras and materials she collected on teaching social studies through a multicultural and global perspective.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The professional archive of Gloria Contreras spans a 40-year career in teaching, research and administration. The earliest materials in the collection consist of documents and photographs during her days as a PhD student at the University of Georgia from 1973-74. Information in the collection includes, but it is not limited to, materials she used for teaching, research notes (and the publications produced from them), awards and honors bestowed on her, photographs of trips she took to study education systems including Vietnam, Korea, and Bolivia, conference proceedings, correspondence from colleagues and former students, brochures from campus groups she founded, copies of The Social Science (a journal she edited), and notes from studies she conducted on bilingual and immigrant education.

Biographical Note

Dr. Gloria Contreras, Professor Emeritus, was recruited to the University of North Texas in 1987 for her strong background in multicultural and social studies education. In 1989 she was appointed the first Director of the Office of Minority Affairs (now the Office of Multicultural Affairs) by President Alfred F. Hurley, where she was charged with creating and implementing a 5-year plan for the recruitment, retention, and graduation of minority students and faculty. As a result of her successful initiatives, over 20 student organizations are actively operating across campus today.

Dr. Contreras’ defining passion has been teaching Social Studies through a multicultural and global perspective.  Her major contributions to her field include her work co-authoring the leading K-6 social studies textbook series (published by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill) and serving as Executive Editor of The Social Science, a nationally peer-reviewed journal aimed at educators at all levels.

In 1990, as Professor of Secondary Education and director of Minority Affairs, Dr. Contreras was awarded the International Education Committee Distinguished Service Citation at the University’s Honors Day celebration.

In 2002 she was honored as a Latina Living Legend by the Hispanic 50, an organization that serves as a catalyst for increased participation of Hispanic women in employment, procurement, and social issues.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Accruals: 2014-46
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: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Gloria Contreras
Acquisition Method: Gift.
Preferred Citation: Gloria Contreras Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was revised in September 2017 by Hailey LaRock to clarify the collection content, amend spelling errors and dates, and add other missing information.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 4: 1990-1999Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Barcode: 662369
Folder 8: Correspondence, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs, 1990sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Publications, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Final Report of the UNT/Denton ISD Teacher Retention Project, 1990Add to your cart.
Bound report
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence, 1991-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Materials  from Vietnam study trip, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Research for Vietnam study trip, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Materials from Vietnam Water Puppetry Theater, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Photographs from Citizens Ambassador Program Social Studies Delegation to Vietnam, 1993-11Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Photographs and negatives of People to People for Social Studies Education trip to Vietnam, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Publications from Vietnam, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence, 1993Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Barcode: 662370
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Center for Cultural Diversity, 1995-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 4: IEA Civics Project, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Promotional materials, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs from study/travel trip to South Korea with Social Studies Educators, 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence, 1998Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence, 1999Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Social Studies Texan, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 12: The Social Studies, 1990-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 13: The Social Studies, 1993-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 14: The Social Studies, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 15: The Social Studies, 1995-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 16: The Social Studies, 1997-01-1999-04Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Latino Times, 1998-07-1998-11Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Social Education, 1999-03-1999-09Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Latino Monthly, 1999-01-1999-06Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Latino Monthly, 1999-07-1999-11Add to your cart.

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