Media note: To schedule an interview with Gloria Arellanes or to
request images and photos from the archive, please contact the CSULA
Public Affairs in advance at (323) 343-3050.
Library Archive pays
homage to the history
of East Los Angeles, Chicano Studies
Gloria Arellanes to
keynote East Los Angeles Archive
reception at Cal State L.A. Nov. 18
Los Angeles, CA
On Thursday, November 18, the University Library at Cal State
L.A. will host a reception to celebrate the establishment of its
East Los Angeles Archive and to honor Gloria Arellanes, the
first donor to this collection.
The 6 p.m. reception, which is open to the public, will take
place in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, Conference Room B530, on
the CSULA campus.
Picture from an El Barrio Free Clinic protest in September 1969.
An East Los Angeles activist, Arellanes has been a member of various
community organizations since the early 1960s, including serving as the
minister of finance and correspondence of the East Los Angeles chapter
of the Chicano Brown Berets. She also served as administrator of El
Barrio Free Clinic, a member of the National Chicano Moratorium
Committee, and she organized the women’s group, Las Adelitas de Aztlan,
among other activities. Arellanes will be the event’s keynote speaker.
University Librarian Alice Kawakami said, “The goal of the East Los
Angeles Archive is to advance scholarship in Chicano/Latino studies and
Los Angeles history through its varied collection of primary research
This unique archival collection will document the lives and events of a
historical community central to the social, political, and cultural
history of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States. It will
collect, preserve, display, and disseminate documents, artifacts and
other materials related to the social and political life of the East Los
According to Kawakami, “This collection will focus on materials
documenting the Chicano/a Civil Rights Movement in the East Los Angeles
region during the 1960s and 1970s. Cal State L.A.’s proximity to and
involvement with this community during this era makes it an ideal
location to house this collection.”
The University Library is seeking additional collections for this
archive. For more information about the archive or for those wanting to
donate collections or funding to benefit the East Los Angeles Archive,
please contact Romelia Salinas, librarian (323/343-2019,
or Renee James, special collections (323/343-4435,
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