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Gloria Arellanes

Gloria Arellanes (1946- ) is a political activist, former member of the Brown Berets and co-founder of "Las Adelitas de Aztlan," a Chicana feminist group active during the Chicanx Civil Rights Movement. The collection includes political flyers and broadsides, newspapers, books, buttons, posters and photographs dating from 1967 to the late 1970s.

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Arellanes Brown Beret
Gloria Arellanes' Brown Beret
Arellanes Photo Strip
Photo Strip of Gloria Arellanes wearing her Brown Beret

Carlos Montes

Carlos Montes (1947- ) is a nationally respected leader in the Chicanx, immigrant rights, and anti-war movements. He helped transform the Brown Berets into a national organization with chapters all over the United States and in 1967 organized the first protest against police brutality at the East Los Angeles Sheriff's station. The materials in this collection were created between 1948-2014, and include subject/topical files and legal documents related to the State of California vs. Carlos Montes, Biltmore Case, and the East LA 13 court case. Smaller series includes publications, newsletters, newspaper clippings, newspapers, political announcements and flyers, correspondence, posters, scrapbook, and ephemera.

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Founded in 1968, The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) is a non-profit community development corporation with a mission to create greater opportunities, services, and affordable housing in underserved communities. Today, TELACU provides scholarships for Latino students through the Latino Education Foundation. With materials from 1957-1981, the collection is comprised of surveys, community development and environmental plans, proposals, contracts, correspondence, photographs, and film. Community plans consist of health care center construction plans, road construction and worker rights assistance.

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Jose R. Figueroa

The Jose R. Figuera collection consists of posters and publications produced by El Teatro Campesino, Teatro de la Gente, and Teatro Urbano, and includes materials related to the history of Chicanx/Latinx struggles and activism during the Chicanx movement in Los Angeles. The collection also contains photographs of the guerrilla military and political organization in El Salvador, Fuerzas Populares de Liberacion (FPL).

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Dia de los Muertos poster
Dia de los Muertos poster, by Self-Help Graphics, 1979

InnerCity Struggle

InnerCity Struggle (ICS) works with youth and community residents to promote safe, healthy and non-violent communities in the Eastside of Los Angeles. ICS began as a project of Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission and launched as its own independent community organization in 1994. The collection contains a wide variety of ICS publications, youth program materials, student writings and photographs, and newspaper clippings. The collection also includes ephemera with items such as posters, buttons, t-shirt, and a commemorative ICS anniversary pocket watch.

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InnerCity Struggle
Quince Anos en la Lucha poster

Mexican American Baseball

Mexican-American Baseball in Los Angeles: From the Barrios to the Big Leagues was a collaborative event developed by the Baseball Reliquary, a Pasadena-based nonprofit organization, and the Cal State LA, John F. Kennedy Memorial Library. The project focused on the historic role that baseball played within the Mexican-American communities of Los Angeles County and the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. The collection consists of materials related to the project's exhibition (March 26-June 9, 2006) and opening reception on April 9, 2005. The exhibition and the project moved to CSU, San Bernardino in 2008 and was renamed, The Latino Baseball History Project: The Southern California Experience.

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Mexican American Baseball
Attendees viewing display case for Mexican Americans in Baseball exhibit
Mexican American Baseball 2
William Pena, father of Richard Pena Sr.

David Sandoval

David Sandoval is the former Director of the Cal State LA Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). In the 1960s, he was a student and community activist (UMAS, MECHA, Brown Berets), combining his media talents with his concern for the community by writing and producing short videos and film documentaries. The collection consists of writings and publications collected by David Sandoval between 1981-2008, including drafts of Sandoval's presentations, magazines, journals, and newspapers related to civil rights issues and the plight of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students.

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