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Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection

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Administrative Records

Community Activism

General Correspondence and Enclosures

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Collection Overview

Title: Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection, 1978-2004Save to your list.

ID: URB/MELA

Primary Creator: Gutiérrez, Juana Beatriz

Extent: 6.92 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Administrative Records, 1984-2002

Series II: Community Activism, 1978-2004

  Subseries A: Education - Scholarships, 1994-2002

  Subseries B: Education - General, 1987-2002

  Subseries C: Environment - Ecology, 1992-2003

  Subseries D: Environmental Earth Fairs and Community Clean Up Programs, 1993-2003

  Subseries E: Environmental - Incinerators and Toxics, 1988-2000

  Subseries F: Environmental - Gas and Energy, 1995-2002

  Subseries G: Environmental - Air and Water, 1978-2002

  Subseries H: Environmental - General, 1990-2004

  Subseries I: Health - Lead, 1993-2000

  Subseries J: Health - General, 1994-2002

  Subseries K: Prisons, 1983-1992

  Subseries L: Political, 1984-2004

  Subseries M: Transportation, 1991-2000

  Subseries N: Labor, 1990-2002

  Subseries O: General Projects, 1987-2003

Series III: General Correspondence and Enclosures, 1985-2004

Series IV: Exhibition Materials, 1987-2002

Date Acquired: 00/00/2004

Subjects: Community activists - California - East Los Angeles, East Los Angeles (Calif.), Gutiérrez, Juana Beatriz, Mothers - California - East Los Angeles, Mothers of East Los Angeles

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez co-founded the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) with several other women and a priest, Monsignor John Moretta. After co-founding MELA, she formed MELA-SI (Santa Isabel), becoming the president of that organization. Both groups worked to keep their communities and families safe by assisting others, organizing protests, and raising awareness within the community. Gutiérrez had nine children, all of whom assisted with MELA projects. She has received awards for her work within the community and today MELA is a well-known grassroots organization.

The records of the Mothers of East Los Angeles consist primarily of correspondence to and from Mothers of East Lost Angeles members, as well as newspaper clippings regarding the Mothers during their activities. It also contains flyers, magazine articles and certificates for achievements of MELA.

Biographical Note

Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez co-founded the Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) with several other women and a priest, Monsignor John Moretta, when a proposal regarding a state prison jeopardized her children’s safety. She was born and raised in Mexico, and later moved to Texas where she married her husband Ricardo. After her marriage she moved to Boyle Heights, where she began to take active roles in helping the community. After co-founding MELA, she formed MELA-SI (Santa Isabel), becoming the president of that organization. Both groups worked to keep their community and families safe, by helping others, protesting against projects, and rising awareness on problems in the community. Gutiérrez had nine children all of whom helped with the projects. She has received awards for her projects in the community, and today MELA is a well known grassroots organization.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Juana Beatriz Gutiérrez Mothers of East Los Angeles (MELA) Collection consists primarily of correspondence to and from Mothers of East Lost Angeles members, as well as newspaper clippings regarding the Mothers during their activities. It also contains flyers, magazine articles and certificates for achievements of MELA. The collection is arranged in four series: Administrative Records (1984-2002), Community Activism (1978-2004), and General Correspondence and Enclosures (1985-2004), and Exhibition Materials (1987-2002).

Series I, Administrative Records, contains administrative information about MELA, consisting of flyers, summaries, statements, as well as calendars and newsletters distributed by MELA. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series II, Community Activism, documents many of the events coordinated by MELA and include materials such as correspondence, flyers, and newspaper clippings. It is divided into fifteen subseries: Education - Scholarships (1994-2002), Education - General (1987-2002), Environment - Ecology (1992-2003), Environmental Earth Fairs and Community Clean Up Programs (1993-2003), Environmental - Incinerators and Toxics (1988-2000), Environmental - Gas and Energy (1995-2002), Environmental - Air and Water (1987-2000), Environmental - General (1990-2004), Health - Lead (1993-2000), Health - General (1994-2002), Prisons (1983-1992), Political (1984-2004), Transportation (1991-2000), Labor (1990-2002), and General Projects (1987-2003). The materials are arranged chronologically.

Series III, General Correspondence and Enclosures, contains correspondence to and from MELA and/ or Juana Gutiérrez. This series also contains newspaper clippings and other enclosures about MELA and their achievements. The series is arranged chronologically.

Series IV, Exhibition Materials, includes items from previous gallery exhibits which highlight the history and accomplishments of MELA.

Subject/Index Terms

Community activists - California - East Los Angeles
East Los Angeles (Calif.)
Gutiérrez, Juana Beatriz
Mothers - California - East Los Angeles
Mothers of East Los Angeles

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Juana Beatriz Gutierrez

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the Latina(o) Cultural Heritage Archives project. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Robert G. Marshall, Yolanda Alaniz, Joan Van Sickle, Maria Bonilla

Finding Aid Revision History:

Evelyn Rodriguez, 2011

Special Collections and Archives staff, 2012

Other Note: This collection was processed under a U.S. Department of Education Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant.


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Series I: Administrative Records, 1984-2002Save to your list.
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Folder 1: MELA Informational Pamphlets: Flyers, 1984-2000Save to your list.
Folder 2: MELA Administrative Data: Biographies and Mission Statements, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 3: MELA Meetings and Personnel Lists: Agendas, Personnel Lists, and Statements, 1990-1996Save to your list.
Folder 4: MELA Projects and Flyers: Flyers and Summaries, 1992-2002Save to your list.
Folder 5: MELA Newsletters, 1994-2001Save to your list.
Folder 6: MELA Awards and Honors: Certificates, 1996-2000Save to your list.
Folder 7: MELA Stationary and Envelopes: Calendars, 1996-1997Save to your list.
Folder 8: MELA Applications, 1997Save to your list.
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Folder 2: MELA Newsletters, 1994, 1996-1997Save to your list.

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