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Rodolfo F. Acuña Collection

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Chicano Studies Department Files

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Collection Overview

Title: Rodolfo F. Acuña Collection, 1857-2006Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1960-2006

ID: URB/RFA

Primary Creator: Acuña, Rodolfo

Extent: 117.3 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Writings, 1956-2004

                Subseries A: Books, 1972-2004

                Subseries B: Chapters in Books, Journals & Magazine Articles, 1970-2000

                Subseries C: Book Reviews, 1985-2000

                Subseries D: Political Essays, 1986-2004

                Subseries E: Unpublished Works, 1970-1991

                Subseries F: Early Writings, 1956-1965

Series II:Personal Files, 1932-2003

                Subseries A: Biographical, 1932-2001

                Subseries B: Academic, 1952-1968

                Subseries C: Articles About, 1985-2003

                Subseries D: Awards, 1985-1999

Series III: Correspondence, 1961-1999

Series IV: Research Files, 1857-2006

                Subseries A: Archival Research, 1857-2006

                Subseries B: Articles, 1906-2004

                Subseries C: Books, 1890-2004

                Subseries D: Court Cases, 1970-1990

                Subseries E: Journals, 1968-2002

                Subseries F: Magazines, 1960-2000

                Subseries G: Manuscripts, 1999-2000

                Subseries H: Newsletters, 1966-2006

                Subseries I: Pamphlets, 1906, 1954-2001

                Subseries J: Theses and Dissertations, 1912-2001

                Subseries K: Research Notes, 1972-2002

                Subseries L: Note Cards, circa 1970-1990

                Subseries M: Complete Newspaper Issues, 1969-1999

Series V: Subject Files, 1926-2006

Series VI: Chicano Studies Department, 1969-1993

Series VII: Multimedia, 1990-2005

Series VIII:  Acuña vs. Regents of the University of California Files, ca. 1911, 1962-2004

                Subseries A: Court Documents, ca. 1911, 1992-1998

                Subseries B: Depositions, 1993-1995

                Subseries C: Correspondence, 1981-1998

                Subseries D: Research Files, 1962-2004

                Subseries E: Trial Exhibits, ca. 1968-ca. 1999

                Subseries F: Friends of Rudy Acuña Committee (FOR), 1986-1998

Date Acquired: 09/02/1987. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Acuña, Rodolfo, Age discrimination in employment - California, Agricultural laborers - California, Association of Mexican American Educators (Calif.), California State University, Northridge, Castro, Sal, Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993, Chicano movement, Education, Bilingual - California, Galarza, Ernesto, 1905-1984, Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970, Huerta, Dolores, 1930-, Los Angeles Unified School District. Board of Education., Mexican Americans - Civil rights, Mexican Americans - Education - California, Nava, Julian, 1927-, Seasonal Farm Laborers Program, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material, Video recordings

Languages: English, Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

Rodolfo Francisco Acuña is a renowned historian, educator, activist, and scholar.  In 1969, Dr. Acuña became the first professor in the Mexican American Studies Department (now Chicana and Chicano Studies Department) at California State University, Northridge. The Rodolfo F. Acuña Collection documents the academic career of Rodolfo "Rudy" Acuña, whose work was at the forefront of the Chicano Movement and who was instrumental in the creation of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Northridge. The collection contains works authored by Acuña, especially books, early drafts of unpublished works, extensive research notes, correspondence, subject files, and materials pertaining to the trial between Dr. Acuña and the Regents of the University of California system.

Biographical Note

Rodolfo Francisco Acuña was born in 1932 in Los Angeles, California. He earned his bachelor's degree and master's degrees at Los Angeles State College (now California State University, Los Angeles), and his PhD in History at the University of Southern California. A renowned scholar activist, Dr. Acuña became the first professor in the Mexican American Studies Department (now Chicana and Chicano Studies Department) at California State University Northridge in 1969.

Acuña quickly developed forty-five courses in the department, creating the foundation for the largest Chicano Studies program in the nation. In 1972, Acuña published his book Occupied America: The Chicano's Struggle Toward Liberation, a work about the Chicano community's history, which has been praised as the "Chicano Studies Bible." Since then, Acuña has continued working to grow and develop the department, using programs like Operation Chicano Professor in 1975.

After being denied a position at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1991, Dr. Acuña sued the Regents of the University of California on the grounds they had discriminated against him on the basis of age, race, and political orientation. He ultimately won on the grounds of age discrimination in 1996. Acuña's supporters formed the group Friends of Rudy (FOR) to raise funds and awareness for Acuña over the duration of the lawsuit.

During his years as a professor of Chicano Studies at CSUN, Acuña's research and publications have touched on a host of topics including immigration, racial relations, local politics, education, and Chicano and Chicana rights. Three of his books have received the Gustavus Myers Award for the Outstanding Book on Race Relations in North America. Corridors of Migration: The Odyssey of Mexican Laborers, 1600-1933 was named an Outstanding Academic Title by CHOICE Magazine.

Acuña received the Distinguished Scholar award from the National Association for Chicano Studies in 1989. In 2008, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Hispanic Institute. His community activism has been recognized by the Emil Freed Award for Community Service from the Southern California Social Science Library, the Founder's Award from the Liberty Hill Foundation, the Historian of the Lions Award from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics, and the Activist/Scholar Award from the Community Coalition of South Central Los Angeles. For his contributions to the discipline of Chicano Studies and lifelong commitment to activism and advocacy he is known as the "Father of Chicano Studies."

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rodolfo F. Acuña Collection documents the academic career of Rodolfo "Rudy" Acuña, whose work was at the forefront of the Chicano Movement and who was instrumental in the creation of the Mexican American Studies Department (now Chicana and Chicano Studies) at California State University, Northridge. The collection contains works authored by Acuña, especially books, early drafts of unpublished works, extensive research notes, and subject files. Correspondence between Acuña and his contemporaries is included, as well as biographical items about him. A large portion of the collection is dedicated to materials pertaining to the trial between Dr. Acuña and the Regents of the University of California system. Some of these materials include flyers, posters, memorabilia, and newsletters. The collection consists of eight series: Writing (1956-2004), Personal Files (1932-2003), Correspondence (1964-1999), Research Files (1857-2006), Subject Files (1926-2006), Chicano Studies Department (1969-1993), Multimedia (1990-2005), and Acuña vs. the Regents of the University of California (ca. 1911, 1962-2004).

Series I, Writing, contains materials that Acuña authored throughout his career. Materials have been separated into six subseries. Books (1972-2004), contains various editions of his books, galley proofs, typescript pages, proposals, publisher agreements, and peer reviews. These are arranged in alphabetical order according to book title. Chapters in Books, Journals & Magazine articles (1970-2000), contains works Acuña wrote for different publications. These items are arranged alphabetically by title of the work. Book Reviews (1985-2000), documents his review of other scholarship in his and related fields. It is arranged alphabetically by title of the work. Political Essays (1986-2004), is arranged chronologically by the year the piece was written. Unpublished Works (1970-1991) and Early Writings (1956-1965), are arranged by title of the work.

Series II, Personal Files, contains biographical items pertaining to Acuña's life. This series is split into four subseries. Biographical (1932-2001) includes Acuña's birth certificate and military records. Academic (1952-1968) consists of awards and certificates he has received, as well as research papers, final oral examinations, notes, bluebooks, yearbooks, and a curriculum vitae.This subseries is arranged alphabetically by title of the university he attended. Articles About (1985-2003) contains articles written by authors regarding Dr. Acuña, and is arranged alphabetically according to the author's last name. Awards (1985-1999) contains awards he won over the years, and consists of certificates, folio-sized awards, and plaques. These materials are arranged alphabetically according to the institute that granted them.

Series III, Correspondence, consists of handwritten and typed correspondence exchanged between Acuña and his friends and colleagues, including Edward Roybal, Jerome Richfield, Julian Nava, Delmar T. Oviatt, and Cesar Chavez, and documents conversations both professional and personal, with topics including drug use in the barrio, university boycotts, Chicano/Chicana civil rights, the United Farm Workers/AFL-CIO, and affairs at California State University, Northridge. The series is arranged alphabetically according to last name.

Series IV, Research Files, consists of materials that Acuña compiled and used as a part of his research throughout the years, and is arranged by format. It is split into thirteen subseries: Archival Research (1857-2006), Articles (1906-2004), Books (1890-2004), Court Cases (1970-1990), Journals (1968-2002), Magazines (1960-2000), Manuscripts (1999-2000), Newsletters (1966-2006), Pamphlets (1906, 1954-2001), Theses and Dissertations (1912-2001), Research Notes (1972-2002), Note Cards (ca. 1970-1990), and Complete Newspaper Issues (1969-1999). Topics covered include social injustice, women's rights, the Zoot Suit Riots, the Sleepy Lagoon case, Mexico City, the 1933 Cotton Strike, Chavez Ravine, and the United Farm Workers movement. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically.

Series V, Subject Files, documents Acuña's personal interests and general research conducted by him independent of a specific book or other research project. Topics covered include the Los Angeles riots, Proposition 187, labor union issues, the California State University system, Chicano/Chicana creative arts, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Department of City Planning, migrant farm workers, and La Raza. This series consists of many clippings from newspapers and magazines, research reports, census information, programs, flyers, announcements, minutes, and booklets. The series is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Series VI, Chicano Studies Department, documents the establishment of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department at California State University, Northridge, and contains materials such as early department proposals, course proposals, teacher training manuals, annual reports, correspondence, meeting minutes, brochures, and graduation announcements. These materials are arranged alphabetically by item type.

Series VII, Multimedia, consists of different types of media, including video, photographs, negatives, audio reels, and microfilm. The series contains features and interviews with Acuña, documentaries, political forums, official government records, and covers topics such as the bracero migration of the 1950s, the protests at UCSB, and issues affecting Mexican Americans in the southwest. The series is arranged alphabetically, and separated by the form of media.

Series VIII, Acuña vs. the Regents of the University of California, has been divided into six subseries. Court Documents (ca. 1911, 1992-1998) contains official court materials such as clerks transcripts, declarations, exhibit lists, objections, transcripts, and notices of depositions. The subseries is arranged by the court the trial took place in. Depositions (1993-1995) contains depositions from individuals involved in the trial. They are arranged by the last name of the individual. Correspondence (1981-1998) includes letters between Acuña and others regarding the case. This subseries is arranged by last name of the correspondent. Research Files (1962-2004) contains a vast amount of research used during the trial such as correspondence about the case, aggregate summaries, materials produced during the case, numerous CVs, court reference material, and witness lists. They are arranged alphabetically by title of the subject. Trial Exhibits (ca. 1968-ca. 1999) contains trial exhibits used during the case. They are arranged according to the court stamp number assigned to them. Friends of Rudy (FOR) Acuña Committee (1986-1998) includes items used by the committee to raise funds for Acuña during his trial, especially correspondence, tickets for events, memorabilia, advertisements, and newspaper articles. Items are arranged alphabetically by type.

Subject/Index Terms

Acuña, Rodolfo
Age discrimination in employment - California
Agricultural laborers - California
Association of Mexican American Educators (Calif.)
California State University, Northridge
Castro, Sal
Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993
Chicano movement
Education, Bilingual - California
Galarza, Ernesto, 1905-1984
Grape Strike, Calif., 1965-1970
Huerta, Dolores, 1930-
Los Angeles Unified School District. Board of Education.
Mexican Americans - Civil rights
Mexican Americans - Education - California
Nava, Julian, 1927-
Seasonal Farm Laborers Program
University of California, Santa Barbara.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Accruals: 2003

Alternate Extent Statement: 101 GB of Digital Files

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 been transferred to California State University, Northridge or is in the public domain. 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: Rodolfo F. Acuña

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/.

Related Publications: Publications donated by Rodolfo F. Acuña are available in the Library Catalog.

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, Luis Moreno, and Monica Valenzuela, 2007 and 2008

Greg Gonzalez and Ben Salin, 2013

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


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[Series I: Writings, 1956-2004]
[Series II: Personal Files, 1932-2003]
[Series III: Correspondence, 1964-1999]
[Series IV: Research Files, 1857-2006]
[Series V: Subject Files, 1926-2006]
[Series VI: Chicano Studies Department Files, 1969-1993]
[Series VII: Multimedia, 1990-2005]
[Series VIII: Acuña versus Regents of the University of California Files, ca. 1911, 1962-2004],
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Series VII: Multimedia, 1990-2005Save to your list.
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Item 2: Donate NowSave to your list.
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Item 12: Reason 2Save to your list.
Item 2: Flyer for Rudy Acuña SymposiumSave to your list.
Item 3: Acuña MemorialSave to your list.
Item 4: CSUN Rudy 1, 2005 May 12Save to your list.
Item 5: CSUN Rudy 2, 2005 May 12Save to your list.
Item 6: Foto EarlySave to your list.
Item 7: Historic ChicanosSave to your list.
Item 8: Indian GraduatesSave to your list.
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Item 12: Nationalists DaysSave to your list.
Item 13: Rudy & Ceasar ChavezSave to your list.
Item 14: Rudy @ CSUNSave to your list.
Item 15: Rudy & Santa BarbaraSave to your list.
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Folder 27: VideoSave to your list.
Item 1: 500 Years of Racism March and Rally Part 1Save to your list.
Item 2: 500 Years of Racism March and Rally Part 2Save to your list.
Item 3: A Tribute to Arnulfo CasillasSave to your list.
Item 4: Acuña Santa Maria, March 1993Save to your list.
Item 5: Acuña 2Save to your list.
Item 6: Acuña Symposium pt.1, 2005 May 12Save to your list.
Item 7: Acuña Symposium pt. 2, 2005 May 12Save to your list.
Item 8: Acuña Symposium pt. 3, 2005 May 12Save to your list.
Item 9: Acuña Symposium pt. 4, 2005 May 13Save to your list.
Item 10: Acuña Symposium pt. 5, 2005 May 13Save to your list.
Item 11: Professor Acuña v. UC Regents: Chicano Studies on Trial, 1996Save to your list.
Item 12: Burman Protest, 1990 January 24Save to your list.
Item 13: Chicanismo Past and PresentSave to your list.
Item 14: Chicano Moratorium A Question of FreedomSave to your list.
Item 15: Chicano Studies 3Save to your list.
Item 16: City on the EdgeSave to your list.
Item 17: Conference Against RacismSave to your list.
Item 18: Dangerous BooksSave to your list.
Item 19: Extraños En Nuestra Propia Tierra..20 Años DespuésSave to your list.
Item 20: Jose Gutierrez vs. Jahred Taylor Imagination Good or BadSave to your list.
Item 21: Justice for Janitors Si, Se Puede! Yes, We Can! (SEIU)Save to your list.
Item 22: "La Ofrenda": Día de los MuertosSave to your list.
Item 23: Latino Politics: Mayoral Candidates Forum Los Angeles, Occidental College, 2001 March 15Save to your list.
Item 24: Los Sueños Tristes de Pueblo Los AngelesSave to your list.
Item 25: Manufacturing the Future: The Organization of the Industrial Workforce in Los Angeles CountySave to your list.
Item 26: March and Rally, Santa BarbaraSave to your list.
Item 27: María Anna GonzalesSave to your list.
Item 28: Marketing Disease to HispanicsSave to your list.
Item 29: Maya: Lord of JungleSave to your list.
Item 30: Michael Parenti, Howard Zinn, NATO and Kosovo, Noam Chomsky, 1999Save to your list.
Item 31: New World BorderSave to your list.
Item 32: One Man's HeroSave to your list.
Item 33: "Our Day Has Come," UCSB Rally and SB RallySave to your list.
Item 34: "Picking Up the Torch"Save to your list.
Item 35: Platica: UCSD, 1991 March 9Save to your list.
Item 36: Rally/MarchSave to your list.
Item 37: Rudy's Press ConferenceSave to your list.
Item 38: Santa Barbara: raw footage by Gene, Yoz Television program: "American Spring", 1992 February 2-1992 June 8Save to your list.
Item 39: SCLSSR Dinner Honoring VeteransSave to your list.
Item 40: "Si, Se Puede!" Misa y Marcha Memorial A Cesar ChavezSave to your list.
Item 41: "Somos Raza"Save to your list.
Item 42: Taking Back the Streets of Santa Barbara the March and Rally in Support of Rudy Acuña, 1992 February 1Save to your list.
Item 43: "Tiger by the Tail"Save to your list.
Item 44: The Tony D. ShowSave to your list.
Item 45: Turning Point Justice at the HorseshoeSave to your list.
Item 46: UCSB InterviewsSave to your list.
Item 47: UCSB Protest part 1Save to your list.
Item 48: Untitled TapeSave to your list.
Item 49: Untitled TapeSave to your list.
Item 50: USC Acuña, November 1992Save to your list.
Item 51: Vista Los Angeles Acuña v. UC Regents, News Conference NBC 4Save to your list.

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[Series V: Subject Files, 1926-2006]
[Series VI: Chicano Studies Department Files, 1969-1993]
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