Businesswomen - Societies and clubs
California State University, Northridge
Chicana Service Action Center (Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional)
Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional (U.S.)
Feminism - California
Mexican Americans - California - San Fernando Valley - Political activity
Mexican American women - California
Mexican American women - Societies and clubs - Political activity
Ponce, Mary Helen
Women - Societies and clubs
Women in nonprofit organizations - California - San Fernando Valley
The Comisión Femenil San Fernando Valley Collection (CFSFV) consists of correspondence, financial records, flyers, meeting agendas and minutes, membership rosters, newsletters, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, photographs, posters, reports, and videocassettes that relate to their chapter history and activities. The CFSFV Collection also contains some board meeting minutes, correspondence, flyers, and newsletters that pertain to the Comisión Femenil Los Angeles Chapter and to Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional, the national chapter of the organization. The collection has been divided into five major series: Administrative Records (1983-2002), Financial Records (1990-2002), Sponsored Programs (1991-2003), Affiliated Comisión Femenil Organizations (1985-1999), and Audio-Visual Materials (1990-2001).
Series I, Administrative Records, contains documents that show the organizational and governing structure of CFSFV, which includes their annual election ballots, board and chapter meeting agendas and minutes, by-laws and incorporation materials. Of particular interest is a draft report of the Task Force on Mexican-Origin Issues of the Latino Children’s Issues Project. The files are first arranged in alphabetical order by subject and thereafter arranged chronologically. Because CFSFV operated on a fiscal calendar, July 1 to June 30, the files are arranged accordingly.
Series II, Financial Records, consists of correspondence that relates to financial matters including expense reports, lists of donors and sponsors of CFSFV activities/ events, projected budgets and treasurer’s reports. The files are first arranged in alphabetical order by subject and thereafter arranged chronologically. The treasurer’s reports are chronologically arranged in a manner to reflect the fiscal calendar, July 1 to June 30.
Series III, Sponsored Programs, includes records documenting events and programs organized and sponsored by CFSFV, some of which have been held annually and some of which have been held periodically. This series has been further divided into six subseries: Adelante Mujer Hispana / Latina Conference (1991-1999), Celebration of Books (1999-2000), 16 de Septiembre / Annual Gala (1994-2001), Mary Helen Ponce Literary Contest (1997-2001), Student Scholarship/ Awards (1992-2003), and Special Events (1998-1999). Each subseries consist of documents that pertain to one specific program or event except the last, which contains folders from various events that have been held more sporadically.
Series IV, Affiliated Comisión Femenil Organizations, consists of two subseries: Subseries A, Comisión Femenil Los Angeles (CFLA) (1989-1999), includes a calendar of events, flyers and invitations to sponsored events, and three newsletters that pertain directly to CFLA. Subseries B, Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional (CFMN) (1985-1994), consists of materials that document the first Adelante Mujer Hispana Conference held in 1990 at CSUN, which was organized primarily by CFMN. In the consecutive years, CFSFV took over and organized the Adelante Mujer Conferences that were held at various locations in the San Fernando Valley.
Series V, Audio-Visual Materials, includes photographs dating from 1990-2001 and videocassettes dating from 1992. The CFSFV photograph collection consists of 415 images that capture a variety of the different programs and events that the organization has sponsored and participated in. The photographs are contained within two photograph albums and are arranged chronologically by event. Ten videocassettes document various workshops held at the 2nd Annual Adelante Mujer Hispana Conference at CSUN, such as preparing for careers in the medical field, law, and business.