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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, 1983-2004Save 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, 1983-2004

  Subseries A: Education - Scholarships, 1994-2004

  Subseries B: Education - General, 1987-2002

  Subseries C: Environment - Ecology, 1992-2003

  Subseries D: Environmental Earth Fairs and Community Clean Up Programs, 1993-2002

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

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

  Subseries G: Environmental - Air and Water, 1987-2000

  Subseries H: Environmental - General, 1990-2001

  Subseries I: Health - Lead, 1993-2000

  Subseries J: Health - General, 1994-2000

  Subseries K: Prisons, 1983-1989

  Subseries L: Political, 1984-2004

  Subseries M: Transportation, 1991-2000

  Subseries N: Labor, 1988-2002

  Subseries O: General Projects, 1987-2000

Series III: General Correspondence and Enclosures, 1985-2004

Series IV: Exhibition Materials, 1987-1997

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

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 (1983-2004), and General Correspondence and Enclosures (1985-2004), and Exhibition Materials (1987-1997).

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 (1994-2004), Education - General (1994-2004), Environment - Ecology (1992-2003), Environmental Earth Fairs and Community Clean Up Programs (1993-2002), Environmental - Incinerators and Toxics (1988-2000), Environmental - Gas and Energy (1995-2002), Environmental - Air and Water (1987-2000), Environmental - General (1990-2001), Health - Lead (1993-2000), Health - General (1994-2000), Prisons (1983-1989), Political (1984-2004), Transportation (1991-2000), Labor (1988-2002), and General Projects (1987-2000). 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 http://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.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series I: Administrative Records, 1984-2002]
[Series II: Community Activism, 1983-2004]
[Series III: General Correspondence and Enclosures, 1985-2004]
[Series IV: Exhibition Material, 1987-1997],
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Series III: General Correspondence and Enclosures, 1985-2004Save to your list.
Box 12Save to your list.
Folder 38: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 39: Los Angeles Herald: Newspaper Clipping, 1986Save to your list.
Folder 40: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 41: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 42: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 43: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 44: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 45: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 46: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 47: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 48: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Folder 49: Church of Resurrection, Block Captain's Meeting Father John Moretta: Correspondence, 1985Save to your list.
Box 13Save to your list.
Folder 1: KWHY22 Letter Form 22: Correspondence, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 2: Reception Committee for Vice Mayor Oscar Rios: Clippings and Correspondence, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 3: EPA Journal, Forum Article by Juana: Correspondence, 1991-1993Save to your list.
Folder 4: General/Incomplete Documents: Clippings, Flyer, and Removal Sheets, 1991-1993Save to your list.
Folder 5: USA Today: Newspaper Clipping, 1991Save to your list.
Folder 6: Miyoshi, Karen: Correspondence, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 7: Labor/Community Strategy Center, Los Angeles Weekly: Correspondence, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 8: Labor/Community Strategy Center: Correspondence, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 9: Latino Agenda, Steering Committee Meeting: Agenda and Proposal, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 10: Latino Agenda, Steering Committee Meeting: Correspondence, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 11: MAPA: Correspondence and Minutes, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 12: MELA: Newspaper Clippings, 1992-1995Save to your list.
Folder 13: Santa Isabel Church, Memorial Service Program: Program, 1992Save to your list.
Folder 14: General Correspondence, 1993-2001Save to your list.
Folder 15: Labor/Community Strategy Center Candidates Night: Correspondence, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 16: MELA, Juana Gutierrez: Correspondence, 1993-1999Save to your list.
Folder 17: Mexican Mother of the Year: Program, 1993-2003Save to your list.
Folder 18: Ethnic Coalition, Commission Award: Correspondence, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 19: MELA-SI Students vs. UCSB, Acuna vs. UC Regents Tamale Sale: Flyer, 1994Save to your list.
Folder 20: Chiapas, SBRCC: Correspondence, Flyer, and News Release, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 21: Community Meeting for Video Project: Guide, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 22: CSUN, Chicana Studies: Syllabus, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 23: LAPD/Hollenbeck Division/Booster Association, Hollenbeck Runners Recognition Dinner: Correspondence, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 24: McLaren Hart, Speaking to Students: Correspondence, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 25: Devine, Micheal, Employment: Correspondence and Resume, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 26: Roybal, Allard, Mujer Award Recipient: Application and News Release, 1995Save to your list.
Folder 27: Bank of America, Community Grant Program: Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 28: Velasco, Brother Pete, Mass: Program, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 29: Cesar E. Chavez Foundation, Legacy Awards: Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 30: Solis, Hilda for State Senate, Holiday Party: Invitation, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 31: Roybal, Lucille, Allard Woman of the Year, Elsa: Application and Clipping, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 32: Johansen, Michelle, Request for Information: Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 33: Timmerman, Puala, Request for Interview: Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 34: Razateca: Article, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 35: Rose Foundation, $500 Donation: Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 36: McDavid, Ruben A., West Coast University: Agreement and Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 37: Feinstein, Diane, Senator: Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 38: USC, El Centro Chicano, Annual Latino Unity Banquet: Program and Timeline, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 39: West Coast University, EPA Environmental Justice Grant Application: Application and Correspondence, 1996Save to your list.
Folder 40: Burma Forum Support: Correspondence, 1997Save to your list.
Folder 41: Correspondence, 1997-2003Save to your list.
Folder 42: Roybal, Allard, Lucille, Grants Workshop: Correspondence, 1997Save to your list.
Folder 43: MELA, Eastside Community Garden: Correspondence, Flyer, Report, and Summary, 1997-1998Save to your list.
Folder 44: MEPA Picnic: Flyer, 1997Save to your list.
Folder 45: National Council on Los Angeles Raza Annual Conference: Correspondence and Summary, 1997Save to your list.
Folder 46: Hoover, Debbie, Unsung Hero Award Thank You: Correspondence, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 47: SOL, Festival: Correspondence, Flyer, and Form, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 48: City of Los Angeles 2nd Annual Hollenbeck Finishing Derby: Contract, Fact Sheet, Flyer, and ReceiptsSave to your list.
Folder 49: Ronstadt, Jose Armando, Farewell Dinner: Flyer and Invitation, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 50: Latino Network, Students vs. UC Berkeley: Flyer and News Release, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 51: Latinos at Work, Awards Program: Program, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 52: MELA, Lopez, Elsa: Correspondence, 1999-2000Save to your list.
Folder 53: MELA, SI Christmas in the Garden: Press Release, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 54: Mujeres de Conciencia/Women of Conscience: Correspondence, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 55: Renew American, National Sustainability Award: Correspondence, Form, and Summary, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 56: Yale University, Janelle S. Wong Interview: Correspondence, 1999Save to your list.
Folder 57: Annual Freedom Fund Dinner, NAACP: Magazine, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 58: Baby Announcement: Correspondence, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 59: Los Angeles UFW Community Committee Cesar Chavez Holiday Campaign: Alert, 2000Save to your list.
Box 14Save to your list.
Folder 1: MELA, Gutierrez, Juana: Correspondence, 2000-2003Save to your list.
Folder 2: MELA, Million Mom March: Flyer, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 3: NAACP, Leadership Award: Article and Correspondence, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 4: Robinson, Natasha, Request for Organization Information: Correspondence, 2000Save to your list.
Folder 5: KCET, Hispanic Heritage Month Awards Celebration: Correspondence, 2001Save to your list.
Folder 6: MELA Emergency Preparedness Training: Clipping, Flyer, and Guide, 2001Save to your list.
Folder 7: MELA-SI, Toyo Collection Celebrity Soccer Game: Flyer and Press Release, 2001Save to your list.
Folder 8: City of Los Angeles/Boyle Heights: Newsletter, May 2002Save to your list.
Folder 9: CSUN, Lopez-Garcia, Marta: Correspondence, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 10: Meunickk, Rebecca Video Interview: Correspondence, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 11: Tamoush, Vicki, New Year Greeting: Correspondence, 2002Save to your list.
Folder 12: La Opinion, Dissolution from Tribune Company: Correspondence, 2003Save to your list.
Folder 13: MELA, Dia de las Madres: Program, 2003Save to your list.
Folder 14: USC, "Exploring Hispanic Attitudes" Conference: Agenda and Correspondence, 2003Save to your list.
Folder 15: La Voz de Esperanza: Magazine, 2004Save to your list.
Folder 16: MELA, Photos Cultura Y Comunidad: Envelope and Photographs, 2004 October 30Save to your list.
Folder 17: Birthday Card to Juana: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Folder 18: California State Parks, FamCamp: SummarySave to your list.
Folder 19: General: Clippings, Flyers, Photograph, and SummariesSave to your list.
Folder 20: CorrespondenceSave to your list.
Folder 21: How to Plan/Set an Agenda: SummarySave to your list.
Folder 22: Gutierrez, Juana Beatrice: BiographySave to your list.
Folder 23: Lists: Address and Personnel ListsSave to your list.
Folder 24: Los Romanticos: ProgramSave to your list.
Folder 25: MELA-SI, Mentor Symposium Mentor Task Force Progress Report: Report and SummarySave to your list.
Folder 26: Newspaper Articles: ClippingsSave to your list.
Folder 27: Presidential Photographs: Correspondence and PhotographsSave to your list.

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[Series I: Administrative Records, 1984-2002]
[Series II: Community Activism, 1983-2004]
[Series III: General Correspondence and Enclosures, 1985-2004]
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