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La Cooperación del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-615-SC

Scope and Content

This small collection, acquired through a book dealer, contains newsletters from La Cooperativa Agrí­cola del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla (later called La Cooperación) and La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba. Salud was a bilingual publication dedicated to promoting better health for the people of Northern Rio Arriba County. In 1974, Salud changed its name to La Cooperación to include the wider range of La Cooperación's activities. Issues of La Cooperación del Pueblo, cover a politically tumultuous time in Tierra Amarilla during the mid to late 1970's. The collection also contains broadsides, news clippings, and assorted ephemera documenting some of the history and activities of La Clinica and La Cooperativa. 25 Years of La Clinica's History by Valentina Valdez Martinez was donated by La Clinica to include in the collection.

Dates

  • 1969-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1969-1979

Language of Materials

English Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Organizational History

In 1969, La Cooperativa Agrícola del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla was formed. It was begun by people who were previously involved in the Tierra Amarilla Land Grant, and who also belonged to La Alianza Federal de Mercedes. La Cooperativa was created as a vehicle to "regain power over [their] own lives; to hold on to what little land, culture and language [they] had left. Originally an agricultural cooperative, whose goal was to plant and provide food for needy community members, La Cooperativa later expanded to include La Clinica del Pueblo de Rio Arriba (the clinic), Derechos de Familia (family rights), La Oficina del Ley (law office), and El Taller Gráfico (graphics workshop). In 1974, La Cooperativa Agrícola del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla changed its name to La Cooperación del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla, which better described their ideology.

La Clinica was established in response to a health care crisis in Tierra Amarilla. In July, 1969, the local doctor returned from three years of service in Vietnam and decided to sell his clinic. In the absence of a local doctor, the nearest medical facility is 76 miles away from Tierra Amarilla, in Española. Realizing that there was a great need to improve physical and financial access to health care in Tierra Amarilla, La Cooperativa decided to purchase the clinic. La Clinica opened on June 1, 1970, initially providing first aid and dental services. Maternity services, emergency services, and wellness programs were gradually added to La Clinica's roster. Exacerbating the problem of access to health care was the fact that medical care was largely unaffordable to the local population with a per capita income average of less than $2,000 per year. People who could not afford to pay cash for services at La Clinica could pay with their labor, their produce, or other barter.

The story of La Clinica and La Cooperativa is one of grassroots organizing, community involvement, and the struggle for survival. Despite political hostility and financial and legal struggles, La Clinica and La Cooperativa continue to endure and adapt to changing needs and circumstances in the Tierra Amarilla community.

Extent

1 envelope

Related Material

Peter Nabokov Papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico. David Correia Research Papers.Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico.

General

Contact Information

  1. Center for Southwest Research
  2. Zimmerman Library
  3. University of New Mexico
  4. Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1466
  5. Phone: 505-277-6451
  6. Fax: 505-277-0530
  7. Email: cswrref@unm.edu
  8. URL: http://eLibrary.unm.edu/cswr

General

Title
Finding Aid of the La Cooperación del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla Collection, 1969-1994
Status
For Approval
Author
Processed by Beth Silbergleit
Date
©2000
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 615 SC::La Cooperacion del Pueblo de Tierra Amarilla Collection,)//EN" "nmu1mss615sc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131
505-277-6451