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Finding Aid of the Gloria Montoya Chavez Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS-797-BC

Scope and Content

The Gloria Montoya Chavez Papers contain articles, clippings, classroom materials, correspondence, subject files, photographic materials, and video recordings. The material documents Chavez’s activist role in the Chicano Movement, as well as her career as an administrator. The bulk of this collection concerns UNM Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services, also known as Hispanic Student Services. The collection is arranged in three series:

Personal Papers includes some biographical information, certificates of appreciation, letters of support, records of travels in Mexico and general correspondence.

Activism and Community Involvement is comprised largely of press clippings of various race/ethnic political concerns, such as police brutality, the Albuquerque Riot, the Poor People’s Campaign, the Chamizal Treaty, Reies Lopez Tijerina, and civil right movements in general. Original materials (non-press clippings) include a collection of statements regarding charges of police brutality at Stacey’s Supper Club in Ranchitos, New Mexico (27 August 1971). There are also statements regarding the Pete Garcia trial in Silver City, New Mexico, including a book of notes taken at the trial (author unknown). Garcia was on trial for the March 1969 shooting death of Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Sergeant Julian Narvaez. After three jury trials, Garcia was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1971 and fled to Mexico. Gloria Montoya Chavez’s participation in Jesse Jackson’s New Mexico Rainbow Coalition is also represented in this series.

University of New Mexico Materials is divided into 2 subseries: Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services and Other UNM Materials. Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services was also known as Hispanic Student Services.

The Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services subseries contains administrative and special event programming materials, as well as a photo collection (including slides) documenting UNM Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services (also known as Hispanic Student Services). These photos show students, staff, faculty, and some notable celebrities associated with Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services (also known as Hispanic Student Services) events, such as Reies Lopez Tijerina, Edward James Olmos, and Jesse Jackson. Slides document University of New Mexico events and performances, activities of the Brown Berets in Denver and the Albuquerque South Valley, anti-WIPP demonstrations in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and Teatro Campesino. A video collection for the documentary "Searching," which was developed under Gloria Montoya Chavez’s direction, provides a visual documentary history of ethnic and women’s studies at UNM, from 1965 to 1985. This video collection also documents the history of UNM Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services (also known as Hispanic Student Services).

Other UNM Materials include notes and minutes from the UNM Presidential Advisement Committee, the UNM Staff Committee, and the UNM Ethnic and Women’s Coalitions. Some pedagogical materials are included, in particular related to Chicano/a and Native American students. These materials incorporate counseling and training manuals, articles and bilingual education documents.

Dates

  • 1967-1991

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.

Biographical Information

Gloria Montoya Chavez, student, administrator and activist is a native New Mexican. Chavez earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in University Studies at the University of New Mexico and began graduate studies in Public Administration. Chavez became active in the Chicano Movement as a student. In her tenure at the University of New Mexico, Chavez worked at Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services, also known as Hispanic Student Services from 1977 to 1989. In addition, Chavez worked as a community activist and founded the Estudiantes por la Cultura on the University of New Mexico campus and acted as the advisor to United Mexican American Students (UMAS) organization when it was reinstated in 1987. Chavez had an active role in the regional organizing of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition and was invited to be present in South Carolina at the announcement of Jackson’s candidacy. Chavez also served as a recruiter, activity coordinator and supervisor at the University of New Mexico’s Upward Bound Program from 1990 to 2005.

Sources: Conversation with Gloria Montoya Chavez, 20 November 2007 and Gloria Montoya Chavez Interview with Tomas F. Sanchez, 16 December 2003.

Extent

4 boxes (4 cu. ft.), plus 1 oversize folder

Abstract

This collection contains the papers of Gloria Montoya Chavez, a student, administrator, writer, and advocate for Chicano/a and other minority issues. These papers deal with professional, personal, and political struggle within the University of New Mexico’s Chicano Studies and Chicano Student Services, also known as Hispanic Student Services, and in the surrounding community.

Arrangement

3 series: Personal Papers; Activism and Community Involvement; University of New Mexico Materials

Related Archival Material

Irene I. Blea papers. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Reies Tijerina papers. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. University of New Mexico faculty involved in the Chicano Movement Oral History Collection. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Eduardo Hernández-Chávez and Ysaura Bernal-Enríquez papers Center for Southwest Research, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Separated Material

  1. Comité de México y Aztlán News Monitoring Service 7th Anniversary, May 1979
  2. La Cucaracha Magazine, 5th Anniversary Issue, May 1976-1981
  3. La Luz Oct 1972, Dec 1972, Jan 1973, May 1974, pages 9-16 missing
  4. La Verdad June 1971
  5. La Voz Nortena Aug 1967
  6. Southwest News Aug 1981
  7. The Tribal Messenger June 1971
  8. Unity for Peace, Justice, Equality, and Socialism Feb 1980, March 1980, October 1985
  9. Venceremos: Papel del Barrio (Vol. 1, No 2, June 1971
Master mini DV's are stored in B3.

The following publications have been catalogued for UNM University Libraries general collection:

Processing Information

Processed: January 2008
Title
Finding Aid of the Gloria Montoya Chavez Papers, 1967-1981
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
A. Rodriguez
Date
© 2008
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English
Sponsor
Funding provided in part by: University of New Mexico Center for Regional Studies, Dr. Tobias Durán, Director

Revision Statements

  • 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