Maria Enriquez papers Edit


MSS 298 large


  • 1972-1989 (Creation)


  • .1 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 document case (8 folders)

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  • Scope and Contents

    The Maria Enriquez papers primarily relate to Enriquez’s involvement with the Flint Hispanic community from 1973 through 1989; most notably, they include the by-laws of M.U.M. (Mujeres Unidas de Michigan), an early Chicana organization in the mid-Michigan area.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Maria Rita Enriquez (b. 1948) moved to Flint, Michigan from Pleasanton, Texas in 1972. In the early 1970’s, she became a founding member of the Mujeres do Michigan (MUM) as well as the MUM Flint Chapter, an organization with a mission to empower and secure equal opportunity for Chicanas and Latinas in Michigan. She spent ten years (1973–1983) assisting the Hispanic students of Flint through the Spanish-Speaking Information Center, and has since administered to several local and Michigan state government human-services programs. She has also been active with the Flint Urban League and the YWCA. In 1981, through the recommendation of Governor Milliken, Enriquez was appointed to the Genessee County Selective Service Board; by the appointment of Governor Blanchard, she also served on the Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs from 1983 to 1988. A veteran of worker rights and labor politics, Enriquez has held elected positions in the UAW Local 6000, the largest local(union?) in Michigan. In 2000 she worked with the “Train the Trainer” Health and Safety Dept. Program (International UAW), and was also a member and Vice President of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA). Throughout her years of community involvement, Enriquez strove to strengthen the Latino labor movement, advocate for the rights of Mexican immigrants and migrants, advance the causes of Latinas and Chicanas, and work to improve government service to the Latino/Chicano community. Her activism in the Chicano community has been part of the nationwide Chicano Civil Rights Movement.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open for research.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Collection donated by Maria Enriquez.

  • Arrangement

    The papers are organized in alphabetical order by topic and proper names.

  • General

    This collection is part of the José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, The José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections: Maria Enriquez Papers, MSS 298, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

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