Refugio I. Rochin papers Edit


MSS 355 large


  • 1985-2006 (Creation)


  • 1.6 Linear Feet (Whole)
    3 boxes



  • 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.

  • Preferred Citation

    Item, Folder number and/or title, Box number, The José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections: Refugio I. Rochin papers, MSS 355, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The materials were donated by Refugio I. Rochin, 1972-1990.

  • Processing Information

    Collection processed by Diana Rivera in 2010

  • Biographical / Historical

    Refugio Rochin is an Agricultural Economist who earned his BA degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, (1966); his MS degree in Agricultural Economics & Anthropology from the University of Arizona, (1967); his MA degree in Communication (1967) and his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics (1971) from Michigan State University. He was Full Professor of Sociology and Agricultural Economics and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) at Michigan State University, 1994-1998. His list of publications includes more than 140 articles in books, magazines, and professional journals. Rochin's publications and lectures focus on Latino contributions to U.S. history, community development, culture, arts, music, and science. Professor Rochin has held several high profile positions including his position as the Executive Director of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS 2003-2005); a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Institute's Associate Director for the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR 2002-2003). Professor Rochin worked nationally with Latino scholars and strengthened the capacity of Latino research centers to generate policy-relevant Latino focused research. He also established the Washington D.C. office of the IUPLR; was a Senior Associate "pro-bono" of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in Washington, D.C., developing support for Latino actors, producers, and writers in TV and Film in association with the national Hispanic Scholarship Fund. He was the Founding Director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and the Latino Initiatives Fund (1998-2002), in Washington DC. He established the Smithsonian National Board for Latino Initiatives and the Smithsonian's acclaimed "Latino VirtualGallery"

  • Scope and Contents

    The Refugio I. Rochin papers (1985-2006) contain research files of news clippings from local and national publications pertaining to immigration, free trade, labor and the experiences of Chicanos and Latinos mainly in California and particularly undocumented immigrants. Also included are Rochlin’s papers as the Founding Director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and the Latino Initiatives Fund, in Washington D.C., particularly of note are exhibition catalogs from key projects directed by Rochin.

  • Separated Materials

    The following books have been separated from the collection and integrated into the Special Collections book collections. Books: Chicano visions: American painters on the verge / Cheech Marin; essays by Max Benavidez, Constance Cortez, Tere Romo. Boston: Bullfinch Press, c2002.

    Corridos Sin Fronteras. [2 cd’s and lyrics sheets]

    Hispanic heritage at the Smithsonian:a decade of Latino initiatives / Smithsonian Latino Center. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Latino Center, 2006 Book 205 p.: col. illus.; 28 cm.

    Latino Art & Culture Teachers pack (video, slides, etc)

    The papers of Latino & Latin American artists. [Washington, D.C.] : Archives of American Art/ Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Smithsonian Institution, 1996

    Premeditated:meditations on capital punishment: recent works: an exhibition organized by the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame / Book 56 p.: ill. (chiefly col.); 29 cm. Notre Dame, IN : University of Notre Dame, 2004

    Ritmos de Identidad: Fernando Ortiz's legacy and the Howard Family collection of percussion instruments. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, 2000.

    Substance & Soul Santos Exhibition Objects List. Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives.

    The following poster has been integrated into the Special Collections poster collection:

    Towards a New Chicana/o History. April 22-23,1996 MSU Student Union, Michigan State University.

  • Added Entry–Uniform Title

    José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection.