Juana and Jesse Gonzales papers Edit


MSS 382 large


  • 1960-2006 (Creation)


  • 10 Linear Feet (Whole)
    10 boxes

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  • 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: Juana and Jesse Gonzales papers, MSS 382, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Juana & Jesse Gonzales in 2006-2010

  • Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Diana Rivera September 2010-April 2011.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Juana (de los Santos) Gonzales was born in Mercedes, Texas and Jesse Gonzales was born in Albion, Michigan. In their youth, their families worked as agricultural field workers. Jauna is a graduate of Michigan State University earning both a BA and MA. Jesse received his BA from MSU and MA from the University of Michigan. Both were student activists during the 1960s-1970s and accumulated materials from their participation in social and art organizations. Juana Gonzales was active in the Chicano student movement at MSU; having served on campus-wide committees including the MSU Presidential Search Committee in 1978 (M. Cecil Mackey). She was a teacher in the East Lansing School District and active in community organizations. Jesse Gonzales was active in the Chicano student movement at MSU and U of M and was employed by MSU in the 1980s. He is the author of 2El Calendario Hispano de Michigan3 which provides chronological information of Chicanos and Hispanics in Michigan history. He has remained active in photography and samples of his work are in this collection.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Juana and Jesse Gonzales papers (1949-2000) contain reports, newsletters, reprints, unpublished papers and news clippings collected by Jesse and Juana Gonzales since the late 1960s through 2006. A significant part of the collection dates from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s relating to Chicano student activism on campuses, Chicanos and Latinos in the arts, and materials on the history of Chicanos and Latinos in Michigan including agricultural labor and migrant workers. Included in the collection is an oral history with Mr. Gonzales conducted by students in MSU American Studies 881 in 2007.

  • Arrangement

    Materials are arranged basically in alphabetic order.

  • Added Entry–Uniform Title

    José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection.