Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. papers Edit


MSS 394 large


  • 1950-2010 (Creation)


  • 16 Linear Feet (Whole)
    16 boxes.



  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and available for research in the MSU Special Collections' reading room.

  • 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: Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. papers, MSS 375, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired from the Estate of Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. in, 2007.

  • Processing Information

    The collection was processed by Diana Rivera in 2011-2012.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. was an award winning poet, author of five books, lecturer, and community activist. He mentored poets of all ages - from elementary school students to adults - throughout the country, particularly in the states of Michigan, Texas, and Colorado. He belonged to a broad and diverse poet community. Sanchez was born in Pontiac, Michigan. He attended Catholic schools and seminary and was a Jesuit brother for over 25 years. After leaving the seminary, Sanchez continued his work in prison ministry. His close relationship to his father was an essential reason for his advocacy work with fatherhood projects. The topics of his poetry include fatherhood, youth, food, culture, and the erotica. His acclaimed style and poetry within the poetry community garnered artist-in-residence projects in school districts across the country, particularly in the states of Michigan, Texas and Colorado. He was highly respected in the arts and within the Mexican American community and has two poetry festivals named in his honor (Detroit, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas). In 2007, Sanchez posthumously received the President{u2019}s Peace Commission Award from Saint Mary{u2019}s University in San Antonio, Texas. The collection reflects these aspects of Sanchez{u2019}s life. Also included in the collection are draft manuscripts of his unpublished work and by poets who sent him work to review and comment on. Among the manuscripts are poems written by his uncle and his father who co-authored a book of poems early in Sanchez{u2019}s career.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Trinidad Sanchez, Jr. Papers numbers 16 boxes and spans the time period from ca. 1950 to 2010. It consists of printed materials, video and audiotapes, computer discs, photographs, awards, and realia. The written materials include correspondence (personal, reader response, and business) articles and essays, course materials, and business records. As well as, published and unpublished poetry, short story drafts, and manuscripts written by Sanchez and other authors and poets.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in three series: Series 1. Correspondence from poets; Series 2. Correspondence and draft manuscripts; Series 3. Realia.

  • General

    Box size varies.

  • Added Entry–Uniform Title

    José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection.