Joseph Spielberg Benitez papers Edit


MSS 397 large
Finding Aid Author
Diana Rivera
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard


  • 1980-2006 (Creation)


  • 1.4 Linear Feet (Whole)
    2 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: Joseph Spielberg Benitez Papers, MSS 397, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Joseph Spielberg Benitez in 2005.

  • Processing Information

    Processed by Diana Rivera in October 2012.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Joseph Spielberg Benitez (1936-2010) was born in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He received his Ph.D. from the Michigan State University Anthropology Department in 1965. He later became Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University, teaching and conducting research on Latin America and Mexican Americans. Dr. Spielberg Benitez was instrumental in the development of the Julian Samora Research Institute at Michigan State and served as one of its first senior faculty associates. He published extensively on economic anthropology issues and on the social organization of Mexican American communities. He served as Chairman of the Governor's Agricultural Labor Commission and was a recipient of Fulbright-Hays Lecture/Research Fellowships to the University of Costa Rica and the University of Cusco in Peru. His field work was conducted in peasant and urban communities throughout Mexico and Guatemala.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Joseph Spielberg Benitez papers consist of materials from the agricultural migrant worker safety program: "A presentation for the promotion of occupational safety and health of migrant farmworkers." Production of the presentation was sponsored by the Migrant and Bilingual Education Division, Department of Education, State of Michigan via a contract with Michigan Economics for Human Development in Grand Ledge, Michigan. The materials in the collection include original notes and drafts of scripts for each slide program, 298 slides, 11 audio cassettes, twelve 7.5 inch audio reels, news clippings, journal articles and pamphlets. Also included is Dr. Spielberg Benitez's research for a book he planned on publishing on the 19th Century Mexican messianic prophet Pedro Rojas or "El Tatita." Included are transcriptions of documents from files held by the Archivo Municipal de Guerrero and Spielberg's unpublished manuscript. All folders are not indexed or described (Box 2 Folders 23-95.)

  • Arrangement

    Arranged in two series: I. Farm Workers Safety. II. Tatita Research.

  • Separated Materials

    The following items were separated from the collection and cataloged for inclusion in the Michigan State University Special Collections library holdings: Tierra o muerte: the land belongs to the people.  E184.M5 T5477 1970; El Humanismo de Marx en la Actualidad, by Raya Dunayevskaya, Detroit: News & Letters.