Penny Pangburn Burillo papers Edit


MSS 388 large


  • 1977-2011 (Creation)


  • 1.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    3 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: Penny Pangburn Burillo papers, MSS 388, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Penny Burillo, 2010.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Penny Pangburn Burillo was born in Hart, Michigan. For over four decades, she has served as an advocate for the Mexican American community of southwestern Michigan, particularly the migrant farm worker. She was exposed early on to Mexican culture, language and folkways. In her early twenties, Burillo worked as bilingual teacher{u2019}s aide at the Garden Grove School District, a community southeast of Los Angeles. Upon her return to Michigan, her bilingual skills were useful to her advocacy for migrant farmworkers on local and state boards relating to housing, employment, education, and race discrimination. Burillo{u2019}s Quinceañera Invitation collection dates from 1977-2011. She started accumulating them as mementos of the 15-year old birthday party celebrations for the young women in the Mexican American community she helped sponsor. Burillo{u2019}s sponsorship was sometimes financial and other times religious. She also accumulated them as samples of invitations to design for her own daughters' Quinceañera celebrations. The Quinceañera is primarily a religious rite of passage ceremony fêting a young girl{u2019}s passage into adulthood. A party sometimes follows ranging from an in-home celebration to a formal dinner-dance. As of 2011, Burillo is still active in the Latino and migrant community of southwestern Michigan.

  • Scope and Contents

    The papers contain material related to the Quinceañera celebration as collected by Penny Burillo. Included are photos, invitations, and realia. They are comprised of three boxes of materials dating from between 1977 and 2011. The papers are a part of the Jose F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection.

  • Arrangement

    Arranged alphabetically by celebrant's surname. Realia supplementary to the invitations is housed in box 3.

  • General

    Box size varies.

  • Added Entry–Uniform Title

    José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection.

  • Processing Information

    The Penny Burillo papers were processed by Diana Rivera, April 2011.