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Detroit Latino Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR001708
The Detroit Latino Records primarily contains memorandum, meeting minutes, conference materials, and program materials for Latino community organizations within Detroit, as well as résumés and relevant news articles. This collection also includes materials produced by national organizations and academic programs, including programs within Wayne State University and its Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies, as well as the University of Michigan.

Important Subjects: Community-based organizations Detroit (Mich.) Hispanic American leadership Hispanic American students Hispanic Americans – United States Minorities – Education – United States Unemployment

Important Names: Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies Detroit Latino Agenda and Coalition José Cuello Latino Family Services, Inc. Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Michael García New Detroit, Inc. Wayne State University

Series Description: Series I: New Detroit, Inc., 1974-1992: Includes: memorandum, committee materials, meeting minutes, and seminar and program materials.

Series II: Community Organizations, 1969-1995: Includes: event materials, correspondence, academic p rogram materials, résumés, social activism materials, newspaper clippings, and academic articles.

Series III: Detroit Latino Agenda and Coalition and Latino Issues Conferences, 1971-1994: Includes: memorandum, correspondence, program flyers, event materials, and conference materials.

Dates

  • 1969 - 1995
  • Majority of material found within 1979 - 1989

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

10.25 Linear Feet (10 SB, 1 envelope)

Abstract

Organizations in this collection include New Detroit, Inc., National Council of La Raza, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Additionally, this collection encompasses the work of many organizations involved in the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, such as the Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (La Sed), Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS), Latino Family Services, and SER, Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Finally, this collection includes materials created by Detroit Latino Agenda and Coalition, an organization that was started by the Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies at Wayne State University in 1990. The organization focuses on challenges and opportunities for Detroit’s Latino community and it creates conferences in order to foster discussion and collaboration in the greater Detroit Latino community.

The Detroit Latino Records primarily contains memorandum, meeting minutes, conference materials, and program materials for Latino community organizations within Detroit, as well as résumés and relevant news articles. This collection also includes materials produced by national organizations and academic programs, including programs within Wayne State University and its Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies, as well as the University of Michigan.

History

The Detroit Latino community has remained a driving force throughout Detroit’s tumultuous political climate. In the eighties and nineties, Detroit’s Hispanic population continued to grow during a time when many other residents were leaving. This can largely be attributed to the vast amount of community organizations that continuously work toward improving the lives of the Hispanic population, in addition to tackling urban problems and issues of education and unemployment.

Organizations in this collection include New Detroit, Inc., National Council of La Raza, Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Additionally, this collection encompasses the work of many organizations involved in the Consortium of Hispanic Agencies, such as the Latin Americans for Social and Economic Development (La Sed), Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS), Latino Family Services, and SER, Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Finally, this collection includes materials created by Detroit Latino Agenda and Coalition, an organization that was started by the Center for Chicano-Boricua Studies at Wayne State University in 1990. The organization focuses on challenges and opportunities for Detroit’s Latino community and it creates conferences in order to foster discussion and collaboration in the greater Detroit Latino community.

Arrangement

Arranged in 3 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-3), Series 2 (Boxes 3-8) and Series 3 (Boxes 8-10, Envelope 1). Folders in this collection are not necessarily arranged in any particular order. The box folder listing provides an inventory based on their original order. Subjects may be dispersed throughout the collection.

Acquisition

The Detroit Latino Records were donated to the Reuther Library by Dr. José Cuello on July 15, 1997.

Related Materials

El Central, Elaine Graves Papers, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) Records, New Detroit, Inc. Records

Transfers

Negatives of 1990 Hispanics Unidos March were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Meghan McGowan on January 13, 2015.
Title
Guide to the Detroit Latino Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Meghan McGowan.
Date
2015-01-13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Revision Statements

  • 2017-12-07: AV description added to inventory and findind aid updated by Deborah Rice.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
5401 Cass Avenue
Detroit MI 48202 USA