This collection consists of materials gathered by the Mexican American Studies department at the University of Arizona. Materials currently include audiotapes, cassettes, VHS tapes, and papers for publication. Items are arranged into series based on subject/project. Materials not related to a specific project are listed in the "Miscellaneous projects" series.
Quoted from the Department's website: "The Mexican American Studies program was founded in 1968 by a group of committed community activists, students, and educators in response to community and student demands for self-determination. By 1975 it became the Mexican American Studies Committee. On March 22, 1981, the Mexican American Studies and Research Center was formally established. Two years later, the Center received state funding and began to realize its interdisciplinary research program. In 2009, the Center became a full-fledged department.
The Department of Mexican American Studies (MAS) at the University of Arizona offers interdisciplinary degree programs designed to study, recover and disseminate knowledge of the history, culture, and intellectual legacy of Chicanx, Mexican, Indigenous, and Latinx peoples in the United States and across the Américas. The Mexican American Studies program does this through decolonial epistemologies, pedagogies, and scholarship located at the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. We consider social change imperative for the empowerment of Chicanx, Mexican, Indigenous, and Latinx populations who are disproportionately impacted by legacies of colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and their contemporary manifestations."