MS 1124 - United States Latino Issues
|MS 1124 - United States Latino Issues
|BGSU Centennial History
The records of the United States Latino Issues MS-1124, were donated to the Center for Archival collections by the members of The Latino Student Union (formerly known as La Union de Estudiantes Latinos) in 2007.
Most of the Latino Student Union (LSU) collection was donated by former LSU executive board members and alum such as Luis (Garcia) Linares, Consuelo Contreras Hernandez, Gloria Enriquez Pizana and Dr. Rolando Andrade.
The collections consist of various documents pertaining to Latino concerns throughout the United States and have been sorted by subject files, such as: Arts, Education, Migrant Issues, Latino statistical reports, Social and Political Organizations and Latino newsletters.
All property, literary and duplication rights of the United States Latino Issues have been conveyed to the Center for Archival Collections and the public for historical research. The register was compiled by Gloria Enriquez Pizana, as part of her internship requirement for the graduate certificate in Public History offered through the American Culture Studies/History Department, July 2009.
United States Latino Issues collection is an off shoot of the University Archives collection of the Latino Student Union material of Bowling Green State University. The goals of the Latino Student Union were to educate, celebrate, and share the rich, diverse, cultural Latino heritage with the university community (faculty, staff and students) and the surrounding communities; and by doing so, they asked Bowling Green State University to actively engage in: (1) promoting higher education within the Latino community by actively recruiting the Latino students in high school; (2) the employment of Latino faculty and advisors needed to assist the Latino students during their studies and on to graduation; (3) providing courses and textbooks pertaining to Latino history and culture; (4) providing funds for Latino programming.
As the Latino student Union members began their Latino research throughout the United States, they made it a point to share this information with others (Latinos as well as non-Latino individuals and groups). The Latino Students of BGSU wanted to know what issues other Latino student groups, social organizations, political committees, etc, were facing. And by doing so they wanted to know what actions were taken in solving these issues, and the outcome of their efforts. Therefore the Latino Student Union students conducted extensive networking with local and national Latino groups/organizations/committees and interested parties, who also dealt with the same local/national Latino concerns.
Latino Student Union is still in existence and one of the largest student organizations at Bowling Green State University. The name was shortened to Latino Student Union (LSU) from La Union de Estudiantes Latinos, due to the lengthy name and difficulty with the Spanish pronunciation by non-speaking Spanish individuals.
|Scope and Content
The United States Latino Issues collection is an assortment of letters, memos, agendas, minutes, fliers, programs, pamphlets, programs, posters, mailing lists, hand and type written notes, pictures, newspaper articles, committee forms, and petitions. These documents were a means of communication between the LSU students of BGSU and the outside world.
The collection is an assortment of materials pertaining to: Latino Education (bilingual/bicultural programming), Latino scholarship fundraising, Latino festivals, Latino Culture and Arts and Latino employment to include national Migrant issues.
The MS-1124 collection includes various contacts with other Latino schools, social and employment agencies, etc from the states of: Texas, California, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Ohio.
A good portion of this collection consists of correspondence and news clippings from the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), La Raza Unida de Ohio, and the Guadalupe Center of Toledo, Ohio.
A particular strength of the collection are the various Latino university newsletters from the states of Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Texas, California, and Washington DC, as they share their local news with the Latino students of BGSU.
It should be noted that some of the correspondence and publications are either in Spanish or English, or at times both languages. The inventory for the Latino Student Union Collection, which is part of the University Archive, is available online.
OFFICE FILES, LATINO ARTS
OFFICE FILES, EDUCATION
OFFICE FILES, MIGRANT ISSUES
OFFICE FILES, SOCIAL POLITICAL GROUPS
Box 1: Subject Files--Arts (A-Z), EducationFolder
Box 2: EducationFolders
Box 3: Migrant IssuesFolders
Box 4: Social / Political GroupsFolders