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Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs Records

Identifier: H-Rss-0178

  • Staff Only

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection is made up of records from the office of Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center). The records include correspondence between directors, center staff, college administrators, etc., along with other administrative materials such as budget reports and meeting minutes. Publications produced by the center and part of the collection include the “Chispas” newsletter, the Chicano Studies Center Chapbook, informational brochures, and promotional calendars. Planning and promotional materials for events hosted by the center are also in the collection, including Dia de la Familia, Chicano Graduation, and Dia de los Muertos. There are also newspaper clippings, flyers, correspondence and other materials related to student activism.


  • Creation: 1967-2018

Language of materials

Languages represented in the collection: English and Spanish.


This collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography / Administrative History

Since its formation in 1969 and through its various manifestations, the Chicano Latino Student Affairs center has provided academic and student affairs support to the Chicano/Latino community of The Claremont Colleges. The center was originally established as the Mexican-American Studies Center in response to the Chicano student struggle. Though the name changed in 1971 to the Chicano Studies Center, the mission of meeting the needs of Chicano students remained constant. With a growing Chicano student population at the colleges, the center focused on academic support and retention.

Over the years, the center was housed in various places throughout the campus and its leadership structure took on different forms. Originally headed by a director and dean of students, the center became two entities in 1980. The first was the Intercollegiate Department of Chicano Studies (IDCS), headed by a faculty chair, and the second was the Chicano Student Affairs Center, run by a director/dean, assistant dean, and administrative staff.

From 2004-2005, the newly renamed office of Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA), went through a process of reviewing its programs. The result of the review process was to increase social/cultural programming throughout the colleges. New social/cultural activities that were added include Latino Heritage Month celebrations and the Cesar Chavez Commemoration. Academic and mentoring activities such as the CLSA Sponsor Program, lectures, alumni sessions, community lunches, and leadership development programs were also developed to enrich the students’ college experience.

Chicano Latino Student Affairs has been and continues to be an integral part of the Claremont Colleges community through its advancement of Chicano/Latino studies and the celebration of Chicano/Latino heritage. Through its promotion of the concept of “Familia” within the college consortium, CLSA supports the academic success and personal development of Chicano/Latino students.


16.4 Linear Feet (12 record cartons, 11 document boxes)


Includes records of Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center) beginning with the establishment of the center in 1969. Records have been added consecutively every year and include a range of materials, from publications to financial statements, as well as correspondence and promotional material for social events. Student involvement in campus events and political activism are also reflected in newspaper clippings, flyers and other materials in the collection.

Organization and Arrangement

Boxes 1 and 2 were the original accessions for the collection and cover a multitude of years. The remaining boxes are arranged by academic year, e.g. 1981-1982, and the folders pertaining to each year are sorted alphabetically. The collection was received in this order and has been maintained as such.

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Acquired from the Chicano Latino Student Affairs office (Chicano Studies Center) of the Claremont University Consortium.


Materials are added to the collection by the office of Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center) on an annual basis.

Related Material

The following publications of Chicano Latino Student Affairs (Chicano Studies Center) are located in the Claremont Colleges periodicals collection of Special Collections, The Claremont Colleges Library:

  • Chicano Studies Center Calendar (1985-86 to 1992-93 and 1996-97)
  • Chispas Newsletter (1979-80 to 2012-13)
  • Chicano Studies Center Handbook (1976-77 to 1977-78 and 1980-81 to 1984/85)
  • La Cronica (October 1974 – 1975)
  • Processing Information

    Arranged and processed by Special Collections staff.


    Claremont Colleges Chicano Latino Student Affairs Records
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    Repository Details

    Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

    800 North Dartmouth Ave
    Claremont CA 91711 United States