The collection consists of eight series spanning 19 archival boxes. The collection contains important papers pertaining to
Alurista's academic work, (his dissertation, and his class curriculum). It also contains material detailing his interest and
work with other Chicano scholars and organizations. The collection helps to illuminate Alurista's interests in poetry and
spiritualism. It contains videos Alurista owned, research sources into Chicano issues, as well as correspondence and biographical
information including photographs, correspondence, essays and diplomas. For his earlier literary manuscripts researchers will
want to consult the Benson Latin-American Collection at the University of Texas, Austin. Alurista's literary manuscripts up
to the year 1972 are located there. It is important to note here that there are a number of publications (mostly books) that
were a part of Alurista's private library which have been signed by the author with a personal message to Alurista (or to
Alurista and Xelina, his wife). These publications have been catalogued separately and can be searched using the library's
online catalog, Pegasus.
Alurista is one of the leading literary figures during the Chicano Movement era. He is most well known for his support of
the Chicano Movement through his literature and poetry. Alurista was an early Chicano activist, credited in helping to establish
the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego. During the Chicano Movement Alurista authored significant manifestos of the movement.
He was one of the first poets to establish the concept of Aztlán in his writings, a concept that envisions a return to the
praises of the Aztec civilization. He is also the co-founder of El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) which
when translated, means Chicano student movement of Aztlán, that helped organize the Chicano Studies Program at San Diego State
10.0 linear feet
20 archival boxes and 1 oversize box
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permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.