Oregon State UniversitySpecial Collections & Archives Research Center

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers, 1969-2010

Scope and Content Note

The Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers consist of paper records, photographs, sound recordings and a videotape documenting Gonzales-Berry's teaching and research on Latino literature and culture and immigration from Mexico to the United States. The paper records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, posters, publications, and speeches. These records document awards she received, conference presentations, her appointment to the Oregon Commission for Hispanic Affairs, and her accomplishments as chair of the Ethnic Studies Department. The records also include materials pertaining to the Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride in 2003.

The photographs, made between 1997 and 2006, include images of Gonzales-Berry, other College of Liberal Arts department chairs and faculty, and special events taken between 1997 and 2003. The sound recordings consist of 34 audiocassette tapes of interviews with Mexican immigrants and the children of early Mexicano migrant settlers in Oregon assembled as part of a research project.

The videotape includes two interviews recorded from the Spanish television program Cita Con Nelly. In an interview with program host Nelly, Gonzales-Berry describes the OSU Ethnic Studies Department; the book Herencia, which she edited; and resources at the OSU Archives on the Bracero Program. The second interview on the videotape is with Javier Cervantes, coordinator of Casa Educacional, the OSU Minority Education Office for Latina/o and Chicana/o students.

An addition to the Gonzales-Berry Papers (Accession 2010:089) consists of materials collected by Gonzales-Berry in the course of research for the book "Mexicanos in Oregon: Their Stories, Their Lives." In addition to a copy of the published book, chapter drafts, notes, and transcripts of interviews conducted by Gonzales-Berry, this transfer is made up of articles, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, publications, reports, and studies. Aside from documenting the experience of Mexicanos in Oregon, these materials also reflect topics such as Latino attitudes toward immigration policy, farm labor markets in Mexico/U.S., the Bracero Program, the NAFTA trade treaty, Mexican hometown associations, and PCUN (Pineros y Campesinos unidos del Noroeste). Also found among these materials is a collection of poems and essays by the Chicano Literary Group of the PEN Readers and Writers Program.


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