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Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers, 1943-2010

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Collection Overview

Title: Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers, 1943-2010

Predominant Dates: 1973-2010

ID: MSS Gonzales-Berry

Primary Creator: Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda (1942-)

Extent: 1.8 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The collection consists of two series: Series 1: Research Files, 1943-2010; Series 2: Audiovisual Materials, circa 2002-2005

Languages of Materials: English [eng], Spanish;Castilian [spa]


The Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers document the research and publishing of Gonzales-Berry in the fields of Latino literature and culture and immigration from Mexico to the United States and include publications and speeches, awards, photographs, sound recordings, and a videotape. Gonzales-Berry was chair of the Oregon State University Ethnic Studies Department from 1997 until 2007.

Scope and Content Notes

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 bulk of the research files consist 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.

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.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry joined the Oregon State University faculty in 1997 as chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, a position she held until her retirment in December 2007. Gonzales-Berry specialized in teaching Latino literature and culture; published extensively on Chicano and Nuevomexicano literature and culture; and conducted research on immigration from Mexico to the United States. She organized several conferences and symposia on Chicano studies in Oregon.

Prior to her appointment at OSU, she was a professor of Spanish and Chicano/Latino Culture and Literatures at the University of New Mexico, where she also served as chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She earned her BA, MA, and PhD degrees from the University of New Mexico.

She served on the Oregon Commission for Hispanic Affairs, several MLA boards, the New Mexico Endowment for the Humanities board, and the National Advisory Board of the U.S. Latino Literary Heritage Project.

Author: Elizabeth Nielsen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 14 photographs, 34 cassette tapes and 1 videotape; 3 boxes, including one oversize box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: Materials were donated to the former University Archives by Gonzales-Berry in 2007 and 2010.

Related Materials:

An oral history interview with Gonzales-Berry is available in the Voices of Oregon State University Oral History Collection (OH 009).

This collection is a component of the Oregon Multicultural Archives, which includes several other collections pertaining to Latinos in Oregon as well as the Ethnic Studies Department Records (RG 227), Minority Education Office Records (RG 229), and Office of Multicultural Affairs Records (RG 225).

Preferred Citation: Erlinda Gonzales-Berry Papers (MSS Gonzales-Berry), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Finding Aid Revision History: A prelminary guide for the collection was prepared in 2008 and expanded to a full finding aid in 2017 to provide more detailed description and incorporate the addition to the collection.


Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda (1942-)

People, Places, and Topics

Foreign workers, Mexican--Oregon.
Gonzales-Berry, Erlinda, 1942-
Hispanic American college students--Oregon.
Hispanic American literature (Spanish)--History and criticism.
Mexican Americans--Oregon.
Oregon. Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Oregon Multicultural Archives
Oregon State University--Faculty.
Oregon State University--Students.
Oregon State University. College of Liberal Arts
Oregon State University. Department of Ethnic Studies
Oregon State University. Minority Education Office
University History

Forms of Material

Oral histories (literary works)
Photographic prints.
Sound recordings.
Video recordings (physical artifacts)

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Research Files, 1943-2010
The research files for this collection include numerous newspaper clippings and articles relevant to Erlinda Gonzales-Berry's research as well as a number of academic journal articles relating to immigration and the migrant experience. Gonzales-Berry's publications also reside within the collection, including her published book along with manuscripts, journal articles, book reviews, and reports. Gonzales-Berry's research files consist of compilations of information regarding the following: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), farm labor and braceros in Oregon, Latinidad, the Immitration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Mexicans in Oregon, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), and transnationalism.
Box-Folder 1.1: Braceros, undated
Box-Folder 1.2: Certificates and Awards, 1998-2007
Box-Folder 1.3: Eastern Oregon, undated
Box-Folder 1.4: Event Programs and Fliers, 1999-2003
Box-Folder 1.5: Farm Labor in Oregon, 2000-2006
Box-Folder 1.6: Immigration, General, 2004-2007
Box-Folder 1.7: Immigration, Oregon, 1975-2009
Box-Folder 1.8: Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), 1990-2005
Box-Folder 1.9: Independence Heritage Museum, undated
Box-Folder 1.10: Interviews, undated
Box-Folder 1.11: Journal Articles: Farm Labor Markets in Mexico and the United States, 1966-1999
Box-Folder 1.12: Journal Articles: Gender, 1998-2004
Box-Folder 1.13: Journal Articles: General, 1995-1996
Box-Folder 1.14: Latinidad, 2006
Box-Folder 1.15: Mexican Vote Abroad, 2004-2006
Box-Folder 1.16-1.17: Mexicans in Oregon, 1974-2006
Box-Folder 1.18-1.21: Newspaper Articles, 1943-2007
Box-Folder 1.22: North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), 1993-2005
Box-Folder 1.23: Operation Gate Keeper, 2001
Box-Folder 1.24: Pew Research Center Surveys, 2000-2005
Box-Folder 1.25: Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) and Freedom Ride, 2001-2003
Box-Folder 1.26: Photographs, 1998-2004
Box-Folder 3.1: Posters (oversize), 1999-2007
Box-Folder 1.27: Publications: Book Reviews and Articles, 1982-2005
Box-Folder 1.28: Publications: Books, 2008-2010
Box-Folder 2.1: Publications: General, 2000-2010
Box-Folder 2.2: Publications: Manuscripts, undated
Box-Folder 2.3: Publications: Reports, 1989-2007
Box-Folder 2.4: Questionnaire: Immigration Mexico to Oregon, undated
Box-Folder 2.5: Remittance, 2002-2004
Box-Folder 2.6: Second Generation, 1994-2001
Box-Folder 2.7: Speeches, 1997-2003
Box-Folder 2.8: Transnationalism, 1998-2005
Box-Folder 2.9: Transnationalism from Above, undated
Box-Folder 2.10: Washington Policy, 2002
Series 2: Audiovisual Materials, 2003-2004
The audio visual files of this collection consist primarily of oral histories conducted for Erlinda Gonzales-Berry's book, published in 2010. The 34 cassette tapes make up the bulk of this series, though the series also contains one VHS tape with a Univision interview and three oral histories preserved on compact discs. The cassette tapes have been digitized and the audio files are available upon request in the reading room.
Item 1: Lucio Matías Alanis, undated
Extent: 00:31:24

Item 2: Armando Álvarez, July 2, 2003
Extent: Side A: 00:32:04, Side B: 00:04:51

Item 3-4: Marco Antonio Chávez, undated
Extent: Item 3: Side A: 00:31:34, Side B: 00:31:42; Item 4: 00:27:14

Item 5: José García, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:32, Side B: 00:05:53

Item 6: Jose Jaime and Hector Hinojosa, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:32:29, Side B: 00:32:24

Item 7: Isaias and Ana María Juárez, 2003
Extent: Side A: 00:47:54, Side B: 00:24:55

Item 8-9: John Little, undated
Extent: Item 8: Side A: 00:31:56, Side B: 00:31:40; Item 9: 00:11:33

Item 10: María Magaña, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:33, Side B: 00:31:24

Item 11: Rigoberto Maciel Manzo, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:47:37, Side B: 00:38:08

Item 12-13: Sonny Montes, October 1, 2004
Extent: Item 12: Side A: 00:31:31, Side B: 00:31:38; Item 13: 00:08:06

Item 14-16: Elena Pena, undated
Extent: Item 14: 00:31:43; Item 15: 00:27:17; Item 16: Side A: 00:31:48, Side B: 00:31:51

Item 17: José Pérez, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:51, Side B: 00:06:06

Item 18: Samuel Quiroz, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:53, Side B: 00:20:51

Item 19: Antonio Morales Rodríguez, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:28:14

Item 20: José Romero, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:40, Side B: 00:31:40

Item 21: Miguel Salinas, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:27, Side B: 00:31:28

Item 22-23: Jesus Sepúlveda, undated
Extent: Item 22: Side A: 00:30:27, Side B: 00:31:31; Item 23: Side A: 00:24:23, Side B: 00:04:00

Item 24: José Sepúlveda, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:28:59

Item 25-26: Tomasa Sepúlveda, undated
Extent: Item 25: Side A: 00:32:24, Side B: 00:32:22; Item 26: Side A: 00:31:45, Side B: 00:19:50

Item 27: Elida Sifuentes, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:53, Side B: 00:02:35

Item 28-29: María Damaris Silva, November 26, 2003
Extent: Item 28: Side A: 00:16:56; Item 29: Side A: 00:31:38, Side B: 00:31:41

Item 30: Benita Solis, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:34, Side B: 00:26:42

Item 31: Eliseo Solís, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:58, Side B: 00:09:30

Item 32-33: Agustín Ventura, May 19, 2003
Extent: Item 32: Side A: 00:31:55, Side B: 00:31:44; Item 33: Side A: 00:31:42, Side B: 00:19:48

Item 34: Santiago Ventura and Julie Samples, undated
Extent: Side A: 00:31:45, Side B: 00:31:44

Item 35: Univision - Cita con Nelly, undated
VHS Tape
Box-Folder 2.11: A/V Access Copies on CD, undated
CD versions of the Armando Alvarez, Jose Garcia, and Augustia Ventura cassette tapes.

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