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366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



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Acquisitions Information:

The Rudy Reyes Papers were donated to MSU by Rudolfo Reyes.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, Rudy Reyes Papers within the Jose F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections, MSS 300, Special Collections, Michigan State University Main Library

Copyright Notice:

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this archive, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

The José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections: Rudy Reyes will be open and available for use in the Special Collections Reading Room.

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Collection Summary:

The Reyes papers document the particular extent of one activist’s involvement with the local and greater Chicano/Latino movement. Focusing on labor, leadership training, educational issues, affirmative action, political advancement, and community support programs, the papers include campaign signs, reports, conference materials, meeting files, news articles, flyers, pamphlets, and training manuals. There are also some correspondence files, photographs, and a collection of campaign labels and bumper stickers. The Reyes papers are part of the Jose Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections at MSU.

Historical Background:

Rudy Reyes was born in Lansing Michigan in 1950, and has been a life-long resident involved in local education, politics and labor issues. He is an alumnus of the local school system and Lansing Community College. Reyes, who started working at the age of 5, was hired at General Motors in 1969 and retired in 2006. For twenty years he was an active member of the United Auto Workers [UAW] Local 602, serving on several Executive Board committees and chairing the Community Service Committee. His involvement with UAW Local 602 offered him opportunities to bring the labor and Latino perspective to other community-based organizations he served, including the Red Cross (Tri-County Disaster Committee Chair), The United Way Board (Secretary) and Cristo Rey Church (member, Parish Council); Reyes was also appointed by Michigan Governor Blanchard to the State of Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs. Reyes served on the planning committees for many area Latino conferences, including the Coalition for Concerned Hispanics (Vice President), the Latino Workers Leadership Institute and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (L.C.L.A.A.)

Processing Note:



The papers are listed alphabetical according to topic and in some cases, the type of material (for example, “news clippings”). Campaign signs in Box 2 are numbered on backside.

Box Folder Description
1 1 Biographies on Latinos:
    – Huerta, Dolores from Bakersfield, CA (union organizer)
  – Ornelas, Frank from Gladwin County, MI (VFW active in community service for substance abuse)
  – Sanchez, Dolores from Detroit, MI (publisher of El Centro bilingual newspaper)

  2 - 10 Conferences:
  2       – Hispanic Leadership Development Institute (October 1987) (MSU Labor Program Service)      
          – 2nd Midwest Hispanic Union Leadership Development Conference (May, 1990) (MSU Labor Program Service)      
          – Ballet Cultural Azteca (program) (October 1987)
    – Handwritten notes (4/5/89)
  3        – Hispanic Women’s Leadership Conference (March 14, 1987)
  4       – Michigan Hispanic Leadership Conference (1988 – Grand Valley State) (1989 – UM)
  5        – Midwest Hispanic Unity Conference (see also Michigan Coalition of Concerned Hispanics)
  6        – United States Hispanic Leadership Conference (October 29-31, 1993) sponsored by Midwest/Northeast           Voter Registration Education Project
  7        – The National Council of La Raza (25th Anniversary – 1993)
  8       – United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (1991) (some water damage to materials)
  9        – Cristo Rey Church Fiesta, Lansing (1986, 1990, 1994)
  10        – Cristo Rey Community Center, Lansing (programs)
  11 Da Varona, Frank, Editor of article, “Hispanic Contributions to American History (1492 – present)”
  12 De Leon, Debbie, Ingham County Commissioner
  13A Greater Lansing Community for Chavez Avenue (meeting notes, articles, flyers) (circa 1994)
  13B Greater Lansing Area Martin Luther King Holiday Commission Calendar of Events (1993)
  14 Hernandez, Justo, “Hispanics in Organized Labor and Political Arenas.”
  15 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) (meeting programs)
  16 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) (manual: “Institutional Structures and Administrations”
  17 Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) (Membership roster and contact lists)
  17.1 Latin Americans United for Progress, Inc. “Fiesta ‘95”
  18 Mexican Patriotic Committee of Detroit (May 1988)
  19-21 Michigan Coalition of Concerned Hispanics (Hispanic Agenda Plan Manual, conference materials, misc.) (1987-1989)
  22 Michigan Commission on Spanish Speaking Affairs
  23 Michigan Educational Opportunity Fund (formerly MI Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Inc.)
  24 Michigan for English Plus Coalition
  25 Michigan Latino Political Candidates (resumes, info on Tony Benavides (with photo), Richard J. Garcia, Dorothy V. Gonzales, Minerva Rosales, Daniel G. Soza, Paul Vasquez and Milton Villarreal.)
  26 Michigan Latino Political Decals:
           – Espinoza for [MI] State Representative       – [Rosa ""Vicki""] Jimenez for [Lansing] School Board
          – [Ramiro M.] Gonzales for [Lansing] School Board
  27 Michigan Spanish Speaking Democrats
  28 Midwest Hispanic Institute on Substance Abuse (and related Substance-Abuse Conference programs, flyers, and misc.)
  29 News clippings: Affirmative Action, Race Relations…1988-1993
  30 News clippings: Affirmative Action, Race Relations…1994
  31 News clippings: Affirmative Action, Race Relations…1995
  32 News clippings: Affirmative Action, Race Relations…1996
  33 News clippings: Affirmative Action, Race Relations…undated
  34 News clippings: Chicano (a) and Ethnic Studies
  35 News clippings: Economy
  36 News clippings: Education
  37 News clippings: Mexico
  38 News clippings: Multicultural, Diversity
  39 News clippings: Populism/Politically Correct Conservatism
  40 News clippings: Rural Latinos
  41 News clippings: Training
  42 Reyes, Rudolfo (Rudy): Correspondence (signed letter from Cesar E. Chavez)
  43 Serials/Periodicals: La Prense Nacional (Toledo, OH) (1/1/92, 8/15/92,9/15/92)

Unpublished Papers: Rochin, Refugio, "Phases of Multiculturalism: Chicano/Latino Studies in the United States."

Box PosterDescription
21Benavides for Representative, Democrat (1) Okemos, Michigan 48864. Benavides for Representative, Mike Lenkowski, Treasurer. N.D. 56cm x 35.5cm. Col. Content: Campaign Poster for Tony Benavides. Double sided.

2Elect Jimenez for Lansing School Board (1) Lansing, MI 48912. Jimenez for Lansing School Board Committee. N.D. 56cm x 36cm. Col. Content: Campaign poster for Jimenez for Lansing School Board. Double sided.

3Keep Cesar Chavez Avenue, Vote NO on Proposal A (4) S.L. Citizens for Chavez. Monday, June 12. 74cm x 29cm. B/W. Content: Campaign poster. Double sided.

4Keep Public Services PUBLIC (1) s.l. N.P. N.D. 35cm x 56cm. Col. Content: Red, white and blue lettering and background. One sided.

5No to this NAFTA (1) Lansing, Michigan. N.D. 56cm x 37cm. Col. Content: Red and blue words on white background. One sided.
6Please vote today! (1) Lansing, Michigan 48912. Michigan Chapters, A. Philip Randolph Institute (apri). N.D. 56cm x 36cm. B/W. Content: Election sign, encouraging voting. Double sided.


Privatization Cronyism (1) s.l. N.P. N.D. Col. Content: Red, white and blue poster encouraging privatization. One sided.

8 Re-Elect Delgado (1) Lansing, Michigan 48911. Citizens for Delgado. N.D. 71cm x 28cm. Col. Content: Campaign poster Delgado as 13 th District County Commissioner. Double sided.
9 Re-Elect Ruby Reyes for Community Service Chairperson (1) s.l. N.P. N.D. 61cm x 46cm. B/W. Content: Campaign poster for Rudy Reyes for Community Service Chairperson. Red tape along outsides. Pencil note on back with a date and phone number.
10 Re-elect Tony Benavides (2) Lansing, Michigan 48911. Citizens for Tony Benavides. N.D. 59cm x 36cm. Col. Content: Campaign poster for Tony Benavides, Lansing City Council, 3 rd Ward. Double sided.
11 Retain Guillermo Lopez (2) Lansing, Michigan 48909. Guillermo Z. Lopez for Lansing Board of Education. N.D. 71cm x 28cm. Col. Content: Campaign poster for Guillermo Z. Lopez for Lansing Board of Education. Double Sided.
12Rosales for Board of Education (1) Saginaw, Michigan 48601. Committee to elect Minerva Rosales. 71cm x 28cm. Col. Content: Campaign poster for Minerva Rosales. Double sided.

13Soza for City Council (1) Saginaw, Michigan 48607. Committee to elect Daniel Soza, Jr. N.D. 71cm x 28cm. Col. Content: Campaign poster for Daniel Soza, Jr. for City Council. Double Sided.

14 Vote NO on Prop. 1 (Side One: ) No Vouchers (Side two)(2) Lansing, Michigan 48908. All Kids First! N.D. 56cm x 36cm. Col. Content: Campaign against prop. 1. Caution crossing sign in top right, side 2.
15 VOTE Register. Your vote is your voice! (2) Midwest/Northeast Voter Registration Education Project. N.D. 56cm. x 43cm. Col. Content: Poster encouraging people to register to vote. Red, white and blue colored. Translation to Spanish. One sided.
16Vote yes for our children! (2) Lansing, Michigan 48910. Citizens for Lansing Schools. N.D. 71cm x 28cm. Col. Content: Campaign poster for Lansing schools- Tue. May 1. Double sided.

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