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Contact Infomation:

Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



URL: http://specialcollections.lib.msu.edu

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Date Processed:


Acquisitions Information:

The materials were donated to Michigan State University by Paulo R. Gordillo.

Preferred Citation:

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Box number, Folder number and/or title, The José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections: Paulo R. Gordillo Papers, MSS 349, Special Collections, MSU Libraries, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Copyright Notice:

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

Usage Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on the access of this collection.

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Collection Summary:

This collection consists of materials in 9 folders and 1 street sign supporting the naming of a Lansing city street to commemorate Chavez’s life and work on behalf of the agricultural worker in the United States. The contents include documents, news clippings and correspondence on: Cesar Chavez Day 1995; the Committee for Cesar Chavez Avenue; various news articles on Lansing area issues including the Q -106 radio program on a controversial 5° de Mayo radio broadcast and a resulting “Media and Community Relations Summit” as well as biographical information on Gordillo. The collection also includes, a city street sign bearing the name “Cesar Chavez Ave. N. 800 - 700."

This collection is part of the José Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collections at MSU.

Historical Background:

Student and civic organizer and a life long Lansing resident, Gordillo took the lead in commemorating United Farm Worker union President and organizer Cesar E. Chavez upon his death by having a street named in his honor. Chavez was a frequent visitor to the Lansing Michigan area where he found support for the unions boycott campaigns. Gordillo graduated from and is employed at Michigan State University working with K-12 pre-college programs. He has served as adjunct faculty at Lansing Community College and Davenport University teaching communication and higher education learning skills.

Processing Note:

The following item was separated from the collection and cataloged for inclusion in the Michigan State University Special Collections library holdings and is held with the Latino poster collection:

City street sign bearing the name and directional “Cesar Chavez Ave. N. 800 – 700


Index Terms

The Paulo R. Gordillo Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the Michigan State University Libraries catalog:

  • Chavez, Cesar, 1927 - 1993
  • Cinco de Mayo Mexican Holiday
  • Engler, John, 1948 -
  • Gordillo, Paulo R.
  • Lansing Mich. – History
  • Lansing (Mich.) - - Politics and government
  • Mexican Americans - - Michigan, Lansing
  • Q-106 FM
  • United Farm Workers (UFW) Union
Box Folder Description
1 1 Cesar [E.] Chavez Day 1995 Copy of Executive Declaration signed by Governor John Engler; rally flyer
  2 Documents : Committee for Cesar Chavez Avenue: correspondence, flyers, petitions, news clippings
  3 Gordillo, Paulo: newsclippings; biographical statement
  4 Lo Nuestro; correspondence for grassroot organization established by Gordillo; letterhead
  5 Miscellaneous Newspaper Articles: topics related to Chicano community members in the Greater Lansing area
  6 WMMQ106 Cinco de Mayo radio controversy: news articles; [including late edition of internet article with radio host comments]
  7 WMMQ 106 “Media and Community Relations Summit” documents
  8 Resolution Supporting the “Say No to Grapes” campaign

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