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Special Collections

MSU  Libraries

366 W. Circle Drive

East Lansing, MI 48824



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

Date Received:


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Acquisitions Information:

The materials were donated by Refugio I. Rochin to Michigan State University between 1972 - 1990.

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: Refugio I. Rochin Papers, MSS 355, 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.

Photoduplication Restrictions:

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Collection Summary:

This collection of news clippings and articles focuses on immigration, free trade, labor and the experiences of Chicanos and Latinos and particularly those of the undocumented immigrant. They are a small segment of the work and research areas Rochin published in over a multi-decade career.

The collection consists of boxes of news clippings related to immigration, Mexican undocumented workers, agricultural labor, and Chicanos and Latinos in mainly California. Newspapers clipped include the Sacramento Bee, The Christian Science Monitor as well as other national and international titles.  Folder 14 includes a small collection of miscellaneous flyers and articles.  In addition materials from Rochins work at the Smithsonian Institution as Founding Director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and the Latino Initiatives Fund, in Washington DC are included.  Of particular note are exhibition catalogs from key projects directed by Rochin as SCLI director.

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

Historical Background:

Refugio Rochin is an Agricultural Economist who earned his BA degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, (1966); his MS degree in Agricultural Economics & Anthropology from the University of Arizona, (1967); his MA degree in Communication (1967) and his Ph.D. degree in Agricultural Economics (1971) from Michigan State University. He was Full Professor of Sociology and Agricultural Economics and director of the Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) at Michigan State University, (1994-1998). His list of publications includes more than 140 articles in books, magazines, and professional journals.  Rochin’s publications and lectures focus on Latino contributions to U.S. history, community development, culture, arts, music, and science.

Professor Rochin has held several high profile positions including his position as the Executive Director of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS 2003-2005); a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame and the Institute's Associate Director for the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR 2002-2003) www.nd.edu/~iuplr.  Professor Rochin worked nationally with Latino scholars and strengthened the capacity of Latino research centers to generate policy-relevant Latino focused research.  He also established the Washington D.C. office of the IUPLR; was a Senior Associate "pro-bono" of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts in Washington, D.C., developing support for Latino actors, producers, and writers in TV and Film in association with the national Hispanic Scholarship Fund.  Visit:www.hispanicarts.org. He was the Founding Director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives and the Latino Initiatives Fund (1998-2002), in Washington DC.  He established the Smithsonian National Board for Latino Initiatives and the Smithsonian's acclaimed "Latino VirtualGallery” See:http://latino.si.edu/. For additional information on Professor Rochin, see Folder 1, Box 1 of the Refugio Rochin Papers.

Processing Note:

Completed 3.31.2010 by Diana Rivera.


Index Terms

  • Foreign Workers – Mexican
  • Free Trade
  • Free Trade -- Mexico
  • Immigration Opponents -- California
  • Mexicans – United States
  • Mexico—Emigration and Immigration
  • United States – Emigration and Immigration
  • Undocumented workers
2 boxes, 40 folders; 8 books & 1 poster separated from the manuscript materials and added to the collection

Box Folder File Name
1 1 Rochin, Refugio I.
  2 Immigration, Latinos, Free Trade [1 of 3]
  3 Immigration, Latinos, Free Trade [2 of 3]
  4 Immigration, Latinos, Free Trade [3 of 3]
  5 Immigration News Clippings 1985-1987 [1 of 3]
  6 Immigration News Clippings 1985-1987 [2 of 3]
  7 Immigration News Clippings 1985-1987 [3 of 3]
  8 Undocumented Immigrants 1986-1988 [1 of 4]
  9 Undocumented Immigrants 1988-1988 [2 of 4]
  10 Undocumented Immigrants 1989-1989 [3 of 4]
  11 Undocumented Immigrants 1990-1990 [4 of 4]
  12 Undocumented Immigrants, 1976-1983 Publication:  The Christian Science Monitor [1 of 2]
  13 Undocumented Immigrants, 1984-1986 Publication:  The Christian Science Monitor[2 of 2]
  14 Undocumented Immigration, 1972-1978 Publication:  Miscellaneous [1 of 2]
  15 Undocumented Immigration, 1972-1978 Publication:  Miscellaneous [2 of 2]
  16 Undocumented Immigration, 1982-1982 Publication:  Sacramento Bee
  17 Undocumented Immigration, 1983-1985 Publication:  Sacramento Bee
  18 Undocumented Immigration, 1986-1986 Publication:  Sacramento Bee
  19 List Periodicals Used in report by Refugio I. Rochin Entitled:  NAFTA and its Implications for Chicanas/os [NACS Conference, March 25, 1993]

Other Materials:

The following book titles have been separated from the papers and can be found in Special Collections through the online catalog and/or the Special Collections poster cabinet.


Chicano visions: American painters on the verge / Cheech Marin; essays by Max Benavidez, Constance Cortez, Tere Romo. Boston: Bullfinch Press, c2002.

Corridos Sin Fronteras. [2 cd’s and lyrics sheets]

Hispanic heritage at the Smithsonian:a decade of Latino initiatives / Smithsonian Latino Center. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Latino Center, 2006 Book 205 p.: col. illus.; 28 cm.

Latino Art & Culture Teachers pack (video, slides, etc)

The papers of Latino & Latin American artists.  [Washington, D.C.] : Archives of American Art/ Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Smithsonian Institution, 1996

Premeditated:meditations on capital punishment: recent works: an exhibition organized by the Snite Museum of Art at the University of Notre Dame / Book 56 p.: ill. (chiefly col.); 29 cm. Notre Dame, IN : University of Notre Dame, 2004

Ritmos de Identidad: Fernando Ortiz's legacy and the Howard Family collection of percussion instruments. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, 2000.

Substance & Soul Santos Exhibition Objects List. Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives.


Towards a New Chicana/o History.  April 22-23,1996 MSU Student Union, Michigan State University.

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