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Gumecindo Salas papers

Identifier: UA-17.215

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a copy of the publication "Chicanas: Their Voices, Their Lives," edited by Lucia Fox-Lockert and illustrated by Nora Chapa Mendoza. The Michigan State Board of Education published the booklet in 1988. The publication functions as an oral history of ten Chicana women who have been through hard events during the course of their lives. "The profiles contained herein are candid poetic expressions of the life experiences of ten Chicana women," (Foreword, p. v). Also included are newspaper clippings, correspondence, and memos about the debate on whether or not to include creationism in the K-12 curriculum in Michigan. As a member of the State Board of Education, Salas sponsored motions to ban the teaching of Biblical theory.


  • Creation: 1982 - 1988


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Gumecindo Salas was Vice President of Governmental Relations for the Hispanic Association for College and Universities (HACU). Prior to his joining HACU, Gumecindo was employed by Michigan State University (MSU) as a professor of Urban Studies and Integrative Studies of Social Science. Prior to his teaching position at MSU, he served as director of Minority Programs. He taught for the Detroit Public Schools and later for Wayne State University, where he helped establish a Chicano Boricua Studies program and served as its director for three years prior to joining Michigan State University.

Following graduation from college, he worked one year in Cartagena, Colombia for the United States Information Agency. He earned Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Wayne State University in Detroit. His Ph.D. was earned from the University of Michigan in Continuing and Higher Education.

Salas served as an elected member of the Michigan State Board of Education for two terms. (Information retrieved on February 19, 2014 from


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Custodial History

Gift of Gumecindo Salas, 1991-04-10

Legal Status

Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University

Processing Information

Record group changed from c.00576 to UA 17.215 to reflect Salas's connection to Michigan State University. -M. Badgley-Malone, September 2021.


Gumecindo Salas Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
L. Gardiner
November 2003
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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