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Juana and Jesse Gonzales papers

Identifier: MSS 382 large

Scope and Contents

The Juana and Jesse Gonzales papers (1949-2000) contain reports, newsletters, reprints, unpublished papers and news clippings collected by Jesse and Juana Gonzales since the late 1960s through 2006. A significant part of the collection dates from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s relating to Chicano student activism on campuses, Chicanos and Latinos in the arts, and materials on the history of Chicanos and Latinos in Michigan including agricultural labor and migrant workers. Included in the collection is an oral history with Mr. Gonzales conducted by students in MSU American Studies 881 in 2007.


  • Creation: 1960-2006

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored offsite in Remote Storage. Please contact Special Collections 3 working days in advance if you wish to use it.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

Juana (de los Santos) Gonzales was born in Mercedes, Texas and Jesse Gonzales was born in Albion, Michigan. In their youth, their families worked as agricultural field workers. Jauna is a graduate of Michigan State University earning both a BA and MA. Jesse received his BA from MSU and MA from the University of Michigan. Both were student activists during the 1960s-1970s and accumulated materials from their participation in social and art organizations. Juana Gonzales was active in the Chicano student movement at MSU; having served on campus-wide committees including the MSU Presidential Search Committee in 1978 (M. Cecil Mackey). She was a teacher in the East Lansing School District and active in community organizations. Jesse Gonzales was active in the Chicano student movement at MSU and U of M and was employed by MSU in the 1980s. He is the author of 2El Calendario Hispano de Michigan3 which provides chronological information of Chicanos and Hispanics in Michigan history. He has remained active in photography and samples of his work are in this collection.


10 Linear Feet (10 boxes) : 7 Gaylord 2 Hollinger 1 oversize ; 27 x 14 x 32 cm.

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged basically in alphabetic order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Juana & Jesse Gonzales in 2006-2010

Added Entry–Uniform Title

José F. Treviño Chicano/Latino Activism Collection.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Diana Rivera September 2010-April 2011.

Processing Information

This collection is being reprocessed as of September 2023. Arranagement in the finding aid may not match what's in the boxes. Researchers should reach out to Andrea McMillan for questions.

Finding Aid for the Juana and Jesse Gonzales papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

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