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José Angel Gutiérrez collection on Albert Peña, Jr.

Identifier: MSS 548 large

Scope and Contents

The José Angel Gutiérrez collection on Albert Peña, Jr. consists primarily of research materials Gutiérrez gathered for his 2017 book on Albert Peña, Jr. published by Michigan State University Press, "Albert A. Peña Jr.: Dean of Chicano Politics." Among the collection includes oral history transcripts, photocopies of military records and other biographical documents, original and photocopies photographs, clippings, correspondence, speech transcripts and notes, and writings by and about Judge Albert Peña, Jr and others, including Gus Garcia, Lico Lopez, Rodolfo ("Rudy") Rosales, among others. Also included in the collection are newsletters and documents relating to the following organizations: SNAP, Inner City Advocates, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), SARCA, SW Council of La Raza, Para La Gente newsletter of the Chicano Defense Fund, and Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations (PASO).


  • 1954 - 2014


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

Albert A. Peña (1917-2006) was born on the west side of San Antonio. A self-proclaimed "Chicano Activist," Judge Peña has been actively involved in a wide range of liberal social causes, particularly in defending and advancing the rights of Mexican-Americans, throughout his legal and political career.

José Angel Gutiérrez (b. 1944) is an attorney and professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. He was a leading Chicano activist and political leader in the 1960s and 1970s in Texas and also one of the co-founders of La Raza Unida political party that helped to raise public consciousness of Chicano civil rights issues.


3 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Julian Samora Research Institute (JSRI) at Michigan State University by Gutierrez in August 2016 and then transferred to MSU Special Collections in February 2017.

Related Materials

Please also consult the following archival collections at University of Texas San Antionio.

MS 37: Albert A. Peña, Jr. Papers, 1952-1977

MS 24: Jose Angel Gutierrez Papers, 1959-1991

José Angel Gutiérrez Papers, 1954-1990 at the Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.

Alternate Title

Jose Angel Gutierrez collection on Albert Pena, Jr.

Processing Information

Lydia Tang processed this collection in 2017.


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Repository Details

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

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA