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Rebecca Arenas papers

Identifier: MSS 579- Large

Scope and Contents

The collection includes print, video and photograph content from Arenas' volunteer work and campaign bids for local and state elected offices.


  • 1970 - 2017


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

The material is stored off site. Please request 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

Rebecca Arenas was a Chicana activist born in Crystal City Texas. Her family was among the first Mexican American agricultural migrant families to settle in Holland in the early 1940s. She graduated from Holland High School and based her activism in the City of Holland, Ottawa County Michigan. She married and ran for several local and state offices, was appointed to commissions and received several awards in her married name Rebecca Rivera, until her name change back to Arenas in the 1990s. She was a member of the Democratic party and was active in political, community and church organizations in leadership positions. As a community activist, her expertise and advocacy was in voter education and registration, women, students, immigrants and agricultural migrant workers.


2 Linear Feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials



The contents of the collection are arranged in alphabetical order by event, organization or topic title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated Rebecca Arenas in 2009 and delivered by her children in 2012.

Processing Information

Diana Rivera processed this collection in March 2017.

Finding Aid for Rebecca Arenas papers
4 Published And Cataloged
Diana Rivera
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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