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Colorado Chicano Movement Archives

Protest march

The CCMA is a substantial body of materials that document a pivotal movement, a civil rights movement, overlooked for decades. The Chicano Movement materials stand as testimony to the changes that were made in education, politics, the courts, labor, police brutality and media. Overshadowed by events in Texas and California, the Colorado Chicano Movement reveals a struggle for land rights by heirs of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, post Mexican-American War (1848); a boycott against the Coors Corporation, headquartered in Colorado, for their racist hiring policies; also Colorado University's connection to Coors and their racist response to Chicano students.

The CCMA comprises 25+ individual collections from Chicano activists and organizations including the papers of Juan Federico "Freddie Freak" Miguel Arguello Trujillo and Jose Esteban Ortega, CU-Boulder and Pueblo activists; the Garcia Family Papers, documenting Pueblo UFW, education and environmental racism; Una Jaakola Papers, CU-Boulder activist; the records of UMAS, CU-Boulder; and the David Marquez Papers, containing a wide sampling of Chicano Movement newspapers. In addition, the CCMA includes an almost complete run of La Cucaracha, the Pueblo Chicano Movement newspaper, now digitized and available at the Colorado Historic Newspaper collection.

Voices of Protest Oral History Archives

Video and audio interviews, as well as transcripts of most of the interviews in this collection, are available in the CSU Pueblo Digital Repository. They include Latino Veterans Oral History Interviews with veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and Afghanistan as well as Colorado Chicano/a Movement activists in Pueblo, Denver, and Boulder, CO. 

Click below for an overview of the CCMA, with a brief description of all the collections. 

Click below to learn more about the collection policy for the CCMA and the types of items we can accept.
The document below answers any questions you may have about donating to the CCMA.
*Pictured above: Brown berets march in solidarity with the United Farmworkers on the 110 mile march from Pueblo to Denver, CO, 1970, UMAS Collection.
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