The Benson Latin American Collection

Abelardo Delgado Papers, 1947- (bulk 1968-1981)

Descriptive Summary

Creator Abelardo, 1931-
Title Abelardo Delgado Papers
Dates: 1947- (bulk 1968-1981)
Abstract Personal papers of poet, author, and community organizer Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado.
OCLC Record No. 23112192
Extent 2 linear feet
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Poet, writer, and community organizer, full name Abelardo Barrientos Delgado, sometimes publishes as Lalo. Born Nov. 27, 1931, in Boquilla de Conchos, Chihuahua, Mexico; Delgado moved to El Paso, Texas in 1943. He attended El Paso public schools and Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso). Delgado has worked as a teacher, social worker, and administrator of community service organizations. He became known as a writer after moving to Denver, Colorado, in the 1960s. He also founded Barrio Publications, which published several collections of his poetry and fiction. His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in periodicals and anthologies. Delgado received the Tonatiuh-Quinto Sol Award for literature in 1977.

Scope and Contents Note

The collection is organized into four series: 1.    Literary Productions, 2.    Newsletters and Essays, 3.    Correspondence, and 4.    Personal and Biographical Materials. Literary productions are organized into two subseries: Poetry and Prose. Each series or subseries is arranged alphabetically or chronologically, as appropriate.

The bulk of the collection consists of literary manuscripts, paste-ups, and self-published works of Abelardo Delgado, from 1968 to 1981. Also included are single poems and newsletters produced by Delgado, as well as reports, incoming correspondence, interviews, ephemera, and articles and newsclippings about Delgado. Titles represented in the collection include: By angrying the gods, Chicano: 25 pieces of a Chicano mind, Here lies Lalo, Sinners fill the eye of God, A thermos bottle full of self-pity, Under the skirt of Lady Justice, and others.


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Index Terms

The Abelardo Delgado Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Abelardo, 1931- --Archives
Bruce-Novoa, 1944-
Avila, Magdaleno
Colorado Migrant Council
Barrio Publications (Denver, Colo.)
American literature--Mexican American authors--History and criticism
American poetry--Mexican American authors--History and criticism
Mexican American agricultural laborers
Mexican Americans--Colorado
Migrant agricultural laborers--United States

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Abelardo Delgado Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


Literary Productions, 1971-1981

1 Poetry
1 By Angering the Gods: 25 gods of abelardo, 1960
2 Chicano: 25 pieces of a chicano mind [photocopy], N.d.
3 Chicano: 25 pieces of a chicano mind, N.d.
4 God's Bite: 25 bites of abelardo, 1970
5 Here Lies Lalo: 25 deaths of abelardo [paste-ups], 1977
6 Here Lies Lalo: 25 deaths of abelardo, 1977
7 Here Lies Lalo: 79 deaths of abelardo, 1977
8 My Sadness Makes Me Laugh: 16 sadness of abelardo, N.d.
9 Sinners Fill the Eye of God: 79 eyes of abelardo, 1974
10 A Thermos Bottle Full of Self Pity: 25 bottles of Abelardo, 1974
11 A Thermos Bottle Full of Self Pity: 88 bottles of abelardo, 1974
12 Under the Skirt of Lady Justice: 43 skirts of abelardo, 1977
13 Under the Skirt of Lady Justice: 43 skirts of abelardo [paste-ups], 1978
14 Under the Skirt of Lady Justice: 43 skirts of abelardo, 1978
15 Without a Gun...Without an Idea: 61 guns and ideas of abelardo, 1978
box folder
2 1 115 de Abelardo, N.d.
2 133 Abelardos, N.d.
3 One O Six of Abelardo, N.d.
4 Siete de Abelardo, Mar. 4, 1980
5 7 Abelardos, Mar. 18, 1980
6 7 Abelardos, Apr. 15, 1980
Siete de Abelardo, Oct. 10, 1980, Sept. 30, 1981, Nov. 12, 1981
7 Untitled poetry collection, N.d.
8 Untitled poetry collection, N.d.
box folder
3 1 Poem drafts [42 items], N.d.
2 Poem drafts [17 items], N.d.
3 Poem drafts [25 items], N.d.
4 Poem drafts [28 items], N.d.
5 Poem drafts [paste-ups, 26 items], N.d.
6 Poem drafts [paste-ups, 20 items], N.d.
7 Poem drafts [paste-ups, 24 items], N.d.
4 Prose
1 The Chicano Movement: Some Not Too Objective Observations, 1971
2 Letters to Mindy [Part 1 draft], N.d.
3 Letters to Mindy [Part 2 draft], N.d.
4 Letters to Mindy [Part 1 paste-ups], N.d.
5 Letters to Mindy [Part 2 paste-ups], N.d.
6 Letters to Mindy [photocopy], N.d.
7 Short story drafts, N.d.
8 Contributions to publications, 1976-1978


Newsletters and Essays, 1970-1980

5 Newsletters
1 La Onda Fría de Aztlan, 1976-1977
2 La Onda Fría de Aztlan, 1978
3 La Onda Fría de Aztlan, 1979-1980
4 La Onda Fría de Aztlan, N.d.
5 La Onda Campesina, 1978-1979
6 "The Year of the Chicano," 1970
"The Chicano Movement in Colorado," N.d.
7 "Migrant Education," Apr. 19, 1970
"Development and Approaches to Migrant Health Programs," N.d.
"A Presentation Regarding Farmworkers," 1980
"The International Year of the Child... Children of U.S. Farmworkers" Jan. 1979
8 "The Colorado Migrant Story," N.d.
"Farmworker Programs," N.d.
9 "Rethinking Immigration and Refugee Policy," Feb. 7, 1980
"The Question of Amnesty for Undocumented Workers and How the Concepts of Family, Work Ethic and Patriotism Fit In...." Feb. 25, 1980
10 "Afghanistan.... a discussion," Feb. 1980
11 "Chicano Literature," N.d.
"Chicano Humanities and Arts Council.... an introduction," N.d.
12 Essay drafts, N.d.


Correspondence, 1968-1980

box folder
5 13 1968-1974
14 1975-1977
15 1978
16 1979-1980
17 N.d.


Personal and Biographical Materials, 1974-1980

box folder
5 18 Interviews, 1976-1978
19 Articles and newsclippings about Abelardo, 1975-1980
20 Leaflets and programs [includes 1947 and 1949 report cards], 1974-1979


Calendars, 1969-1972

Acquired in 2009 from the Friends of the Longmont Library.
box folder
6 1 1969
2 1972