The Benson Latin American Collection

Ricardo Sánchez Papers, 1959-1989 (bulk 1969-1982)

Descriptive Summary

Creator Sánchez, Ricardo, 1941-
Title Ricardo Sánchez Papers
Dates: 1959-1989 (bulk 1969-1982)
Abstract Personal papers of activist Chicano poet Ricardo Sánchez reflect his writing and community involvement.
OCLC Record No. 23157170
Extent 11 ft 3 in., 341 photographic prints and negatives, 177 color slides, 15 phonotapes, 1 reel super 8mm motion picture
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Poet and writer, born in El Paso, Texas, on March 29, 1941. After serving time in prison in the 1960s, Sánchez worked for social service agencies and studied journalism on a Frederick Douglass Fellowship. He later worked as a consultant and as a college instructor. He received a PhD. from Union Graduate School in 1974 and has taught on the university level. He has operated several businesses, including Mictla Publications, and served on the boards of arts and social service organizations. Has published nine collections of poetry, and his work has appeared in periodicals and anthologies.

Scope and Contents Note

Reflects the writing and activities of Ricardo Sánchez, an activist Chicano poet. Contains correspondence, literary manuscripts, and published works of Sánchez. Also contains records of his speaking engagements, his activities in the Canto al Pueblo Association, Colorado Migrant Council, Mictla Publications, National Hispanic Institute, and Union Graduate School. Includes articles about Sánchez and his work, articles about other Chicano writers and artists, and writings by other authors, particularly Abelardo Delgado. Subject files reflect Sánchez' interest in art, Chicano activism, civil rights, education, literature, and publishing among other topics. Photographs show Sánchez, his family, and other Chicano authors and artists. Slides show art work by Armando Estrella, Mago Orona, and Carlos Rosas. Audio tapes record interviews and poetry readings. Newspapers in the collection include leftist, underground, and college publications, as well as newsclippings from mainstream and Mexican American publications.

Organized in eight series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Literary productions, 3. Activities and organizations, 4. Subject files, 5. Business enterprises, 6. Personal materials, 7. Audio-visual materials, and 8. Newspapers. Inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room.


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Index Terms

The Ricardo Sánchez Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Sánchez, Ricardo, 1941- --Archives
Abelardo, 1931-
Ackley, Randall W.
Burciaga, José Antonio
De León, Nephtalí, 1945-
Garza, Mario, 1943-
Guerrero, El Zarco
Jeantet, Louis
Ortiz, Simon J., 1941-
Salazar, Juan Albert
Tigre (Poet)
Vento, Arnold C.
Canto al Pueblo Association
National Hispanic Institute
Union Graduate School (Yellow Springs, Ohio)
American literature--Mexican American authors
Mexican American art
Mexican American poets
Mexican Americans
Abelardo, 1931-
Estrella, Armando
Orona, Mago
Rosas, Carlos (Carlos Augusto)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Box and Folder Inventory


Ricardo Sánchez Papers, 1959-1989 (bulk 1969-1982)

Inventory available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room