Guide to the John Little Papers
1965-2006

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Little, John Patrick
Title: John Little papers
Dates: 1965-2006 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (3 containers)
Collection Number: Coll 325
Summary: John Little served in a variety of leadership roles to help establish and operate the Colegio Cesar Chavez at Mt. Angel, Oregon, as well as the Valley Migrant League, a migrant labor organization. His collection of manuscripts, correspondence (legal and general), publications, financial records and other documents provide an in-depth perspective of both organizations.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 

Content Description

The collection contains information about the Collegio Cesar Chavez at Mt. Angel, Oregon (1973-1987), and the Valley Migrant League, headquartered at Woodburn, Oregon (1965-1974). John Little played a key role in the establishment and leadership of both organizations. Files consist of financial and legal records, correspondence, manuscripts, and publications.

Historical Note

John Little was the executive director of the Valley Migrant League and one of the founding members of the Collegio Cesar Chavez in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

During the late 1960s church groups, community members, state and local government officials were concerned about the living conditions of the growing numbers of migrant workers coming to Oregon. They formed a coalition and invited farm owners, farm workers, and representatives from the Willamette Valley to serve on a board to establish an organization for migrant workers. Eventually called the Valley Migrant League, the VML was headquartered in Woodburn, Oregon, but provided services to many Oregon areas.

From its inception John Little was involved with the administration and operation of the VML. In 1967, the VML hired Little as the new executive director. Fluent in Spanish and with several years of experience working in Ecuador in community development, he was able to lead the organization toward a greater involvement of Hispanic leadership. Two years later, the VML board changed its bylaws to give more representation to farm workers, and in 1970 Frank Martinez became the organization’s first Hispanic executive director.

John Little also contributed his knowledge and experience to the founding and administration of the Collegio Cesar Chavez, the only Chicano institute of higher education in the United States from 1973 until 1981. Opening in 1973, the college closed its doors in 1987. By this time most colleges in Oregon offered a variety of higher education programs for Hispanic populations.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], John Little papers, Coll 325, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Collegio Cesar Chavez (C.C.C.) records Series II: Correspondence Series III: Valley Migrant League Records Series IV: Subject Files and Publications

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Tanya Partlet and Sam Bouchat.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet and Sam Bouchat. Updated by Sonia De La Cruz in 2014.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Acquisition Information :  

Donated by John Little in 2010.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Colegio Cesar Chavez (C.C.C.) Records, 1977-1978
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 1 Administration
1 2 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes February 28, 1978-June 20, 1980
1 3 Board Training Session July 5, 1979
1 4 Colegio Accredation information January 1981-June 30, 1981
1 5 Colegio budgets and financial aid 1974 - August 31, 1978
1 6 Colegio Cesar Chavez booklet
1 7 Colegio financial statements June 30, 1978
1 8 Colegio finances February 28, 1979-December 20, 1979
1 9 Colegio operations manual
1 10 Colegio pamphlet
1 11 Community education program and agency support (C.E.P.A.S)
1 12 Courses, programs, instructor announcements 1979
1 13 FIPSE project
1 14 John Little notes 1979
1 15 Memos April 31, 1980-June 20, 1980
1 16 Personal writings and introductions to Colegio Cesar Chavez March 1, 1974
1 17 Progress report of Colegio Cesar Chavez April 14, 1978
1 18 Progress report Addendum - of Colegio Cesar Chavez
1 19 Project MUJER
1 20 Report on examination June 30, 1977
1 21 Student handbook April 24, 1980

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Series II:  Correspondence, 1966-1981
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 22 General Correspondence 1975-1978
1 23 General Correspondence 1979
1 24 General Correspondence 1980
1 25 General Correspondence February 18, 1981
1 26 Legal Correspondence June 23, 1977-October 18, 1977
1 27 Legal Correspondence March 20, 1978-August 30, 1979
1 28 General Correspondence October 10, 1966-February 7, 1972

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Series III:  Valley Migrant League Records, 1971-1972
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 29 Manual of Operations (1)
1 30 Manual of Operations (2) February 1970
1 31 Manual of Operations (3) February 1970
1 32 Manual of Operations (4)
1 33 Personnel Policies December 1969
1 34 VML - Health related documents 1971-1976

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Series IV:  Subject Files and Publications, 1965-2001
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
Folder
1 35 "…and the Earth did not Part," by Thomas Rivera 1971
2 1 Article about Mount Angel May 27, 1987
2 2 Bilingual teaching at Eastern Oregon
2 3 Brown Beret Constitution
2 4 Centro Cultural of Washington County
2 5 "25 pieces of Chicano mind," by Abelardo
2 6 Education and empowerment 1990
2 7 El Chicano Naivo magazine July 1976
2 8 "El Grito" Mexican-American Journal (summer and winter editions) 1968
2 9 "Estudios Universtarios: Hazlos Realidad!"
2 10 Hispanic Leadership Conference 1995
2 11 March on Salem May 25, 1968
2 12 19th Annual Hispanic Education Conference April 5, 2003
2 13 Mid-Willamette Council Meetings April 16, 1974
2 14 Migrant Education Information July 1978
2 15 Oregon Latino/a news clippings 1968-1970
2 16 Oregon State Extension service pamphlet - in Spanish May 1975
2 17 Pamphlets and ephemera July 1979
2 18 "Perros y Antiperros" [Dogs and Anti-dogs] 1972
2 19 Woodburn bilingual project September 1970
2 20 Woodburn School District report of Mexican Students 1971
2 21 Newspaper clippings 1968-1999
2 22 El Relampago newsletters, El Malcriado, Opportunity News 1968-1970
file
2 23 La Raza, Basta!, and Don sotaco booklets 1966-1971
2 24 El Relampago (3 issues) 1969-2006
2 25 Centro Chicano Cultural 1972
2 26 Newspaper Clippings 1967-1968
2 27 VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League] June 18, 1965-October 22, 1965
file
2 28 VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League] October 1, 1965-December 31, 1965
2 29 VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League] January 7, 1966-September 6, 1966
2 30 VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League] September 16, 1966-December 30, 1966
3 1 VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League] January 6, 1967-June 23, 1967
3 2 Noticias de Opportunidad/Opportunity News July 7, 1967-December 25, 1967
3 3 Oportunidad / Opportunity News January 8, 1968-March 4, 1968
3 4 Oregon Farm Labor Statistics September 1, 1970
3 5 Miscellaneous documents 1976
3 6 "Mexican American Education: A Search for Identity" November 1968

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Subjects

  • Subject Terms :
  • Education, Higher--Oregon

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