Guide to the MECha Records

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Overview of the Collection

Title: MECha records
Dates: 2009
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Collection Number: UA 079
Summary: MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano Aztlan), a University of Oregon student union began as a part of the Chicano Student Union in 1964. The group took its current title in 1969. The collection contains publications and pamphlets related to 2009 conferences.
Repository: University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
Contact Information: UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Content Description

Collection contains publications and pamphlets largely related to conferences such as the Raza Unida Youth conferences, Beyond Patriarchy, MEChA National and Regional conferences in 2009.

Historical Note

MEChA, a University of Oregon student union, originated with another organization in 1964, known as the Chicano Student Union. The union took the name MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano Aztlan) in 1969. There are about 300 MEChA Chapters in existence nationwide. MEChA has four specific programs: Ganas, La Jotera, Mujeres and Raza Unida Youth Conference.

Source: MEChA website, (accessed on October 25, 2011).

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

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

Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections & University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

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.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], MECha records, UA 079, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet, 2011.

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

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal to no organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Related Materials :  

Other collections relating to MEChA at Special Collections and University Archives include:

University Archives publications, UA Ref 4.

Acquisition Information :  

The records have been acquired through occasional transfers from MECha.

Future Additions :  

Continued transfers of records from MECha are expected indefinitely.


  • Subject Terms :
  • College students--Oregon--Eugene
  • Education, Higher--Oregon.
  • Hispanic Americans--Education (Higher)--Oregon.
  • Student movements--Oregon.
  • Universities and colleges--Oregon--Eugene
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Pamphlets

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