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Latinx Unidos records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 409

Scope and Contents

The Latinx Unidos records, 1996-2017 and undated, includes event flyers, member lists, and photographs of group members at various events. Additionally, the collection contains handmade signs, photographs, and newsclippings from the Hold Augie Accountable protest, which LU organized with other multicultural student groups during Homecoming weekend in October 2016. The protest was organized in the wake of a student-led chalking of racist statements on campus property during the 2016 United States Presidential election. Also included is a Casa Latina house notebook and organizational records documenting the group's activities both on campus and within the community.

Dates

  • Creation: 1996-2017 and undated

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish materials in this collection must be secured from the current president of Latinx Unidos, as well as Augustana College Special Collections.

Historical Note

Latinx Unidos (LU) is a student organization at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. The group attempts to both celebrate and educate the campus about Latinx and Hispanic culture and issues. LU is also actively involved in the local Quad Cities community. Members volunteer at local elementary schools and Boys' and Girls' Clubs, in addition to giving presentations to junior high and high school students about the importance of a college education. Membership is open to all students.

LU was founded during the 1991-1992 school year at a meeting called by then-sophomore Christina Marie Torres. Originally called Latinos Unidos, or "unified Latins," the group was founded in order to imporove Hispanic and Latinx representation on campus. LU's early activities included organizing cultural events, providing translators for native Spanish speakers who visited campus, and conducting outreach events at area schools to promote higher education among the Hispanic community. In 1994, LU received its own culture house, Casa Latina, to serve as a base of operations and event space. Originally located at 3443 7th Avenue, the house included a 17 by 8-foot mural by local artist Rose Granado-Mohr. The house relocated to 9 1/2 Avenue in 2007 and continues to operate as of 2017.

Extent

2.00 Cubic Feet (/ 3 boxes and 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Abstract

Latinx Unidos (LU) is a student organization at Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. The group attempts to both celebrate and educate the campus about Latinx and Hispanic culture and issues. LU is also actively involved in the local Quad Cities community. The Latinx Unidos records, 1996-2017 and undated, includes photographs and signs from a student protest in October 2016, event flyers, member lists, photographs of group members at various events, and organizational records document the group's activities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Mykea Johnson, May 2017 and July 2018. Organizational records and Casa Latina notebook [2022 accession] donated by Stephanie Carreno, February 2022. Photographs and newspapers received from Lydia Ruelas DurĂ¡n and Abigail Morales, October 2023.

Processing Information

Processed by Samantha Crisp, May 2017. Updated by Micaela Terronez and Stephanie Carreno, 2023.

Title
Latinx Unidos records, 1996-2017 and undated.
Status
Completed
Author
Samantha Crisp
Date
May 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English and Spanish

Repository Details

Part of the Augustana College Special Collections Repository

Contact:
639 38th Street
Thomas Tredway Library
Rock Island Illinois 61201 United States