Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke, 1958-2012

Wistariahurst Museum,
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke, 1958-2012

[bulk: 1970-2005]

43 boxes (24.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: 2011.1.2

Abstract

The Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke consists of administrative files, electoral and legal documents, scholarly works, memorabilia, and news clippings illustrating myriad facets of the social, political, and cultural Latino experience in Holyoke. The organizational records of Nueva Esperanza, which Vega co-founded and directed, as well as the minutes, budgets, memoranda, and grant proposals composed by various grassroots organizations, citizens’ groups, and community foundations, demonstrate the all-encompassing scope, collaborative paradigm, and remarkable accomplishments of the programs that Vega developed, implemented, and inspired throughout the course of his life.

Since arriving in Massachusetts with his family at the age of five, in 1956, until his death in 2012, Carlos Vega was among Holyoke’s most vibrant, influential, and effective community activists. Throughout his 56 years in the city, he proved unrelentingly invested in politics and social justice at the local and national levels. He remained steadily immersed and active in Holyoke goings-on, deeply dedicated to the betterment of the city’s public services and to the experience and opportunity of its residents, and invariably involved in a plethora of social action committees and collaborative initiatives geared towards social, economic, and political justice and betterment. Serving on boards, developing and implementing social programs, and fulfilling various professional posts, Vega demonstrated an untiring commitment to the attainment of equity and due process in housing, hiring, healthcare, education, voting rights, natural resources, city planning, literacy, and the general improvement of socioeconomic conditions throughout the greater Holyoke area. Administrative files deriving from these activities dominate the intellectual content of the collection, while news clippings, decisions on civil and class-action lawsuits, elections and referenda, and some of Vega’s personal items and papers, altogether manifest the obstacles, triumphs, and general trajectory of the Latino community in this socially and culturally unique zone of Western Massachusetts.

Terms of Access and Use:

The collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Carlos Alberto Vega was born in Quito, Ecuador, on November 26, 1950 and moved to Holyoke with his family at the age of five. He attended Holy Rosary Elementary School between 1956-1962, and H. B. Lawrence, Jr. High School between 1962-1965. From 1965-1969 he attended Holyoke High School, where his activist leanings first began to manifest themselves in Oracle, the underground student paper he ran with Dave Potvin, and which afforded the space and discretion to criticize U.S. policy in Vietnam and advocate for civil rights. He became involved the anti-war movement and felt closely tied to the momentous events of the Civil Rights Era, particularly the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the proceedings of the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In that year, he worked as the local advocate to write-in Dick Gregory for the presidential bid. In 1969, he enrolled in Holyoke Community College, where he served for two years as president of the student senate, and received the College’s Leadership Award in 1971. He became more politically active throughout his college years, developing his ideology and advocating for peace, Native American rights, and the need for social change. Throughout the 60s and early 70s, he participated in moratoria and student strikes, and attended numerous conferences. His B.A. in Sociology was conferred by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1975.

He began collaborating with various organizations during his undergraduate career, acting as a volunteer, program developer, social worker, counselor, and instructor, and serving on advisory boards and social action committees for groups like the United Citizens Action League, the Council for Children, the Minority Action Committee, the Regional Educational Council, and numerous others, before earning his Bachelor’s degree. (A list of his professional affiliations appears in this guide’s appendices.) His Catholic identity and upbringing also played a key role in his activism, and led him to join the executive board of the Holyoke-born Urban Ministries group, comprised chiefly of Protestant liberal clergy committed to alleviating the urban crisis, and under whose auspices he conducted voter registration drives and various community organizing initiatives. Later in his career he would serve as president and vice president of this group.

Throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, his involvement in local and regional social-action initiatives grew more and more robust. In 1982, he co-founded the agency Nueva Esperanza, a community development corporation that promotes improvements in housing, economics, education, and health and human services. From 1996 to 2007, he served as the agency’s executive director, leading its collaborative programs, building coalitions with regional organizations and learning institutions, and making dramatic and palpable changes to the fabric of the local community, for which he has been the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards.

From 1982 through 1991, he worked closely with the Department of Social Services, serving diversely as technician, social worker, and program development specialist. In each position he provided information and referral services, worked with families requiring counseling, assistance, and rehabilitation services, filed petitions with the courts to ensure child safety measures, and negotiated employment contracts.

Though an indisputably able leader, Vega was also an excellent teammate, and collaborated harmoniously with fellow citizens on many projects and initiatives geared towards the public good. In this capacity he became involved in various legal hearings and public suits, most notably Vecinos de Barrio Uno v. City of Holyoke, filed in 1995, which continues to be one of the leading opinions in Voting Rights Act jurisprudence. He was also involved in Olga Ramos et al. v. Ernest Proulx, wherein the City of Holyoke was sued for disproportionately demolishing housing in low income and minority neighborhoods. Vega also ran three times for public office, organized various campaigns for school committee representatives, and fervently promoted voting rights and political involvement among his community.

Following his death on April 12, 2012, he was honored at a public memorial service at Holyoke Public School, where various colleagues, family members, classmates, and mentees spoke on his enduring influence and robust activism, and where a good deal of Pez dispensers that he collected were dispersed among community members (of which one has been added to the collection). On September 14, 2011, the Holyoke City Council approved a resolution to rename Hamilton Park after him to honor and prolong his legacy.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Carlos Vega Collection consists of 24.5 linear feet, dating from 1958 to 2012. Material formats include administrative and organizational documents, legislative files, campaign materials, letters, ephemera, photographs, posters, T-shirts, and a hefty button collection.

The predominant theme of the collection involves the pursuit of social, political, and economic justice both within the city of Holyoke and throughout the greater Latino community, in the latter half of the twentieth century. Materials document the growth, efforts, and impact of numerous grassroots organizations founded to promote social justice and equality, incentivize community involvement, and improve conditions in Holyoke schools, homes, streets, and public offices. The experience of the community’s Latino population is richly documented through the papers of local organizations as well as through dutifully collected public records, clippings, and legal files manifesting the city’s social trajectory, municipal challenges, and demographic composition. The materials altogether narrate a history of unflagging commitment to social justice and to the improvement of Holyoke’s services and social responsibility.

In addition to founding and serving on the boards of many local organizations, campaigns, and citizens’ committees, Vega thoroughly collected articles from various local and regional newspapers that addressed the principal themes of his community work: housing, education, energy administration, voting rights, public health, urban development, and literacy. The city and state public records evidencing objectively these same themes have been maintained only where they directly reference the Latino experience or are clearly connected to programs and community projects Vega undertook. (For all other official city data, census records, and demographic statistics, see the Museum’s Holyoke Collection.)

While overtly distinguishable social and political themes dominate the intellectual content of the collection, its holdings have been arranged to reflect the impetus of their origination and the purpose of their dissemination, rather than the subject(s) of their overt focus. To this effect, the collection has been arranged into series by material genre and function, and the often overlapping social themes they address are thus interspersed throughout the collection. Vega’s original order has been maintained to the highest degree within this arrangement scheme.

The Collection has been arranged in the following five series:
Series 1. Biographical materials, 1958-2012
Series 2. Organizations and activities, 1958-2012
Series 3. Legal and political files, 1971-2009
Series 4. Printed works, 1969-2012
Series 5. Media and artifacts, 1969-2012

Terms of Access and Use

The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Carlos Vega Collection of Latino History in Holyoke, Collection 2011.1.2, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke, Mass.

History of the Collection

Donated by Carlos Vega, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Toder, 2012, on a Research Inventory Grant funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Languages

English, Spanish

Separated Materials

Duplicate materials, published works, city records publicly available elsewhere, non-archival bindings and folders, and paper clips have been duly removed from the collection.

Related Materials

Related materials may also be found in the following collections housed within the Five-College area:

Francesca Rheannon Papers, 2001-2006 (MS 543), Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

Hampshire Community Action Commission Records, 1965-1984 (MS 56), W. E. B. Du Bois Library, UMass/Amherst

Haymarket People’s Fund, Western Massachusetts Records, 1975-1983 (MS 336), W. E. B. Du Bois Library, UMass/Amherst

Holyoke Collection, Wistariahurst Museum, Holyoke

Luz Rodriguez Papers, 1945-2006 (MS 539), Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

Martín Espada Papers, 1957-2006, Amherst College

Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts Records, 1859-2002 (MS 359), Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

Silvio O. Conte Congressional Papers, 1950-1991 (MS 371), W. E. B. Du Bois Library, UMass/Amherst

Series Descriptions

Series 1. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS (3 boxes; 2.25 linear ft.)

Series 1 includes items pertaining to Vega’s experience as a teacher, social worker, and community activist. It is comprised of letters, thank-you notes, job applications, résumés and evaluations, awards and certificates, speeches and writings, planners, calendars, and ephemera. Correspondence affiliated with or composed in direct relation with concrete professional activities has been collated with the relevant organization (in Series 2). Noteworthy correspondence includes letters from United States Congressmen John Olver and David Bartley, Professors Jules Chametsky and Joanne V. Creighton, as well as representatives of many municipal departments and community organizations in the Holyoke area. A particular highlight is a string of telegrams and letters between social activist Jerry Rubin and Holyoke Community College, in advance of an April 3, 1970 speaking engagement at that institution. A non-exhaustive list of correspondents appears in this guide’s appendices. Clippings in this series refer to news features exclusively on Vega’s life and legacy; clippings on his public office campaigns appear in Series 3b; and those he collected himself from local press have been allocated their own series.

Series 2. ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES (20 boxes; 8 linear ft.)

Series 2 includes meeting minutes, agendas, budgets, annual reports, grant proposals, strategic plans, articles of incorporation, bylaws, financial records, personnel data, and correspondence generated by private, non-profit, and public organizations, foundations, task forces, and other community and regional initiatives conducted on the city, county, state, and national levels. Isolated conferences, collaborative programs, and special events have also been included, where administrative records are present; in many of these cases, papers have been arranged according to principal sponsors or participants; an index of collaborative programs appears in this guide’s appendices. Functions and initiatives for which only published or promotional materials exist have been filed in Series 5e. Materials containing demographic, census, and other official data on the Holyoke community and the Latino experience within and without this vicinity, and whose data inexplicitly drove or informed the initiatives developed by these organizations, have been filed in Series 4d. The presence of photographic materials (Series 5c) pertaining to specific organizations has been denoted by the symbol ; that of posters or ephemeral material is indicated by .

Series 3. LEGAL AND POLITICAL FILES (1 box; 0.4 linear ft.)

Subseries A. Court records and public hearings, 1979-2008
Subseries B. Political & electoral records, 1971-2009

Series 3 has been subdivided into two subseries: legislative records and political files. The legal subseries contains records on civil suits brought before the district court of Hampden County, with related correspondence and research files, as well as formal petitions, pleas, and public hearings. Noteworthy cases include Vecinos de Barrio Uno v. City of Holyoke, which challenged the legitimacy of the city’s electoral structure and which remains a key case in Voting Rights Act jurisprudence; Hispanic Parents Advisory Council v. City of Holyoke, in which plaintiffs petitioned for bilingual education measures and special education plans; and Olga Ramos, et al. v. Ernest E. Proulx et al., wherein the City of Holyoke was sued for, among other things, disproportionately demolishing residential buildings in low-income and minority neighborhoods.

Subseries B. contains materials deriving from mayoral, alderman, senatorial, and city council elections, including campaign management records, promotional fliers, and other election-related materials. Documentation on city- and state-wide ballot initiatives, overrides, and referenda manifest public and organizational responses to the construction of a casino in Holyoke and the licensing of its dam, among other issues. Campaign materials have been arranged by election year and the majority contain chiefly mailings and advertisements. Campaigns in which Vega helped to manage, or was himself a candidate, include strategic planning notes, canvasing itineraries, minutes, agendas, and other administrative files, in addition to mailings and other PR materials. A small sub-sub­series includes miscellaneous items deriving from city elections, including voting protocols and affidavits, generic voting fliers, inaugural ball programs, and unofficial poll data.

Series 4. PRINTED WORKS (4 boxes; 13.25 linear ft.)

Subseries A. Community newsletters, 1969-2001
Subseries B. Articles, theses & scholarly works, 1982-2006
Subseries C. Organizational studies & creative works, 1977-2010
Subseries D. Latino community data, 1960-2010
Subseries E. Arts and events ephemera, 1984-2010
Subseries F. Clippings, 1960-2012

Series 4 has been organized into six sub-series. Subseries 4a contains limited runs of local and community periodicals and magazines, among them Oracle, the underground newspaper edited by Vega in his high school years. Bulletins published by organizations with significant administrative files have been arranged therewith, in Series 2.

Subseries 4b includes unpublished scholarly materials addressing social and political conditions in the Holyoke area and aspects of Latino culture and legacy in the United States, many of them senior theses and school papers in which Vega served as an instrumental resource.

Subseries 4c includes papers, studies, and creative works on the Latino experience in Holyoke generated by public and private institutions, agencies, and schools, and which served as primary resources in Vega’s program-related research.

Subseries 4d includes data collected on the Holyoke community, including population statistics and national and state census data, city planning maps, unofficial city records and reports, and some voting records. Demographic analysis was central to many initiatives Vega instigated, particularly in grant applications which sought solid documentation of social and economic conditions in Holyoke. Wherever such records are directly affiliated with specific projects, they have been collated therewith.

Subseries 4e includes ephemera and fliers documenting community arts events and other functions and cultural celebrations pertaining to the Latino experience in Holyoke.

Finally, Subseries 4f comprises voluminous news clippings collected and collated by Vega, organized alphabetically by subject, and then chronologically within each subject. Where clippings pertain to narrowly delimited events and occasions, they have been collated therewith.

Series 5. MEDIA AND ARTIFACTS (8 boxes; 6.5 linear ft.)

Subseries A. Audio/visual, 2003-2007
Subseries B. Memorabilia & realia, 1969-2010
Subseries C. Photographs, 1974-2005
Subseries D. Posters, 1990-2011
Subseries E. T-shirts, n.d.

This series is comprised of three-dimensional and oversize materials and is subdivided by genre type. Series 5a includes video recordings of Carlos Vega and diskettes generated from electoral campaigns in which he was involved. Series 5b includes plaques, political buttons, and one Pez dispenser from among Vega’s vast collection. Portraits of Carlos Vega, and photos of functions, programs, and Holyoke neighborhoods, residents, locales, and campagins are collected under Series 5c, Photographs. Negatives have been collocated with positives wherever possible. Series 5d and 5e contain promotional/public service posters and T-shirts, respectively.

CONTENTS LIST

Date            Box      Folder

SERIES 1. BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIALS                         1958-2012
2 boxes; 2.25 linear ft.

Certificates, diplomas & honorary degrees                                 1958-2007     1          1
(See also Plaques, Boxes 38-39, and Awards, Map case 3 Drawer 5)                                

Clippings                                                                                           1973-2012     1          2

Curricula vitae, applications & biographies                                 1969-2005     1          3

Evaluations                                                                                       1971-1998     1          4

Financial, insurance & voting records                                          1971-2004     1          5

Letters                                                                                              1970-2010     1          6-13

Letters: miscellaneous & thank-you notes                                  1988; n.d.      1          14

Letters of recommendation                                                           1982; 2004    1          15

MRIs (Map case 3 Drawer 4)                                                       2007-2008     3          4

Notes & ephemera                                                                           1984; [n.d]     1          16

Planners, agendas & address books                                               1973-2009     28        1

Portraits [See under Photographs, Box 27, Folder 17]

Public office campaigns [See under 3b, Box 22, Folders 11, 18-19]

Student activities                                                                             1970               1          17

Writings, speeches & conferences                                                  1969-2010     1          18

Transcript-Telegram                                                                       1984-1986     1          19

Tributes                                                                                             2010-2012     1          20

            Date          Box     Folder

SERIES 2. ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES               1958-2012
20 boxes; 8 linear ft

Americorps                                                                                          1994; 2008      2          1

American Red Cross, Holyoke Chapter                                           1991-1992       2          2

Brian Boland Memorial Fund                                                            1994-1998      2          3

Cambios Associates                                                                            2001                 2          4

Casa Hispana [See under Hispanic Council for Justice, Box 4, Folder 11]        

Centro Latino                                                                                     1981; 1994        2          5

Children’s Books on Tape                                                                 1999                  2          6

Children’s Museum of Holyoke                                                     1992-1998       2          7

City-Wide Parent Planning Council [See under Holyoke Public Schools, Box 8 Folders 1-15]

Citizens for a Quality Environment (CQE)

By-laws and articles of organization                                  1988                 2          8

HERCO project                                                                     1985-1990      2          9-11

Riverside project                                                                  1987-1989      2          12-13

Press                                                                                      1987-1989      2          14

Citizens for the Revitalization and                                                   2009-2010     2          15
Urban Success of Holyoke (CRUSH)

Ciudadanos Latinos Unidos por Holyoke (CLUH)                     1991-1992     2          16

Coalition of Holyoke Action in Neighborhood (CHAIN)                n.d.                 2          17

Coalition of Spanish-Speaking Providers (CSSP)                          1990-1991     2          18

Community Health Education Track [See under UMass, Box 19 Folder 9]

Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC)
           [See under HPN, Box 5 Folder 6 – Box 7 Folder 5]

Conferences: Engaging the Pioneer Valley
[See under Mount Holyoke College, Box 12 Folder 5]

Conferences: Abriendo Caminos                                                       1989               2          19

Conferences: Human Relations Leadership Institute                    1969               2          20

Conferences: Human Services Forum                                              1998               2          21

Conferences: Issues in Desegregation                                             1985                2          21

Conferences: Latino Public Policy Conference                               1999-2000     2          22
(See also Mauricio Gastón Institute Box 12 Folder 4; Box 25 Folders 3-5)

Conferences: Listening Session                                                        2003               2          23

Conferences: Looking at Solutions                                                   1992               2          23

Conferences: Managing Change                                                       1999               2          24

Conferences: Mass. State Leaders                                                   1999-2000     2          25

Conferences: Mass. State Youth Citizenship                                  1968-1969     2          26

Conferences: New Visions for Historic Cities                                 2002               2          27

Conferences: Working with Hispanics – Clinical Implications      1987               2          28

Co-op Plus of Western Massachusetts                                             2004               3          1

Do Ask More (DAM) Committee
[See under POWER, Box 17, Folders 5-9]  

Engaging Latino Communities for Education (ENLACE)             1995-2009     3          2-4

HIP grant (Hispanics in Philanthropy)                             2007               3          5

Fair Share

Churchill                                                                               1977-1979     3          6-7

Holyoke                                                                                 1979-1980     3          8

Mass.                                                                                     1978-1979     3          9
(See also Building Commis. case, Box 21, Folder 14)

So. Holyoke                                                                           1978-1979     3          10

Fliers & press                                                                        1978-1980     3          11

Familia Hispana, Inc.

Administrative files                                                              1993-2009     3          12-17

Festival programs                                                                1993-2009     4          1-4

Five College Committee for Community-Based Learning (CBL)
(See under HPN/COPC Box 6 Folder 10-Box 7 Folder 3, and Mount Holyoke, Box 12 Folder 5)                   

Girls, Inc.                                                                                               2006               4          5

Greater Holyoke Area Clergy Assoc.                                                 1982-1983     4          6

Greater Holyoke Partnership                                                             1990               4          7

Greenwork (Western Mass. Green Economy Working Group)     2008-2009    4          8

Hampden County Community Accountability Board                      2006-2007     4          9

Hampden County Regional Employment Board                                1998               4          9

Hampden County Summer Youth Program [See under HPS Reports, Box 9 Folder 6]

Hike for Holyoke                                                                                    1969-1983     4          10

Hispanic Council for Justice                                                                  1972-1981     4          11-12

Hispanic Family [See under Familia Hispana, Box 3 Folder 12 – Box 4 Folder 4]

Hispanic Institute

Administrative files                                                              1983-1986     4          13-15

Fliers & press                                                                        1980-1985     4          16

Holyoke AIDS Task Force                                                                  1989-1991     4          17

Holyoke Bound [See under Mt. Holyoke, Box 12 Folder 5]

Holyoke Canal Walk                                                                            2008-2009     4          18
(See also Mass. Highway, Box 11 Folder 17)

Holyoke Charter Commission                                                            2011               4          19

Holyoke-Chicopee Head Start                                                           1991               4          20

Holyoke Coalition                                                                                2007               4          21

Holyoke Community College                                                            1985-2009     4          22
(See also Phoenix, Box 24 Folder 18; HPN/COPC Box 6 Folder 10-Box 7 Folder 3)            

Holyoke Community Technology Center                                         2002               4          23

Holyoke Downtown Connector Project [See under Mass. Highway, Box 11, Folder 16]      

Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council                                        2006-2007     5          1

Holyoke Master Plan                                                                          1997-1999     5          2-4
(See also Holyoke Planning Board, Box 6, Folders 3-6)

Holyoke Media Collaborative, Vecinos/Neighbors Program        1989-1996     5          5-9

Holyoke Office of Community Development                                   1978-2010     5          10

Audit                                                                                       2009               5          11

Holyoke Organizing to Protect the Environment (HOPE)
(See also Box 22 Folders 2-4)                

Administrative files                                                              2007-2009     5          12-17

Research                                                                               2007-2008     6          1-2

Holyoke Planning Board                                                                     1971-1999 5  6          3-5
(See also Box 26 Folders 7-8)    

Holyoke Planning Dept. So. Holyoke Vacant Lot Committee        1988-2002     6          6

Holyoke Planning Network

Administrative files                                                              2004-2006     6          7-16
2006-2007     7          1-3

Holyoke Community Archive                                             2003-2005     7          4

Research files                                                                        2003-2005     7          5

Holyoke Public History Project
(See also Hidden Holyoke, Box 25 Folder 4)                                

Administrative files                                                              1978-1983     7          6-8

Press                                                                                      1983                7          9

Holyoke Public Library                                                                    1988-2011       7          10

Holyoke Public Schools

Blue Ribbon Task Force for School Planning                 1987                  7          11-14

Budgets                                                                               1987; 1991       7          15

City-wide Parent Planning Council (CWPPC/PAC)     1985-1993       8          1-14

Grupo Latino                                                         1989                8          15

               Dropout Advisory Task Force

Administrative files                                               1986-1990     8          16-19

Grant proposals                                                      1989-1991     9          1-3

Research                                                                  1989-1993     9          4

Legal files [See Box 21, Folders 11-13]

Parent Involvement Center [See under CWPPC]

Miscellaneous & correspondence                                         1988-1989     9          5

Reports                                                                                    1980-1994     9          6-12
(See also Statewide Report on Desegregation, Mass Dept of Ed., Box 11 Folder 13; and HPAC case files, Box 21 Folders 11-13)

School Committee                                                                   1991-1992     9          13

Schools: Holyoke Street School                                            [n.d.]               9          14

Schools: Morgan School                                                         1978-2001     9          15
(See also Fair Share, Box 3 Folders 6-11)                                   

Secondary Integration Plan                                                  1986               9          16

Strategic Planning Process                                                  2000-2001     9          17-20

Volunteer functions                                                                1988-1996     9          21

Holyoke Resource Development Initiative (HRDI)                          1991               10        1

Holyoke Teachers Association                                                             1991-1995     10        2

Holyoke Teen Center                                                                            1986-1989     10        3

Holyoke Tobacco Control Program [See under NE: HEAT, Box 15, Folder1]

Holyoke Unites/Holyoke Se Une                                                        2007-2008     10        4

Holyoke Working Coalition for Latino Student Education
[See under Mass. Education Initiative, Box 11 Folders 14-15]                               

Holyoke Youth Alliance                                                                        1994; 1996     10        5-8

Holyoke Youth Task Force (Communities That Care)                    2005-2007     10        9-10

Instituto Hispano, Inc. [See under Hispanic Institute, Box 4 Folders 11-14]     

Latino Scholarship Assoc.                                                                    1998-2009      10       11-15

Latino Scholarship Fund

Administrative files                                                              1993-1996       10        16
1996-1997        11       16-19

Research                                                                                 1994-1995       11         2

Lower Pioneer Valley Planning Group (LPVPG)                                2002               11        3

Massachusetts Advisory Council on Hispanic Affairs
(See also in Organizational papers, Box 26 Folder 6)                                

Administrative files                                                                1984-1988     11        4-5

Children & Youth Task Force                                               1986-1988     11        6-7

Communications Committee                                                 1989               11        7

Employment Committee                                                       1987-1988     11        8

Health Committee                                                                  1986-1988     11        9

Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination (MCAD)         1982-1983     11      10-11

Massachusetts Dept. of Children & Families; Area Board               2009              11       12

Massachusetts Dept. of Education                                                      1989               11        13

Massachusetts Education Initiative for Latino Students                 1999-2000   11        14-15

Massachusetts Fair Share [See under Fair Share, Box 3 Folder 9]

Massachusetts Dept. of Environmental Protection
[See under CQE, Box 2 Folders 8-14; HOPE, Box 5 Folder 12-Box 6 Folder 2]

Massachusetts Highway Dept.

Holyoke Downtown Connector Project                                  1979-1984       11        16
(See also Fair Share, Box 3 Folders 6-11)

Holyoke Canal Walk                                                                  2006-2009     11        17
(See also Holyoke Canal Walk, Box 4 Folder 17)

Massachusetts Hispanic Coalition                                                          1982                 11        18

Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health

Task Force on Infant Mortality                                               1985-1992      11   19-23

Massachusetts Dept. of Public Welfare

Food Stamp Program                                                                 1978-1981      12     1-2

Massachusetts Dept. of Registration                                                      1987                12       3

Massachusetts Board of Registrar of Voters                                         1984                12       3

Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Devt. &                 1990-2009     12       4
Public Policy (See also Box 2 Folder 22; Box 26 Folders 3-5)

Mount Holyoke College

Community-Based Learning Program                                    2006-2009     12      5

NAACP of Chicopee/Holyoke                                                                   1986                 12      6

National Puerto Rican/Hispanic Voter Participation Project              1984-1988       12    7-8

Neighbor to Neighbor/Vecino a Vecino                                                  1987-2010       12      9

New Unity                                                                                                  1977-1980        12 10-11

Nuestras Raíces                                                                                         [n.d.]                 12      12

Nueva Esperanza

Administrative files                                                                    1983-2007      12  13-23

Annual reports                                                                            1995-2008      13    1-6

Articles of Organization                                                             1983                 13        7

By-Laws                                                                                       ca. 1983           13        8

Clippings                                                                                      1984-2006      13        9

Financial records                                                                        1988-2009      13  10-15

Functions, invitations, publicity, brochures                           1988-2007      13      16

Legal files [See Box 21, Folder 6]

Mission statements                                                                    1983                 13      17

Newsletter (Community Builder)                                             1984-1989      13  18-19

Notes                                                                                             1991-1993     13  20-22

Organizational history                                                                2001              14      1-3

 Plans and maps (See in Map case 3 Drawer 5)                   1991-1999     3         5

Programs: Anti-Arson Council                                                 1984-1985    14      4-5

Programs: Arco Iris                                                                    1990-2008   14       6

Programs: Center for Education During Pregnancy (CEDE) 1993              14       7

Programs: Community Land Trust                                          1987-1998     14    8-10

Programs: Día de la Familia Hispana                                       1987-2006     14   11-13

Programs: Economic Development Committee                      1990; 1998    14      14

Programs: Holyoke Comm. Partnership for the Prev. of      1992-1995     14  15-20
Alchohol & Other Drug Abuse/El Nuevo Puente

Programs: Holyoke Educators Against Tobacco (HEAT)       1995              15          1

Programs: Holyoke Housing Group                                          1988-1991     15       2-4

Programs: Mercado                                                                     2004-2005   15      5-8

Programs: Neighborhood Partnerships Project                       1982-1983    15    9-12

Programs: South Holyoke Housing Development Plan           1984-1985    15      13

Programs: Voces de Esperanza                                                   1997-2008   15  14-19
2008-2011  16     1-9

Programs: YouthBuild                                                                  2001-2008   16      10

Programs: Youth Planning Committee (formerly Masai)       1986-1988     16 11-13

Research                                                                                         ca. 1992          16     14

Strategic planning                                                                         2007-2008    16     15

Training packets                                                                           1989-1990     16     16

One-Book Holyoke                                                                                      2006-2010     17    1-3

Pioneer Valley Planning Commission                                                       2007-2010     17       4

People Organizing for Work, Education and Respect (POWER)          1994-1996      17   5-10
& Do Ask More (DAM) Committee

Rainbow Coalition Voter Registration Program                                     1984-1987      17  11-12

Regional Employment Board of Hampden County
[See under Hampden County, Box 4 Folder 9]

Sargeant West Tenants Organization                                                      1979-1980     17       13

South Canal Limited Partnership                                                             1994                17       14

South City Congress, Inc.                                                                           1968-1973     17  15-16
(See also Hike for Holyoke, Box 4 Folder 10; Box 26 Folders 7-8)

South Holyoke Development Corporation (SHDC)                               1977-1981       17  17-18
1981-1982      18     1-3

South Holyoke Housing Development Plan
[See under Nueva Esperanza, South City Housing, Box 15 Folder 13]

South Holyoke Revitalization Coordinating Committee/HAP Grant  2006-2008    18      4-9

Spanish Center Planning Board                                                                1991                18       10

Springfield Public Schools                                                                         1999                18        11

Student Center for Educational Research and Advocacy (SCERA)    2006               18        12

Third Sector New England Capacity Building Fund                             2006-2009    18   13-17
(See also Holyoke Planning Network, Box 5 Folder 6 – Box 7 Folder 5)

United Citizens Action League (UCAL)                                                  1980-1985      19      1-5
(See also Urban Ministry, Box 19 Folders 10-17)

La espina (bulletin)                                                                                    1980-1985     19        6

United Way                                                                                                 1991-1992      19        7

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Arts Extension Service                                                               1990               19         8

Community Health Education track                                         1994               19         9

Community Service Learning                                                    2006              19         9

Urban Ministry, Inc.
(See also under Scholarly Works, Box 25 Folders 11-14)

Administrative files                                                                     1969-1989    19   10-16

List of potential funders [See under Address books, Box 28]

Photographs [See under Photographs, Box 27 Folder 17]

Program: Day Therapeutic Community                                  1974-1975     19    17-19

Program: Haymarket Fund grant                                            1981-1986     19       20

Program: Hike for Holyoke [See under Box 4, Folder 10]

Program: Holyoke-Chicopee Area Drug Subcommittee        1975              20           1

Program: Jobs Resolution                                                          1982-1983    20           2

Program: MFAT Subcommittee                                                1981              20           3

Valley Housing Development Corp. (VHDC)                                           1983-2005   20    4-12

Valley Opportunity Council, Inc.
[See under NE Prog Housing Group, Box 15 Folders 2-4]

Vecino a Vecino [See under Neighbor to Neighbor, Box 12 Folder 9]

A Very Special Massachusetts [See under UMass Arts Extension, Box 19 Folder 8]

Warren Plaut Memorial Fund                                                                     1987-1998   20  13-14

Western Mass. Community Development Corporation (CDC)             2005-2008   20  15-18

Western Mass Jobs with Justice                                                               1993; 2006    20      19

Working Together for Holyoke                                                                  1987-2006     21    1-4

SERIES 3. LEGAL AND POLITICAL FILES                                  1971-2009
(1 box; 0.4 linear ft.)

Subseries A. Court records & public hearings                           1979-2008

Black Political Task Force v. Michael J. Connolly                                   1991                 21        5

Cherry Computers v. Nueva Esperanza, Inc.                                         2007                 21        6

Citizens for a Quality Environment v. Riverside Steam Co.                 1988                 21        7
(See also CQE, Box 2, Folder 12-13)

Jauridez/Machuca/Pares v. Holyoke Housing Authority                     1984                21         8

Hispanic Parents Advisory Council v. Ernest E. Proulx                        1980-1981      21   9-10

Hispanic Parents Advisory Council v. Holyoke Public Schools             1989-1992     21  11-13

Holyoke Building Commissioner v. 1 Franklin & 59 Commercial Sts. 1979-1980     21       14

Holyoke Dept. of Codes & Inspections v. Contemporary Prop, Ltd.   1980               21       15

Holyoke Gas & Electric v. Boston Edison Co.                                          1987               21       16

Ilma Marina Lozano affidavit
[See under Hispanic Council for Justice, Box 4 Folder 11]

Ronald F. Poirier (hearing)                                                                       1988               21        17

Olga Ramos et al. v. Ernest Proulx et. al.                                               1982-1995    21   18-22

Carmen Sánchez v. City of Holyoke                                                        1985-1986    21        23

Select Committee on Children, Youth & Families (hearing)                1986              22          1

United Waste Management, Inc. (site assignment hearing)               2008              22       2-3
(See also HOPE, Box 5 Folder 12 – Box 6 Folder 2; and Mass. Highway, Box 11 Folder 17)

Vecinos de Barrio Uno v. City of Holyoke                                              1992-1998     22       4-7

Subseries B. Political & electoral records                                 1971-2009

Ballot initiatives, overrides & referenda

1990: Citizens for Limited Taxation referendum (question 3)  1990                 22           8

1991: Proposition 2½ (property tax statute)                               1991                 22           9

1995: Casino referendum                                                                 1995                22         10

1995: Dam licensing non-binding ballot question                         1995                22         10

Campaign materials

Holyoke Elections

1971: Carlos Vega Campaign (School Committee Ward 2)  1971                22          11

1975: Carlos Vega Campaign (School Committee Ward 2) 1975                22           11

1979: Willma Jennings, Félix Monarca Campaigns              1979               22           12

1983: Ernest Proulx, Terry Murphy Campaigns                 1983               22           13

1985: Betty Medina Lichtenstein Campaign                         1985              22      14-16

1987: Betty Medina Lichtenstein Campaign                         1987               22           17

               1989: Carlos Vega Campaign (School Committee Ward 7) 1989               22     18-19

1991: Diosdalo Lopez Campaign                                              1991              23            1

1993: Ruth Cruz Campaign                                                      1993             23             2

1999: Boulais, Brunelle, Burns, Conway, Jourdain, Joyce,
Moriarty, Pluta, Smith, Sullivan, Szostikiewicz Campaigns 1999             23             3

1999: José E. Correa Campaign                                               1999             23            4

2003: Gladys Lebrón-Martínez Campaign                            2003           23             5

2007: Bevan, Burns, Lisi, Moriarty Campaigns                    2007            23            6

2009: Elaine Pluta Campaign                                                  2009            23             7

Mass. State and regional elections                                          1982-2006  23             8

Misc. electoral and inaugural ephemera

Election day summary & affidavits                                                1981-1985   23             9

Generic voting fliers                                                                         1975-2000  23           10

Inaugural balls                                                                                  1986-2008  23            11

Unofficial poll data                                                                            1983-2001  23      12-13

SERIES 4. PRINTED WORKS                                                         1969-2012
(14 boxes; 13.25 linear ft.)

Subseries A. Community newsletters                                        1969-2001

Black Citizens Newsletter                                                                      1985               23            14

Breakthru
[See under Oracle, Box 24 Folders 13-15]

Campana revista literaria                                                                      1993-1994    23            15

Emma Goldman Brigade                                                                        1975              23             16

La espina
[See under UCAL, Box 19 Folder 6]

For the People                                                                                         1980-1981    23            17

Free Press of Springfield                                                                        1968              23            18

Grapevine                                                                                                 1972              23            19

Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce News                                  1999; 2001  23           20

Hello, Holyoke                                                                                          1990             23      21-22

Holyoke                                                                                                     1995-1999   24           1-5

Holyoke Sun                                                                                             1999             24               6

Junior League Newsletter                                                                      1989; 1991   24              7

MC (Model Cities) Reporter                                                                   1971-1972    24             8

Nueva Era                                                                                                 1991-1992    24       9-11

Oh No! Noho!                                                                                            1986              24          12

Oracle (later Breakthru)                                                                         1969-1970    24     13-16

Paso Adelante                                                                                           1994              24           17

Phoenix                                                                                                      1969-1971    24          18

River Valley Voice                                                                                    1984              24          19

Thorn [See under UCAL, Box 19 Folder 6]

Transcript-Telegram Holyoke supplement                                         1985              24          20

Subseries B. Articles, theses, and scholarly works               1982-2006

Arson-for-Profit and the Case of Holyoke, Massachusetts
Ray Taber and Rosemary Kelsall                                                           1984              25              1

Community Description Profile
Elizabeth McCormack                                                                              1982               25             2

Community Gardening in Holyoke
Carol DeLisle                                                                                             1983               25             3

Hidden Holyoke: An Historical Introduction
Daniel Czitrom                                                                                          ca. 1985         25             4
(See also Public History Project, Box 7, Folders 6-9)

Holyoke at the Crossroads: Family, Ethnicity, and Community
in a De-Industrialized Small City
Josh Miller                                                                                                1998               25              5
(See also Immigrant Learning Center, Box 25 Folder 29)

Profile of the Canal Business District
Meg Lewis et al.                                                                                       1995               25             6

Uphill All the Way: The Potential of Community-Based Devt.
in South Holyoke
M.A. thesis, Thomas H. Harden                                                            1986               25       7-10

Urban Ministry: A Case Study in Holyoke, Mass.
B.A. thesis, M. Craig Fitzsimmons                                                        1973               25       11-14

Visions of an Old Mill City: The Future of Holyoke
Martin Anise Meccouri                                                                           2006              25            15

Who are Puerto Ricans? [no author]                                                   ca. 1988         25            16

Subseries C. Organizational studies & creative works       1977-2010

American Red Cross
¿Quién será?/Risky Stuff                                                                       1990             25             17

Care Center
Esperanzas y recuerdos                                                                         ca. 1985        25            18

Enchanted Theater
Between the Canals: The Evolution of a Mill Town                         2001              25           19

Five College/Public School Partnership
Spreading the Word: A Directory of Mass. Organizations
Serving Teachers and Administrators                                                1991              25           20

The SpaceMet Book                                                                               1992              25      21-22

Greater Holyoke Foundation, Inc.                                                        1997              25             23

Greenfield/Waterbury Popular Union
Agriculture & Agricultural Labor in the Connecticut River Valley ca. 1980       25             24

Hispanic Task Force
Policy Recommendations                                                                      1983              25      25-27

Holyoke-Chicopee Area Council for Children
The Children’s Yellow Pages                                                                 1984             26              1

Immigrant Learning Center
(See also Holyoke at the Crossroads, Box 25 Folder 6)
Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Neighborhood Revitalization        2005             26               2

Institute for Responsive Education
Equity and Choice: Future Designs for Educational Equity           1988              26               3

Inter-University Program for Latino Research
New Directions for Latino Public Policy Research                           1990             26              4
Bridging New Frontiers: Latino Academic, Community
Advocates and Legislators Face the 90s                                            1992             26              5

Massachusetts Commission on Hispanic Affairs
Hispanics in Massachusetts: a Progress Report                               1985             26              6

Mauricio Gastón Institute
(See also Box 26 folder 19)
Latinos in Holyoke                                                                                    1992            26               7
Latinos in Massachusetts: An Update, Andrés Torres & Lisa Chavez 1998      26               7
Latinos in Massachusetts Series                                                            2002            26               7
U.S. Immigration: Trends, Policies & Impacts for Latinos,
Jeffrey S. Passel for the Pew Hispanic Center                                    ca. 2006       26              7
English Learners in Boston Public Schools in the Aftermath of Policy
Change: Enrollment and Educational Outcomes, AY2003-AY2006  2009      26              8
Latinos in Massachusetts: Selected Areas                                           2010            26              9
Securing the Dream: Power, Progress, Prosperity Research Book 2010          26              9

San Francisco Aids Foundation
The Works: Drugs, Sex & Aids                                                              1987            26            10

South City Congress/Holyoke Planning Board
A Future for South City prepared by MIT & Harvard                      ca. 1970      26       11-12

Springfield Institution for Savings
Forecast and Report on Housing Demand/Need
1975-1985 Springfield and Ten Surrounding Towns                          1977            26        13-15

Sullivan School
Holyoke’s Biggest Fans                                                                              2000           26            16

U.S. Coalition of Hispanic Health and Human Services
Dile que no/Say No                                                                                      1990           26             17

Western Mass. Hispanic Health Council
Natural Support Systems: A Source of Strength in Hispanic Comm. 1980      26             18
Health Issues and Concerns of Hispanics: Preliminary Findings     1985           26             18
Hispanic Health Concerns in Western Massachusetts                         1986           26             18

Subseries D. Latino community data                                           1960-2010

Census data analysis

Diachronic & misc. data analysis                                                        1960-2007    26         19
1970 Census data analysis                                                                    1970               26         20
1975 State census data analysis                                                           1975-1979     26         20
1980 Census data & community narrative                                        1980-1983    26         20
1985 State census taker training guide                                              1985               27           1
1990 Census data & community profile                                            1990-1993     27           2
2000 Census data & analysis (See also Map case 3 Drawer 5)    2000               27           3
2010 Census taker training guide & maps                                       2010                27           4

Demographics

Health indicators                                                                                  1969-2006      27          5
Teen birth rates                                                                                     1996-2007      27          6
Work force data                                                                                     1990-2007     27           7

Subseries E. Arts and events ephemera                                    1984-2010
(See also Posters, Series 5d)
Arts and events                                                                                            1984-2010       27          8

Plays and playbills                                                                                       1985-1988       27          9

Syllabi                                                                                                             1994-2003      27        10

Ticket stubs                                                                                                   1984;1996       27         11

Subseries F. Clippings                                                                      1960-2010    29-37

Arson, safety & fire dept.

Arts, culture & community organizations

Business development

Churches & clergy

Civil rights & minorities

Community development & related issues

Crime, violence & police dept.

Data, census & statistics

Education & school-related issues

Elections, politics & campaigns

Employment, jobs & economy

Energy, alternative energy & plants

Holyoke history

Housing issues

Latino community

Law & legislation

Neighborhoods, districts & streets

Nueva Esperanza

Parks & recreation

People

Physical & mental health issues

Poverty

Protests, marches & demonstrations

Transportation issues

Unidos por Holyoke

SERIES 5. MEDIA AND ARTIFACTS                                           1969-2012
(8 boxes; 6.5 linear ft.)

Subseries A. Audio/visual                                                                2003-2007

Interview with Carlos Vega on Youthbuild                                             2007          27       20

Gladys Lebrón-Martínez Campaign document floppy disk                2003          27       20

Subseries B. Memorabilia and realia                                         1969-2010

Buttons                                                                                                          1969-2010  38

Plaques                                                                                                          1969-2005  39-40

Pez dispenser                                                                                                                     40

Subseries C. Photographs                                                              1974-2005

3 Kings Performance, Skinner Building                                                 1992           41      1

Arco Iris banner project                                                                            2002           41      2

Arco Iris public meeting on environmental issues                              [n.d.]           41      3

Arco Iris showcase                                                                                      1996            41      4

Roberto Clemente’s park sprinkler                                                         2001-2002  41    5

Ruth Cruz portraits                                                                                    1993             27    12

Holyoke Community Partnership Chestnut St. Clean up                  1993             41      6

Holyoke Community Partnership Hamilton/Carlos Vega Park Clean up [n.d.] 41     7

Holyoke Community Partnership conference for Developmental Dollars [n.d.] 41    8

Holyoke Community Partnership events                                              1994            41       9

Holyoke Community Partnership national training in Va.               [n.d.]           41      10

Holyoke Community Partnership public meeting                             ca. 1992       41      11

Holyoke Community Partnership Violence Prevention Week        1995-1996   41   12-13

Holyoke functions & festivals                                                                [n.d.]            41      14

Holyoke streets & people                                                                        [n.d.]            41      15

 [n.d.]           27      14

Main Street marketplace block party                                                   1999             41      16

Master Community Action Plan meeting                                            [n.d.]           41       17

Mercado Clean-up weekend                                                                  1998             41       18

Mercado events                                                                                        2005            41       19

Mercado visit to Hartford                                                                      2000           41       20

Morgan School Thanksgiving Dinner                                                 2002           41        21

Negatives, varied                                                                                     [n.d.]          27         15

Nueva Esperanza annual meeting                                                       2002           41        22

Nueva Esperanza staff events                                                               ca. 1988     41        23

Nueva Esperanza staff picnic                                                               2000           41        24

Nueva Fiesta at Open Square                                                               2002           41        25

Parks survey

Avory Field                                                                                      1992             41        26
Big Pool Park, So. Holyoke                                                          1992             41        27
Center St. Park                                                                               1992             41        28
Pulaski Park & Lyman Pool                                                         1992             41        29
So. Chestnut St. Park, Churchill                                                 1992             41        30
Valley Arena Park                                                                          1992             41        31

Revitalization projects

13 & 15 Hamilton St.                                                                   [n.d.]            41        32
Walnut Row construction                                                         ca. 1986       41         33

South Holyoke Development Corp.                                                  ca. 1977        41        34

    [n.d.]             27        16

United Citizens Action League fire protest at City Hall               [n.d.]            41     35-36

Urban Ministry                                                                                     1974-1977   27          17

Vacant housing survey                                                                        1995             41          37

Voces de Esperanza opening ceremony                                          1998             41          38

Youthbuild                                                                                            [n.d.]            41          39

   27         19

Carlos Vega portraits                                                                [n.d.]            27         18

Subseries D. Posters                                                                 1990-2011

Casa Latina                                                                                           [n.d.]              3           4

Census Advisory Council on Hispanic Population                       1990, 2000   3           4

Children’s Museum of Holyoke: Three Kings, Circus Smirkus [n.d.]              3           4

Celebrate Holyoke (Holyoke Cultural Council)                            1990-2001    3           4

Dark Souls Collective: Voices for the Voiceless                            2000-2001   3           4

Día de la Familia Hispana Festival                                                 1990-2011     3           4

Gándara Health Center                                                                      [n.d.]             3           4

Hohos Gallery Collective Exposition                                              1991                3          4

Holyoke Arts Walk                                                                             1999-2000    3          4

Holyoke Community College:
African American History & MLK, Jr.                                          1993-1996      3          4

Holyoke Public Schools                                                                    [n.d.]               3          4

Holyoke Project                                                                                  1990               3           4

Holyoke Youth Alliance                                                                    [n.d.]              3           4

Mount Holyoke College:
Puerto Rico Quincentennial; Latina Writer’s Encuentro            1994              3           4

National Historic Trust for Preservation: Preservation Week   1981               3            5

Nueva Esperanza:
Arco Iris, Youthbuild, Holyoke Community Partnership           1993; [n.d.]   3            5

New Visions For Historic Cities:
Bridging Divides, Building Futures                                                 2002             3           5

New World Theater:
La casa de Rigoberta; Tales from the Flats                                     1995; 2004   3          5

Northampton Arts Council: Four Sundays in February                2001              3          5

PAWSS lecture series                                                                            [n.d.]             3          5

Puertas Abiertas Conference, Heritage State Park                         1991               3          5

Springfield Museum exhibits                                                              1990              3          5

United Way of Holyoke                                                                        1983-1985    3          5

University of Massachusetts Amherst: concerts & exhibits          2004             3          5

Wistariahurst Museum:
Carlos Vega Collection opening posters                                            2011              3          5

Misc. public announcements                                                              ca. 1990        3          5

Subseries E. T-Shirts                                                                  [n.d.]         42, 43

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