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Series 1: Publications, 1962 - 2001


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

Ernesto Vigil’s entire collection is divided between the archives of University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries, Denver Public Library and New Mexico State Records and Archives. The materials in the Archives consist of documents and research used to write The Crusade for Justice: Chicano Militancy and the Government's War on Dissent, Mr. Vigil’s first book. Other unrelated material is extant in the collection, such as records of students of Mr. Vigil’s, hate mail, etc. The precise organization of the collection is as follows:

I. PUBLICATION FILES: The publications category comprises most of the Vigil Collection, with a number of Latino/Latina newspaper volumes, including a very comprehensive collection of El Gallo, some of which Mr. Vigil has been written in.

II. PERSONAL FILES: A small category within the whole of the collection consisting of essays from past students of Mr. Vigil. These essays are written about a range of issues concerning the Chicano/Chicana community. In addition, a few pieces of hate mail, and a poem dedicated to the deceased Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales.

III. COURT EXHIBITS: Smaller in scale than the personal files category, this particular category accommodates 5 court exhibits found within the collection.

IV. INFORMATION FILES: The information category consists of a number of documents used by Mr. Vigil as source information for his book. These documents are not publications file, but documents elaborating various organizations such as La Raza, Crusade for Justice, L.A.R.A.S.A., and a number of other documents with the Latino/Latina Chicano/Chicana experience being the central aspect.

V. OVERSIZED FILES: The oversized category consists entirely of primary sources that were used by Mr. Vigil to write his book. These books range in subject from collections of interpretive essays, Mexican folklore, Latin America policy in America, and so forth. In addition, an extensive collection of El Gallo newspapers and other various Chicano/Chicana pertaining to the struggle.

Ernesto Vigil has donated personal archives to the Western History and Genealogy Department and the stacks at Denver Public Library and presently in the process of preparing to donate the Vigil family archives to the New Mexico State Records and Archives office in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Vigil Family materials total over 700 individual items and span the family's history from 1772 to the Great Depression.


  • Other: 1962 - 2001

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for access.


From the Collection: 21 linear feet (35 boxes)

Language of Materials


Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States