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United Mexican American Students (UMAS) records

Identifier: COU:3673

Content Description

This collection includes records documenting the establishment and activities of the United Mexican American Students (UMAS) student group at the University of Colorado Boulder from its founding in 1968 to 2018. Records include administrative papers relating to the organization's founding, including bylaws; budgets and fundign requests; correspondence; fliers; course materials from the university's Mexican-American Studies Program; memos and other documents from the UMAS-Equal Opportunity Program (UMAS-EOP), the Migrant Action Program (MAP), the Mexico Studies Program (also known as the Mexico Academic Program), and the UMAS summer program; newspaper clippings; organizational publications; materials from UMAS's 25th anniversary celebrations in 1993 and 50th anniversary celebrations in 2018; and other university publications.

Student conduct records in this collection are CLOSED TO RESEARCH ACCESS AND USE, under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). See "Conditions Governing Access" below.


  • 1968 - 2018

Conditions Governing Access

Student conduct records in this Box 2 of this collection are CLOSED TO RESEARCH ACCESS AND USE under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This includes but is not limited to reproduction and publication. Advance permission is required to access this material and requires the student's prior written consent. All researchers using collections containing FERPA-protected records will be required to sign a Personal Identifying Information Access and Use Form indicating their responsibilities in regard to accessing and using these materials. Contact for more information.

Historical Note

The United Mexican American Students (UMAS) student organization was formed on the University of Colorado campus in 1969 by twelve Mexican-American Students. Originally a social organization, its mission quickly evolved into the recruitment and retention of Mexican-American and Chicanx students. UMAS members were instrumental in the university's establishment of an Equal Opporunity Program (EOP), which was founded in 1969 to support tuition and educational assistance for minority students. The UMAS-EOP program sucessfully recruited over 1,200 Mexican-American students to campus by 1972. During this time, UMAS students were also increasingly politically active, supporting and marching for farm labor rights, the grape and lettuce boycotts, fair treatment of Mexican-American workers, and educational rights and against the Vietnam War. In 1992, UMAS merged with Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA), a national organization supporting Chicanx students, to become UMAS y MEChA. In 2018, UMAS y MEChA students worked with the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries' Archives to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of its founding, with an evening of speakers and exhibits in Norlin Library in September 2018 and a panel exhibit, documenting UMAS's history and legacy, that was created by UMAS y MEChA students and unveiled in Norlin in March 2019.


0.75 linear feet (2 document boxes)

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Records of the UMAS (now UMAS y MEChA) student organization from its founding at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1968 to 2018.


This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor(s) unknown.

Related Materials

The Colorado Chicano Movement Archives at CSU Pueblo's Archives and Special Collections holds a larger collection of United Mexican American Student records, documenting CU Boulder's student organization from 1967-2009. For more information, visit their website:

United Mexican American Students (UMAS) records
Processed by Megan K. Friedel, 2020
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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