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Adalberto Guerrero Papers, 1947-2005 (bulk 1967-1982)

MS 536

Collection Summary

Creator: Guerrero, Adalberto
Collection Name: Adalberto Guerrero Papers,
Inclusive Dates: 1947-2005
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1967-1982)
Physical Description:3 linear ft.
Abstract:The Adalberto Guerrero Papers contains documents collected by Tucson educator and former UA Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Adalberto “Beto” Guerrero. An early advocate of bilingual and bicultural education, Guerrero’s papers include correspondence, reports, essay, and articles related to his efforts in the field and to his testimony before Congress in support of the Bilingual Education Act of 1968. Also represented is his work on behalf of Chicanos in higher education in the 1970s. La version en Español de esta guia de colección está disponible.
Collection Number:MS 536
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733

Biographical Note

Adalberto “Beto” Guerrero was born in Bisbee, Arizona on December 11, 1929. Son of an underground miner and union activist, Guerrero dropped out of high school during his freshmen year to work at Fort Huachuca. After marrying his wife Ana in 1950, he joined the army, returning to mining after his discharge. By 1953, Guerrero’s wife and father-in-law convinced him to apply to the University of Arizona, where he was accepted after earning his GED diploma. In 1957, Guerrero received his undergraduate degree in Spanish from the University of Arizona and began teaching at Pueblo High School. In 1962, due to the success of his program of Spanish for Spanish speakers, Guerrero was asked to join the faculty of the Education and Romance Languages departments at the University of Arizona. He also worked as curriculum specialist at Pima Community College, developing the Heritage Speakers Program, popular with native speakers opting to major or minor in Spanish.

After Guerrero’s Pueblo High School program was nationally recognized and used as model for the National Defense Education Act (NDEA) Bilingual Education Institute, he was asked to join the Tucson-NEA (National Education Association) Survey on the Teaching of Spanish to the Spanish-speaking. Guerrero and a group of pioneers in the field published their findings in 1966 in a report titled “The Invisible Minority.” That same year the National Education Association (NEA) organized a national symposium that helped focus attention to the plight of Mexican-American students, eventually leading to congressional hearings. In 1967, Guerrero testified in support of Senate Bill 428, which became Title VII or the Bilingual Education Act of 1969.

Guerrero was the first Chicano to serve as Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Arizona, a position he held from 1973 to 1975. While at the University of Arizona, Guerrero also directed the New Start Summer Program and was chair of the Mexican American Studies Committee. He remained a lecturer in the Romance Languages Department until his retirement from the University of Arizona in 1994. Recognitions and awards presented to Guerrero include the NEA’s Human Rights Award, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Award, Outstanding Faculty Contributor to Minority Student Education, and the National Association for Bilingual Education Pioneer Award. In 2002, the Adalberto Guerrero Middle School in Tucson was named after him, and in 2014, the University of Arizona Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs center was renamed the Adalberto and Ana Guerrero Student Center.

Scope and Content Note

Papers, 1947-2005 (bulk 1967-1982): This collection consists of professional and personal papers of Adalberto Guerrero. The bulk of the material is correspondence exchanged with members of various entities, organizations, committees, and others with which Guerrero collaborated to further bilingual/bicultural education for Mexican-American children, as well as professional development and curriculum development for teachers. Documents also encompass his work as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in the Office of Chicano/Hispano Affairs at the University of Arizona. Included in the collection are transcripts of Guerrero’s testimony before the U.S. Congress in support of what became Title VII, the Bilingual Education Act. Guerrero’s files contain numerous reports, essays, articles, and newspaper clippings documenting the experience of Mexican-American students in the 1970s. Mr. Guerrero’s curriculum vitae and recognitions are part of the collection, as well as public statements he made over the years.


This collection is organized into 3 series.
Series I: Multicultural Studies, 1964-1988
Series II:Bilingual Education, 1964-1992
Series III: Personal Documents,1957-2005



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Related Material

La version en Español de esta guia de colección está disponible.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Gaarder, Bruce, 1970-1975
Guerrero, Adalberto M, 1929-.

Corporate Name(s)
Ginn and Company.
National Education Association.
U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
U.S. Office of Education.
University of Arizona.

Geographic Name(s)
Tucson (Ariz.).

Education, Bilingual—United States.
Multicultural Education—United States.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Adalberto Guerrero Papers (MS 536). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Hannivett Nabahe.

Container List

Series I: Multicultural Studies, 1964-1988
This series is arranged according to the organization or project with which Guerrero was collaborating at the time to address concerns related to multicultural/ethnic education. There are some materials related to K-12, but it is mostly Chicano studies and representation in higher education. Includes two reports by Guerrero as Dean of Students, correspondence with Arnulfo Trejo of the Graduate Library School at the University of Arizona, and some oversized items..
11 Committee: UA Multicultural Relations, 1967-1970
12 Southwest Council of La Raza, 1968-1969
13 Committee: Center for Public School Ethnic Studies (CPSES), 1972-1973
14 Committee: Center for Public School Ethnic Studies (CPSES) curriculum, undated
15 Committee: Center for Public School Ethnic Studies (CPSES) essays, undated
16 Committee: Multicultural Task Force, National Institute of Education, 1974
17 Committee: Chicano Studies, UC Davis, 1975
18 Committee: Modern Languages Association Summer Seminar, 1976
19 Committee: National Chicano Council on Higher Education (NCCHE), 1976-1977
110 Committee: State Prison Cultural Program (M.A.C.H.O.), 1976-1977
111 Committee: Society of Ethnic and Special Studies, 1976-1977
112 Committee: Border State University Consortium, 1977
113 Committee: Various, 1982-1988
114 Student Organization: Concerned Chicano Students, 1972-1973
115 Student Organization: Concerned Chicano Students, 1972-1973
116 Student Organization: Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA), 1974-1976
117 Reports: Mexican Americans in Higher Education, 1963-1974
118 Report: US Commission on Civil Rights, 1968-1969
119 Report: US Commission on Civil Rights, 1970-1975
120 Report: Guerrero’s as UA Assistant Dean of Students for Chicano Affairs, 1973-1974
121 Report: Mexican American Education Needs, 1974
122 Proposal: American Indian Studies Expansion, 1971
123 Proposal: Education Curriculum Listing Change Request, 1972
124 Conventions, 1973-1988
125 School of Library and Information Science (SRILS), 1974-1975
126 Journal Articles, 1964-1975
127 Essays, undated
128 Essays, undated
129 Newsletters, 1970-1975
21 Oversized: Newspapers, 1968-1974
22 Oversized: Posters: Outstanding American of Mexican Descent, 1970
Series II: Bilingual Education, 1964-1992
Series organized according to the organization or project in which Guerrero collaborated in behalf of bilingual/bicultural education. Includes correspondence with members of Congress after the 1966 National Education Association (NEA) Conference, and which led to Guerrero’s testimony in behalf of what would later become the Bilingual Education Act of 1969. A draft of his testimony, as well as many important reports and studies igniting recognition for the need to fund and encourage bilingual education.
31 National Education Association (NEA), 1965
32 National Education Association (NEA), 1966
33 National Education Association (NEA), 1966
34 National Education Association (NEA), 1967-1968
35 Higher Education Institutions, 1966-1992
36 Public School Districts, 1967-1992
37 Legislative Testimony, CA SB 53, 1967
38 Congressional Testimony, S 428/HR 514, 1967, 1969
39 U.S. Office of Education, 1968-1969
310 U.S. Office of Education, 1970-1977
311 Ginn and Company, Education Publishers, 1978-1984
312 Conference: Various, 1967-1987
313 Conference: Yeshiva University’s Bilingualism in Preschool Education, 1967
314 Conference: Mexican American System National Conference, 1972
315 Conference: Aspira of America>, 1973
316 Conference: International Conference on Bilingual/Bicultural Education, 1973-1974
317 Conference: Southern CA Bilingual Education, 1973-1975
318 Conference: Arizona Bilingual Education, 1975, 1981
319 Conference: University of Texas Symposium, 1975-1976
320 Conference: Special Emerging Programs in Higher Education, 1976
321 Conference: Bilingual Bicultural Curriculum Conference, 1977
322 Conference: Seminario sobre Bilingüismo y Educación (Spain), 1982-1991
323 Workshops: Various, 1973-1981
324 Workshop: Southwest Regional Lab (SWRL), 1976
325 Workshop: Southwest Regional Lab (SWRL), 1976-1977
326 Workshop: Bilingual Humanities Materials for Children, 1978
327 Workshop: Spanish Children’s Literature Workshop, 1980-1981
328 Workshop: Arizona Spanish Proficiency Test Evaluation Task Force, 1982
329 Report: Institute for Teachers of Spanish to the Spanish Speaking, 1963
330 Report: Institute for Teachers of Spanish to the Spanish Speaking, 1964-1965
331 Report: Institute for Teachers of Spanish to the Spanish Speaking, 1967-1968
332 Report: Institute for Teachers of Spanish to the Spanish Speaking, 1969
41 Report: Bilingual-Bicultural Institute, 1972-1973
42 Report: Bilingual-Bicultural International Roundtable, 1976
43 Report: Competencies Needed by Bilingual Teacher Aids, 1976
44 Report: UA Bilingual Education Self-Study, 1978
45 Report: Evaluation of Bilingual Teacher Ed Programs, 1978-1980
46 Proposal: Development of Bilingual Skills (to U.S. Commissioner of Education), 1963
47 Proposal: Summer Institute for Spanish Medium Instruction, 1970
48 Proposal: Bilingual Education Act Grant, 1976
49 Proposal: Bilingual Education Act Grant, 1976
410 Guidelines: Title VII Education Act, 1965-1972
411 Guidelines: ESEA Title III Project, 1973
51 Essays: Various, 1963-1974
52 Essays: Gaarder, Bruce, 1970-1975
53 Study: Assessment of Curriculum (by Office of Opportunity), 1972
54 Study: Bilingual Mexican-American Junior High School Students, 1973
55 Study: On Using IQ Tests for Mexican-American Children, 1973
56 Articles: Various, 1968-1973
Series III: Personal Documents, 1957-2005
Includes two compact discs with PDFs of the Iris Club Scrapbooks, a Bisbee club that Guerrero belonged to since his youth (1947-2011), as well as correspondence and newspaper clippings documenting Guerrero’s accomplishments and public statements made over the years are also included.
57 Curriculum Vitae, 1957-1992
58 Public Statements, 1967-1986
59 Correspondence, 1968-1979
510 Correspondence, 1980-1991
511 Newspaper Clippings / Digital Scrapbooks, 1947-2011
512 Recognitions, 1972-2005