Skip to main content

Luz Alvarez Martinez papers

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00620

Scope and Contents

The Luz Alvarez Martinez Papers consist of biographical information including an interview, photographs, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia documenting her life, family, and friends. There are also materials that document leadership role in fostering the health and well-being of minority women such as photographs of women's gatherings and ritual celebrations, conference materials, photographs, publications, and memorabilia. Records and photographs document her activism with the National Latina Health Organization, including the Board of Directors files and program files, posters, artwork, and photomontages; and her work with the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.

Dates of Materials

  • 1978 - 2007

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open with caveat: collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be somewhat difficult to use. Original AV may not be used; research use copies must be made.
  1. This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Conditions Governing Access

Until we move into New Neilson in early 2021, collections are stored in multiple locations and may take up to 48 hours to retrieve. Researchers are strongly encouraged to contact Special Collections (specialcollections@smith.edu) at least a week in advance of any planned visits so that boxes may be retrieved for them in a timely manner.

Conditions Governing Use

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the unpublished works in this collection by Luz Alvarez Martinez. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Copyright to materials authored by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Biographical / Historical

Luz Alvarez Martinez grew up in a California farmworker family that worked the fields in Fremont, Gilroy and Santa Rosa. She was an early supporter of the United Farm Workers, and a feminist and environmentalist. In 1986, she co-founded the National Latina Health Organization in Oakland, CA, and served as its Executive Director until 2005. In 1997, she also co-founded SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective. She has also served on the Minority Women's Health Panel of Experts of the National Office of Women's Health (1997-2005), and on the Women's Health Council of the Office of Women's Health of the State of California since 1997. Martinez has four sons and three grandchildren. Since 1993 she has been an Aztec ceremonial dancer.

Extent

13 boxes (14.5 linear feet)

0.0205 Gigabytes

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Health reformer. Papers document Luz Martinez's personal life through an interview, photographs, audiovisual materials, and memorabilia. There are also materials that document her leadership role in fostering the health and well-being of minority women and records and photographs of her activism with the National Latina Health Organization include Board files, program files, posters, artwork, and photomontages; and her work with the Sister Song Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective.

Arrangement

This collection has been added to over time in multiple "accessions." An accession is a group of materials received from the same source at approximately the same time. Note that in most cases, container numbers start over at 1 with each new accession.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff to request access to this digital content.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Luz Alvarez Martinez beginning in 2008.

Accruals

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Related Materials

Processing Information

Accessioned by Burd Schlessinger, July 2008

Processing Information

The contents of all computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
Title
Luz Alvarez Martinez papers
Subtitle
Finding Aid
Date
2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
  • 2017-07-26T17:48:21-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2020-04-14: Description added for born-digital content.

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
Neilson Library
7 Neilson Drive
Northampton MA 01063