Oral Histories

Interview of Richard A. Santillan

Chicano activist and advocate for the Mexican-American community. Director of the Chicano Reapportionment Project for the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College in 1981.
Richard A. Santillan
California State Archives State Government Oral History Program
Politics and Government
Vasquez, Carlos
Santillan, Richard A.
Persons Present:
Santillan and Vasquez.
Place Conducted:
Santillan's home in Alhambra, California.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Carlos Vasquez, Director, UCLA State Government Interview Series, UCLA Oral History Program; B.A., Political Science, UCLA; M.A., Political Science, Stanford University; Ph.D. candidate, History, UCLA. There exist no private papers which the interviewer was able to consult for this interview.
Processing of Interview:
Vasquez checked the verbatim manuscript of the interview against the original tape recordings and with editor, David Gist, edited for punctuation, paragraphing, and spelling, and verified proper names. Insertions by the editors are bracketed. Vasquez and Gist prepared the introductory materials. Santillan reviewed the edited transcript and returned it with only minor corrections.
Series Statement:
Interviews in this series were undertaken by the UCLA Oral History Program under the auspices of the California State Archives and in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program; California State University, Sacramento, Center for California Studies Oral History Program; Claremont Graduate School Oral History Program; and the University of California, Berkeley, Regional Oral History Office. Funds were allocated to the state archives after Governor George Deukmejian signed into law Assembly Bill 2104 (Chapter 965 of the Statutes of 1985), establishing a state government oral history program "to provide through the use of oral history a continuing documentation of state policy development as reflected in California's legislative and executive history." All interviews in the series are available at the California State Archives in Sacramento.
Family background; education; La Raza Unida Party; United Mexican-American Students; Mexican-American Political Association; Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund; Californios for Fair Representation; work as director, Chicano Reapportionment Project, Rose Institute of State and Local Government.