John Little papers , 1965-2006

Overview of the Collection

Little, John Patrick
John Little papers
1965-2006 (inclusive)
1.25 linear feet, (3 containers)
Collection Number
Coll 325
John Little served in a variety of leadership roles to help establish and operate the Colegio Cesar Chavez at Mt. Angel, Oregon, as well as the Valley Migrant League, a migrant labor organization. His collection of manuscripts, correspondence (legal and general), publications, financial records and other documents provide an in-depth perspective of both organizations.
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives
UO Libraries--SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR
Telephone: 5413463068
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Little was the executive director of the Valley Migrant League and one of the founding members of the Colegio Cesar Chavez in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

During the late 1960s church groups, community members, state and local government officials were concerned about the living conditions of the growing numbers of migrant workers coming to Oregon. They formed a coalition and invited farm owners, farm workers, and representatives from the Willamette Valley to serve on a board to establish an organization for migrant workers. Eventually called the Valley Migrant League, the VML was headquartered in Woodburn, Oregon, but provided services to many Oregon areas.

From its inception John Little was involved with the administration and operation of the VML. In 1967, the VML hired Little as the new executive director. Fluent in Spanish and with several years of experience working in Ecuador in community development, he was able to lead the organization toward a greater involvement of Hispanic leadership. Two years later, the VML board changed its bylaws to give more representation to farm workers, and in 1970 Frank Martinez became the organization's first Hispanic executive director.

John Little also contributed his knowledge and experience to the founding and administration of the Collegio Cesar Chavez, the only Chicano institute of higher education in the United States from 1973 until 1981. Opening in 1973, the college closed its doors in 1987. By this time most colleges in Oregon offered a variety of higher education programs for Hispanic populations.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains information about the Colegio Cesar Chavez at Mt. Angel, Oregon (1973-1987), and the Valley Migrant League, headquartered at Woodburn, Oregon (1965-1974). John Little played a key role in the establishment and leadership of both organizations. Files consist of financial and legal records, correspondence, manuscripts, and publications.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Education, Higher--Oregon

Corporate Names

  • Colegio Cesar Chavez (Mount Angel, Or.)
  • Valley Migrant League