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
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains information about the Collegio 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.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

John Little was the executive director of the Valley Migrant League and one of the founding members of the Collegio 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.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Little papers, Coll 325, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Restrictions on Use

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Collegio Cesar Chavez (C.C.C.) records Series II: Correspondence Series III: Valley Migrant League Records Series IV: Subject Files and Publications

Processing Note

Collection processed by Tanya Partlet and Sam Bouchat.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Processing Note

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet and Sam Bouchat. Updated by Sonia De La Cruz in 2014.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Little in 2010.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Colegio Cesar Chavez (C.C.C.) Records, 1977-1978Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1 2
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
February 28, 1978-June 20, 1980
1 3
Board Training Session
July 5, 1979
1 4
Colegio Accredation information
January 1981-June 30, 1981
1 5
Colegio budgets and financial aid
1974 - August 31, 1978
1 6
Colegio Cesar Chavez booklet
1 7
Colegio financial statements
June 30, 1978
1 8
Colegio finances
February 28, 1979-December 20, 1979
1 9
Colegio operations manual
1 10
Colegio pamphlet
1 11
Community education program and agency support (C.E.P.A.S)
1 12
Courses, programs, instructor announcements
1 13
FIPSE project
1 14
John Little notes
1 15
April 31, 1980-June 20, 1980
1 16
Personal writings and introductions to Colegio Cesar Chavez
March 1, 1974
1 17
Progress report of Colegio Cesar Chavez
April 14, 1978
1 18
Progress report Addendum - of Colegio Cesar Chavez
1 19
Project MUJER
1 20
Report on examination
June 30, 1977
1 21
Student handbook
April 24, 1980

Series II:  Correspondence, 1966-1981Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 22
General Correspondence
1 23
General Correspondence
1 24
General Correspondence
1 25
General Correspondence
February 18, 1981
1 26
Legal Correspondence
June 23, 1977-October 18, 1977
1 27
Legal Correspondence
March 20, 1978-August 30, 1979
1 28
General Correspondence
October 10, 1966-February 7, 1972

Series III:  Valley Migrant League Records, 1971-1972Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 29
Manual of Operations (1)
1 30
Manual of Operations (2)
February 1970
1 31
Manual of Operations (3)
February 1970
1 32
Manual of Operations (4)
1 33
Personnel Policies
December 1969
1 34
VML - Health related documents

Series IV:  Subject Files and Publications, 1965-2001Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 35
"…and the Earth did not Part," by Thomas Rivera
2 1
Article about Mount Angel
May 27, 1987
2 2
Bilingual teaching at Eastern Oregon
2 3
Brown Beret Constitution
2 4
Centro Cultural of Washington County
2 5
"25 pieces of Chicano mind," by Abelardo
2 6
Education and empowerment
2 7
El Chicano Naivo magazine
July 1976
2 8
"El Grito" Mexican-American Journal (summer and winter editions)
2 9
"Estudios Universtarios: Hazlos Realidad!"
2 10
Hispanic Leadership Conference
2 11
March on Salem
May 25, 1968
2 12
19th Annual Hispanic Education Conference
April 5, 2003
2 13
Mid-Willamette Council Meetings
April 16, 1974
2 14
Migrant Education Information
July 1978
2 15
Oregon Latino/a news clippings
2 16
Oregon State Extension service pamphlet - in Spanish
May 1975
2 17
Pamphlets and ephemera
July 1979
2 18
"Perros y Antiperros" [Dogs and Anti-dogs]
2 19
Woodburn bilingual project
September 1970
2 20
Woodburn School District report of Mexican Students
2 21
Newspaper clippings
2 22
El Relampago newsletters, El Malcriado, Opportunity News
2 23
La Raza, Basta!, and Don sotaco booklets
2 24
El Relampago (3 issues)
2 25
Centro Chicano Cultural
2 26
Newspaper Clippings
2 27
VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League]
June 18, 1965-October 22, 1965
2 28
VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League]
October 1, 1965-December 31, 1965
2 29
VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League]
January 7, 1966-September 6, 1966
2 30
VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League]
September 16, 1966-December 30, 1966
3 1
VML Opportunity News [Valley Migrant League]
January 6, 1967-June 23, 1967
3 2
Noticias de Opportunidad/Opportunity News
July 7, 1967-December 25, 1967
3 3
Oportunidad / Opportunity News
January 8, 1968-March 4, 1968
3 4
Oregon Farm Labor Statistics
September 1, 1970
3 5
Miscellaneous documents
3 6
"Mexican American Education: A Search for Identity"
November 1968

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Education, Higher--Oregon