Ricardo Sánchez Papers, 1968-1995

Overview of the Collection

Sánchez, Ricardo, 1941-
Ricardo Sánchez Papers
1968-1995 (inclusive)
1.25 Linear Feet of Shelf Space, (3 boxes)
Collection Number
Cage 731 (collection)
Sometimes called the "grandfather of Chicano poetry," Ricardo Sánchez was a professor of creative writing and Chicano studies at Washington State University from 1991 until his death in 1995. The collection includes manuscripts (reproductions) and published works. Several of the poetry collections were written and published during Sánchez's tenure at WSU.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open and available for research use.

English and Spanish.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Sometimes called the "grandfather of Chicano poetry," Ricardo Sánchez was a professor of creative writing and Chicano studies at Washington State University from 1991 until his death in 1995. He was born March 29, 1941 in El Paso, TX and raised in a neighborhood called "El barrio del diabolo." After serving in the U.S. Army he was convicted of armed robbery and sent to prison. In 1969, he received a Ford Foundation sponsorship as a Frederick Douglass Fellow in Journalism and in 1970 was employed as a staff writer and humanities instructor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies and cultural linguistic theory in 1974, at the Union Graduate School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Subsequently, Dr. Sánchez worked at El Paso Community College (1974), the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (1977), and the University of Alaska (1979). From 1977 to 1980 he was an assistant professor at the University of Utah Ethnic Studies Center. At WSU, he was a member of the faculty in both the English Department and the Department of Comparative Cultures, achieving full professorship with tenure in early 1995.

His works include Canto y grito mi liberación (y lloro mis desmadrazgos...) : pensamientos, gritos, angustias, orgullos, penumbras poéticas, ensayos, historietas, hechizos almales del son de mi existencia... (The 1995 edition includes poems written during Dr. Sánchez's tenure at WSU); Amerikan journeys = Jornados americanos (1994); Dr. Sanchez' all-you-can-eat poetry buffet, or, Lentils of revolution (1994); Selected Poems (1985); Amsterdam Cantos y Poemas Pistos (1983); Brown Bear and Honey Madness. Alaskan Cruising Poems (1981); and Milhuas Blues and Gritos Nortenos (1978).

Dr. Sánchez died of cancer on September 3, 1995.

[Some biographical information was obtained from: Barceno, Roberto (compiler). "Ricardo Sanchez, Ph.D." (http://www.dr-ricardo-sanchez.com/bio.html).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes manuscripts (reproductions) and published works. Several of the poetry collections were written and published during Sánchez's tenure at WSU.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[Item Description] Ricardo Sánchez Papers and Manuscripts, 1968-1995

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The materials are arranged in a single series. They fall into five categories: 1. Materials about Ricardo Sánchez; 2. Photocopies of three Sánchez manuscripts; 3. Publications authored by Sánchez; 4. Publications that include work by Sánchez, such as poetry anthologies and collections; 5. Publications by other authors, owned by (and often inscribed to) Sánchez.

Acquisition Information

Ricardo Sánchez donated these materials to the Washington State University Libraries in 1992 (MS 1992-42, MS 1992-44, MS 1992-73).

Processing Note

This collection was processed in 2009 by Nora Wiechert, a Ph.D. candidate in the WSU Department of English.

Related Materials

Most of the papers of Ricardo Sánchez are located at the University of Texas at Austin and at Stanford University.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Sánchez Memorial
1 2
On Ricardo Sánchez: Marginality and Excess in Chicano Poetry.
1 3
Newspaper articles on Ricardo Sánchez
1 4-6
Manuscript (photocopy), les Suerostraats of BIG COTULLA. . . . 1988
1 7-10
Manuscript (photocopy), Carta/Magda/Carta y otras misivas. (Una Obra Novelistica Epistolaria), 1991
1 11
Manuscript (photocopy), The Furrows of Time's Swathe (a work in progress), 1985
1 12
The Northwest Cantos Part I. Palousian Poets Press: Moscow, ID, 1992
1 13
Brown Bear Honey Madnesses: Alaskan Cruising Poems. Slough Press: Austin, 1981
1 14
Amsterdam Cantos y poemas pistos. Place of Herons: Austin, 1983
1 15
Milhuas Blues and Gritos Norteños. Spanish-Speaking Outreach Institute, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1978
1 16
Compages. No 18. Autumn 1987. Union of Left Writers: San Francisco, 1987
1 17
Rio Grande Review. Spring-Summer 1992. Volume 11, number 2. University of Texas at El Paso
1 18
New Blood Magazine. Number 6. New Blood Press: Boulder, circa 1982
2 19
Festival Flor Y Canto II. An Anthology of Chicano Literature. Pajarito Publications: Albuquerque, circa 1979
2 20
International Journal of Art, Science &Philosophy. Volume III, numbers 1and 2. Pax Cultura Press: Texas, 1985
2 21
"Los Tejanos." Special issue. Revista Chicano-Riqueña. Año VIII. Autumn 1980. Number 3
2 22
Mind Spew. Cerebral Spillings: An Anthology of Experiences. Malcontent Press: Moscow, ID, 1992
2 23
Nosotros. June 1972. Volume 2, number 3. El Paso, TX
2 24
Caracol. La revista de la raza
Box Folder
November 1977; volume 4, number 3
January 1978; volume 4, number 5
February 1978; volume 4, number 6
April 1978; volume 4, number 8
July 1978; volume 4, number 11
August 1978; volume 4, number 12
July-August 1979; volume 5, numbers 11 and 12
2 25
Hispano Americano. Volume LXXIV, number 1920. 1979 February 19
2 26
La Luz
Box Folder
Volume 7, number 1, 1978
Volume 8, number 2, 1979
2 27-28
Box Folder
Volume 1, number 7, 1977 October
Volume 1, number 9, 1977 December.
Volume 2, number 1, 1978 January
Volume 2, number 3, 1978 March
Volume 2, number 4, 1978 April
Volume 3, number 7, 1979 September
Volume 3, number 12, 1980 January-February
2 29
Tiempo. Volume LXX, number 1808. 1976 December 27
2 30
¡A Mi Que! Jose Montalvo. With foreword by Sánchez. Raza Cosmica: San Antonio, 1983
2 31
Papel De Estraza. Number 113. 1985 May.
2 32
Nonstop. Marion Winik. Cedar Rock Press: New Braunfels, TX, 1981
2 33
El Politico. José Angel Gutiérrez. El Politico: the Mexican American Official. Míctla Publications: El Paso, 1972
3 34
Chicanos. Our Background and our Pride. Nephtalí De León. Trucha Publications, Inc.: Lubbock, TX, 1972
3 35
I will catch the Sun. Nephtalí De León. Trucha Publications: Lubbock, TX, 1973
3 36
"The Mexican American. A New Focus on Opportunity." Testimony Presented at the Cabinet Committee Hearings on Mexican American Affairs. El Paso, TX. 1967 October 26-28. U.S. Government Printing Office: 1968
3 37
1916 Villa Raid! Bill Rakocy. Bravo Press: El Paso, TX. 1991
3 38
Great Missions of the Southwest. Bill Rakocy. El Paso Museum of Art. 1987 September

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Personal Names

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