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Records of the Mujeres de Accion/Women in Action Oral History Project

Identifier: UWOA

Scope and Contents

The Records of the Mujeres de Accion/Women in Action Oral History Project consists of documents dated 1995 to 1996, although the interviews were conducted in 1994. The collection is comprised of oral history transcripts, audio recordings, manuscripts, post-interview edits and drafts, demographic questionnaires, class notes, and associated paperwork.


  • Creation: 1995-1996


Restrictions on Use

The meaning of asterisks following subjects' names on folders is unclear. Efforts to contact the donor have been unsuccessful. To respect the privacy of these individuals, those folders remain restricted until further notice.

Restrictions on Use

Not all of the material in the collection is in the public domain. Researchers are responsible for addressing copyright issues.


The Mujeres de Accion/Women in Action Oral History Project began in 1994 when two Colorado State University (CSU) graduate students, Holly Ford and Kelly Haughey, began a study of Chicana/Latina/Hispanic women in the Northern Colorado and Front Range of Colorado region. Ford and Haughey interviewed twenty-one women from the communities of Fort Collins, Boulder, Brighton, Denver, Fort Lupton, Lafayette, and Longmont who were community advocates for their culture and society in general. The subjects' efforts centered around human services, including health care, grassroots community organizations, education, and services for senior citizens, the disabled, and people with substance abuse disorder(s). Interviews were based on the questions: "How do Hispanic women identify themselves as being active in the community?"; "What factors do Hispanic women identify that have influenced them to become active in the community?"; and "What factors do Hispanic women identify that sustain and support them in remaining active in the community?". Ford and Haughey presented their research for the degree of Masters in Social Work at CSU. In 1996, their work was accepted for publication in Social Work: The National Association of Social Workers with their advisor, Marceline M. Lazzari.

At the conclusion of the project, Maria Melendez and Mary Ellison used Ford and Haughey's results to write a manuscript detailing the women involved, funded in part by grants from the CSU Center for Studies of American Ethnicity and the University Health Service. Attempts to find a publisher were unsuccessful and their manuscript remains unpublished.


.5 linear feet (1 document case)

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The Records of the Mujeres de Accion/Women in Action Oral History Project documents research undertaken for a Masters in Social Work by graduate students Holly Ford and Kelly Haughey. Chicana/Latina/Hispanic female community advocates from Northern Colorado and the Front Range of Colorado were interviewed regarding their work in human services in their communities. Later, authors Maria Melendez and Mary Ellison sought to expand on their work and wrote a manuscript that remains unpublished. Materials include oral history transcripts and related papers, manuscripts, a newspaper article, and audiotapes.


The collection consists of 1 series in 1 document case:

Series 1: Records and audio recordings, 1995-1996 and undated


The Records of the Mujeres de Accion/Women in Action Oral History Project was transferred to the Colorado State University Archive in June 2017 by Maria Melendez Kelson.

Related Collections

Records of El Centro (UELC)


Processing was completed in May 2021. Materials were retained as received. Titles and folders were both kept from the original collection.

Guide to the Mujeres de Accion/Women in Action Oral History Project
Edited Full Draft
Prepared by Victoria Lopez-Terrill
Copyright 2021
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA