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About the Francisco Jiménez collection

The Francisco Jiménez Papers, 1962-2010, document Jiménez’s achievements as a writer and university professor. Jiménez’s written works, primarily collections of short stories, document his childhood and adolescence as the son of migrant farm workers. He recounts his personal and academic journey, from working alongside his parents while living in abject poverty and struggling to learn English at school, to eventually receiving his BA at Santa Clara University, as well as his MA and Ph.D. at Columbia, and returning to SCU as a professor, where he would teach for more than four decades. The collection ranges from paper materials and correspondence from his teaching career; to letters, certificates, plaques, and newspaper articles concerning his written works; to art projects and letters from students after reading his books. 

 

The collection is arranged into seven series; this online representation of the collection focuses on Series 1 and 2, while including several items from other series:

Series I. Academic Activities, 1962-2009

From this series: 

Francisco Jiménez: Turning the Tide;

Graduation Ceremony In Honor of Chicano Latino Students;

Francisco and Spanish 101;

Francisco Jiménez and Norm Mineta;

From migrant to college professor in just one lifetime;

Institute of Poverty & Conscience

 

Series II. Writings, 1971-2005

From this series:

Letter from a Fan;

Letter from Marta Sahagun de Fox to Francisco Jiménez with translation;

Phi Beta Kappa Essay;

The Circuit;

The Circuit Interview;

Why did I write "La Mariposa"

 

Series III. Speaking Engagements & Events, 1996-2009

From this series:

Napa Valley speech;

Speaking in Napa Valley 



Series IV. Awards & Honors, 1980-2009

From this series:

2002 U.S. professors of the year;

Commending Francisco Jiménez

 


Series V. Letters from Schoolchildren, 1991-2010

From this series:

Dear Mr. Jiménez



Series VI. Writings by Others, 1974-2002

Series VII. Audiovisual Materials, 1985-2002

 

About Francisco Jiménez

 

Francisco Jiménez was born June 29, 1943 in San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States at the age of four. His family lived in abject poverty while working as undocumented migrant farm laborers. As a result, Jiménez was not able to attend school consistently, often missing large portions of the academic year to work in the fields to help support his parents and siblings. Eventually, however, he began to excel both in his studies and his mastery of English, particularly after his family settled in Santa María, California.
 
 
When Jiménez was in eighth grade, he and his family were deported, but eventually returned to the country legally. Jiménez graduated from Santa Clara University in 1966 with a B.A. in Spanish. He received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship to attend Columbia University, where he received his master’s degree in 1969 and Ph.D. in 1972. While studying at Columbia, he married Laura Facchini, whom he met at Santa Clara, and they would have three children—Francisco, Miguel, and Tomás.
 
 
 
 
 
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