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Olivia Puentes-Reynolds Papers

Identifier: MS-0437

Scope and Contents

The Olivia Puentes-Reynolds Papers primarily document her involvement in the operation and administration of MANA. The collection provides extensive documentation for Puentes-Reynolds and MANA's work promoting educational achievement and increasing Latina representation at the local, state, and national levels. Records in the collection regarding the Hermanitas program, Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship, Platica lecture series, and Political Committee highlight these endeavors. The collection dates from 1986 to 2002 with the majority of materials dating from 1994 to 1999. The collection includes correspondence, meeting minutes, brochures, news clippings, flyers, conference materials, and committee files. The collection is divided into three series: MANA Administrative Files (1986-2002), the Brindis Files (1994-2002), and Conference Files (1990-1999).

The MANA Administrative Files document the basic administration of the San Diego County chapter of MANA under Puentes-Reynolds' leadership. Arranged alphabetically, these files date from 1986 to 2002 and make up the largest of the three series. Particularly noteworthy are the files relating to MANA’s Hermanitas Mentorship Program, which seeks to empower pre-teen girls and promote education. The series is composed of correspondence, brochures, meeting minutes, budget information, committee files, event information, and news clippings.

The Brindis Files document MANA’s annual Brindis celebration, which honors prominent Latina professionals and recognizes the recipients of the Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship. Highlights include drafts of speeches given by guest speakers, such as Mayor Susan Golding. Arranged chronologically, the series dates from 1994 to 2002 and includes programs, correspondence, flyers, nominations, speeches, and planning and budget information.

The Conference Files date from 1990 to 1999 and document Puentes-Reynolds' participation at national and international conferences regarding women. The series is arranged chronologically and includes notes, flyers, handouts, and schedules from national MANA conferences, the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, as well as training, youth, and development conferences.


  • Creation: 1986-2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found in 1994-1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in some or all of these materials have not been transferred to San Diego State University. Copyright resides with the creator(s) of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of archival collections is such that multiple creators are often applicable and copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. In any case, the user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, obtaining publication rights and copyright infringement. When requesting images from Special Collections & University Archives for publication, we require a signed agreement waiving San Diego State University of any liability in the event of a copyright violation.

Biographical Note

Born in 1949, Olivia Puentes-Reynolds is a local Latina activist. She received a BA in economics with minors in Chicana and Chicano Studies and Spanish from SDSU with graduate workin Public Health and Public Administration. She worked as a management analyst for the City of El Cajon and served as the chair of the San Diego Commission on the Status of Women. Puentes-Reynolds has received numerous awards and accolades for her community work and activism

In addition to her municipal work, Puentes-Reynolds was active in MANA from 1993 to 2000. MANA, A National Latina Organization (formerly called the Mexican-American Women’s National Association) is a non-profit organization which seeks to better Latina women, or hermanas, through educational, economic, political, health, and social advocacy programs. It is the "single largest pan-Latina organization in the United States.” Puentes-Reynolds served as Strategic Planning Facilitator, Membership Chair, Program Chair and President. She chaired two Brindis, co-chaired the 1993 National MANA Leadership Conference, and chaired the 1996 MANA National Leadership Conference.

Founded in 1986 by a group of Latina women dedicated to community activism, the San Diego Chapter of MANA offers workshops, advocacy programs, conferences, and mentoring programs for Latinas. The organization's Hermanitas program is a one-on-one mentorship program dedicated to supporting and encouraging pre-teen Latinas to stay in school. The Sylvia Chavez Memorial Scholarship likewise promotes education amongst young Latinas. Every year, MANA awards this scholarship at the Brindis, a celebratory tribute to outstanding Latina professionals. In addition, MANA's Platica lectures give local officials and community leaders a chance to address issues relevant to the Latina community, including immigration and education. Today, MANA of San Diego County continues to thrive as an organization dedicated to empowerment and leadership of Latinas.


3.75 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

I. MANA Administrative Files, 1986-2002

II. Brindis Files, 1994-2002

III. Conference Files, 1990-1999

Source of Acquisition

Olivia Puentes-Reynolds, 2009.



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Other Descriptive Information

This collection was processed as part of the Chicano Studies Archives Project, made possible by a grant from the President's Leadership Fund.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021: Formerly titled the MANA of San Diego County Records, this collection was renamed the Olivia Puentes-Reynolds Papers in 2021.
  • March 2024: Materials added and collection reprocessed

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections & University Archives Repository

5500 Campanile Dr. MC 8050
San Diego CA 92182-8050 US