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Jay Alire papers

Identifier: SC167

Collection Scope and Content

Collection includes materials from Jay Alire’s life and journey within the scope of Chicano activism, including documents, newspapers, clippings, interviews, court cases and findings, Chicano iconography, literature, local activism and political leaders. It also includes documents from the Kiko Martinez case, police brutality of the 1970s-2000s, and flyers and meeting minutes from local Chicano political organizations.


  • Majority of material found within 1960 - 2018
  • Existence: 2019


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. Please contact the Archives and Special Collections for further information.

Biographical / Historical

Jay Alire was born in Denver, Colorado on July 18, 1952. He attended Colorado State University from 1970-1974 where he received a B.A. in American History. Alire then attended graduate school in history where he began his research on historical violence against Mexicans (1848-1970). Alire also participated in a summer program and attended Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico. Afterwards, Alire completed a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from the University of Colorado Denver. He spent 28 years with the Community College of Denver--teaching, counseling and administering in various programs and various campuses. His Primary area was in Information Technology where he began as an instructor and was awarded a full professorship at the end of his career. During his career, he also served as the Department Chair, Dean of Students, Case Manager, and Lead Computer Administrator for three campuses.


14.4 Linear Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


This collection created by local Chicano activist, Jay Alire, documents activism and actions for reform from the 1960s to the late 2000s.

Collection Arrangement

This collection contains 3 Series: Series 1. Activism Series 2. Biographical Information and Personal Correspondence Series 3. Newspapers, Clippings, and Magazines

The collection is arranged by subject matter.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Jay Alire donated these materials to the University of Northern Colorado archives in the fall semester of 2019.

Processing Information

Processed by Jasmine Poblano in 2021

In Progress
Melissa Gurney Schultz
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for uncoded script
Edition statement
Collection was rehoused into appropriate size boxes, publications were processed and arranged, and the finding aid was updated to meet DACS minimum requirements.

Revision Statements

  • 2021-04-19: Finding aid created by Jasmine Poblano
  • 2022-04-01: Publications inventoried , biography expanded, and transcript for interview cleaned up by Josh McBride
  • 2022-04-11: Collection was rehoused into appropriate size boxes, publications were processed and arranged, and the finding aid was updated to meet DACS minimum requirements.
  • 2022-10-25: File level inventory was added to the ArchivesSpace. Date, extent and box count were changed, previously 1969-2009, 40.15 and 37 boxes mmgs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Northern Colorado Repository

University Libraries
James A. Michener Library L119
Campus Box 48
Greeley CO 80639