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Joseph L. Barragon Papers 1929–1981


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Barragon, Joe L. (Joe Louis), 1927-2006
Title: Joseph L. Barragon Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1929–1981
Quantity: 7 Boxes (4.5 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Joseph L. Barragon Papers contain material documenting the personal and professional life of Joseph L. Barragon. Topics covered include his time at Arizona State College (now known as Arizona State University) and work as a Spanish teacher at two high schools in Phoenix, Arizona: West High School (closed in 1983) and Central High School.
Identification: MSS-369
Language: Material primarily in English with some Spanish.
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Chicano Research Collection
Arizona State University Library
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Joseph L. Barragon was born Joe L. Barragon, Jr. in Globe, Arizona on March 6, 1927 to Felipa Alvarado Barragon (later Tewksbury), a homemaker, and Joe L. Barragon, a musician. Barragon obtained a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education at Arizona State University and was a Fulbright scholar. He taught Spanish at both West High School and Central High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He also coached basketball and swimming and was involved with the City of Phoenix Summer Aquatics Program. Barragon married Doreen Torres on June 6, 1952, and they had two daughters and a son. Mr. Barragon re-married Marjorie Winsor in 1984 and passed away on January 6, 2006. He is buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Avondale, Arizona.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains material documenting the personal and professional life of Joseph L. Barragon, including Barragon's tenure as a high school Spanish teacher. It also includes family mementos and ephemera from the State Championship Basketball Tournament played at Arizona State College (now Arizona State University) in March 1950 and documents associated with adult Spanish classes and the City of Phoenix Summer Aquatics Program from the 1980s. Also included are sheet music from the 1940s and 1950s and educational booklets published in the 1940s. Items from Barragon's professional life as a high school teacher include classroom records and lesson plans for the Spanish courses he taught as well as slides, transparencies and film strips; examples of his students' work; class rosters from Central High School in the 1980s, West High School's Creative Writing Club Magazine ("Potpourri") from 1959-1960, West High School's "Faculty Procedural Manual" from 1979-1980 and English as a Second Language (ESL) Flash Cards.


This collection consists of seven boxes.


Access Restrictions

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Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Barragon, Joe L. (Joe Louis), 1927-2006.

Geographic Name(s)
Phoenix (Ariz.).

Central High School (Phoenix, Ariz.).
English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers.
Spanish language -- Study and teaching.
West High School (Phoenix, Ariz.).

High school teachers -- Arizona -- Phoenix.

Administrative Information

Credit Line

Joseph L. Barragon Papers, MSS-369. Arizona State University Library: Chicano Research Collection.


The family of Joseph L. Barragon donated these materials to the Chicano/a Research Collection in 2007 (Accession #2007-04106).

Container List

11-3 AZ Real Estate Primer and Reference Manual, 1972
14-5 Real Estate, Ford School Handwritten Notes, 1973
16-7 Real Estate, Ford School Class Handouts, 1973
18 Real Estate, Ford School Certificates of Completion, 1973
21 Real Estate, Cecil Lawter School
22 Real Estate, Eviction Notice, 1981
23 Decedents Estates, Guardianships, Protective Proceedings and Trusts (State of Arizona), 1978
24 A Foreign Language Guide to Health Care Publication, 1975
25 Ephemera, State Championship Basketball Tournament (Arizona State College), 1950
26 Classes as Student
27 Language Classes as Student, Spanish
28 Language Classes as Student, Spanish (Spiral-Bound Notebook)
29-13 Language Classes as Student, French
31 Curriculum, Math Publications, 1935
32 Curriculum, Language Publications, 1966
33-4 City of Phoenix Aquatics Program
35 P.T. Coe Elementary School (Isaac School District)
36 Family Mementos
37 Hobbies
38 Travel, 1968
39 Home Care, Product Instructions
310 Ranching, Trapping Procedures, Notes and Ephemera
41-60 Sheet Music, 1929-1951
51 General Spanish Instruction, Pronunciation Guide
52 Spanish Vocabulary
53 Spanish Exams
54 Spanish III, Present Subjunctive
55 Spanish III, Federico García Lorca
56 Spanish V, Subjunctive
57 Spanish V, Romances Épicos
58 Spanish VI, Repaso (Review), 1977-1978
59 Spanish VIII, Ramón María del Valle-Inclán
510 Spanish VIII, El Marqués de Lumbría
511 Spanish VIII, Subjunctive Tests
512 Spanish VIII, Chicanos
513 Spanish VIII, Generación del 98, 1898
514 Spanish VIII, Zalacaín El Aventurero
515 Spanish VIII, Poesía (Poetry)
516 Spanish VIII, Vocabulary (Lluvia Roja)
517 Spanish VIII, Miguel de Unamuno
518 Student Works, Essays in Spanish
519 Student Works, Mazatlán Essays
520 Student Works, Poesía (Poetry)
521 French Lessons
522 French Songs
523 Spanish Songs
524 ESL Instruction
525 Central High School, Class Rosters, 1980
526 Central High School, Central Echoes, 1984
527 West High School, "Potpourri", 1959-1960
528 West High School, Faculty Procedural Manual, 1979-1980
529 Phoenix Union High School, District Documents
530 Teaching Workshop Notes, 1984
61 Slides, Mexico
62 Slides, Central Andes
63 Slides, Lorca
64 Slides, Museo Nacional de Antropología (National Museum of Anthropology)
65 Slides, Mexico City
66 Slides, Spain
67 Transparencies, Weather and Time Expressions
68 Transparencies, Basic Verbs Present Tense
69 Filmstrips and Cassette
610-11 ESL Flash Cards
71-4 ESL Flash Cards