Armando Ruiz Papers 1987-1989

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Armando Ruiz Papers 1987-1989


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Ruiz, Armando, 1957-.
Title: Armando Ruiz Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1987-1989
Quantity: 1 Box (0.25 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Armando Ruiz Papers are comprised of correspondence, notes, newsclippings, and other miscellaneous items relating to Proposition 106 and the Arizona English Coalition from 1987-1989.
Identification: MSS-73
Language: Material in English.
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Chicano Research Collection
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Biographical Note

Armando Ruiz represented District 23 in the Arizona House of Representatives. He was born in Lordsburg, New Mexico in 1957 and raised in Arizona. He is a graduate of the Brophy Preparatory High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Loyola Marymount University.

Ruiz was elected to the Arizona House of Representatives in 1981, the youngest Mexican-American legislator ever elected in the state of Arizona. He served on the following House committees: Judiciary, Rules, Transportation, and Ways and Means.

Ruiz' primary occupation is in real estate development, but he is also involved in a number of community endeavors, including the Wesley Community Center, the Memorial Family Health Center, St. Mary's Food Bank and the Brophy College Prep Board of Regents. His interests in political issues include equitable funding for education of at-risk students and lessening Arizona's dependency on sales tax. Although he is dedicated to several goals, his principle devotion is "to educate the young so they will have opportunities to better themselves, yet not forget the teachings of the elderly and the traditions of their culture". When the English Only Movement devised Proposition 106 to make English the only official language of Arizona, Representative Ruiz spearheaded the political campaign to defeat the initiative and established himself as a voice for equality and justice for ethnic and racial minorities in Arizona.

Scope and Content Note

The Armando Ruiz Papers are comprised of correspondence, notes, newsclippings, and other miscellaneous items relating to Proposition 106 and the Arizona English Coalition from 1987-1989. The bulk of the collection concerns the work of the Arizona English coalition and the efforts of Representative Ruiz to stop the English Only movement in Arizona and to defeat the passage of Proposition 106, known as the English Only Law.

The correspondence in this collection is composed of letters to Ruiz from prominent Democrats, local organizations and individuals in support of the Arizona English Coalition's attempts to defeat Proposition 106. The Arizona English coalition file includes correspondence, press releases, a statement of purpose, meeting agendas and minutes produced by the organization. The file also contains copies of a proposed Arizona constitutional amendment, house resolution and legislation as well as lists of speakers, panelists and participants at an Arizona English National Symposium.

The organizations file consists of correspondence, agendas, minutes, newsletters and position statements from a number of local groups such as Arizonans Against Constitutional Tampering and the No on 106 Committee, and national groups including English Plus and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. The miscellaneous newspaper articles include clippings regarding Proposition 106 from newspapers in Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Tucson and Globe. The miscellaneous notes file contains notes on a number of organizational meetings and lists of volunteers and supporters.

The miscellaneous documents include a case file on an English Only initiative in Florida, a resolution of the San Carlos Apache Tribe against Proposition 106 and a number of other documents in favor of and opposed to the Arizona initiative. The file also contains Ruiz' resolution proposed in the Arizona House of Representatives entitled "Official Policy of English Literacy".


This collection consists of six folders.


Access Restrictions

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Arizona State University does not own the copyright to this collection. We recognize that it is incumbent upon the researcher to procure permission to publish information from this collection from the owner of the copyright.

Access Terms

Corporate Name(s)
Arizona English Coalition.
Arizonans Against Constitutional Tampering.
English Plus Information Clearinghouse (U.S.).
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
San Carlos Apache Tribe of the San Carlos Reservation, Arizona.

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Politics and government.

Arizona English National Symposium.
English language -- Political aspects -- Arizona.
English language -- Social aspects -- Arizona.
English-only movement -- Arizona.
Legislators -- Arizona -- Archives.
Mexican Americans -- Arizona -- Politics and government.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Armando Ruiz Papers, MSS-73, Arizona State University Library.


The Armando Ruiz Papers were given to the Chicano Research Collection by Representative Ruiz in 1989 (ACC# 89-129).

Container List

11 Correspondence, 1987-1989
12 Arizona English Coalition, 1987-1988
13 Organizations, 1987-1988
14 Newspaper Clippings, 1987-1988
15 Miscellaneous Notes, 1988, Undated
16 Miscellaneous Documents, 1987-1988