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Virginia Leticia Yrun Papers 1986-1991


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Yrun, Virginia (Virginia Leticia), 1949-
Title: Virginia Leticia Yrun Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1986-1991
Quantity: 5 Boxes (5.5 Linear Feet)
Abstract:The Virginia Leticia Yrun Papers house articles, correspondence, petitions, and fund-raising material documenting Yrun's campaign bid to become the Representative for Congressional District 2. Although the collection extends from 1988 to 1991, the bulk of the material shows her campaign for Congress in 1991. The collection has been divided into four series.
Identification: MSS-128
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

Virginia Leticia Yrun was born on December 10, 1949. She earned her B.A. in Education (1973) and J.D. (1981) from the University of Arizona. She began her career as a teacher and administrator in the Green Fields County Day School in the 1970s and became the Executive Director and Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona in 1982. In 1991, she became the first Mexican American woman to campaign (albeit unsuccessfully) for the position of Congressional representative in Arizona's District 2. She brought such issues as term limitations, educational reform, and women's rights to the forefront during her campaign. Yrun retired from Planned Parenthood in 2000 and was appointed to replace State Senator Andy Nichols (who died of a heart attack while still in office) in April of 2001. She went on to serve as a founding director of the Arizona Health Policy and Law Institute before becoming the Director of Organizational Leadership for Arizona's Children Association in 2008.

Yrun has been active in a number of service organizations, including the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, the Tucson Rotary, the University of Arizona Women's Study Advisory Council, the Arizona Women Lawyers Association, and the Tucson Committee on Foreign Relations. She has also been named a National Program Fellow by the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), in Washington, D.C. The Institute is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to create a national network of Hispana leaders.

Yrun married Howard Shore (1948-) in 1988 and the couple has two children.

Scope and Content Note

The Virginia Leticia Yrun Papers house articles, correspondence, petitions, and fund-raising material documenting Yrun's campaign bid to become the Representative for Congressional District 2. Although the collection extends from 1988 to 1991, the bulk of the material shows her campaign for Congress in 1991. The collection has been divided into four series.

Series I: Campaign Documents consists of the texts to various speeches, campaign pamphlets, and organizational material showing Yrun's election staff. Files on local politics include newspaper articles on various Arizona issues, a listing of political action committees in the state, and the legislation for various bills. A smaller sub-group consists of Yrun's own financial reports and her plans for financing her election bid.

Series II: Domestic Issues houses a variety of articles on issues ranging from budget to health care reform. Yrun used these articles to establish her platform for candidacy. Sources vary from Congressional reports to newspapers.

Series III: Arizona Issues documents Yrun's district in Tucson. Included are a report on Tucson Electric Power (TEP) and the energy supply in Arizona and articles concerning economic growth in Arizona.

Series IV: International Affairs is composed of articles dealing with international issues and Yrun's concerns with the changing position of women in the Middle East. These articles examine women's effects on the peace process in the Middle Eastern region as they begin to provide a greater voice in the politics of the area.


This collection consists of five boxes divided into four series:
Series I: Campaign Documents
Sub-Series A: Yrun Campaign
Sub-Series B: Local Politics
Sub-Series C: Candidate File
Sub-Series D: Financial Papers
Series II: Domestic Issues
Series III: Arizona Issues
Series IV: International Affairs


Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available Monday through Friday. Check the ASU Library Hours page for current availability.


The Arizona Board of Regents retains copyright to this collection for and on behalf of the Arizona State University Library. Requests to publish, display, or redistribute information from this collection must be submitted via our online application.

Related Material

Interested researchers may wish to consult "Biography of Virginia Yrun" (CB BIO YRU, VIR) for biographical information regarding Virginia Yrun.

Several videotapes, cassettes, and photos were removed from the collection.

Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Yrun, Virginia (Virginia Leticia), 1949-.

Corporate Name(s)
Planned Parenthood of Southern Arizona.
Tucson Electric Power Company.
United States. Congress -- Elections, 1991.

Geographic Name(s)
Arizona -- Economic conditions.
United States -- Appropriations and expenditures.

Budget deficits -- United States.
Medical care -- Law and legislation -- United States.
Medical policy -- United States.
Mexican American women -- Arizona.
Mexican American women politicians -- Arizona.
Political campaigns -- Arizona.
Women -- Middle East -- Social conditions.
Women -- Political activity -- Arizona.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Virginia Leticia Yrun Papers, MSS-128, Arizona State University Library.


Virginia Yrun donated these papers to the Chicano Research Collection in 1992 (ACC# 1992-00573)

Container List

Series I: Campaign Documents
Sub-Series A: Yrun Campaign
11 Archival Photos of Virginia Yrun, Undated
12 Campaign Lists, Undated
13 Virginia Yrun Campaign Pamphlets, 1991
14 Candidacy Press Releases, 1991
15 Correspondence to Constituents, 1991
16 Election Papers, 1991
17 Event Attendance Sheets, 1991
18 FDR Services, 1991
19 Field Guide, Undated
110 IMPAC '91 List, 1991
111 Invitation Samples, 1991
112 La Posada Del Ville: Finance Committee Phone Scripts, Undated
113 Letters to Virginia Yrun, 1991
114 Nomination Petition, 1991
115 Campaign Originals, 1991
116 Petitions for Nomination, 1991
117 Planned Parenthood Board Scripts, Undated
118 Planned Parenthood Calls, 1991
119 Platform Papers, 1991
120 Poll Survey, 1991
121 Pro Net List, 1991
122 Realtor's Speech, 1991
123 Rotary Foundation, 1991
124 Speech Text, 1991
21 Term Limitation, 1991
22 Virginia Yrun Campaign Letters, 1991
23 Campaign Material, 1991
24 Virginia Yrun Election Articles, 1991
25 Virginia Yrun Magazines on Latin American Issues, 1991
26 Virginia Yrun Platform Papers, 1991
27 Virginia Yrun Platform Papers, 1991
28 Volunteer/Donation Sheets, 1991
29 Volunteer List, Undated
210 Women in Politics, 1991
211 Yrun Mailings, 1991
Sub-Series B: Local Politics
212 Congressional District #2 Campaign, 1991
213 Newspaper Clip File, 1991
214 Deputy Registrar, 1988
215 PAC list, 1991
216 Political Outlines, 1991
217 Candidate File, 1991
218 Carole Carpenter, 1988
Sub-Series C: Candidate File
219 Date Book, 1991
Sub-Series D: Financial Papers
31 Finance Plans Memo, 1991
32 Finance Report, 1991
33 Yrun for Congress Finance Plan, 1991
Series II: Domestic Issues
34 Banking S and L, 1989-1990
35 Brady Bill, 1991
36 Budget, 1991
37 Budget Documents, 1991
38 Children, 1991
39 Choice, 1991
310 Civil Rights Bill, 1991
311 Crime and Drugs, 1991
312 Defense Issues, 1991
313 Defense Spending Notes, 1991
314 Domestic Policy Misc., 1991
315 Domestic Trade Issues, 1991
316 Education, 1991
317 Environment, 1991
318 Environment, 1991
41 F.H.A. - V.A., 1988
42 Free Trade, 1991
43 The North American FTA: Will it Really be that Good?, 1991
44 Free Trade Agreement Papers: AFL-CIO Views, 1991
45 Free Trade Agreement Papers, 1991
46 Health Care: Newspaper Articles, 1991
47 Health Care: Medical Organizations, 1991
48 Health Care: Nation's Health, 1988
49 Health Care: American College of Health Care Executives, 1991
410 Health Issues, 1991
411 Human Rights Campaign Fund, 1991
412 In Progress-Speeches and Notes, l991
413 Issues on the Blind, 1991
51 Labor, 1991
52 Labor Papers: AFL-CIO and Various Unions, 1990
53 Mexican American Issues, 1991
54 Political Issues, 1991
55 Poverty, 1991
56 Supreme Court, 1991
57 Women's Issues, 1991
Series III: Arizona Issues
58 At the Brink - 8 Day Series on TEP, 1991
59 Economic Papers, 1991
Series IV: International Affairs
510 Foreign Policy, 1991
511 Middle East and Women, 1991