Frank O. Sotomayor Collection 1943-2004

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Frank O. Sotomayor Collection 1943-2004

MS 599


Collection Summary

Creator: Frank O. Sotomayor
Collection Name Frank O. Sotomayor Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1943-2004
Physical Description:2 linear feet
AbstractThis collection includes University of Arizona materials, photographs from Sotomayor’s time as a Arizona Daily Wildcat journalist, materials related to the Maynard Institute, newspaper clippings, copies of The Verde Independent independently run by students from Cottonwood, Arizona, and other student run newspapers. Materials also include some of Mr. Sotomayor’s awards, his scholastic endeavors, and other publications. Included is a copy of Southern California’s Latino Community: A Series of Articles Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, the series of articles that won his team the Pulitzer Prize in 1984.
Collection NumberMS 599
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/
E-Mail: LBRY-askspcoll@email.arizona.edu

Biographical Note

UA Alum and Tucson High School Class of 1962 graduate, Frank Sotomayor is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist for the Los Angeles Times.

Sotomayor grew up in Barrio Hollywood and attended Davis Elementary and John Spring Junior High prior to attending Tucson High School. At Tucson High, he worked on the Cactus Chronicle and served as a sports editor. During his senior year, he worked as a sports correspondent for the Arizona Daily Star while continuing his work with the Cactus Chronicle.

During his time at the University of Arizona, Mr. Sotomayor worked for the Arizona Daily Wildcat as a reporter and from 1965-66 was the Editor in Chief, during the last year that the paper was linked to the journalism department. He also received the Donald Still Award for service to the Arizona Daily Wildcat. Upon graduation, he received a degree in journalism and was named outstanding male graduate of the Class of 1966. In 1966, Sotomayor received the Robert Nugent Award. He was inducted into the Arizona Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame in 1971.

Sotomayor earned a fellowship to Stanford University and received a master’s in communication in 1967. During his time at Stanford, he worked as a reporter and copy editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer. In August 1968 he married Meri Finnerty Sotomayor, a 1967 graduate of the UA journalism program. From 1985-86, he worked closely with the Harvard University upon winning the Neiman Fellowship. Sotomayor then did a tour with the Army where he was the editor and a reporter with the Pacific Starts and Stripes in Tokyo. Upon his return in 1970, he began working with the Los Angeles Times.

In 1974, Sotomayor and his wife Meri Finnerty co-authored “Para Los Ninos: Mejorando la Educacion para los Mexicoamericanos” (“For the Children: Improving Education for Mexican Americans”), a report about education for Mexican-Americans. The title was published by the US Commission for Civil Rights.

Sotomayor co-founded the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA) in 1976. The CCNMA is a non-profit, professional organization that promotes diversity in news media by providing encouragement, scholarships, and educational programs for Latinos pursuing careers in journalism. The group provides education and financial assistance, helps with job placement for journalism students, offers professional training, and monitors coverage of communities of color to ensure it is accurate and fair.

One year later in 1977, Sotomayor co-founded the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, which promotes diversity in the news media through improved coverage, hiring, business practices and training programs. The institute began as a volunteer project with only nine working journalists.

In 1978, Sotomayor worked alongside the Friends of Journalism, which sought to keep the UA Journalism Department from closing. The group successfully helped to keep the Journalism Department open. Sotomayor also served on the board of advisors at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism for two years.

In 1983, Sotomayor was a writer and co-editor, alongside Frank del Olmo and George Ramos, that produced a 278-part series on Latinos in Southern California. The series urged readers to see Latinos as more than just stereotypes. The series won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

In 1998, Sotomayor received the Centennial Achievement Award from the University of Arizona, followed by induction into the Hall of Fame in 2002. That same year, he was named to the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.


Scope and Content Note

This collection includes University of Arizona materials, photographs from Sotomayor’s time as an Arizona Daily Wildcat journalist, materials related to the Maynard Institute, newspaper clippings, copies of The Verde Independent independently run by students from Cottonwood, Arizona, and other student run newspapers. Materials also include some of Mr. Sotomayor’s awards, his scholastic endeavors, and other publications. Included is a copy of Southern California’s Latino Community: A Series of Articles Reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, the series of articles that won his team the Pulitzer Prize in 1984. The materials in this collection have been divided into nine series, which includes eight subseries of different newspapers Sotomayor worked with prior to his time at the Los Angeles Times.


Arrangement

This collection is organized into 9 series.

Restrictions

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on this collection.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Olmo, Frank del.
Ramos, George.
Sotomayor, Frank.

Corporate Name(s)
Los Angeles Times (Firm).
Tucson High School (Tucson, Ariz.).
University of Arizona.

Geographic Name(s)
Los Angeles (Cali.).
Tucson (Ariz.).

Subject(s)
California, Southern -- Social life and customs.
College student newspapers and periodicals.
Hispanic Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Hispanic Americans -- California, Southern -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Journalism.
Mexican Americans -- California -- Los Angeles -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Mexican Americans -- California, Southern -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Mexican Americans -- Education .
Pulitzer Prizes.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Frank Sotomayor Collections (MS 599). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.

Processing History

Processed by Michelle Nicole Boyer-Kelly.


Container List

Series I Davis Elementary School, 1950-1953
This series includes childhood souvenir Valentine’s Day cards from the 2nd-3rd grade and a photograph of Frank Sotomayor’s 3rd grade class at Davis School.
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11 Photocopy of Frank Sotomayor’s 3rd grade class, Davis Elementary, 1953
12 Valentine’s Day souvenir cards from 2nd-3rd grade at Davis Elementary, undated
13 Roskruge Junior High School booklet, 1950-1951
Series II Tucson High School, 1957-1958
This series includes a certificate of merit from the High School Fine Arts Summer Session hosted by the University of Arizona in 1958 and one pamphlet from the program. Frank Sotomayor attended with a scholarship from John Springs Faculty. The series also includes souvenir booklets and pamphlets from events Sotomayor attended as a high school reporter.
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14 Miscellaneous souvenir booklet and letter from Triangle Y Camp, undated
15 Santa Margarita Church souvenir dedication pamphlet, January 20th, 1957
16 High School Fine Arts Summer Session, 1958
Series III University of Arizona, 1962-1966
This series includes materials collected by Frank Sotomayor during his time at the University of Arizona. Items include programs, personal notebooks, ephemera, sports tickets, registration information, and convocation and commencement announcements.
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17 UA Orientation Week Program, September 10-15th, 1962
18 UA Visitor’s Guide, undated
19 UA ROTC personal notebook, 1962
110 UA Student Handbooks for Academic Years, 1962-63, 1965-66, 1966-67
111 UA Regular Session Course Offerings, First semester, 1962-1963
112 UA Campus Calendar, First semester, 1962-1963
113 UA Student Union Memorial Building pamphlet, 1962-1963
114 UA postcard, sticker decal, and Kitten Klues pamphlet , 1965-1966
115 UA Student Schedule receipts and tickets issued, 1962-1964
116 UA Track and Field Meet schedule vs. Los Angeles State, April 5th, 1963
117 UA Sports tickets to UA vs. ASU football, November 27th, 1965
118 UA springs sports program, 1971
119 UA sports “Traditions 108” button pin, undated
120 UA Arizona Daily Wildcat market pamphlet, 1965-1966
121 UA Arizona Daily Wildcat Editor files, 1965-1966
122 UA City of Tucson statement of earnings and deductions, July 1965
123 UA Honors Convocation Programs, December 1st, 1965
124 UA Commencement ceremonies announcement, June 1966
Series IV Maynard Institute, ca. 2008
This series includes one publication, “History of Maynard Institute,” authored by Frank Sotomayor. Some of the photographs in the publication are attributed to Sotomayor’s wife, Meri.
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125 “History of Maynard Institute” by Frank O. Sotomayor, ca. 2008
Series V Newspaper Clippings, 1963-1999
This series includes newspaper clippings from Sotomayor’s career prior to his work with the Los Angeles Times. These newspapers have been organized chronologically and are divided into separate subseries.
Subseries 1 The University Review, 1963
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126 The University Review, 1963
Subseries 2 The Verde Independent, 1965
A UA Journalism class on community newspapers would produce a weekly paper in the spring. In 1965, Sotomayor was part of the class that wrote and edited the Verde Independent in Cottonwood, Arizona.
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127 The Verde Independent, 1965
Subseries 3 Arizona Daily Wildcat, 1962-1965
Includes articles and editorial pieces from Frank Sotomayor during his time at the Arizona Daily Wildcat, which at the time was house within the UA Journalism Department.
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128 Arizona Daily Wildcat, 1962
129 Arizona Daily Wildcat, 1963
130 Arizona Daily Wildcat, 1964
131 Arizona Daily Wildcat, 1965
132 Arizona Daily Wildcat, 1966
Subseries 4 Tucson Daily Citizen, 1965-1966
While attending the University of Arizona, Sotomayor contributed to the Tucson Daily Citizen as a correspondent. This subseries includes some of his published work.
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133 Tucson Daily Citizen, 1965
134 Tucson Daily Citizen, 1966
Subseries 5 Arizona Daily Star, 1966
While attending the University of Arizona, Sotomayor contributed to the Arizona Daily Star as a correspondent. This subseries includes some of his published work.
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135 Arizona Daily Star, 1966
Subseries 6 The Frumious Bandersnatch, 1966
A humor newspaper that served the University of Arizona campus.
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136 The Frumious Bandersnatch, 1966
Subseries 7 The Editing Program for Minority Journalists, El Independiente, 1980-1999
The Institute for Journalism and the University of Arizona announced a program to prepare minority journalists for editing jobs in the daily newspaper industry. The program was conducted at the University of Arizona’s Journalism Department and enrolled ten minority journalism professionals in an intense practical course of training for seven weeks from June through August. The faculty included experienced editors from daily papers throughout the country and also operated a summer program for minority journalists through the University of California and a nation job network for minority journalists in Washington. The program became known as the Editing Program for Minority Journalists, which helped to edit both El Independiente and Headline.
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137 Editing Program for Minority Journalists, miscellaneous documents, 1980-1999
138 El Independiente, 1980
139 Headline, 1982-1990
Series VI Photographs, 1959-1966
This series includes photographs taken by Frank Sotomayor and others for his early journalism work. Photographs have been separated by date, subject, and title where applicable.
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140 Undated photographs from the Arizona Daily Wildcat, undated
141 Photos taken at Old Tucson of Frank and Meri, 1959-1960
142 Tucson Rodeo Parade, 1960
143 Wildcat backfield, 1962
144 UA basketball players ready to travel, 1964-1965
145 Homecoming Parade in Downtown Tucson, 1964-1965
146 Arizona Daily Wildcat photos, 1965
147 Arizona Daily Wildcat photos by Sotomayor and Spragne, 1965-1966
148 Arizona Daily Wildcat photos by Garry Morris, 1966
Series VII Awards, 1961-2003
This series includes various awards that Frank O. Sotomayor received throughout his career. They are arranged by date.
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149 Senior Day, Admission to University of Arizona, 1961
150 Phi Eta Sigma scholarship, 1963
151 University Scholar Honors, 1963
152 Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps Leadership School, 1964
153 Eugene Pullman Journalism Scholar, 1964-1965
154 Sigma Delta Chi Professional Journalism Society, 1964
155 University of Oklahoma School of Journalism Field Study in Peru, 1965
156 Undergraduate Award for a Personal Library, 1965-1966
157 Who’s Who Among Students, 1965-1966
158 Bobcat’s Men’s Night, 1966
159 Nugent Award, 1966
160 Senior Class Breakfast, 1966
161 Sigma Delta Chi’s Outstanding Male Graduate in Journalism, 1966
162 UA Alumni Association, Distinguished Citizen Award, 1985
163 UA Alumni Association, Centennial Achievement, 1988
164 Arizona Daily Wildcat Hall of Fame, 2001
165 Arizona Daily Wildcat Alumni Hall of Fame, 2003
Series VIII Pulitzer Prize Exhibit, 2004
This series contains information pertaining to an exhibit series entitled “20 Years after the Pulitzer.” The series includes exhibit information from the University of Arizona Special Collections Library, symposium information, dinner information, and a discussion at the Arizona Daily Star.
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166 Special Collections exhibit photographs and summary, 2004
167 “20 Years after the Pulitzer” symposium documents, pamphlets, and photos, 2004
168 Symposium dinner summary and photographs, 2004
169 Symposium Arizona Daily Star discussion photographs, 2004
Series IX Publications, 1972-2004
This series contains publications authored and co-authored by Frank O. Sotomayor. These publications include both English and Spanish versions of “Para los Ninos” and two copies of a text on Frank del Olmo.
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170 “Adios Amigos” Manzo Area Council Newsletter 1972
171 “Para los Ninos” in English 1974
172 “Para los Ninos” in Spanish 1974
173 Southern California’s Latino Community: a series of articles reprinted from the Los Angeles Times, 1983
174 Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times, paperback, 2004
175 Frank del Olmo: Commentaries on His Times, hardcover, 2004