Vicente S. Acosta papers, 1947-1983

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Vicente S. Acosta papers, 1947-1983

SWF 006


Collection Summary

Creator: Acosta, Vicente S., 1918-1983
Collection Name:Papers of Vicente S. Acosta,
Inclusive Dates: 1947-1983
Physical Description:5 linear feet
Abstract:The Papers of Vicente S. Acosta contains professional correspondence, manuscripts and essays, research materials, and audio tapes documenting Acosta's interests in the Spanish language, folk songs and folklore and Southwestern United States and Mexican culture.
Collection Number:SWF 006
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Biographical Note

Vicente S. Acosta was born in 1918. He taught Spanish and served as chair of the Spanish department at Santa Rita High School in Tucson, Arizona. He developed an interest in numerous elements of Southwestern folklore, such as folksongs, herbal remedies, and the way the people of the region used the Spanish language in their everyday speech and communication. Acosta received a B.A. degree from the University of Arizona. He served as a member of the University's Folklore Committee in the 1940s and 1950s, and earned an M.A. degree from the University in 1951. Acosta continued collecting folklore materials and conducting research throughout his career as a teacher, focusing most of his collecting activities and investigations on folksongs and corridos. Acosta died in 1983.


Scope and Content Note

Papers, 1947-1983, of Tucson, Arizona, Spanish teacher and folklorist, Vicente Sanchez Acosta (1918-1983). Contains professional correspondence, manuscripts and essays, research materials, and audio tapes documenting Acosta's interests in the Spanish language, folk songs and folklore and Southwestern United States and Mexican culture.

The collection includes professional correspondence between Acosta and his colleagues and informants on topics related to his interests in Spanish-language songs and song forms, Spanish personal names and nicknames, and herbal remedies. Also included are copies of Acosta's essays and presentations, as well as several drafts of his M.A. thesis, one of which includes manuscript corrections. The collection also includes audiotapes made by Acosta as he conducted his research. Some tapes include song performances discussed in his master's thesis; others contain recordings of spoken Spanish which he used in his research on the Spanish language and its spoken characteristics.

The final accepted version of Acosta's University of Arizona M.A. thesis is located in the Main and Special Collections libraries, at call number E 9791 1951 1.


Organization

This collection is organized into four series:

Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

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)
Acosta, Vicente Sanchez, 1918-

Subject(s)
Corridos
Folk songs, Spanish -- Southwest, New
Folklore -- Mexico
Folklore -- Southwest, New
Folklorists -- Arizona -- Tucson -- Archives
Herbs -- Folklore
Herbs -- Therapeutic use
Names, Personal -- Arizona -- Tucson
Names, Spanish -- Arizona -- Tucson
Spanish language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc.
Spanish language -- Slang
Teachers -- Arizona -- Tucson -- Archives

Genre Form(s)
Correspondence


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Vicente S. Acosta papers (SWF 006). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series I: Correspondence, 1963-1978
Professional correspondence between Acosta and his colleagues and informants on topics related to his interests in Spanish-language songs and song forms, Spanish surnames, and herbal remedies.
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11 Correspondence. , 1963-1978
Series II: Publications and Essays, 1950-1983
Published and unpublished papers, essays and talks given by Acosta on Spanish-language songs, ballads and corridos, Spanish slang and word play, and herbal remedies and folklore. Includes Spanish-English glossaries for medical and educational vocabularies, early drafts of his works on Spanish surnames, Ibero-American Roots of Tucson, Arizona and Raices Ibero-Americanas de Tucson, Arizona. Includes two drafts, one with manuscript corrections, and a transcript of the field recordings of his University of Arizona M.A. thesis, Some Surviving Aspects of Spanish Folklore in Arizona. The transcript of tape recordings is dated 1962.
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12 Some Surviving Elements of Spanish Folklore in Arizona (M.A. thesis draft with manuscript corrections). , 1950
13 Some Surviving Elements of Spanish Folklore in Arizona (M.A. thesis draft; no title page; incomplete). , 1951?
14 Some Surviving Elements of Spanish Folklore in Arizona (transcript of recordings used in M.A. thesis [?]). , 1962
15 The Spanish Ballad in Arizona History. , 1963
16 Hipocorísticos y sobrenombres. , 1967?
17 Some Remedies Collected from Oral Tradition and Some Remedies Collected Through Herb Stores . , 1967
18 Some Remedies Collected from Oral Tradition and Some Remedies Collected Through Herb Stores [another copy]. , 1967
19 Homenaje al Sr. Guadalupe Armenta . , 1972
110 Homenaje al Sr. Guadalupe Armenta [another copy]. , 1972
111 A Dental Glossary: English-Spanish . , 1976
112 A Spanish-English Glossary of Educational Terminology Used in Mexican Schools . , 1978
113 Ibero-American roots of Tucson, Arizona . , 1978
114 Raices Ibero-Americanas de Tucson, Arizona . , 1978
115 Origin and meaning of Ibero-American surnames in Tucson, Arizona . , 1983
116 Untitled essay on corridos. , No Date
117 Léxico fronterizo de Arizona . , No Date
118 El romance español y el corrido mexicano . , No Date
Series III: Research and Field Notes, 1947-circa.1983
Research notes and materials used by Acosta for his study of the Spanish language, Spanish language and slang, and folklore, including herbal remedies.
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119 "Vocabulario de la poesia Gauchesca ..."
120 Spanish word play.
121 Mexican proverbs; "refranes y dichos mexicanos."
122 "Algunos horrores de paulabrous spawniolas [sic]." , 1978
123 Glossaries: baseball, "fraces y palabras parlamentarias," legal. , 1980
124 Herbal remedies. , 1966-1974
125-26 Dance directions. , 1953-1956
127 Bibliographies.
128 Estudio paremiológico.
129 Miscellaneous folklore notes. , 1950-1951
130 Notes for Ibero-American roots of Tucson, Arizona . , 1978
131 Notes for Hipocorísticos y sobrenombres.
132-34 Notes for Origin and meaning of Ibero-American surnames in Tucson, Arizona .
135 "Spanish folklore collection of Vincente [sic] Acosta, Tucson, Arizona."
136 La Llorona; la sirena.
137 Oversized illustration for Raices Ibero-Americanas de Tucson, Arizona.
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21 Romances.
22 "Revolution songs," and folksongs from my thesis; Paco Río, etc.
23 Lyrics for corridos, etc. 1977
24 Survival of Spanish folklore in Arizona; notes and transcripts of corridos. 1947-1948
25 "Yo no me caso, compadre;" other folksongs.
26 Spanish-language song books. 1950s
27 Corridos por el Señor Torres. June 1978
28 Notecards with notes on the origins of Spanish surnames.
29 Listing of Vicente Acosta tape reels.
Series IV: Audio Materials, 1964-1967
Audio tape recordings of interviews, field recordings, and recordings of Spanish songs used by Acosta in his research on songs and the Spanish language. This series includes Acosta’s tape recordings used in the creation of his University of Arizona M.A. thesis. Two sets of eleven tape reels are labeled as thesis tapes, both with roman numeral designations. For purposes of arrangement, the folders for the second series are identified with the roman numeral found on the tape containers, followed by the letter "B" to designate them as the second series.
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31 "The Spanish Ballad in Arizona History: Songs of José Lisorio and El Merino" (Paper submitted to the Arizona Historical Association).
32 Entrevista, 22 Jan. 1967: Spanish nicknames; sobrenombres. January 22, 1967
33 Platica de Sr. José Fierros y Sr. José Felix; cuentos de Don Cocahuate; corridos, etc. for linguistic study. February 1967
34 Platica José Fierros, Ruben Camacho (Gardener's). March 1967
35 Entrevista Oct. 1966: remedios Ch. Seros; Platica del remedio del yerba. , October 1966
36 Short sentences; occlusive "B"; Gardener's talk (U of A).
37 Peru and Venezuela; Irel Urreiztiera.
38 Apr. '67, José Fierros; "El tragareces"; Charrai "Cup of coffee." April 1967
39 El romance y el corrido: conference given to folklore class.
310 Program on KUAT, Channel 6. January 14, 1964
311-21 Thesis I-XI.
322-24 Thesis I-III B.
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41 Thesis III-IV B.
42 Thesis IV-V B.
43-6 Thesis IV [sic]-VII B.
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51 Thesis VII-VIII B.
52 Thesis IX-X B.
53 Thesis XI B.
54 Romances; corridos; songs from the "thesis" (in order of their appearance in the book).