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John Little papers

Identifier: Coll 325

Scope and Contents

The collection contains information about the Collegio Cesar Chavez at Mt. Angel, Oregon (1973-1987), and the Valley Migrant League, headquartered at Woodburn, Oregon (1965-1974). John Little played a key role in the establishment and leadership of both organizations. Files consist of financial and legal records, correspondence, manuscripts, and publications.


  • 1965-2006


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Collection is open to the public.

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Biographical / Historical

John Little was the executive director of the Valley Migrant League and one of the founding members of the Collegio Cesar Chavez in Mt. Angel, Oregon.

During the late 1960s church groups, community members, state and local government officials were concerned about the living conditions of the growing numbers of migrant workers coming to Oregon. They formed a coalition and invited farm owners, farm workers, and representatives from the Willamette Valley to serve on a board to establish an organization for migrant workers. Eventually called the Valley Migrant League, the VML was headquartered in Woodburn, Oregon, but provided services to many Oregon areas.

From its inception John Little was involved with the administration and operation of the VML. In 1967, the VML hired Little as the new executive director. Fluent in Spanish and with several years of experience working in Ecuador in community development, he was able to lead the organization toward a greater involvement of Hispanic leadership. Two years later, the VML board changed its bylaws to give more representation to farm workers, and in 1970 Frank Martinez became the organization’s first Hispanic executive director.

John Little also contributed his knowledge and experience to the founding and administration of the Collegio Cesar Chavez, the only Chicano institute of higher education in the United States from 1973 until 1981. Opening in 1973, the college closed its doors in 1987. By this time most colleges in Oregon offered a variety of higher education programs for Hispanic populations.


1.25 linear feet (3 containers)

Language of Materials



John Little served in a variety of leadership roles to help establish and operate the Colegio Cesar Chavez at Mt. Angel, Oregon, as well as the Valley Migrant League, a migrant labor organization. His collection of manuscripts, correspondence (legal and general), publications, financial records and other documents provide an in-depth perspective of both organizations.


Collection is organized into the following series:

Series I: Collegio Cesar Chavez (C.C.C.) records Series II: Correspondence Series III: Valley Migrant League Records Series IV: Subject Files and Publications

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by John Little in 2010.

Physical Description

2 manuscript boxes and 1 half manuscript box

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Partlet and Sam Bouchat.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Tanya Parlet and Sam Bouchat. Updated by Sonia De La Cruz in 2014.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the John Little Papers
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by Sam Bouchat and Lotte Duey. Updated by Sonia De La Cruz in 2014.
2011; 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA