Democracy by Participation: The Life and Legacy of Cruz Reynoso

May 20 - Aug 31, 2022

Shields Library Lobby - Special Collections

Democracy by Participation highlights the life and career of Cruz Reynoso (1931-2021), the first Chicano Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court, former professor at the UC Davis School of Law, and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Curated by UC Davis History Ph.D student Daniel Castaneda and assisted by Bulosan Center Archivist Jason Sarmiento, this exhibit highlights Justice Reynoso’s belief in the power of increased political participation as a way to promote social justice and equity. Featuring political ephemera, court documents, and personal papers, this exhibit shines a light on not only Justice Reynoso’s personal and career history but highlights the Mexican-American social experience in California during the 20th century. 

The physical exhibit draws from the Cruz Reynoso papers and is located in the Shields Library lobby, in the display cases near Archives and Special Collections.

The finding aid for the Cruz Reynoso papers is available at the Online Archive of California: https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8ns0x5r/

For more information, please contact Jason Sarmiento, Archives and Special Collections, ajsarmiento@ucdavis.edu.

Special Collections

Daniel Castaneda

Jason Sarmiento

Reynoso at Fullerton Junior College, 1951Reynoso’s Fullerton Junior College photograph (1951)
Reynoso at Fullerton Junior College, 1951Letter Certifying Cruz Reynoso’s Admission to the California Bar (1959)
Cruz Reynoso's Private Practice business cardCruz Reynoso Business Card (c. 1963)

 

Cruz Reynoso Campaign infoCampaign flyer from Reynoso’s Campaign for the California State Assembly (1964)
Viva Pat Brown brochureBrochure for Governor Brown’s Election (1966)
Cruz Reynoso for Assembly ephemera (1964)Cruz Reynoso for Assembly ephemera (1964)
Appointment to the Supreme Court of California (1982)Appointment to the Supreme Court of California (1982)
Independent Citizen's Committee BrochureIndependent Citizen’s Committee Brochure (c. 1980s)
Congratulatory Telegram from Former Vice President Walter Mondale (1982)Congratulatory Telegram from Former Vice President Walter Mondale (1982)

 

Announcement notice for Cruz Reynoso's Appointment as Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality, 2001Announcement for Cruz Reynoso’s Appointment as Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality (2001)
King Hall Counselor, Fall 2001 IssueKing Hall Counselor, Fall 2001 Issue