Citizens Concerned About Central America Records

Identifier: 2001-02

Scope and Contents

The Citizens Concerned About Central America Records include newspaper clippings, articles, reports, photos, letters, pamphlets, newsletters, and other materials. Some records extend beyond interest in Central America to the Soviet Union, South Africa, amnesty, and general resistance. CCACA worked closely with community organizations such as the Christic Institution, Nicaragua Network, Pledge of Resistance, Witness for Peace, ACLU, and other groups.


  • 1981-1990


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

Beginning in 1984, the Citizens Concerned About Central America (CCACA) organized to raise awareness of the regional conflicts in Central America, especially Nicaragua and Guatemala. CCACA organized meetings and events at local community centers in the Reno-Sparks area and supported sister cities elsewhere. In addition to community based organization, individual members wrote letters to the editor and articles for local publications, as well as monetary donations and distribution of information collected by the CCACA or other groups. Group activity focused on community forums, protests, public demonstrations, and events promoting activist work, affinity groups, speakers, and films. Group activity peaked from 1986-1988, and activism halted shortly after the end of the war in Nicaragua in 1990.


2.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

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Citizens Concerned About Central America (CCACA) was a peace-promoting organization from the mid 1980s to early 1990s, primarily focused on promoting human rights and protesting US involvement in Central America as part of a broader humanitarian aid and anti-war campaign. Materials cover the reports, events, and publications of CCACA, sister cities, and cross interest groups from 1982-1990. Activities included letter-writing and petition campaigns, community forums, and sponsorship of relevant speakers and films, as well as controversial public demonstrations and protests.


Arranged without hierarchy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Lorraine Highsmith in August 2001.

Guide to the Citizens Concerned About Central America Records
Lauren Baker and Ian McGlory
February 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno Nevada 89557-0322 USA
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