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Fidencio Martínez papers

Identifier: IWA1330

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Scope and Contents

Fidencio Martínez papers date from 2014 to 2015 and measure 0.25 linear inches. They include newspaper articles, an oversize poster of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (Centro de Justicia Laboral), and the book Invisible Faces: Identity Portraits, relating to his community engagement work in Iowa City, Iowa.


  • Creation: 2014 - 2015

Conditions Governing Access

The papers are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by the donor has been retained by the donor.

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Biographical / Historical

Fidencio Martínez was born in Oaxaca, México. Together with his mother and siblings, they moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was seven years old. He graduated from Memphis College of Art. He was a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient which allowed him to attend college. In December 2015 Martínez graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Iowa.

In the Fall of 2013, Martínez became involved with the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (Centro de Justicia Laboral) in Iowa City, Iowa, and was a board of directors’ member the following year. He also designed their website logo. Between 2014 and 2015, together with Patricia León and Gonzalo Panilla, they led a project on photography workshops and discussions with the local Latino/x community on their daily life experiences in Iowa. The papers include the book Invisible Faces: Identity Portrays, which showcases the daily life experiences of the Latina/o/x participants through photographs and reflections.


0.25 linear inches

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) artist, activist, and co-editor of Invisible Faces: Identity Portrays.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired by the Iowa Women’s Archives in 2015 and subsequent years.

María G. Marroquín Pérez, 2023
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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

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