Mexican American/Latin@ Manuscript Collections
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Yolanda Alaniz Papers, 1971-
Written works, biographical materials, feminist publications and memorabilia, and materials about political or sexual discrimination cases make up the papers of labor organizer, feminist, and journalist Yolanda Alaniz.
- Cristóbal Aldrete Papers, 1936-1991
The papers of Cristóbal P. Aldrete, lawyer, federal appointee, and Mexican American rights advocate, document his personal and professional life through biographical material, correspondence, printed materials, photographs, and creative works.
Alien Children Education Litigation Transcripts, 1975-1980
Consists of transcripts of a court case challenging the Texas law which excluded illegal alien children from public schools.
Alurista Papers, 1968-1979
Written works, including poems, essays, articles, scripts, notes, and outlines by Chicano poet, essayist, and activist Alurista (Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia).
Theodore Andersson Bilingual Education Collection, 1937-1981
Articles, conference materials, curricula materials, and legislation on bilingual education collected by educator and language specialist Theodore Andersson.
Erasmo and Sally Andrade Papers, 1931-1994
News clippings, correspondence, written works, and employment records document the lives and activities of Latino activists Erasmo and Sally J. Andrade.
Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa Papers, 1942-2004
The personal papers of Chicana theorist and feminist Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, author of Borderlands/La Frontera include correspondence, written works, audio tape interviews, reviews, clippings, photographs, posters, artwork, and collected materials.
Lalo Astol Collection, 1879-1982
A memoir, photographs, and promptbooks document the life and career of San Antonio, Texas, actor and Spanish-language radio and television personality Lalo Astol.
Joe J. Bernal Papers, 1942-1981
Personal papers of legislator, social worker, and Mexican American civil rights advocate Joe J. Bernal. Includes campaign literature, correspondence, legislation, publications, reports, speeches, ephemera, memorabilia, photographs, and audiovisual material.
Irene I. Blea Papers, 1977-
Personal papers of poet and sociologist Dr. Irene Blea.
Juan Bruce-Novoa Papers, 1973-
Literary manuscripts and recordings of author Juan Bruce-Novoa.
Mario Cantú Papers, 1957-1998
The collection is comprised of the personal papers of restaurant owner and Chicano civil rights activist Mario Cantú. Cantú was born in San Antonio, Texas and spent most of his life and career there.
José A. Cárdenas Papers and Records of the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), 1960-1998
Correspondence, subject files, reports, and organizational files of José A. Cárdenas, Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) and its predecessor Texans for Educational Excellence (TEE) relating to court cases on Texas school financing and bilingual education.
Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Papers, 1960-2007
The personal and professional papers of Mexican American physician, educator, and civil rights advocate Dr. Ramiro R. Casso. Correspondence, speeches and testimonies, awards, newspaper clippings, and research material document Casso's career as a family physician and educator in McAllen, Texas and his involvement in organizations such as the Texas Board of Health, South Texas Community College, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Carlos Castañeda Papers, ca. 1520-1960
Personal and biographical materials (1911-1960), Correspondence (1920-1958), Literary Productions (1924-1958), Activities and Organizations (1428-1958), Collected Materials (1497-1958), and Audiovisual Materials comprise the papers of Carlos E. Castañeda. Associated with The University of Texas from 1920-1958 as a student, as head of the library's Latin American Collection, and as a history professor. Also served as superintendent of schools in San Felipe ISD in Del Rio, Texas, and with the U.S. Fair Employment Practices Commission.
Eustasio Cepeda Collection, 1907-1987
Personal papers of Central Texas community activist Eustacio Cepeda (on microfilm and photocopies).
Rita Chávez Art Slides, 1983-1986
20 slide reproductions of artwork by Washington state based Mexican American artist Rita Chavez.
- Cine Las Américas Records, 1997-
Archive documenting Cine Las Americas and its International Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and films exhibited at the festival.
Coperación Records, 1976-1978
Consists of articles of incorporation, draft of by-laws, minutes, agenda, correspondence, and a review of a funding proposal.
- Sam Coronado Papers, 1970-
Personal and professional archives of artist, printmaker, and teacher Sam Coronado of Coronado Studio, Austin, Texas.
Martha Cotera Papers, 1964-
Personal papers of Austin, Texas, writer and activist Martha Cotera.
Abelardo Delgado Papers, 1958-
Personal papers of poet, author, and community organizer Abelardo "Lalo" Delgado.
Development Assistance for Rehabilitation Records, 1973-1983
Photocopies of organization records of the Austin, Texas, based Development Assistance for Rehabilitation.
Gerald P. Doyle Collection of "Calligraphy on the Spanish Borderlands", 1975-1997
Manuscript drafts, a published catalog, correspondence, printed material, and photographic negatives of the Beaumont Art Museum exhibit "Calligraphy on the Spanish Borderlands" curated by Gerald P. Doyle.
Economy Furniture Company Strike Collection, 1968-1972
Legal papers, correspondence, minutes, agendas, printed materials, clippings, photographs, and memorabilia document the strike and other efforts of the Upholsterers' International Union (UIU) Local No. 456 to win collective bargaining rights at the Economy Furniture Company plant in Austin, Texas, from 1968-1972. The non-violent efforts of workers to win union recognition and a signed contract ended in 1971 after a two-and-a-half-year strike also known as the the "Austin Chicano Huelga."
Eleuterio Escobar Papers, 1906-1971
The personal and business papers of Eleuterio Escobar, including legal papers, correspondence, autobiography drafts, business and financial records, agendas, and photographs, which also relate to the activites of the School Improvement League.
- Fallen Heroes - Faces With Names Records, 2009-
Founded by Dr. Ricardo Romo, Fallen Heroes - Faces With Names documents biographies and photos of San Antonio and Bexar County, Texas, service members who never returned from the Vietnam War.
María G. Flores Papers, 1966-1983
Papers of María G. Flores include articles, bibliographies, clippings, press releases, photographs, etc., dealing with Texas farm workers.
Paul Freier Photographs, 1941
59 photographs of Mexican American communities in South Texas, 1941.
Farm Security Administration Migrant Worker Photographs, 1937, 1941
Photographs of Mexican or Mexican American agricultural workers in their families in the American Midwest taken by the New Deal agency Farm Security Administration.
Galindo Family Papers, c.1867-1950
Photographs, two mutual aid pamphlets, and realia from the Mexican American Galindo family of Austin, Texas.
Clotilde P. Garcia Papers, 1949-1988
The personal papers of Mexican American physician, writer, and community activist Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia include biographical information, written works, and collected materials related to community and national organizations with much material related to the American G.I. Forum, founded by Garcia's brother, Hector P. Garcia.
Gustavo C. (Gus) Garcia Papers, 1936-1977
Photocopies of correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, and legal and written works reflecting the life and activities of Mexican American lawyer and civil rights advocate Gustavo C. "Gus" Garcia.
Carmen Lomas Garza Papers and Artworks, 1972-
Personal papers and original artworks by Mexican American artist and illustrator Carmen Lomas Garza.
- Gonzalo Garza Papers, 1944-
Personal papers of public education administrator Gonzalo Garza.
Roberto G. Garza LULAC Papers, 1970s-1990s
Papers from Roberto G. Garza document the activities of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
Silvia Gonzalez S. Papers, 1982-1994
Correspondence, written works, photographs, printed material, sketches and clippings of Chicana playwright Silvia Gonzalez S.
José Ángel Gutiérrez Papers, 1954-
The personal papers of Texas Chicano civil rights activist, politician, lawyer, university professor, and author José Angel Gutiérrez.
- Tish Hinojosa Papers, 1979-
This collection consists of the personal papers of Mexican American musician and songwriter Tish Hinojosa. The collection includes: biographical materials; correspondence and fan mail; materials related to audio and video production, promotional materials; press materials and clippings including scrapbooks; ephemeral materials such as awards and personal effects; oversized materials and original fan artwork; photographs; and audiovisual materials, including master and reproduction audio recordings and video of performances and interviews.
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith Papers, 1970-
Literary manuscripts of Mexican American novelist and poet Rolando Hinojosa-Smith.
- Hispanic Link Weekly Report Records, 1983-2002
Articles, clippings, newsletters, reports, and other documents supporting the publication of the Hispanic Link Weekly Report. Due to its storage off-site, request for access must be made in advance
Hispanic Women's Network of Texas Records, 1987-
Organizational records of the Hispanic Women's Network of Texas.
Clemente N. Idar Papers, 1875-1938
Correspondence, written works, legal and financial documents, photos, and printed material document the life and career of Mexican American labor organizer Clemente Idar (1883-1934).
Eduardo Idar, Jr. Papers, 1941-2002
Personal papers of Mexican American lawyer and legal rights activist Eduardo "Ed" Idar, Jr. Correspondence, written works, speeches and interviews, photographs, and reference materials document Idar's career as an attorney in Texas with the Attorney General's office, his involvement with organizations such as the American G.I. Forum, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Political Association of Spanish Speaking People, and his activism for Mexican American rights in schools and in the political and legal process.
Federico Idar and Idar Family Papers, 1879-1938
Correspondence, photographs, printed material, and artifacts (1879-1938) document the lives of Mexican Senator Federico Idar (1893-1938) and the Idar family of Laredo and San Antonio, Texas.
Juárez-Lincoln University Records, 1969-1978
Organizational records of the Austin, Texas, based Juárez-Lincoln University.
- Latino USA Records, 1993-
Audio recordings and organizational records of the public radio program Latino USA.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Archives Part 1: LULAC Presidential Papers Project, 1929-
The Benson Latin American Collection is the official archival respository for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). Established in 1980, the Presidential Papers Project seeks to preserve and provide access to the records of all past LULAC National Presidents.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Archives Part 2: General Collections, 1929-
In addition to the records of past National Presidents collected through the Presidential Papers Project, the Benson actively collects records from individuals and state and regional organizations to preserve and provide access to the documentary history of LULAC.
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Archives Part 3: Audio Collections, 1981-1983
Oral histories, recordings of LULAC conventions, and other audio recordings related to the history of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
Leo James Leo Collection, ca. 1960-1985
This collection contains items relating to the life and activities of Mexican American political and civil rights leader Leo J. Leo of La Joya, Texas.
Mexican American Programs of the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982
Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.
Herschel Manuel Photographs, c.1928-1930
24 b/w photographs of Mexican American school children and segregated schools in the late 1920s.
- Oscar Martinez Papers, 1936-
Personal papers and audio recordings of awarding winning Texas Tejano musician and visual artist Oscar Martinez.
Dennis Medina Collection Relating to Gay Hispanics, 1979-1986
Printed materials documenting the activities of gay Hispanic organizations in Texas.
Mexican American Student Leadership Council Records, 1983-1991
Correspondence, financial records, agendas, promotional materials, photographs, and other documents relating to the Mexican American Student Leadership Council and its annual Success conferences.
- Migrant Border Ballads Project Records, 1979
Audio tapes, photographs, and a manuscript of the Migrant Border Ballads Project administered through the Southwest Center for Policy Studies in Austin, Texas.
Armando Miguélez—Laura Gutiérrez-Witt Correspondence, 1987
Four letters and two enclosures include information on Catarino Garza and Carolina Villalongín.
Mireles, E. E. (Edmundo Eduardo), 1905-1987 Edmundo Mireles Papers, 1940-1971
Professional papers of educator E.E. Mireles include publications, photographs, and collected material.
Jovita González Mireles Manuscripts and Works, ca.1925-1980
Manuscripts and printed works of the South Texas folklorist and Spanish language educator Jovita González Mireles.
Diana Molina Photograph Collection, 1989-
Color photographic slides documenting the traditions, social conditions, and imagery of the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Alice Dickerson Montemayor Papers, 1920-1989
Materials, including correspondence, slides, and photographs, document both the life of Alice Dickerson Montemayor and her artwork.
- Dr. Gustavo E. and Marcia S. Montes Papers, ca. 1933-
Personal papers of Dr. Gustavo E. and Marcia S. Montes include photographs, correspondence, and other documents of their work and family life.
Lucy R. Moreno Collection, 1971-1997
Materials collected by Lucy Moreno include printed material and clippings on the Conferencia de Mujeres Por La Raza in Houston, 1971, and on various political figures in Houston in the early 1970s.
Carlos Morton Papers, 1975-
Plays, essays, and related material from Mexican American playwright Carlos Morton, author of The Many Deaths of Danny Rosales and Johnny Tenorio.
Rómulo Munguía Collection, 1911-1980
Organized into three primary groups, this collection documents the life and activities of Rómulo Munguía through both published and private papers.
Ramsey and Albina Piña Muñiz Papers, 1971-1977
Reflects the activities of Ramsey and Albina (Abbie) Pina Muñiz during and after the 1972 and 1974 campaigns for governor.
National Association for Chicano Studies Records, 1974-
Records of the organization the promotes scholarly and interdisciplinary research relating to Chicanos in the United States.
- National Latino/a Lesbian & Gay Organization (LLEGO) Records, 1987-
The organizational records of The National Latino/a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization (LLEGÓ), a nonprofit organization dedicated to organizing Latino LGBT communities through mobilization and networking.
Joe Nicola Collection, ca. 1935-1977
Collection of more than 800 phonograph records of Mexican and Mexican American music from the 1930s through the 1970s collected by jukebox vendor and publisher Joe Nicola.
Order Sons of America (Council 5) Records, 1927
Minutes and financial records from 1927 for the Alice, Texas organization that was a precursor of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
Orozco Family Papers, 1976-
Family papers collected by writer and educator Cynthia Orozco document the active Mexican American Orozco family.
Philip D. Ortego y Gasca Papers, 1948-1990
Professional papers of Mexican American writer and educator Philip Ortego y Gasca.
Américo Paredes Papers, 1896-1999
Correspondence, creative works, printed material, sound recordings, photographic material, and artifacts reflect the life and work of Américo Paredes (1915-1999). Paredes was a folklorist, teacher, novelist, poet, musician, academic administrator, and Mexican-American activist. Born in Brownsville, Texas, he spent his career at the University of Texas at Austin.
Amado Maurilio Peña Collection, 1974-1975
A collection of 10 watercolor and ink drawings and three prints from Amado Maurilio Peña.
Alan Pogue Photographs, ca. 1970
29 photographic images on one contact sheet documenting the Economy Furniture Company Strike and Austin Chicano Huelga.
Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA) Records, 1987-2002
Organizational files, publications, and related materials reflect the activities of the Political Asylum Project of Austin (PAPA). Established in 1988, PAPA, now called American Gateways, is an organization that works to provide legal services and education to refugees and immigrants in Central Texas.
Manuel (Chaca) Ramírez Photograph Collection, 1964-1982
Photographs and slides document Mexican American barrios, civil rights activities, including the Texas Farmworkers' march of 1977 and the East Austin Boat Race controversy, and Chicano arts and artists.
Raza Unida Party Collection, 1969-1979
Correspondence, directives, agendas, reports, memorabilia, photographs, and other materials documenting the history of the Raza Unida Party.
Dick J. Reavis Papers, 1968-2002
The collection is comprised of personal papers of Texas author and journalist Dick J. Reavis, particularly those materials relating to Mario Cantú and Güero Medrano, and the Campamento 2 de Octubre.
Domingo Nick Reyes Papers, ca. 1940-1985
Personal and professional papers of Mexican American veteran, writer, and broadcaster Domingo Nick Reyes.
Rio Record Shop Collection, 1949-1982
Sound recordings and music indexes from the San Antonio, Texas, Rio Record Shop founded by Hymie Wolf.
- George Rivera Papers
The personal papers of artist and educator George Rivera currently include exhibition catalogs, brochures, and press on exhibitions from around the world curated by or otherwise involving Rivera.
Virgilio G. Roel Papers, 1941-2008
Personal and professional records of attorney Virgilio G. Roel. Correspondence, legal and financial documents, military records, newspaper clippings, publications, and handwritten notes document Roel’s involvement in the Zapata County elections, the Hemisphere National Bank, and other Hispanic civil rights activities.
Ricardo and Harriett Romo Collection of Mexican American Art Prints, 1981-
Collection of original Mexican American silkscreens, lithographs, and other art prints. Many prints were produced at Self-Help Graphics studio in Los Angeles, CA and Coronado Studios in Austin, TX.
Ricardo Romo Papers, 1967-
Professional papers of Mexican American historian and educator Dr. Ricardo Romo.
José de la Luz Sáenz Papers, 1908-1998
Personal papers of Mexican American soldier, teacher, and activist José de la Luz Sáenz. Sáenz was an early leader in the formation of LULAC and the author of Los méxico-americanos en la Gran Guerra y su contingente en pro de la democracia, la humanidad, y la justicia.
Jim Sagel Papers, 1947-2002
The personal and professional papers of New Mexican chicanesque author and educator Jim Sagel. Includes biographical material, correspondence, written works, teaching and other professional records, and audiovisual material.
Julián Samora Papers, 1934-1989
Correspondence, written works, personal and biographical materials, organization records, photographs, audiovisual materials, and the collected library of the Mexican American sociologist and anthropologist, educator, civil rights advocate, and civic leader Dr. Julian Samora.
George I. Sánchez Papers, 1892-1972
The personal and professional papers of Mexican American educator, writer, and civil rights activist George I. Sánchez. Correspondence, written works, speeches and interviews, photographs, and reference materials document Sánchez's career as an educator in New Mexico and Texas, his involvement with organizations such as the American Council of Spanish-speaking People, the University of Texas, and the League of United Latin American Citizens, and his activism against the segregation of Mexican American schoolchildren in the southwestern United States.
Ramiro Sánchez Papers, 1973-1981
Photocopied personal papers of the Laredo, Texas, banker and historian.
Ricardo Sánchez Papers, 1959-
Personal papers of activist Chicano poet Ricardo Sánchez reflect his writing and community involvement.
R. P. (Bob) Sanchez Papers, 1921-2005 (bulk 1952-2005)
The personal papers of Mexican American civil rights attorney and political activist R. P. (Bob) Sanchez include biographical information, correspondence, written works, and materials documenting his involvement with organizations including the American G.I. Forum, Viva Kennedy, and the National Council of La Raza.
Daniel J. Schaefer Photograph Collection, 1986-1990
28 color slide portraits of conjunto accordianists.
Self-Help Graphics & Art, Inc. Collection, 1983-1985
Collection of original Mexican American silkscreens produced at Self-Help Graphics & Art, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA.
- Serie Project, Inc. Records, 1993-
Organizational and business records of the non-profit Latino fine art serigraph Serie Project located in Austin, Texas.
Margaret Muñoz Simón Photographs, 1937-1994
Correspondence, printed materials, financial records, legal documents, photographic materials, and artifacts chronicle the life and activities of Latina community activist, radio personality, and journalist Margaret Muñoz Simon.
Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo," 1926-1941
The organization's correspondence, administrative records, and other documents.
Tafolla Family Papers, 1860-1980
Documents recording the history of Texas's Tafolla family.
Carmen Tafolla Papers, 1967-
Manuscripts reflect the work of Texas poet, writer, and educator Carmen Tafolla.
- Tejano Monument Collection, 2012
Documents, audio, video, and artifacts from the 2012 unveiling of the Tejano Monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds.
Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Records, 1977-2004
Printed material, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, reports, financial documentation, photographs, creative works, scrapbooks, and artifacts illuminate the functions and activities of the Texas Association for Education (TABE). TABE, established in 1972, is an advocacy group that works for the rights of language minority children, particularly Spanish-speaking students, in Texas.
Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education Records, 1975-
Historical records of the organization established as a forum for discussion of issues relating to Mexican Americans and other Latinos in higher education.
- Texas Farm Workers Union Collection, 1977-1980
A collection of materials from the late 1970's relating to the Texas Farm Workers Union.
Texas Talent Musicians Association Tejano Music Awards Records, 1981-1996
Printed programs, and audio and video tapes of the San Antonio based Texas Talen Musicians Association's Tejano Music Awards.
- Andrés Tijerina Papers, ca. 1978-
Personal papers of Andrés Tijerina include records of the Sociedad Genealógica and the Tejano Genealogy Society of Austin
Juanita Tijerina Papers, ca. 1980-
Personal papers of Juanita Tijerina include records of The Austin Light newspaper.
Estela Portillo Trambley Papers, 1969-
Written works and biographical materials of the El Paso, Texas, playwright and poet.
- University of Texas Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association (HFSA) Records, 1991-
Records documenting the activites of the Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association(HFSA) on the University of Texas at Austin campus. This collection includes financial records; membership information; correspondence; meeting minutes and agendas; and reports.
Raúl Valdez Art Slides, 1976-1984
43 color slides of artwork by Texas artist and activist Raul Valdez.
- Blanca Vela Papers
Personal papers of Brownsville, Texas, mayor Blanca Vela include campaign materials, photographs, speeches, recognitions, and clippings.
Filemón Bartolome Vela Papers, 1952-2004
Personal archives documenting the life and career of Judge Filemon Bartolome Vela, including correspondence, legal documents, court orders, opinions, clippings, scripts, notes, photographs, and audiovisual recordings
Seferino Vela Papers, 1935-1981
Personal papers including speeches, correspondence, sound recordings, clippings, and a photograph of Mexican American civic leader Seferino "Chefe" Vela.
Carlos Villalongín Dramatic Company Collection, 1848-1945
Plays and promptbooks, photographs, broadsides, and ephemera realting to the Carlos Villalongin Dramatic Company, a Mexican and Mexican American theatrical troup.
- VOCES Oral History Project Collection, 1999-
Oral history audio and video tapes and DVDs, transcripts, photographs, and narrative stories documenting the involvement of U.S. Latinos and Latinas at home and abroad in World War II and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.
Liliana Wilson Papers
Personal papers of Chilean American artist Liliana Wilson.
Tomás Ybarra-Frausto Papers
Archival materials collected by Chicano art critic and professor Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto.