LLEGÓ, the National Latino/a Lesbian and Gay Organization, was founded in 1987 during the National March for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Washington, DC. The organization provided a variety of programs, campaigns and publications to the Latino gay and lesbian community until its close in 2004. LLEGÓ's work focused particularly on local political leadership, national policy work and AIDS awareness. Materials in the collection include administrative and program documents for the organization's 17 years of work.
Anthropologist and novelst, Oliver LaFarge, helped draft a constitution for the Hopi Indians, which he documented in his 116-page manuscript, Running Narrative of the Organization of the Hopi Tribe of Indians (1936). The LaFarge collection contains papers, manuscripts, and correspondence relating to Indian rights and the Hopi Constitution. The collection also includes works of non-fiction, novels and short stories, and the book A Pictorial History of the American Indians.
Collection of materials, 1982-1986, mainly newsletters, from the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, the Guatemalan Church in Exile, NISGUA, and the Guatemala Scholars Network. Also information from the photograph exhibition "Guatemala: A Testimonial."
The collection is currently unprocessed but is open to researchers in the Benson Collection.
A former Texas bank president who spent 21 years in prison for armed robbery, Lawrence C. Pope assisted other inmates in filing lawsuits against state and federal prison systems. After his parole in 1982, he devoted his time to prison reform and rehabilitation of prisoners. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, reports, financial records, and printed materials were gathered by Pope from 1961 to 1989. The materials focus primarily on the Texas Department of Corrections, and they provide information on most apsects of prison operations and conditions. In addition, materials on banks and banking in Texas are included. Nineteen audio cassettes of interviews with Pope recount his life's work.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) was founded in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1929 with the mission to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. Today, LULAC advocates powerfully for legislation that benefits the interests of all Latin Americans in the U.S. as individuals and members of larger Latin American communities. This three part collection stems from the "Presidential Papers Initiative" established to collect the papers of each LULAC president from 1929 to the present; however, actual preservation in this collection is limited to sixteen presidents over the 80 year history of the organization. Materials range from administrative documents to subject files on a wide range of civil, economic and social rights.
Leo Blackstock prosecuted Japanese war criminals as Chief of the Prosecution Division, General Headquarters, Tokyo (1945-1948). After he was released from active duty as a colonel in 1946 he remained in Japan as a civilian attached to the army and continued his work in the prosecution of war criminals. The collection contains correspondence, reports, and case files relating to Blackstock's service as prosecutor in trials of Class B and Class C war criminals in Japan, and courts-martial.
Political leader from La Joya, Texas, and advocate for the poor, Leo James Leo championed many Mexican American causes. He was involved in both local and statewide politics and served on the boards of directors of many Great Society poverty programs, such as the Associated City and County Economic Corporation, helping the poor with food, job assistance, housing, and medical aid. He was often involved in controversy because of his forthright defense of these programs. In 1960, Leo and other Mexican -American political leaders organized the Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations (PASSO). Leo chaired the 1,000 member Hidalgo chapter of PASSO, the largest in the state. He also formed the Hidalgo County Political League, an association of liberal Anglo American and Mexican American Democrats, in the late 1960s. In addition, he assisted with summer youth programs and helped file citizenship papers for many Mexican immigrants. The collection contains materials from La Joya political activities and statements; the Guillermo Flores Elementary School dedication; personal and family history; and posthumous dedications and tributes.
Nathan "Babe" Leopold (1904–1971) and Dickie Loeb (1905–1936) were convicted of murder in 1924. There are photographs, many unpublished, of these and other notorious homosexual murderers and victims in the photograph morgue of the New York Journal American. The correspondence between Leopold and Erle Stanley Gardner (1889–1970) in Gardner's "Court of Last Resort" archive provides more insight into the Leopold-Loeb case. Additional unpublished photographs of Leopold are scattered among the correspondence there, along with intriguing third-party correspondence, including a lengthy letter from one of Leopold's fellow prisoners that confirms the continuing homosexual practices and attitudes of both Leopold and Loeb after their imprisonment. There is no finding aid available for these materials.
Orlando Letelier, a former Chilean diplomat and opponent of the dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, was assassinated by a car bomb in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 1976, together with Mrs. Ronni Moffitt. An investigation conducted by an international commission established by bilateral treaty concluded that Chilean secret police were responsible for the assassination and determined the settlement. The bulk of these materials consist of four bound volumes of briefs filed by the governments of the United States and the Republic of Chile before the international commission.
Peruvian author, poet, and political activist Magda Portal became active in leftist politics in Peru and Bolivia and was active in the Alianza Popular Revolucionaria Americana (APRA). In 1927, she was exiled to Cuba and in 1930, she was incarcerated in Chile. Upon returning to Peru, she founded the Peruvian Aprista Party. Through PAP she worked for women's rights and started educational and political programs for women. She became the leader of the Feminine Sector of APRA's National Executive Committee and was in charge of organizing feminist groups throughout Peru. Portal also helped edit the party magazine Apra and published variouspolitical pamphlets and essays. During the presidency of dictator Sánchez Cerro and his persecution of Aprista leaders in 1932, Portal was forced to go underground for some 16 months but was later arrested in 1934 and sentenced to 500 days in Santo Tomás women's prison in Lima. After release from prison Portal continued her work for APRA and spent time working in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The collection contains Portal’s correspondence, written works and radio transcripts, as well as a variety of political ephemera related to the PAP.