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  • Personal papers of activist and lawyer Jennifer Harbury document her efforts to discover the fate of her husband, Mayan Guatemalan guerrilla leader Efraín Bámaca Velásquez, and to pursue justice for his death in the early 1990s.

    Latin America
    English, Spanish
    1992-
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Jessica Mitford (1917-1996) worked as executive secretary for the Civil Rights Congress and taught sociology at San Jose State University. After resigning from the Communist Party in 1958, she devoted her time to writing. Her first book, The American Way of Death (1963), exposed the avarice and unscrupulous practices of the American funeral industry. Mitford's second investigative study, The Trial of Dr. Spock (1969), documents the 1968 conspiracy trial of Dr. Benjamin Spock, the famous pediatrician and vocal opponent of the Vietnam War, in order to illustrate the American legal system's intolerance of civil disobedience. In Kind and Usual Punishment: The Prison Business (1973), her book about the American penal system, Mitford condemns sentencing procedures, the parole system, and the use of prisoners in psychological and physiological research. These three books are represented in the 67 boxes of correspondence, printed material, reports, notes, interviews, manuscripts, legal documents, and other materials in the Mitford Papers at the Ransom Center.

    English
    1949-1973
    Harry Ransom Center
  • This collection contains video footage shot by WITNESS partner Jesús Tecú Osorio, an activist and survivor of the March 13, 1982 massacre in which 177 Mayan-Achi women and children in Río Negro, Rabinal were tortured, raped, and slaughtered by the Guatemalan army and army-led civil patrol groups. Río Negro was one of the 440 villages that were razed and destroyed during the Guatemalan government's counter-insurgency campaign. This collection includes recorded interviews and footage from the Rabinal area of exhumations, memorial ceremonies and re-burials, political actions against amnesty for those responsible for the killings, gatherings of former civil patrollers, and legal proceedings against former civil patrollers involved in the massacres. There is also footage of various indigenous Maya Achí rituals and performances. This collection includes two WITNESS co-productions, A Right to Justice and A Massacre Remembered. Materials are in English, Spanish, and Achí.

    Latin America
    Spanish
    1996-2002, undated
  • Joe Bernal was a Texas legislator who advocated for Mexican-American rights. His work was primarily focused on legislation for bilingual education, minimum wage, health care and civil rights. Toward the end of his career, Bernal also served on the boards of several organizations, including ACTION, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the Democratic National Committee. Materials in the collection include documents on a wide range of topics, such as Bernal's political campaigns, the Commission on Mexican-American Affairs, MALDEF, housing, equal employment opportunity and education. Some publications and ephemera from political campaigns are also included.

    English
    1942-1981
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • John Greer was a defense attorney for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate during the International Military Tribunal for the Far East following World War II. The collection contains trial and background materials relating to the prosecution of Japanese war crime trials before the Military Tribunal following World War II. A finding aid is available in the Tarlton Law Library's Rare Books & Special Collections office.

    Asia
    War Crimes
    English
    1945-1948
    Tarlton Law Library
  • Dulles is the author of Yesterday in Mexico: A Chronicle of the Revolution, 1919-1936; Vargas of Brazil; Unrest in Brazil; Anarchists and Communists in Brazil, 1900-1935; and Brazilian Communism, 1935-1945, among other books. The collection includes summaries of oral and written interviews conducted by Dulles between 1961 and 1977 with leading figures in the Communist movement in Brazil and in Brazilian politics. There are also microfilmed pamphlets, periodicals, typescripts, clippings, handbills, and circulars relating to the Brazilian Communist Party. Papers include information on internal disputes between Brazilian communists, notes on social and political conditions in Brazil, informational letters to party members, and propaganda and doctrinal works.

    Latin America
    English, Portuguese
    1920-1979
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 30 letters from former Texas Death Row inmate Johnny Ray Johnson (executed February 2009) to Joanna Vaughn.

    English
    2005-2009
  • The José Angel Gutiérrez Papers gather together information on the career and interests of the political organizer who founded the Raza Unida Party and other Chicano organizations in the 1960s and 1970s. Materials originate from Gutiérrez's work with the Committee for Rural Democracy, Crystal City Independent School District, the Raza Unida Party, Zavala County Economic Development Corporation, and Zavala County Health Association, among others. Issues included in the collection range from rights to education and health, farm workers' and immigrants' rights, and the economic development of the border region. Correspondence, legal documents, Gutiérrez's writings, audio-visual materials and political artifacts are included in the collection.

    English, Spanish
    1954-1990
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • José de la Luz Sáenz was a founding member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), serving on the LULAC Board of Trustees from 1930-1932. As a young man, Sáenz fought for the U.S. Army in World War I, and following the war he published a diary arguing that Mexican American service to the U.S. military should translate into the full realization of Mexican American civil rights. These experiences and publications helped to inspire the Mexican American rights movement in Texas and the foundation of organizations such as LULAC. The Sáenz Papers include biographical materials for Sáenz, his professional and activist correspondence and his written works, published or unpublished.

    English, Spanish
    1908-1998
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • There is one small folder in the Joseph Abeles photojournalism archive in the performing arts collection that contains photographs documenting homosexuality as a subject. The small collection was formed by Michael Emory and consists solely of prints used to illustrate his compilation The Gay Picture Guide Book (1978). The photographs depict men congregating near a section of New York's Central Park called The Rambles. The nearly 100 images of New York gays milling about, a short time after the Stonewall riots (June 1969), are historically important.

    English
    1935-1975, (bulk: 1950-1970)
    Harry Ransom Center