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  • 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.

    English, Spanish
    1929-present
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 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.

    English, Spanish
    ca. 1960-1985
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 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 There are photographs, many unpublished, of these and other notorious homosexual murderers and victims in the photograph morgue of the New York Journal American.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.

    English
    contact the Harry Ransom Center for more information
    Harry Ransom Center
  • 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.

    English
    1980-1991
    Tarlton Law Library
  • Photographer and civil rights activist Manuel (Chaca) Ramírez (1947-present) documented 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. In the 1980s, he recorded the work of Mexican American artists Amado Maurilio Peña, Jr. and Consuelo (Chelo) Gonzalez Amezcua. The collection consists of 875 images that document activities and environs of Mexican Americans in Texas. Photographs of Laredo, Texas, in the 1970's show people of Laredo in their surroundings and the contrasts between poverty and luxury in the city. Slides document the Texas Farmworkers' march of 1977 for reform of labor laws in Texas and the United States, protest marches against police brutality, neighborhood activism in Austin, Texas, and a mural project by the League of United Chicano Artists (LUChA) in East Austin.

    English, Spanish
    1964-1982
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • María G. Flores was a photographer, teacher and social activist best known for her work with the Texas Farm Workers Union from 1975-1979. The collection is primarily composed of documents related to her work with farm workers and the Chicano rights movements. Materials include program files, speeches and photo-documentary work on the lives of farm workers and events in support of their rights.

    English
    1966-1983
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • 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.

    English, Spanish
    1982-1986
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Mario Cantú was a civil rights activist best known for his success in the restaurant business. In 1969, Cantú began political organizing around Chicano rights by organizing the first "Semana de la Raza" in San Antonio, Texas. He subsequently founded several organizations designed to support undocumented immigrants and reduce police brutality against Chicanos in San Antonio. In 1976, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) raided Cantú's restaurant and convicted him on charges of employing illegal aliens. Across the border in Mexico, Cantú supported the Partido Proletario Unido de America (PPUA) internationally until he was found to violate terms of his probation following the 1976 conviction. Cantú subsequently focused his energy on the restaurant business, but maintained the physical records of his political endeavors in this collection. Materials include legal documents from the 1976 trial, a large body of documents from the various initiatives mentioned above and collected materials on related topics.

    English, Spanish
    1957-1998
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • Writer and political activist Martha Cotera founded Information Systems Development, a consulting firm in Austin, Texas, and was the publisher of the Austin Hispanic Directory. Active in Raza Unida Party politics, the feminist movement, and educational and social agencies, Cotera is also the author of several books and articles on Chicanas. The collection contains manuscripts of works by Cotera and others, as well as clippings, correspondence, publications, and ephemera such as broadsides, bumper stickers, leaflets, posters, and tickets. The collection also includes an address book, audiovisual material, calendars, organizational records, scripts, and teaching materials.

    English
    1964-present
    Benson Latin American Collection
  • The papers of Maurice Cranston (1920-1993) span his professional career as an author, free-lance reviewer, and professor of political philosophy. In 1967 Cranston published the influential essay "Human Rights, Real and Supposed." His papers include the page proofs for What are Human Rights? (The Bodley Head Ltd., 1973), as well as subject files related to human rights.

    English, French, Italian
    1943-1997
    Harry Ransom Center