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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
30 letters from former Texas Death Row inmate Johnny Ray Johnson (executed February 2009) to Joanna Vaughn.
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.
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.
This photography collection consists of original materials from an exhibition excerpted from the book El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers, including 69 gelatin silver prints by various photographers, one large chromogenic color print of the image from the book's cover, 13 bilingual text panels written by Carolyn Forché, and the paper work and comments book from the original exhibition tour. The first section of the exhibition was made up of 67 images taken by 30 international photojournalists during the intensely brutal period of conflict between 1979 and 1983. Photographers Susan Meiselas and Harry Mattison gathered these images into a traveling exhibition and book in 1983 to raise global awareness about the conflict. At a time when the Reagan administration insisted that military aid to El Salvador's government was essential to stopping the spread of communism and that progress was being made on human rights, the photographs contributed to the debate by providing a contrary eyewitness account. The images are accompanied by texts written by poet Carolyn Forché.
The lawyer H. Montgomery Hyde (1907–1989) created a collection that documents his research on Oscar Wilde, Henry James, and Roger Casement, as well as the history of pornography. Roger Casement (1864–1916) was a consular diplomat, tireless campaigner for human rights, and Irish nationalist who was convicted of high treason and hanged in 1916. Although Casement's homosexuality was not an explicit factor during his trial, it was exploited afterward to discourage any case for clemency. The small collection created by Hyde while he was preparing The Trial of Sir Roger Casement (1960) includes a transcript of Casement's 1910 diary from when he was in Peru and Brazil, a transcript of Casement's interrogation at Scotland Yard, and other documents relating to Hyde's work and the authenticity of Casement's diaries.