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The Texas After Violence Project (TAVP) is an independent, Austin-based, nonprofit organization. TAVP’s oral history archive documents the effects of murder and capital punishment in Texas and aims to serve as a resource for public dialogue on alternative ways to prevent and respond to violence. The TAVP collection includes video testimonies and transcripts from survivors of violence; religious actors; law enforcement officials; legal actors; media witnesses; and activists and scholars.

Language: English
Date:
2008-present


The Texas Resource Center represented Texas' death row inmates during their trials and subsequent appeals processes from 1977-1999. The Center lost its federal funding after passage of the Effective Death Penalty and Anti-Terrorism Act in 1996. The collection contains the legal records of these cases, and it is grouped alphabetically by the inmate's last name.

Language: English
Date:
1977-1999
Contributing Library: Briscoe Center for American History


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.

Language: English
Date:
1961-1989
Contributing Library: Briscoe Center for American History


The Mexican American Programs of the Longhorn Radio Network collection consists of 198 recordings for two series of radio programs: The Mexican American Experience, which first aired in October, 1976, and A esta hora conversamos, which first aired in October, 1981. Both programs were part of the Longhorn Radio Network, a distribution service and production center of public service content for radio stations across Texas and the greater Southwest. The project may also be accessed through its own web page (http://www.laits.utexas.edu/onda_latina) for additional information. The collection contains interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns. Topics covered on these programs include political activities of Mexican Americans, Mexican American folklore and folk medicine, corridos, Tejano music, Mexican American musicians, voting rights, education, health, farm workers' unions and working conditions, and some Mexican and Central American topics.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1976-1982
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


The Rethinking Power and Resistance: Gender and Human Rights from Texas to the Transnational Americas Conference Footage collection contains edited footage from the 2012 conference, including several panel discussions, a radio segment aired on KOOP 91.7 fm, and a post-conference promotional video produced by Andrea Zarate. The conference was sponsored by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Texas at Austin as part of its Embrey Women’s Human Rights Initiative. The Rethinking Power & Resistance organizing committee envisioned a conference that would bring organizers and activist scholars together and foment collaborative work beyond the conference. As such, the conference centered around three community-university collaborations with the Transgender Jail Project, Conspire Theatre, and the Polochic Evictions Counteraction and foregrounded the themes of arts as advocacy, pedagogies of alliance and resisting criminalization. Videos are in English, Spanish and Portuguese, with some videos featuring consecutive translation into English.

Language: English, Portuguese, Spanish
Date:
2012-2013


In the court order in the case of Ruiz v. Estelle, Federal District Judge William Wayne Justice found widespread abuses of prisoners in the Texas state prison system and placed it in federal receivership administered by the Office of Special Master. The Special Master records span the period of federal receivership from 1979 to 1992, including trial transcripts and exhibits, prison medical testimony and administrative documents.

Language: English
Date:
1979-1992
Contributing Library: Briscoe Center for American History


The tutorial is tailored to working with women's human rights archival collections at the University of Texas, but can be useful for anyone doing archival research. The tutorial walks you through finding an archival collection, preparing for research, viewing archival collections, conducting archival research, and emotional and ethical engagement with archival material.

Language: English
Date:
present


The Black Political Imprisonment Collection contains written works by imprisoned authors, conference materials, news articles, advocacy letters, and academic books and articles, on Black Political Imprisonment in both the United States and Brazil. Full-text of information available for download.

Language: English, Portuguese
Date:
1996-2011
Contributing Library: Harriet Tubman Literary Circle


Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (C.U.R.E.) was founded in 1972 by Charles and Pauline Sullivan in San Antonio, Texas as a membership organization of families of prisoners, prisoners, former prisoners, and other concerned citizens who work to reduce crime through criminal justice reform. The collection contains correspondence, newsletters, legal material, videotapes, photographs, and printed material that document the work of the organization at both the national and state levels.

Language: English
Date:
ca. 1947, 1972-2010
Contributing Library: Briscoe Center for American History


Eduardo Idar was a Mexican American lawyer and legal rights activist. The 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, the Political Association of Spanish Speaking People, and his activism for Mexican American rights in schools and in the political and legal process. A large part of the collection documents the case of Ruiz v. Estelle, which found widespread abuses of prisoners in the Texas state prison system and placed it in federal receivership.

Language: English, Spanish
Date:
1941-2002, (bulk: 1941-1981)
Contributing Library: Benson Latin American Collection


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