Austin History Center

Lance Corporal Nicholas Samuel Valdez Perez Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Valdez, Yolanda
Creator: Perez, Sam
Title: Lance Corporal Nicholas Samuel Valdez Perez Papers
Inclusive Dates: 2003-2006
Abstract: Lance Corporal Nicholas Samuel Valdez Perez was the first United States soldier from Austin, Texas killed in combat in the war in Iraq. The collection contains the nomination forms and letters of support submitted by the veterans' organization Tejanos In Action to the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees in a request to name the former Southeast Elementary School in honor of Lance Corporal Perez.
Identification: AR.2006.011
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Nicholas Samuel Valdez Perez was born in Austin, Texas on July 6, 1985 and he graduated from Travis High School in May of 2003. Perez was interested in pursuing a career in the military from an early age and transferred from LBJ High School to Travis High School so he could enroll in the ROTC program. He joined the United States Marine Corps in July 2003. He was killed in action while conducting military maneuvers in Iraq's Anbar province on September 3, 2004. Nicholas had earned a Purple Heart before his death.


Scope and Contents

The collection consists of materials gathered by the veterans' group Tejanos In Action to nominate Lance Corporal Nicholas Samuel Valdez Perez for naming of a school in his behalf. The nomination requested to have the Southeast Elementary School at 7500 South Pleasant Valley Road, Austin, Texas named in honor of Perez, the first United States soldier from Austin, Texas killed in combat in the war in Iraq. The majority of the collection consists of letters written by more than 300 people to the Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees in support of the nomination. Also included are the official nomination form and the supporting documentation, a photo of Perez and several photos of the collection being donated to the Austin History Center by Perez's parents.


Arrangement

Arranged by material type.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Perez, Nicholas Samuel Valdez.
Organizations:
Austin Independent School District.
Tejanos In Action.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Iraq War, 2003-.
Veterans--Texas.

Related Material

Archives and Manuscripts

AR.2004.001 Tejanos in Action Records

AR.2007.007 Veterans of Austin and Travis County Collection


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the parents of Perez.

Preferred Citation

Lance Corporal Nicholas Samuel Valdez Perez Papers (AR.2006.011). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2006/025

Donation Date: 2006

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Alternative Form Available

Digital versions of photographs in the collection are available on the internal server I:\Archives\Archival Collections\AR.2006.011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Lance Corporal Nicholas Samuel Valdez Perez Papers , 2003-2006

Box Folder
1 1 Nomination forms, 2005
2 Nomination letters, 2005
3 Newspaper clipping, 2006
4 Photographs, 2003-2006