Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Graciela Saenz Collection:

An Inventory of Her Records at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Saenz, Graciela
Title Graciela Saenz Collection
Inclusive Dates 1992-2000
Bulk Date 1997
Identification MSS 1395
Extent 9 lin. ft, 9 record storage boxes.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The collection covers primarily the three terms—six years—that Graciela Saenz served as Houston City Council Member At Large Place 1, 1992-1998, and an unsuccessful campaign for Mayor in 1997. Saenz was the first Hispanic and woman to be elected to the position of Mayor Pro-Tem, 1992-1997. Council Member Saenz took office at the same time as Mayor Bob Lanier who, like Saenz, served three terms and left office because of term limitations. Lanier won election on a platform of increased police protection for Houston citizens who were significantly concerned about public safety. The economy of the city was also a concern, still recovering from the oil bust of 1982-1984. A major portion of the collection’s council records are concerned with the Joint City/County Commission on Youth, 1993-1997, which was concerned with crimes committed by youths, among other issues.


Biographical Note

Graciela Saenz, nee Guzman, is a native-born Houstonian, who received both her BA in Spanish and JD degrees from the University of Houston in 1978 and 1986, respectively. Married to now retired Houston police sergeant Eloy Saenz since 1978, she worked to finance his education. When his education was completed, he helped with financing her education. After law school, Saenz was employed by the Harris County District Attorney’s office from 1986-1990. Later she moved on to the firm of Burkhardt and Saenz, 1990-1992, joining Broocks, Baker and Lange, L.L.P. in 1992, and leaving in 2000 for Oppel, Goldberg & Saenz. Her legal practice has emphasized administrative law, and commercial and international business transactions. Her interest in international business was evident during her tenure on Council as she was president of Houston International Initiatives, a City of Houston organization, which encouraged international trade.

As Council Member from 1992 through 1998, she chaired three committees: Council Rules, Ethics, and Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprises while serving on nine other committees. She also served on the Joint City/County Commission for Children and Youth, 1993-1997. Saenz was the first Hispanic and woman to be elected to the position of Mayor Pro-Tem, 1996-1997. Her private activities included service on the Board of Directors of the YMCA, support of Houston Grand Opera, the Boy Scouts of America and the United Way. She has three children and a grandchild. For additional information, see the attached biographies.


Scope and Contents

The collection covers the period 1992-2000, which includes the years that Saenz served on Houston City Council, with address lists, agendas, appointment calendars, bank statements, brochures, checks, correspondence, greeting cards, invitations, mechanical copies of fax transmissions, memos, message logs, meeting minutes, news releases, newsletters, newspaper articles, note pads, publications, questionnaires, receipts, reports, requests for meetings, schedules, and voter analysis printouts. The collection describes the public and private service of Graciela Saenz as Council Member and involved citizen. The mechanics of the Mayoral Campaign of 1997 are described by invitations, questionnaires, and answers to issues. Some post-City Council items are included.


 

Arrangement

The collection is arranged with the material related to city council service presented first followed by campaign funding, mayoral campaigns, service with private organizations, and calendars and logs of appointments.
Series 1: City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Service
Series 2: Campaigning for Office
Series 3: Service with Non-Profit Organizations
Series 4: Event Registers

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

None.


Index Terms

Subjects
Campaign debates--Texas--Houston
Campaign funds--Texas--Houston
Campaign Management--Texas--Houston
Cities and town--Texas--Houston
City councils--Texas—Houston
Directors of corporations
Political campaigns--Texas--Houston
Foreign trade promotion--Texas--Houston
Government attorneys--Texas--Harris County
Government business enterprises--Texas--Houston
Hispanic Americans in the professions--Texas--Houston
Human services--Texas--Houston
International law
Mayors--Texas--Houston
Municipal government--Texas--Houston
Nonprofit organizations--Texas--Houston
Opera companies--Texas--Houston
Theaters--Texas--Houston
Professional associations--Texas--Houston
Women city council members--Texas--Houston
Women--Societies and clubs--Texas--Houston
People
Lanier, Bob, 1925-
Saenz, Graciela, 1953-
Organizations
Boy Scouts of America. Sam Houston Area Council
C.T. Bauer College of Business
Houston Bar Association
Houston (Tex.). City Council
Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston
United Way--Texas--Houston
University of Houston--Center for Mexican American Studies
University of Houston--Law Center
Houston YMCA (Houston, Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Graciela Saenz Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by: Graciela Saenz, October 23, 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by: Ron Drees, November 2005.


Detailed Description

 

City Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem Service

Service on Children and Youth Committees & Commission
Committees and organizations such as Communities in Schools, Youth Violence & Gangs Committee, and Joint City/County Commission on Children.
Box Folder
1 1 Child Welfare, Services, 1993
2 Communities in Schools, 1994-1995
3 Greater Houston Partnership, Parental Involvement Day, 1995-1996
4 Youth Violence & Gangs Committee, Correspondence, 1994-1995
5 Youth Violence & Gangs Committee, Meetings & Schools, 1994-1995
6 Joint City/County Commission on Children, 1993-1994
7 Joint City/County Commission on Children, 1993-1994
8 Joint City/County Commission on Children, 1994
9 Joint City/County Commission on Children, 1994
10 Joint City/County Commission on Children, Aug. 1994-Mar. 1995
11 Joint City/County Commission on Children, 1994-1995
12 Joint City/County Commission on Children, 1989, 1993, 1995
13 Joint City/County Commission on Children, 1994-1995
14 Joint City/County Commission on Children, Jan. - June 1995
15 Joint City/County Commission on Children, July-Dec. 1995
16 Joint City/County Commission on Children, Priorities & After School Programs, 1996-1997
17 Joint City/County Commission on Children, Memos, Minutes, 1995, 1996, 1997
18 Joint City/County Commission on Children, Agendas, Correspondence, Minutes 1996 & 1997
19 Houston Independent School District, Budget, 1997-1998
20 Texas Commission on Youth & Children, 1993 & 1994
Houston City Council Member Activities
International trade, trips, Houston International Initiatives, city budget analysis, agendas, ethics, handwritten notes on thoughts & accomplishments, 1995 voting analysis.
Box Folder
2 1 Council Member Correspondence, Newsletter, 1994
2 International Trade, Legal Services Contract Draft, 1994
3 International Affairs, Trip to Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, 1996
4 Council Member Correspondence, Newsletter, 1996
5 Downtown Houston, Articles, Newsletter, 1996
6 Houston International Initiatives--Correspondence, Brochures, Minutes, Agendas, 1996-1997
7 Foreign Trade, Related Organizations, 1996-1997
8 Certificate from Panama to Council Member Gracie Saenz, n.d.
9 Newsletters, Various, 1997
10 City of Houston, Budget Analysis, Inter-office Correspondence, 1996
11 City Council Papers, Agenda, 24 & 25 Sept. 1996
12 City of Houston, Trade Mission, World Energy Cities, 1997
13 City Council Papers, Agendas, Correspondence, 1996-1997
14 Mayor Pro Tem, Responsibilities, Chapel Dedication, 1997
15 City of Houston, Adopted Budget, Budget Analysis, Fiscal Year 1997-98
16 City of Houston, Ethics and Financial Disclosure, 1997
17 City Council, Correspondence, 1997
18 Extraterritorial Jurisdiction, City of Houston, Newsletter, 1996 & 1997
19 Notes, Handwritten, Accomplishments, Thoughts, 1997, n.d.
20 Notary Public, Application, Information, 1996
21 General Election, City of Houston, Votes for Candidates, 1995
22 Moody Park, Aquatic Center, Dedication, 1997
23 City of Houston, Adopted Capital Improvement Plan, Fiscal Year 2000-2004



 

Campaigning for Office

Council Member Candidate Activities
Gracie Saenz fund-raising, donations, contributions, bank statements & campaign spending.
Box Folder
3 1 Individuals & Organizations, Addresses & Phone Numbers.
2 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Expenditures & Statements, 1993-1994
3 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Bank Statements, 1992-1994
4 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Contributions & Deposits, 1993
5 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Contributions & Expenditures, Sworn Report, July 1993-Dec. 1994
6 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Bank Statements, 1994
7 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Expenditures, 1994
8 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Bank Statements, 1995
9 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, January-June 1995
10 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Statements, American Bank, July-December 1995
Box Folder
4 1 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Bills and Donations, 1995
2 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Bills and Donations, 1995
3 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Contributions & Deposits, 1995
4 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Bank Statements, 1995
5 Gracie Saenz Campaign Fund, Checkbook, 1998
6 Council Member Campaigns, Newspaper Articles, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995
Mayoral Campaign, 1997
Box Folder
4 7 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations and Brochures
8 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Meeting Requests
9 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Articles, Invitations
10 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
11 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Brochures
12 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Brochures
13 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
14 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
15 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Schedules
16 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
17 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
Box Folder
5 1 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Newspaper Articles
2 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Newspaper Articles
3 Air Quality, EPA Standards, Houston Attainability, 1997
4 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Presentation Explaining Candidacy
5 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Finances & Agendas
6 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Meetings, Forums, Invitations, Leadership
7 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Meetings, Forums, Invitations
8 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Questionnaires, Answers, Calendar
9 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Questionnaires, Invitations
10 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Speech, Schedules, Events
11 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Schedules, Newsletters, Correspondence
12 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Correspondence, Invitations, Schedules
13 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Correspondence, Schedules
14 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
15 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
16 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
17 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
18 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations
19 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Schedules
20 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Debate, KTMD Telemundo TV 48
Box Folder
6 1 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Schedules
2 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Schedules
3 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Schedules
4 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Invitations, Briefings, Biography, Schedules
5 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Clippings, Faxes, Invitations
6 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Vote analysis, Consultant
7 Mayoral Campaign, 1997: Post-General Election



 

Service with Non-Profit Organizations

Professional Non-Profit Organizations
Organizations related to the donor’s alma mater, and cultural, ethnic, personal and professional background.
Box Folder
6 8 Alley Theatre, Correspondence, Board Manual, 1996-1997
9 Alley Theatre, Board Meetings, 1996
10 American Leadership Forum, Readings, Parts 1-9, 1994-1995
11 American Leadership Forum, Readings, Parts 10-22, 1994-1995
12 American Leadership Forum, 1995
13 American Leadership Forum, 1996-1997
14 American Leadership Forum, Men Against Violence, 1996 & 1997
15 F.O.C.U.S.-Friends of continental in the U.S., 1997
16 Hispanic Topics: East End, Professionals, Voting, 1996
17 Hispanic Women in Leadership Conference, 1996
18 Hispanic Women in Leadership Conference, 1997
19 Houston Bar Association, International Law Section, 1996-1997
Box Folder
7 1 Houston Grand Opera, Meetings, 1996-1997
2 Leadership, Colorado Outward Bound School, 1995
3 Leadership Houston—Memos, Directory, Brochure, 1994, 1996, 1997
4 Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston, Newsletter, 1996-1997
5 Saenz, Gracie, Notes—Leadership, Hispanic Situation, 1995
6 National Association of Latino & Elected Officials, Board of Directors information; 1992, 1995, 1996
7 National Association of Latino & Elected Officials/Appointed Officials, 1996, 1997
8 National Association of Latino & Elected Officials, Board Meeting, 1996
9 NISH—Creating Employment Opportunities for People with Severe Disabilities
10 Universities, Houston Area, Various, Newsletters, 1996 & 1997
11 University of Houston, Center for Mexican American Studies, 1996
12 University of Houston, College of Business Administration & Small Business Development Center, 1996 & 1997
13 University of Houston, Law Center, 1996 & 1997
14 University of Houston, Law Foundation, Advisory Board, 1996
15 University of Houston, Law Foundation, LCG Associates, 1996 & 1997
16 University of Houston, Reports, 1996
17 Women for the Advancement of Hispanic Families, 1996
Social Non-Profit Organizations and Human Welfare Organizations
Box Folder
8 1 American Diabetes Association, 1996: Kiss-a-Pig, 1997
2 Boy Scouts of America: Brochures, 1996; Correspondence, 1997
3 Child Advocates, 1996-1997
4 Hermann, George H., Society, 1996 & 1997
5 Houston Endowment Foundation Report, 1991-1993
6 March of Dimes, Birth Defects, 1996 & 1997
7 Solicitations, Cash, Volunteer, 1995 & 1996
8 United Way, Board of Trustees Meeting, 13 December 1994
9 United Way, Public Policy Committee, Mixed Materials, 1995, 1996, 1997
10 United Way, Board of Trustees, Retreat Information, 1996
11 United Way, Board of Trustees Meeting, 18 June 1996
12 United Way, Nominating Committee, 1996
13 United Way, Board of Trustees Meeting, 20 Aug 1996; Membership, 1995-1996
14 United Way: Memos, Minutes, Correspondence, Newsletters, 1996-1997
15 United Way: Research, Various Materials, 1996-1997
16 United Way, Texas Public Policy Legislation, 1997
17 United Way, Board of Trustees, Meetings, 1997; Members, 1998
18 YMCA, Financial Statements of 1995, Agenda of 1996
19 YMCA, Correspondence; Fire, Children, 1996; Auction Catalog, n.d.
20 YMCA, Board of Directors, Agendas, 1996, January & March
21 YMCA, Board of Directors, Agendas, 1996, May & July
22 YMCA, Board of Directors, Agendas, 1997, January
23 YMCA, Board of Directors, Agendas, 1997, May & July
24 YMCA, Board of Directors, Meeting Minutes, 25 March 1997
25 YMCA, Correspondence, 1996, 1997
26 YMCA, Partners of Youth Campaign, 1996 & 1997



 

Event Registers

Appointment calendars, message logs, personal correspondence.
Box Folder
9 1 Appointment Book, 1992
2 Appointment Books, 1993 & 1994
3 Appointment Books, 1995 & 1996
4 Correspondence, Invitations, 1994
5 Correspondence, Greeting Cards, 1994-1996; Negatives, Unidentified, n.d.
6 Correspondence, Christmas Cards, 1997
7 Correspondence, Solicitations & Contributions, 1998
8 Message Logs, 1993