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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Microfilm

Description of Series

Photographs

League of United Latin American Citizens

Jobs for Progress, Inc.

The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education

Letters

Publications

LULAC Members and Conventions

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Alfred J. Hernandez Papers MSS.0159



Descriptive Summary

Creator Hernandez, Alfred J., 1917-
Title: Alfred J. Hernandez Papers
Dates: Bulk, 1960-1979
Dates: Inclusive, 1932-1981, 1960-1979
Identification: MSS.0159
Quantity: 30.0 Linear feet, 25 doc boxes, 1 flat box, 1 rs box, 11 rolls microfilm
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Alfred J. Hernandez was born in Mexico City in August 1917. At age four, his parents emigrated to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas as farm workers. He graduated from high school, and during WWII, enlisted in the U.S. Army serving in the African and European war operations as a technical sergeant. Hernandez received his American citizenship while he was serving in Europe. On his return to the United States, he enrolled in the University of Houston where he did his pre-law work and obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from South Texas College of Law in 1953. Alfred J. Hernandez married the former Minnie Casas and they had two sons: Alfred, Jr., John Joseph and a daughter, Anna Marie.

Hernandez was president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) from 1965 to 1967 and became a civil rights leader, working for the improvement of the social and economic conditions of all American citizens of Spanish-speaking descent in the United States.

On March 28, 1966, Judge Alfred J. Hernandez, together with delegates of LULAC, organized with "Albuquerque Walkout" in protest of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) discriminatory hiring practices against Mexican Americans. He also was one of the organizers of the Selma [Texas] Minimum Wage March of 1966, a two-month trek from the Rio Grande Valley, which began as a labor strike of the United Farm Workers Association against local agri-business and ended in a confrontation with Governor John Connally on the highway near New Braunfels. The march to Austin received national coverage and brought national attention to social conditions of Mexican Americans.

Judge Alfred J. Hernandez was Chairman of the Board of Project SER, (Job for Progress, Inc.) created in 1965 as a job training center for unemployed Mexican Americans. He also served on the GI Forum Job Opportunity Program and was a member of the Houston Crime Commission.

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Scope and Contents

The Alfred J. Hernandez Papers consist of private and organizational records representative of Judge Alfred J. Hernandez's legal and civic advocacy, LULAC's organization, reports, projects and documents concerning the welfare, health and education of Mexican American citizens in the United States. The collection also includes photographic material of Judge Alfred J. Hernandez and LULAC's membership.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Microfilm is available for viewing.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Alfred J. Hernandez Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

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Index Terms

Hernandez, Alfred J., 1917-
Jobs for Progress, Inc.
League of United Latin American Citizens
Project Head Start (U.S.)
Mexican Americans--Economic conditions--20th century
Mexican Americans--Politics and government--20th century
Mexican Americans--Social conditions--20th century
Mexican Americans--Texas--Civil rights

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alfred J. Hernandez Papers. MSS 159. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Alfred J. Hernandez , October 12, 1987.

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 Microfilm 

The Alfred J. Hernandez Papers were microfilmed as part of a cooperative effort between the Houston Metropolitan Research Center and the University of Houston Special Collections and Archives to preserve the collection. As part of the project, the University of Houston produced these microfilm copies for use by HMRC patrons.

Roll 1: Box 1, Folder 1 through Box 5, Folder 2

Roll 2: Box 5, Folder 3 through Box 7, Folder 2

Roll 3: Box 7, Folder 2 (continues) through Box 10, Folder 1

Roll 4: Box 10, Folder 2 through Box 13, Folder 1

Roll 5: Box 13, Folder 2 through Box 15, Folder 1

Roll 6: Box 15, Folder 1 (continues throughout Roll 6)

Roll 7: Box 16, Folder 1 through Box 17, Folder 8

Roll 8: Box 17, Folder 9 through Box 19, Folder 6

Roll 9: Box 20, Folder 1 through Box 21, Folder 4

Roll 10: Box 21, Folder 5 through Box 22, Folder 8

Roll 11: Box 23, Folder 1 through Box 24, Folder 14

There is no microfilm for Box 25

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Photographs

Box
1A Photographs
Box
1B Photographs

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League of United Latin American Citizens

Box Folder
2 1 LULAC, News, 1932
2 LULAC, News, 1934
3 LULAC, News, 1947
4 LULAC, News, 1952
5 LULAC, News, 1954
6 LULAC, News, 1955
7 LULAC, News, 1956
8 LULAC, News, 1957
9 LULAC, News, 1958
10 LULAC, News, 1959
11 LULAC, News, 1964
12 LULAC, News, 1964
13 LULAC, News, 1965
14 LULAC, News, 1966
15 LULAC, News, 1967
16 LULAC, News, 1973
17 LULAC, News, 1974
18 LULAC, News, 1979
Box Folder
3 1 Washington's Birthday Celebration, 1999. February 19, 1949
2 LULAC, Celebration Programs, 1965 through 1966
3 LULAC, Programs, 1967 through 1969
4 LULAC, Annual Week Fiesta, February 16 through 21
5 LULAC, Official Programs, 1949 through 1952
6 LULAC, National Convention Programs, 1955 through 1958
7 LULAC, National Convention Programs, 1966 through 1967
8 LULAC, National Convention Programs, 1966 through 1967
9 LULAC, Junior LULAC news, 1967 through 1968
10 LULAC, News, meetings, programs, 1965 through 1979
11 LULAC, First Annual LULAC Convention, Iowa. 1962
12 LULAC, Annual Conventions, 1972, 1974
13 LULAC, Supreme Council Meeting Programs, 1966
14 LULAC, 50th Anniversary Banquet, 1979
Box Folder
4 1 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1975 through 1976
2 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1977
3 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1978 through 1979
4 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1978 through 1979
5 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1978 through 1979
6 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1978 through 1979
7 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1978 through 1979
8 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1979
9 LULAC, Correspondence, Clippings, 1980
Box Folder
5 1 LULAC, Correspondence, 1970
2 LULAC, "Little School of the 400," Correspondence, 1961
3 LULAC, Educational Fund, 1963
4 LULAC, "Little School of the 400," Publication, 1962, 1979
5 LULAC, Speeches and Speech Materials, Alfred J. Hernandez, 1960s, 1970s
6 LULAC, News, History of LULAC, 1977, 1978
7 LULAC, Constitution and By-Laws, 1949, 1969
8 LULAC, National Constitutions, 1970, 1977
9 LULAC, Draft of the LULAC Constitution, 1965, 1969
10 Proposal to create the National LULAC, Housing Development Corporation by LULAC, 1969
11 LULAC, A Housing Proposal submitted to League of Latin American Citizens by Non-profit Housing Center, 1969
12 LULAC, Meetings, Policy Objectives, 1976, 1979
Box Folder
6 1 LULAC, Campaign Flyer, Correspondence, Miscellaneous LULAC Documents, 1960
2 LULAC, Materials, Publications and Correspondence of A. Hernandez regarding Poverty and Education, 1967 through 1968
3 LULAC, Supreme Council Meetings, Houston, Texas. February 11, 1977
4 LULAC, Foundation, 1972 through 1978
5 LULAC, Foundation, 1978
6 LULAC, Foundation, 1978
7 LULAC, Foundation, 1979
8 LULAC, Foundation, 1978
9 LULAC, National Council, 1978
10 The New Federalism Address and Statements by President Richard M. Nixon, 1969
11 Minority Business, 1969, 1972

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Jobs for Progress, Inc.

Box Folder
7 1 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966
2 Correspondence, Houston, Texas 1968 through 1969
3 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Albuquerque, New Mexico
4 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Correpondence, Reports, Legal Documents 1968
5 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Correspondence, Reports, 1968
6 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Albuquerque, New Mexico. Correspondence, Reports, 1968
7 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Denver, Colorado. Correspondence, Reports, 1968
8 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. San Diego, California. Correspondence, Reports, July 1968
9 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Applications, 1966
10 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, July through August 1966
11 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER (brochure) 1966. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, September through October 1966
12 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER, 1966. Correspondence, Related Documents, November 1966
13 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER, 1966. Reports, December 1966
Box Folder
8 1 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, January through June 1966
2 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, January 1967
3 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, February 1967
4 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, March through April 1967
5 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, May 1967
6 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. June 1967
7 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. July through September 1967
8 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. October 1967
9 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, November 1967
10 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. December 1967
11 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. First Annual Statistical Progress Report, October through November 1967
Box Folder
9 1 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, 1966 through 1970
2 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, December 1968 through February 1969
3 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, 1966 through 1970
4 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, February through August 1969
5 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports
Box Folder
10 1 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, Documents, Correspondence, April through August 1968, July through August 1969
2 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, December 1968 through February 1969
3 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, January 16 through 17, 1969
4 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, October through November 1968, February 1969
5 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Documents, Reports, August 1968, April through August 1969
6 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, April through June 1968, September through October 1970
Box Folder
11 1 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, January through June 1970
2 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, January 1969
3 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, May through June 1967
4 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Reports, January 1967
5 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Documents, Employment Pamphlets, October 1966, April 1967, 1969
6 Jobs for Progress, Inc. Operation SER. Documents, Reports, Related Documents, July 1968 through 1972

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The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education

Box Folder
12 1 Department of Health, Education and Welfare, The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education. Memoranda and Bulletin. August 1967
2 Department of Health, Education and Welfare, The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, 1968 through 1970
3 Department of Health, Education and Welfare, The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, 1968 through 1970
4 Department of Health, Education and Welfare, The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, 1968 through 1970
5 Department of Health, Education and Welfare, The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, April 17 through 18, 1969
6 Department of Health, Education and Welfare, The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education. Correspondence, Reports, Related Documents, 1968
7 Speeches by Armando M. Rodriguez. The Advisory Committee on Mexican American Education. 1967 through 1969. Articles by Armando M. Rodriguez. Mexican American Education. 1968

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Letters

Box Folder
13 1 Legal Correspondence of Alfred J. Hernandez, January through December 1974
2 Year Schedule Calendar of Alfred J. Hernandez, 1982
3 Calendar of Alfred J. Hernandez, 1981
4 Campaign Material, Judge Alfred J. Hernandez
5 Cards, Envelopes, Clippings, 1955, 1960, 1972
6 Speeches, Alfred J. Hernandez
Box Folder
14 1 Legal Correspondence of Alfred J. Hernandez, 1950 through 1960
2 Legal Correspondence of Alfred J. Hernandez, July through December 1973
3 Legal Correspondence of Alfred J. Hernandez, January through October 1978
4 Legal Correspondence of Alfred J. Hernandez, July 1979 through December 1980
5 Legal Correspondence of Alfred J. Hernandez, January through December 1980
6 Legal Correspondence of Alfred J. Hernandez, January through December 1981

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Publications

Box
15 Thirteen volumes Migrant and Farm Labor, Congressional Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor of the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. United States Senate. Ninety-first Congress. First and Second Sessions. April 14 to September 30, 1969. July 20 through 24, 1970.
Box Folder
16 1 The Migratory Farm Labor Problem in the United States. June 9 and 10, 1969 July 28, 1969
2 Texas Migrant Council, Inc. Project, 1969
3 Documents related to Migrants and Farm Labor, 1967 through 1968, 1970
4 Economic Effect Studies, Hired Farm Worker: A Study of the Effects of the $1.00 Minimum Wage Under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Submitted to the Congress, 1968
5 Farm Labor/Developments, January through December, 1967. Year of Transition, Seasonal Farm Labor Report of Secretary of Labor, 1965
6 Programs for Migrant Farm Workers, 1961 through 1962
7 Migrant and Farm Labor Bulletins. Correspondence to Alfred J. Hernandez, 1962 through 1968
8 Programs for Migrant Farm Workers, 1966 through 1967
9 Texas Migrant Labor. The 1966 Migration. The Good Neighbor Commission of Texas, 1966 through 1967
Box Folder
17 1 Monograph by George L. Farmer. Education: The Dilemma of the Spanish Surname. American School of Education. University of Southern California. 1968
2 Education Programs for Children of Migrant Workers, 1961, 1966, and 1968
3 Publication of the U. S. Office of Education. Mexican American Education. 1966 through 1970
4 Publication of the Inter-Agency Committee on Mexican American Affairs. The Mexican-American, a New Focus of Opportunity. Spanish-Surnamed American College Graduates. 1968
5 Educational Projects, 1968 through 1971
6 Report of Board of Education, Houston Independent School District. Drug Education Committee
7 Texas Adult Migrant Education, 1966. An Identification of Migrant Problems.
8 National Conference on Educational Opportunities for Mexican Americans, April 25 through 26, 1968
9 American Education Report. The Mexican American Fights for Education Equality, 1968
Box Folder
18 1 The Mexican-American: Quest for Equality. A Report By the National Advisory Committee on Mexican-American Education, 1968
2 Action Taken By the Department of Health, Education and Welfare Against Advertisements Which Stereotype Mexican-Americans
3 Mexican-American Educational Directory, 1971 through 1972
4 The Treatment of Minorities in Textbooks, 1966 through 1967
5 Education of Mexican-Americans, 1966
6 Hearing on Health, Education and Welfare, Volume I. Equal Educational Opportunity
7 Recommendation from El Paso Hearings Before Secretary Gardner Not Included in Formal Papers.
8 Project Head Start
9 Project Head Start
10 Project Head Start
11 Publications of the U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. the Youth We Haven't Served, 1966
12 Education: Bilingual/Bicultural Education, 1969
13 Publication of U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, 1969 through 1971
14 Minority Business Project, 1969
Box Folder
19 1 Citizen's Crusade Against Poverty, 1967
2 Meeting of the National Board Citizen's Crusade Against Poverty, December 13, 1966, April 1967
3 The National Council on Hunger and Malnutrition in the United States, 1970. Citizens Crusade Against Poverty (CCAP), 1964
4 Citizen's Crusade Against Poverty, 1966 through 1967
5 Citizen's Crusade Against Poverty, 1968
6 Reports From Citizen's Crusade Against Poverty, 1968
Box Folder
20 1 Government Publications, Employment, Documents/Hearings, 1966 through 1967
Box Folder
21 1 Employment Programs of the Houston Employers' Voluntary Council on Merit Employment, 1967
2 Hearings On Discrimination in Employment, 1970
3 Minority Employment Programs. New Mexico. San Antonio, 1968
4 Employment Opportunity Commission, 1966, 1969
5 Publications of the U. S. Department of Labor, 1966, 1967
6 The Manpower Department of Training, 1969, 1972
7 Texas Southern University, Vocational Guidance Institute 1968
8 Texas Southern University, Summer Workshop 1969, 1972
Box Folder
22 1 Publications of Department of the U.S. Department of Labor. Poverty in Houston, Central City, 1968, 1970
2 Hunger U.S.A., 1968
3 Employment Projects, 1964 1969
4 Poverty in U.S., 1966 through 1968
5 Poverty in the U.S., 1965 through 1966, 1968 to 1969
6 Poverty Amid Plenty: the American Paradox, 1969
7 Poverty Amid Plenty: the American Paradox, 1969
8 Elderly Mexican Americans, Social Security Information, 1968 through 1969
Box Folder
23 1 Persons of Origin in the United States, 1960, 1969, 1971
2 Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Executive Reorganization of the Committee on Government Operations. United States Senate Establish an Interagency Committee on Mexican American Affairs, 1969
3 Hearing on Mexican American Affairs, 1967 through 1968
4 Estampillas de Alimentos para La Familia, 1972
5 The Status of Spanish Surnames [ sic] Citizens in Colorado, 1967
6 The National Hispanic Fraternities and Societies, 1965, 1967, 1977
7 Becoming a Citizen Series: Our American Way of Life, 1965, Fair Housing Laws, 1969
Box Folder
24 1 Mexican Americans in the Southwest, 1965, 1967. Education and Income of Mexican Americans in the Southwest
2 Spanish Speaking Organizations, January 1970
3 American GI Forum of the U.S. National and State Officers
4 Directory of Spanish Speaking Community Organizations, June 1970
5 Cabinet Committee on Opportunities for Spanish Speaking People. Federal Programs and the Mexican American, 1967 through 1970
6 Directory of Federal Officials with Liaison, Responsibility for Programs of Special Interest to Mexican Americans, April 1968. The New York Human Rights Commission.
7 Interstate Research Associates, 1968. Southwest Council of La Raza, 1969 through 1970. Institutionalization of Bilingual Bicultural Programs, 1968
8 Ecos de Las Lomas, 1968. La Vida Latina en Houston, 1974 (news) pamphlets
9 Hispanic Publications, 1968, 1970
10 "Cancion de Raza" T.V. Bilingual Programs, 1968
11 Cooperatives a National Asset, 1968
12 The Civil Rights Status of Spanish-Speaking Americans in Texas, 1967
13 Mosalios, 1955
14 Agenda, 1970. Publication of Industrial Union Department

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LULAC Members and Conventions

Box Folder
25 1 Jr. LULAC National President, Manuel Baneles
2 LULAC branches, Houston, 1967 through 1968, 1968 through 1969
3 George Sanchez
4 Edward P. Monga
5 Julia Zozaya, LULAC National Vice President, 1969
6 Paul Garza, LULAC National President, 1970 through 1971
7 Romeo Vera
8 LULAC Texas, including Houston, 1971
9 Feliberto Martinez, Director. LULAC Research and Information Center, June 1970
10 Jake Rodriguez
11 LULAC, Co. #60
12 Bilingual Education Program, Houston
13 Amendments, LULAC, 1970. National, May 25, 1970
14 Council Charter Approval by A.J. Hernandez as Past National President
15 J.M. Romo, 2711 McKinley Avenue, El Paso, Texas
16 LULAC Convention, 1973
17 LULAC Convention, 1972, Beaumont, Texas
18 LULAC Convention, 1969
19 LULAC National Legal Advisory (Alfred J. Hernandez), 1971 through 1972
20 LULAC Supreme Council Meetings, July 1970 through June 1971
21 LULAC, California
22 Narcisa M. Espinoza. Arizona LULAC State Director. 1305 W. 7th St., Tempe, Arizona, 85281
23 LULAC Oratorical Contest
24 Mario Obledo. Past Texas State Director
25 Pete Villa. National LULAC President
26 LULAC Filter Head, Memos
27 LULAC Housing
28 Annual LULAC Week, Fiesta. February 16 through 21, 1970
29 LULAC National Conventions, 1971, 1977
30 LULAC Clippings, newspapers, bulletins
31 LULAC Member addresses

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