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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

I. Manuscripts

II. Sound Recordings

III. Oversized Materials

IV. Plaques

V. Videos

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Lauro F. Cavazos:

An Inventory His Records, 1982-2000, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Cavazos, Lauro
Title: Lauro F. Cavazos Papers,
Dates: 1982-2000
Abstract: Papers of former Texas Tech Universiy president and U. S. Secretary of Education Lauro F. Cavazos from 1982-2000.
Collection # U 286.1
Quantity: 3 boxes and 1 oversized folder (4.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A sixth generation Texan, Lauro Fred Cavazos was born on January 4, 1927 on the vast King Ranch in South Texas, where his father was the foreman of the showcase Santa Gertrudis Division. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in zoology at Texas Tech University and a doctoral degree in physiology from Iowa State University. In addition, he received honorary degrees from several universities and colleges. He married the former Peggy Murdock, and together they had ten children.

Dr. Cavazos served in various professional and administrative positions. He taught at the Medical College of Virginia and at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he was also Dean from 1975 to 1980. He returned to Texas Tech University in 1980 to become its tenth president, and the first Hispanic and first graduate of the school to hold the office.

A recognized expert in both the field of medicine and the field of education, Cavazos was a consultant to national and international health organizations, including the World Health Organization and a variety of inter-American health groups. He authored or co-authored approximately 75 publications in the areas of physiology and reproduction, fine structure of cells and tissues, and medical education. Cavazos also received a number of awards recognizing his efforts in education. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan presented him with an award for Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Education. In 1985 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences, and in 1987 he accepted an award designed in his honor from the Texas Tech University Ex- Student Association. The next year he received the National Hispanic Leadership Award in the field of education from the League of United Latin American Citizens.

On August 9, 1988 President Reagan nominated Cavazos for Secretary of Education, and on September 20, 1988 he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. President George Bush asked him to continue as Secretary following the November 1988 election. He remained in the position until resigning in December 1990. As Secretary, Cavazos concentrated on reforming American Education through raising the expectations of students, teachers, and parents. He also targeted federal resources to improve opportunities for those most in need, and initiated special programs to combat drug and alcohol use. As a strong advocate of parental involvement in education, he provided leadership to encourage parental and community participation in education reform.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of materials relating to Cavazos's career in education, particularly his presentations at various conferences and symposiums. Included are calendar schedules, certificates, correspondence, miscellaneous invitations and cards, plaques, presentation drafts, and photographs.

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Organization

The collection is arranged into 5 series:
  • manuscripts
  • sound recording
  • oversized materials
  • plaques
  • videos

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Cavazos, Lauro
Cavazos, Lauro--Archives
Cavazos, Lauro--Awards
Cavazos, Lauro--Correspondence
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Technological College
Texas Tech University
United States. Dept. of Education
Places
United States--Politics and government
Subjects
College presidents--Texas
Education and state--United States
Education--United States
Mexican Americans--Texas
Minorities--Education
Speeches, addresses, etc. American

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Related Material

Lauro Cavazos Papers, 1932-1994

Lauro F. Cavazos oral history interview [sound recording], 1984

Lauro F. Cavazos oral history interview [sound recording], 1991

Lauro F. Cavazos oral history interview [sound recording], 1994

Peggy Cavazos oral history interview [sound recording], 1991

President's Office Records, 1968-1988 and undated

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lauro F. Cavazos Papers, 1982-2000, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2001-0282-B

Gift, 2001

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, 2003

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Additional Sources

Cavazos, Lauro F. Educating Our Children: Parents and Schools Together: a Report to the President.Washington, D.C. : Dept. of Education, 1989.

Cavazos, Lauro F. Choice in Education.Washington, D.C. : Dept. of Education, 1989.

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Collection Inventory

 

I. Manuscripts

box folder
1 1 Alliance for the Progress of Hispanic Americans (ALPHA), 1995
2 Biographical Information on Lauro F. Cavazos, 1994-1999
3 Business Cards for Lauro F. Cavazos (8 items), undated
4 Calendar Pages, 1994
5 Calendar Pages, 1995
6 Calendar Pages, 1995-1997
7 Calendar Pages, 1997-1999
7 Calendar Pages, 1997-1999
8 Calendar Pages, 1998-1999
9 Cavazos Junior High Dedication Ceremony (41 prints), November 7, 1993
10 Cavazos Junior High School, 1995
11 Certificates, 1994
12 Conference: Cross-Cultural Curriculum Development in Medicine, 1996
13 Conference: Cross-Cultural Curriculum Development in Medicine- presentation drafts, 1996
14 Conference: Cultural Leadership, September 1996
15 Conference: National AHEC Workshop, 1999
16 Correspondence, undated
17 Correspondence, 1992
18 Correspondence, 1993
19 Correspondence, 1994
20 Correspondence, 1995
21 Correspondence, 1996
22 Correspondence, 1997
23 Correspondence, 1998
24 Correspondence, 1999
25 Correspondence between the Cavazos Family, undated
26 Correspondence from Heidl, Sarah and Anne, 1999
27 Correspondence: Requests for Cavazo's Autograph, 1988-1998
28 Correspondence: Thank You Cards, 1982-1999
29 Diamond Shamrock, 1993-1999
30 Education Class Day Leadership San Antonio, 1994
31 George Bush Presidential Library Foundation, 1994-1997
32 Harvard University, 1995-1996
33 Henrietta M. King High School Reunion Program for the Class of 1944, 1994
34 Hispanic Center of Excellence Faculty Development Conference for Underrepresented Minority Faculty, 1995
35 Invitations: National Wildlife Research Center, 1995-1999
box folder
2 1 Invitations and Cards (Folder 1 of 2), 1996-1999
2 Invitations and Cards (Folder 2 of 2), 1996-1999
3 Luby's Cafeteria, Inc., 1993-1998
4 Monument Square Association, 1994
5 Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 1995
6 Name Tags and Identification Cards, undated
7 National Symposium on Testing and Training, 1998
8 Nellie Mae, 1995
9 News Clippings on Cavazos, 1994-1999
10 Newsletters: Miscellaneous, 1995-1997
11 Phone Messages, 1998
12 Photographs, 1995-1998
Alliance for the Progress of Hispanic Americans (ALPHA, 2 prints), 1995
Army War College (5 prints), April 1997
Army War College (10 prints), Spring 1998
Army War College (1 matted print), April 6, 1998
box folder
2 13 Petroleum Industry Security Council Meeting, 1995
14 Proclamation by the Mayor of Deer Park, Texas, 1995
15 The Quest for Excellence in the Education of Hispanics, 1985
16 Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, 1998-1999
17 San Antonio Youth Literacy, 1996
18 Senate of the State of Texas, 1998
19 Settlement of Tomasa Cavazos's Estate, 1987-1998
20 Tech Prep of the Rio Grande Valley's Third Annual CEO's Dinner, 1998
21 Texas Tech Ex-Students Association, 1994-1998
22 Texas Tech University, 1984-1999
23 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: Summer Premedical Academy, 1999
24 Tufts University School of Medicine, 1993-1999
25 Tufts University School of Medicine: Bulletins and Brochures, 1993-1997
box folder
3 1 Tufts University School of Medicine: Bulletins and Brochures, 1997-1998
2 U. S. Army War College, 1997-1999
3 Worth Brochure Sent by Claudia Nugent, 1999

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II. Sound Recordings

cassette
1 Sound Recording: Cavazos interview with the Windmeyer Group (7.5 minutes), September 27, 1995

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III. Oversized Materials

oversize
1 City of Harlingen Proclamation for Dr. Lauro F. Cavazos Day, September 22, 1998
oversize
2 Limited edition calendar of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation (unopened), 1999
oversize
3 Limited edition calendar of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, 2000
oversize
4 Oversized Card, "Grulla Middle School Students Welcome Mr. L. Cavazos," undated
oversize
5 Oversized town planner [written in by Cavazos], 1999
oversize
6 Texas Tech University poster for "Great Degree Programs!", undated

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IV. Plaques

oversize
1 Green and gold plaque present to Lauro F. Cavazos by the Board of Directors of Diamond Shamrock Inc., 1996
oversize
2 Wood and metal plaque present to Lauro F. Cavazos by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston for participation in the Hispanic Center of Excellence Faculty Development Conference for Underrepresented Minority Faculty, May 5-6, 1995
oversize
3 Wood and metal plaque in appreciation to Dr. Lauro F. Cavazos, keynote speaker, by Omega Delta Phi, November 12, 1994
oversize
4 Wood and metal plaque present to Dr. Lauro F. Cavazos in appreciation for serving as guest speaker for the Hispanic Heritage Month Command Program, October 8, 1997

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V. Videos

oversize
1 Video: The Eighth Annual Report of the Secretaries of Defense, 1994
oversize
2 Video: The Ninth Annual Report of the Secretaries of Defense, 1995
oversize
3 Video: The Twelfth Annual Report of the Secretaries of State, 1994
oversize
4 Video: The Thirteenth Annual Report of the Secretaries of State, 1995
oversize
5 Video: The Fifteenth Annual Report of the Secretaries of State, 1998

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