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Pancho Medrano Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Medrano, Pancho (Francisco F.), 1920-2002.
Title: Pancho Medrano Papers
Dates: 1946-1971
Abstract: Francisco F. Medrano (1920-2002), better known as Pancho Medrano, was a prominent figure in local labor and civil rights movements beginning in 1960. Medrano's papers document his labor, civil rights, and political activities and contain correspondence, newspapers, newspaper clippings, photographs, leaflets, flyers, newsletters, articles, and booklets.
Identification: AR55
Extent: 2 boxes (0.83 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Francisco F. Medrano, who became known as Pancho Medrano, was a prominent figure in labor and civil rights movements in Texas. Medrano was born in Dallas, Texas on August 2, 1920, and became a heavyweight boxing champion early in life. He went on to work as a laborer and became an official for the United Auto Workers (UAW) in 1960. Medrano became very active in local politics, championing civil rights and labor causes, including the United Farm Workers' campaigns. He died in 2002.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain correspondence, newspapers, newspaper clippings, photographs, leaflets, flyers, newsletters, articles, and booklets. Materials document Medrano's political and union activities. Included are copies and clippings from Spanish language newspapers and newsletters including LULAC News, La Causa, Encuentro, El Sol de Texas, and Papel Chicano. There are newspapers and newsletters produced by the United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, information on local United Auto Workers Unions, clippings concerning Mexican American agricultural workers in Texas and California, and clippings on the farm workers strikes in the late 1960s. Photographs are of Medrano, UAW groups, Mexican American farm workers and families, strikes, and union and political activities. Also present are materials relating to Thomas Rodriguez and police brutality in Dallas, national elections, civil rights, Mexican Americans in Dallas, as well as materials on Medrano's two sons, Ricardo and Roberto, who were activists in Dallas.


Organization

Materials are arranged alphabetically according to subject in 15 folders. Materials within each folder are arranged in chronological order.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Medrano, Pancho (Francisco F.), 1920-2002--Archives.
Organizations
United Farm Workers Organizing Committee.
Subjects
Labor unions--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor unions--Political activity--Texas--History--Sources.
Agricultural laborers--Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--History--Sources.
Mexican American agricultural laborers--Rio Grande Valley (Colo.-Mexico and Tex.)--History--Sources.
Mexican American politicians--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Mexican Americans--Civil rights--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Strikes and lockouts--Agricultural laborers--Texas--Starr County--History--Sources.
Police Brutality--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

The UTA Libraries Oral History Collection contains transcribed interviews with Pancho Medrano.


Administrative Information

Citation

Pancho Medrano Papers, AR55, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1971. Accessioned as number 71-16.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 American GI Forum, Eighteenth National Convention, San Diego, California, 1966
2 Correspondence, 1964-1971
3 Elections, Campaign Leaflets, 1963(?)-1970
4 Miscellaneous, 1956-1969, undated
5 Police Brutality, Tomas Rodriguez Case, Leaflets, 1971
6 Police Brutality, Tomas Rodriguez Case, News Clippings, Feb. 20- March 21, 1971
7 Police Brutality, Tomas Rodriguez Case, News Clippings, March 26- July 23, 1971
8 Union Activities & Miscellaneous, News Clippings, 1946-1971
9 United Farm Worker's Organizing Committee, California Campaign, Leaflets, Pamphlets and Publications, 1966-1969
Box
2
1 United Farm Worker's Organizing Committee, California Campaign, News Clippings, 1966-1971
2 United Farm Worker's Organizing Committee, Texas Campaign, Leaflets, Pamphlets and Publications, 1967-1971
3 United Farm Worker's Organizing Committee, Texas Campaign, News Clippings, March 4, 1966- May 26, 1967
4 United Farm Worker's Organizing Committee, Texas Campaign, News Clippings, June 2, 1967- June 13, 1968
5 United Farm Worker's Organizing Committee, Texas Campaign, News Clippings, undated
6 Photographs & Bumper Stickers, 1967-1968, undated