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Texas AFL-CIO. Mexican American Affairs Committee Records:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas AFL-CIO. Mexican American Affairs Committee.
Title: Texas AFL-CIO. Mexican American Affairs Committee Records
Dates: 1951-1971
Abstract: The Texas AFL-CIO, a federation of local unions and central labor councils in Texas, is a central body that represents labor interests and acts as the policy-making, educational, and legislative arm of AFL-CIO labor at the state level. These records constitute Series VII of AR110: Texas AFL-CIO Records. They consist of records pertaining to the Mexican American Affairs Committee and contain correspondence, legal documents, minutes, reports, newsletters, photographs, lists, essays, notes, newspaper clippings, and booklets. Topics include the rights of migrant workers in the United States; efforts to organize labor; trials and litigation, including the case brought by the Texas AFL-CIO against the Attorney General and the INS over Mexican commuter workers; and economic conditions along the border.
Identification: AR110, Series VII
Extent: 6 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Texas AFL-CIO was formed on July 29, 1957 when the Texas State Federation of Labor and the Texas State CIO Council merged. The organization, a federation of local unions and central labor councils in Texas, is a central body that represents labor interests and acts as the policy-making, educational, and legislative arm of AFL-CIO labor at the state level. Although it does not negotiate collective bargaining contracts for its members, it does serve as the voice for all Texas AFL-CIO labor in the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress.

The Mexican American Affairs Committee, formerly the Latin American Affairs Committee, was a convention committee until August 1961, when it was set up as a permanent committee. The name was changed to Mexican American Affairs Committee in 1967.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal documents, minutes, reports, newsletters, photographs, lists, essays, notes, newspaper clippings, and booklets. Included are correspondence and reports to officers from various international affairs advisors, notably Andrew C. McLellan, author of What Price Wetbacks?, and photographs of Mexican workers used in his publication; records of committee directors; and additional materials. Topics include labor's efforts to combat the Mexican commuter worker problem including the case the Texas AFL-CIO brought against Robert F. Kennedy, Attorney General, and the Immigration and Naturalization Service; the rights of migrant workers in the United States; and economic conditions along the border. Also included are reports and correspondence from Texas AFL-CIO public information officers regarding organizing efforts throughout the state.


Organization

The Mexican American Affairs Committee records consist of 42 folders in 9 subseries.
Subseries A. Committee records, 1961-1967 (1 folder)
Subseries B. Liaison personnel records, 1951-1964, (6 folders)
Subseries C. Public Information Officers' records, 1963-1970 (6 folders)
Subseries D. Commuter lawsuit records, 1961-1964 (5 folders)
Subseries E. Mexico tours records, 1955-1959 (3 folders)
Subseries F. Clippings, 1961-1971 (4 folders)
Subseries G. Mexico, miscellaneous, 1959-1969 (4 folders)
Subseries H. Mexican-Americans and migrants, 1962-1970 (7 folders)
Subseries I. Photographs, 1953, undated (6 folders)

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
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968--Trials, litigation, etc.--History--Sources.
Organizations
Texas AFL-CIO. Mexican American Affairs Committee--Records and correspondence.
Texas State Federation of Labor--Records and correspondence.
Texas AFL-CIO--Trials, litigation, etc.--History--Sources.
United States. Immigration and Naturalization Service--Trials, litigation, etc.--History--Sources.
Subjects
Mexican-American agricultural laborers--Texas--History--Sources.
Foreign workers, Mexican--Texas--History--Sources.
Mexicans--Texas--History--Sources.
Commuters--Texas--El Paso--History--Sources.
Labor unions--Organizing--Texas--History--Sources.
Places
Mexico--Foreign economic relations--United States.
United States--Foreign economic relations--Mexico.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

AR110, Series I: Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board Records, 1952-1973

AR110, Series II: Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board Reading Files, 1957-1973

AR110, Series III: Texas AFL-CIO Education Department Records, 1952-1972

AR110, Series IV: Texas AFL-CIO Legal Records, 1941-1970

AR110, Series V: Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Department Records, 1952-1972

AR110, Series VI: Texas AFL-CIO Public Relations Department Records, 1951-1973

AR110, Series VIII: Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education Records, 1947-1972

AR110, Series IX: Texas AFL-CIO Records, W. Don Ellinger Papers, 1946-1961

AR110, Series X: Texas AFL-CIO Convention Records, 1956-1975

AR110, Series XI: Texas AFL-CIO Personalities Colllection, 1928-1973

AR110, Series XII: Texas AFL-CIO Printing Pockets, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XIII: Texas AFL-CIO Directories, 1955-1969

AR110, Series XIV: Texas AFL-CIO Newspaper Clippings Collection, 1937-1972

AR110, Series XV: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Federation of Labor Records, 1932-1957

AR110, Series XVI: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State CIO Council Records, 1937-1957

AR110, Series XVII: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Industrial Union Council Records, 1952-1968

AR110, Series XVIII: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Central Labor Councils Records, 1936-1972

AR110, Series XIX: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Labor Associations Records, 1944-1969

AR110, Series XX: Texas AFL-CIO, Other State AFL-CIO Affliates Correspondence, 1944-1971

AR110, Series XXI: Texas AFL-CIO National AFL-CIO Correspondence, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XXII: Texas AFL-CIO International Union Correspondence, 1936-1972

AR110, Series XXIII: Texas AFL-CIO Federal Agency Correspondence, 1937-1972

AR110, Series XXIV: Texas AFL-CIO State Agency Correspondence, 1934-1971

AR110, Series XXV: Texas AFL-CIO Non-Union Correspondence, 1935-1969

AR110, Series XXVI: Texas AFL-CIO Democratic Party Correspondence, 1943-1972

AR110, Series XXVII: Texas AFL-CIO Texas Constitutional Revision Commission Records, 1962-1968

AR110, Series XXVIII: Texas AFL-CIO Recorded Media Collection, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XXIX: Texas AFL-CIO Photograph and Scrapbook Collection, 1918-1969


Administrative Information

Citation

Texas AFL-CIO, Mexican American Affairs Committee Records, AR110, Series VII, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Deposit, 1970-1971.


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

Subseries A. Committee records, 1961-1967

Box Folder
1 1 Latin-American Affairs Committee, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Rec., 1961-1964; 1967



Subseries B. Liaison personnel records, 1951-1964

Box Folder
1 2 McLellan, Andrew C., Correspondence, 1951-1954
3 McLellan, Andrew C., Correspondence, 1955
4 McLellan, Andrew C., Correspondence, 1956-1969
5 Sánchez, Roberto P., Correspondence, Reports, 1957-1959
Box Folder
2 1 Sánchez, Roberto P., Correspondence, Reports, 1960
2 Sánchez, Roberto P., Correspondence, Reports, 1961-1964



Subseries C. Public Information Officers' records, 1963-1970

Box Folder
2 3 Medrano, F. F., Reports, 1963-1964
4 Muñoz, Henry, Reports, 1963-1964
5 Rosales, Louie A., Reports, 1963-1964
6 Sandoval, Andrés, Correspondence, Reports, 1968-1970
7 Vásquez, José H., Reports, 1963-1964
8 Villarreal, J. H., Reports, 1963-1964



Subseries D. Commuter lawsuit records, 1961-1964

Box Folder
2 9 Commuter Lawsuit, Correspondence, Clippings, Briefs, 1961 - Oct., 1962
10 Commuter Lawsuit, Correspondence, Briefs, Nov. 8, 1962
Box Folder
3 1 Commuter Lawsuit, Clippings, Briefs, Nov. 11, 1962 - Feb. 11, 1963
2 Commuter Lawsuit, Correspondence, Clippings, Briefs, Feb. 12, 1963 - Sept., 1964
3 Commuter Lawsuit, Briefs (Bound), 1963 - 1964



Subseries E. Mexico tours records, 1955-1959

Box Folder
3 4 Mexico Tours, Miscellaneous Rec., 1955 - April, 1957
5 Mexico Tours, Correspondence, Miscellaneous Rec., May-June, 1957
6 Mexico Tours, Miscellaneous Rec., July, 1957-1959



Subseries F. Clippings, 1961-1971

Box Folder
4 1 Clippings, 1961-1964
2 Clippings, 1963 - July 22, 1970
3 Clippings, July 22, 1970 - Oct. 7, 1970
4 Clippings, Oct. 16, 1970 - Oct. 7, 1971



Subseries G. Mexico, miscellaneous 1959-1969

Box Folder
4 5 Diablo Dam Pact (Amistad Dam), Correspondence, Minutes, Clippings, 1959-1960
6 Inter-Agency Committee on Mexican-American Affairs, Correspondence, Newsletters, 1968
7 Mexico - Unions: Pacts, Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1955
8 Run-Away Plants (Mexico), Correspondence, Reports, 1967-1969



Subseries H. Mexican-Americans and migrants 1962-1970

Box Folder
5 1 United States - Mexico Commission for Border Development and Friendship (CODAF), Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1967-1968
2 American Friends Service Committee, Southwest Regional Office, Latin American Committee, Guia Para Clases de Cuidadania (January, 1961)
3 California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO - Reports of Executive Council and Secretary-Treasurer to the Third Convention, Sacramento, 1960
(contains material on farm labor); Executive Conference on World Trade, featuring the United States - Mexico Border Twin Plant Concept, The University of Texas at El Paso, April 28, 1969 - Official Transcript
4 Inter-Agency Task Force on Migrant Labor - Special Report
Prepared by the Good Neighbor Commission of Texas, December, 1970.
5 Miscellaneous
Meyers, Frederic. Spanish-Name Persons in the Labor Force in Manufacturing Industry in Texas (Inter-American Education Occasional Papers VIII, The University of Texas, Austin, July, 1951);
Michigan, Civil Rights Commission, Report and Recommendations on the Status of Migratory Farm Labor in Michigan, 1968;
Stewart, William H. Migrant Health Program: Current Operations and Additional Needs (Prepared for the Subcommittee on Migratory Labor and Public Welfare, December, 1967);
Texas Education Agency, Report on the Educational Needs of Migrant Workers (1961);
United States Senate, Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, 1965 Report (made by its Subcommittee on Migratory Labor).
6 Mexican-Americans, Reports, Statements, and Papers Regarding, 1962-1969
7 Miscellaneous



Subseries I. Photographs, 1953

Box Folder
5 8 Photographs
Used in What Price Wetbacks? pp. 4-19.
9 Photographs
Used in What Price Wetbacks? pp. 20-40; 42-57.
10 Photographs, Miscellaneous (Identified)
Box Folder
6 1 Photographs, Miscellaneous (Partially Identified)
2 Photographs, Miscellaneous (Unidentified)
3 Photographs, Jerry Holleman, Trip to Mexico, 1953