The Benson Latin American Collection

Clotilde P. Garcia Papers, 1949-1988

Descriptive Summary

Creator Garcia, Clotilde P.
Title Clotilde P. Garcia Papers
Dates: 1949-1988 (bulk 1970-1980)
Abstract The personal papers of Mexican American physician, writer, and community activist Dr. Clotilde P. Garcia include biographical information, written works, and collected materials related to community and national organizations with much material related to the American G.I. Forum, founded by Garcia's brother, Hector P. Garcia.
Accession No. 1988-34
OCLC Record No. 23987340
Extent 4.5 linear feet
Language English and Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Physician, writer, and community activist Clotilde P. Garcia was born on 11 January 1917, daughter of Mexican school teachers. Garcia grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned a B.A. (1938) and M.Ed. (1959) from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.D. (1954) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Also known as Dr. Cleo, Garcia taught school before becoming a physician and surgeon. She participated in many community and Mexican American organizations, and served on several advisory and executive boards on the county, state, and national levels. She published historical works dealing with South Texas and northern Mexico.

Scope and Contents Note

The Clotilde P. Garcia Papers are organized into four series: Personal and Biographical, Written Works, Activities and Organizations, and Other. The collection contains information about the activities of Clotilde Garcia and her family, especially her brother, Hector P. Garcia, founder of the American G.I. Forum (AGIF). It includes correspondence, funding applications, ephemera, publications, reports, scrapbooks, and a videotape. Materials relating to the AGIF include issues of its serials: News Bulletin, The Forumeer, and El Familiar. The collection also includes reports on AGIF activities such as SER-Jobs for Progress, and the Veterans Outreach Program. News releases and letters from Hector P. Garcia also deal with AGIF, as do the videotape and two books. Other materials relate to the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission and the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1973; Nueces County Community Action Agency, its health, employment, and nutrition programs; Mexican Americans and civil rights; the U.S. Senate Special Subcommittee on Aging; and historical and genealogical research. A Spanish primer by Garcia's father, Jose G. Garcia, is also included.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Clotilde P. Garcia Papers are classified under the following Author and Subject Headings in the University of Texas library catalog:
Garcia, Clotilde P.
Garcia, Hector P., 1914-
Canales, Jose Antonio, 1944-
Garcia, Jose G.
American G.I. Forum
Nueces County Community Action Agency (Tex.)
SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.
Texas--Constitutional law.
Texas--History--To 1846
Aged--Services for--United States.
Education, Higher--Texas.
Mexican Americans--Civil rights
Texas. Constitutional Revision Commission
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Special Subcommittee on Aging.

Related Material

The personal papers of Clotilde Garcia's brother Dr. Hector P. Garcia are available at the Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Library.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Clotilde P. Garcia Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, General Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


I. Personal and Biographical

box folder
1 1 Clotilde P. Garcia biographies
2 SAGA program re: Garcia's induction into the Order of Isabel la Católica
3 Photos, personal correspondence, financial records, notes, invitations
4 Jose G. Garcia (father)
5 Hector P. Garcia (brother)
6 Xico P. Garcia (brother)
7 J.A. (Tony) Canales (son)


II. Written Works

box folder
1 8 "An Indian Uprising in Camargo in 1812"
9 Cartas y Documentos del Capitán Pedro López Prieto: Edición y anotación de las copies originales de los archivos de Camargo y Béxar
10 Siege of Camargo by Captain Pedro López Prieto of the Spanish Royal Army: Translated and edited from the original copies of the Camargo and Bexar Archives
11 "Padre José Nicolás Ballí and Padre Island," 1979
12 "Application for Historical Marker: Flinn Ranch Cemetery, Nueces County, Texas," 1986


III. Activities and Organizations

box folder
1 13 Historical societies, research, and activities, 1973-1990
2 American G.I. Forum:
1 Charter (1949), press conference (1971), letter (1974), press release (1975), and tickets (1986)
2 Educational seminar, 1974
3 Resolutions, Gulf Region Convention, Corpus Christi, 1974
4 "War Casualties," 1974
5 Cisneros v. CCISD case (school desegregation)
6 Dr. Hector P. Garcia correspondence (copies), 1961-1980
7 Dr. Hector P. Garcia correspendence, items sent, 1969-1978, N.d.
8 SER, 1966
9 SER Reports, 1966, 1973, 1977
10 Veterans Outreach Program, 1980
11 Veterans Outreach Program, minutes of board meetings, 1979-1980
12 Veterans Outreach Program, CETA application
13 Veterans Outreach Program, 26 September 1974
14 Veterans Outreach Program, CETA
3 Publications
1 News Bulletin, 1952-1965
2 El Familiar, 1978-1980
3 Forumeer, 1968-1975
4 Forumeer, 1976-1979
5 Forumeer, 1980-1987
6 A People Forgotten, A Dream Pursued: The History of the American G.I. Forum 1948-1972, by Henry A.J. Ramos, 1982
7 The American G.I. Forum: Origins and Evolution, by Carl Allsup, 1982
8 Video: "American G.I. Forum, Del Mar College," N.d.
box folder
4 1 National Convention programs, 1966-1987
2 State Convention programs, 1965-1987
2 Founders Day banquets, 1973-1987
4 Other meetings, festivities, 1974
5 Constitution (Texas), N.d.
6 Promotional literature and buttons, 1974-1988
5 Political Activities:
1 State Democratic Convention, 1980
2 Democratic Party
3 NALADO, 1976
4 Presidential Campaign, 1980
5 Texas Redistricting, 1981
6-15 Precincts 46-58
16 Del Mar College Annual Report to Board of Regents, 1975
17 U.T. Centennial Commission
18 Education - TACVPO
19 CETA applications, San Patricio County and Nueces County Community Action Agencies, 1976
20 Community Action Agency - Emergency Food Program, 1971
21 Community Action Agency
6-8 Texas Constitutional Revision Commission, 1973-1975
9 U.S. Senate Special committee on Aging; White House Conference on Aging; State and Local committees on Aging, 1971-1973
box folder
10 1-7 Mexican Americans and Civil Rights


IV. Other

box folder
10 8 C.C. School desegregation Case / Achievement Tests
9 Letters and Ephemera, 1969-1985
10 Various
11 Newsclippings and Scrapbooks
OV Oversize Materials