The Benson Latin American Collection

Gustavo C. (Gus) Garcia Papers, 1936-1977

Descriptive Summary

Creator Garcia, Gustavo C.
Title Gustavo C. (Gus) Garcia Papers
Dates: 1936-1977
Abstract Photocopies of correspondence, newsclippings, photographs, and legal and written works reflecting the life and activities of Mexican American lawyer and civil rights advocate Gustavo C. "Gus" Garcia.
Accession No. 1990-20
OCLC Record No.
Extent 3 linear inches
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Gustavo C. "Gus" Garcia was born in Laredo, Texas, on 27 July 1916 and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated as valedictorian from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1932, received his BA from the University of Texas in 1936, and his LLD in 1938. He served in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Corps, as first assistant city attorney in San Antonio, and as a member of the San Antonio Independent School Board. Mr. Garcia is best remembered for his legal efforts to improve education and working conditions for Mexican Americans, including his impassioned arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on segregation of juries in the case of Hernandez v. The State of Texas in 1954. Gustavo C. Garcia died on 3 June 1964 in San Antonio, Texas.

Scope and Contents Note

Photocopies of correspondence, legal cases, newsclippings, photographs, and written materials, 1936-1977, reflect the life and career of Mexican American civil rights lawyer and advocate Gustavo C. "Gus" Garcia.


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Index Terms

The Gustavo C. (Gus) Garcia papers are classified under the following Subject Headings:
Garcia, Gustavo C.--Archives
Mexican Americans--Legal status, laws, etc.--History--Sources
Discrimination in criminal justice administration--Texas--History--Sources

Related Material

Other material on Gus Garcia and Mexican American civil rights in Texas can be found in the George I. Sánchez Papers and the Eleuterio Escobar Papers, among other places at the Benson Latin American Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Gustavo C. (Gus) Garcia Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory



box folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1952-1972, N.d.
2 Address delivered February 13, 1952
3 "So Said the Dead," N.d.
4 Hernandez v. State of Texas, 1953-1954, N.d.
5 Villarreal v. Mathis ISD, N.d.
6 Winfield v. State of Texas, 1955
7 State convention of Latin American leaders creating a Texas Pro Human Relations Fund, 1951
8 "Project Report: De Jure Segregation of Chicanos in Texas Schools" (Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review), 1972
9 Viva Tejas by Rubén Rendón Lozano, 1936
10 Newsclippings, 1952-1972
11 Biographical Material, 1963-1977, N.d.
12 Mailing List, N.d.
13 Photographs, 1943-1960s