The Benson Latin American Collection

María G. Flores Papers, 1966-1983

Descriptive Summary

Creator Flores, María G.
Title María G. Flores Papers
Dates: 1966-1983
Abstract Papers of María G. Flores include articles, bibliographies, clippings, press releases, photographs, etc., dealing with Texas farm workers.
Accession No. 1989-05
OCLC Record No. 23311481
Extent 9 inches
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

María G. Flores is a photographer, writer, teacher, and social activist. She worked in support of Texas Farm Workers Union, 1975-1979.

Scope and Contents Note

Includes articles, bibliographies, broadsides, clippings, interviews, leaflets, magazines, newspapers, notes, press releases, and programs from María G. Flores. The collection is organized in four series: 1. Activities, 2. Subject files, 3. Photographs, and 4. Audiovisual. The bulk of the collection relates to Texas farm workers, including the Texas Farm Workers Union, Austin Friends of the Farmworkers, the Chicano movement, Mexican American art exhibits, and the organization Mujeres Artistas del Suroeste. Materials from the Austin Friends of the Farmworkers include articles, form letters, and press releases written by Maria Flores and Estevan Flores.

Photographs, some taken by Andy Snyder, show agricultural laborers in Texas and in Ojinaga, Mexico, strikes and marches, and Mexican American singer Lydia Mendoza. The audio cassette records speeches given at a farm workers' rally in Hattiesburg, Mississippi; the videotape concerns the struggle of the Texas Farm Workers Union.


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Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The María G. Flores Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Flores, Maria G.
Orendain, Antonio, 1931-
Austin Friends of the Farmworkers
Mujeres Artistas del Suroeste (Organization : U.S.)
Texas Farm Workers Union
Agricultural laborers--Legal status, laws, etc.--Texas
Mexican American agricultural laborers--Texas
Mexican American art--Texas
Migrant agricultural laborers--Texas
Agricultural laborers--Labor unions--Texas
Flores, Estevan T.
Snyder, Andy

Related Material

The Benson also holds a small Texas Farmworkers Union collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: María G. Flores Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


I. Activities

box folder
1 1 Austin Friends of the Farmworkers, 1976-1977
2 United Farmworker Union Strike in Ojinaga, 1975
[typescript draft by María Flores]
3 Texas Agricultural Labor Relations Project, N.d.
[typescript draft grant proposal, incomplete]
4 Texas Farmworker Documentary Project, 1976
Includes a "Statement of the Farmworker Documentary Project," a "First draft outline of Texas Farmworker Documentary," and a videotape separated to Series 4: Audiovisual.
5 Photograph Exhibits, 1978-1980
Includes announcements, invitations, program, review for art exhibitions incomporating Flores' photographs.
6 Publications with Flores' Photographs, 1976-1979
Includes: Hembra (Spring 1976); Moving On: Monthly Magazine of the New American Movement (May 1978); The Texas Observer (3 February 1978); and The Texas Observer (22 June 1979).


II. Subject Files and Collected Materials

1 Subject Files
7 Antonio Orendain, 1974-1975
8 Farm Workers: Selected Bibliography N.d.
9 History of the Texas Farmworkers Union, N.d.
10 News Clippings on Rio Grande Valley Strike, 1966
11 News Clippings on Texas Farmworker Strikes, 1973-1975
12 Texas Farmworker Handouts, 1975-1977
13 Texas Farmworkers Human Rights March to D.C. News Clippings, 1977
14 Texas Farmworkers News Clippings, 1975-1977
15 Union Organizing, 1976
16 United Farm Workers/Texas Farmworkers Union Press Releases, 1975-1977
Other Collected Materials
17 Davis, Rod. "The Onion Revolt," The Texas Observer (8 August 1980).
18 "Living History: Emma Tenayuca Tells Her Story," The Texas Observer 28 October 1983).
19 "Lloyd Bentsen's Fortune," reprinted from The Texas Observer (3 April and 17 April 1970).
20 National Advisory Committee on Farm Labor. From "Farm Labor Organizing 1905-1967: A Brief History, 1967
[photocopy excerpt]
21 Nelson, Eugene. "On Being a Labor Organizer," The Texas Observer (2 September 1966).
22 Santos, Richard G. "From the Inside Looking Around: A Portrait the Mexican Americans of Texas" 1970
[reprint, photocopy]
23 "Texas' Sleeping Giant — Really Awake This Time" [Del Rio march], The Texas Observer (11 April 1969).
24 Weeks, O. Douglas. "The Texas-Mexican and the Politics of South Texas," American Political Science Review (N.d.).


III. Photographs

box folder
2 1 Melon harvest, 1975
[b/w, 5x7"]
2 Melon harvest, 1975
[b/w, 5.25x8"]
3 Onion harvest, 197_
[b/w, 6.75x9.4"]
4 Texas harvest (photographer and date unknown)
[b/w, 7x8.5"]
5 Women at carrot conveyor
[b/w, 8x10"]
6 West Texas labor camp
[b/w, 8x10"]
7 Young boys working in West Texas field, July 1975
[b/w, 75x10"]
8 Mexican strikers, 1975, Ojinaga, Chih., México
[b/w, 8x10"]
9 Women participants, ready to join farmworkers' march to Austin, 1977, from corpus Chirsti
[b/w, 8x10"]
10 Farmworkers' delegations at the Capitol in Austin in support of farm labor bill
[b/w, 8x10"]
11 Hearing on bill at the Capitol
[b/w, 8x10"]
12 Marchers on highway
13 West Texas scene
[b/w, 8x10"]
14 Farmworkers' Human Rights March, Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Memorial (Orendain at microphone)
[b/w, 5x7"]
15 Orendain with Mexican strikers, Ojinaga, 1975
[b/w, 5.75x8.25," mounted]
16 Copy of #7
[b/w, 5.4x8," mounted]
17 "Tina" eating watermelon, New Orleans, 1977, farm workers' march to Washington
[b/w, 5.5x8," mounted]
18 Man with child, doorstep of West Texas labor camp
[b/w, 11x14"]
19 copy of #18, on white matte
[b/w, 7x9"]
20 Man with boy at International Bridge, 197_
[b/w, 7x8.75"]
21 José Rodriguez, campesino, spring, 1976
[b/w, 6x9.125"]
22 María Salas, "organizadora de la Unión de Tejas 1976 (published in Hebra, Spring, 1976.)
[b/w, 6x9"]
23-24 Two contact sheets showing Lydia Mendoza in concert
[33mm negatives (36 exposures)]
Color Slides
25 Farm workers' march to Austin
[19 slides (#14 not received)]
26 West Texas laborers / Ojinaga strikers
[19 slides (#9 not received)]


IV. Audiovisual Materials

box folder
3 1 Hattiesburg, Miss., Farmworker Rally, 18 June 1977
[1 audio cassette]
2 "TFW" N.d.
[1 helical scan video tape]