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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal and Biographical Materials, 1968-2002

National LULAC, 1963-2002

Texas State LULAC, 1967-2002

Texas LULAC Council 8 -- El Paso, 1970-1994

Collected Materials, 1971-1999

The Benson Latin American Collection

Raúl R. Vásquez Papers, 1963-2002



Descriptive Summary

Creator Vásquez, Raúl Reza
Title Raúl R. Vásquez Papers
Dates: 1963-2002
Abstract Correspondence, handwritten notes, printed material, legal documents, press clippings, and reports documenting the personal life and career of Raul Vasquez, primarily his work with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
Accession No. 2003-44
OCLC Record No.
Extent 6.8 linear feet
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Raúl Reza Vásquez was born in Texas on April 21st, 1946 to Maria Elena Vasquez and Eduardo R. Vasquez. From 1968-1970, he served in the U.S. Army. He then attended college at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). At UTEP, Vasquez studied Political Science and English, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971. After finishing his degree, Vasquez was accepted to the University of Texas School of Law where he earned his Doctor of Juris Prudence (JD) degree in 1974. After graduating from law school, Raul Vasquez returned to El Paso, Texas to practice law as a legal aid attorney. It was at this point that he became actively involved in the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).

The League of United Latin American Citizens has its roots in 1920s Texas. Ben Garza, formerly of the Corpus Christi-based Sons of America organization, formed LULAC in 1929. At the time, Garza sought to unite a number of disparate Mexican-American organizations in order to form a larger, more unified group. The charter members of this larger faction included The Knights of America, The Sons of America, and the League of Latin American Citizens.

The newly formed League's goal was to counter discrimination against Hispanic-Americans, a mission rooted in the Mexican American War (1846-1848). The territorial shift that occurred as a result of the war created 77,000 new Hispanic-American citizens. However, many Americans did not welcome its new citizens with open arms and subjected Hispanic-Americans to discrimination and human rights violations. LULAC and its charter groups sought to counter these abuses through a strongly unified Latin American presence in Texas, and later, other regions as well.

Today, the League has over 100,000 members throughout the United States and battles discrimination against Hispanic-American citizens in such areas as education, politics, and the workplace. LULAC is represented at both the state and national level. The league's national offices are located in Washington D.C. Within each state LULAC organization, there are also individual District LULACS, and within each District, there are local councils.

Raul Vasquez began his career in LULAC at the local level, as a member of Council 8 in El Paso, Texas. Between 1974 and 1977, Vasquez rose within the Council 8 ranks, serving as Council 8's Vice-President from 1976-1977 and President in 1977. In addition to his council service, Vasquez served on the LULAC-Texas District Four education committee, which investigated and documented instances of racial discrimination at El Paso Community College. His efforts resulted in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against the college.

Vasquez continued to rise in the organization and was appointed Texas LULAC legal advisor from 1977-1978. In 1979, he was elected State Director, the highest state-wide office within the organization. At this point in his career, he was living in Austin, Texas. Vasquez served two terms as State Director from 1979-1981. As State Director, he managed twenty one LULAC state districts and hundreds of councils. Vasquez's accomplishments as Texas State Director included resurrecting the Hispanics Organized for Political Education (HOPE) committee, working with the Texas LULAC executive board to formulate a legislative agenda for the 67th Texas Legislature, organizing a LULAC council at the University of Texas, promoting the hiring of Hispanics, and introducing and testifying on behalf of LULAC sponsored legislation.

After finishing his second term as State Director, Vasquez decided to run for the office of LULAC national president. His campaign emphasized increasing public recognition of LULAC, paying down the League's debt, and promoting women's issues within LULAC. Ultimately, his candidacy was unsuccessful. He lost the 1983 election to Mario Obledo.

Vasquez's loss in the 1983 presidential election did not end his career in LULAC. From 1983-1985, he served as the Texas State Legislative Liaison, meeting with members of the Texas House of Representatives and Senate on behalf of the League. From 1991-1994, Vasquez again served as the Texas state legal advisor for LULAC. In 1999, he decided to make a second run for state director. His 1999 platform emphasized reaching out to both state and national legislators on behalf of Hispanics, as well as better oversight of local LULAC chapters. His campaign was unsuccessful, and the 1999 election marked the end of Vasquez's career in elected office at LULAC. Nevertheless, he remained active in the organization, attending LULAC events throughout Texas and the United States, including national conventions and board meetings.

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Scope and Contents Note

The collection contains correspondence, handwritten notes, printed material, legal documents, press clippings, and reports that document the personal life and career of Raul Vasquez from 1963 - 2002, primarily his work with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) on both the state and national level. The collection is arranged into five series: Personal and Biographical Materials, National LULAC, State of Texas LULAC, Texas LULAC Council 8 - El Paso, and Collected Materials. The bulk of the material dates from 1977 - 1985, years that include Vasquez's term as the President of the State of Texas LULAC and his campaign for the presidency of the National LULAC organization. A large amount of material dated 1991 - 1999 documents his work in Austin's District VII, and there is a gap in material from 1964 - 1966. Significant areas represented in the collection include family correspondence, Vasquez's admission to and coursework from UT Law School, the history and mission of LULAC, national and state LULAC conventions, LULAC elections, the financial administration of Texas LULAC, the business and administration of Texas LULAC districts, and conventions and meetings Vasquez attended either as a representative of LULAC or of the Latino community. Many press clippings and reports document issues advocated both by LULAC and Vasquez personally, such as bilingual education, police-community relations, Texas state teacher competency, welfare, Reagonomics, and the promotion of Latino culture. Among other formats in the collection are campaign fliers, a campaign button, a comic book, and a bumper sticker.

Series One, Personal and Biographical Materials, is primarily comprised of correspondence with Eduardo and Maria Elena Vasquez, his mother and father, dated 1968 - 1996. Transcripts and schoolwork from Vasquez's years in law school, as well as documents and collected materials from Vasquez's legal career are also included.

The National LULAC Series, Series Two, consists of booklets for LULAC National Conventions, correspondence with the National President dated 1977 - 1979, material documenting the activities of the National Executive Board, campaign material and research generated in the course of Vasquez's run for the LULAC National presidency in 1983, and LULAC historical documents and membership material.

Series Three contains extensive materials documenting the administration of the State of Texas LULAC, including material relating to conventions, delegates, membership, and finances. There is also material pertaining to the administration of the District LULAC organizations, their councils, and district-level events. Most of the state material is from 1978-1981 when Vasquez was State Director and at the height of his participation in the organization. Numerous press clippings document Vasquez's concern with the Texas education system and immigration legislation.

Vasquez's work with Council 8 in El Paso's District IV is documented in Series Four through correspondence, reports, administrative material, clippings, and other printed material. Most of the material is from his 1977 term as Council President. Numerous booklets from events Vasquez attended in El Paso represent his activity during this time.

Series Five, Collected Material, consists of printed material in the form of conference pamphlets, programs, convention information, and cultural magazines that represent the role of Latin-American Affairs in Vasquez's life. Extensive clippings document Vasquez's personal and professional interest in politics, criminal justice, and education.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

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Related Material

The Vasquez collection is a part of the Benson Collection's LULAC archive, which also includes the records of the National Presidents of LULAC and other important individuals in LULAC's history. The finding aids to these collections are available on Texas Archival Resources Online (www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/), and the collections themselves can be accessed on-site at the Benson Latin American Collection. There are also related materials found in the LULAC Publications collection which include copies of LULAC Magazine, LULAC Newsletter, and LULAC Today, which cover LULAC's history and important events.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Raúl R. Vásquez Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

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Box and Folder Inventory

 

Personal and Biographical Materials, 1968-2002

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1 Personal Correspondence, 1969-1985, undated
1 General Correspondence, 1979-1985, undated
Family Records/Correspondence, 1968-1996, undated
2 Vasquez, Eduardo, 1969-1978
3 Vasquez, Eduardo, undated
4 Vasquez, Maria Elena, 1968-1970
5 Vasquez, Maria Elena, 1971, 1973, 1983-1996
6 Vasquez, Norma Jean, 1968-1969
7 Vasquez, Ricardo R. , 1969-1971
8 Vasquez, Rudolfo, 1969-1971
9 Unfinished Correspondence, 1969-1974, undated
Law School Records, 1970-1995, undated
Admissions, 1970-1971, undated
10 Admissions Material, 1970-1971, undated
Access to student records is restricted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
Activities, 1971-1974, undated
11 Collected Material, 1971-1974, undated
12 UT Law School Elections, 1972
13 UT Student Court, 1972-1973, undated
Classwork, 1971-1973, undated
14 Business, undated
15 Jurisprudence, 1972
16 Legal Profession Ethics Class, 1973
box folder
2 1 Legal Research and Writing, 1971-1972
2 Office Practice, 1973
3 Oral Advocacy, 1972
Alumni Material, 1994-1995, undated
4 UT Law Alumni Material, 1994-1995, undated
Legal Career, 1971-1996, undated
5 The Bar/Continuing Legal Education, 1971-1980
6 State Bar of Texas Newsletter, 1980
7 Records, 1971-1996, undated
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3 Collected Material, 1977-2002, undated
1 Books 1970-1986
2 Business Cards, undated
3 Handwritten Notes, 1979-2002, undated
4 Handwritten Notes, undated
5 Handwritten Notes, undated
6 Personal Records - Car, 1980
7 Printed Material, Newspaper Clippings (Personal Interest), 1977-1988, undated
8 Printed Material, Newspaper Clippings (Social Advocacy), 1985-1991

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National LULAC, 1963-2002

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4 Office of the President, 1979-1985, undated
Annual Reports, 1979-1984
1 Annual Reports, 1979, 1984
Correspondence, 1979-1985
2 Bonilla, Ruben, 1978-1979
3 Bonilla, Ruben, 1979
4 Bonilla, Ruben, 1980-1983
5 Moran, Oscar, 1984, 1985
6 Morga, Eduardo, 1978
7 Obledo, Mario, 1985
Clippings, 1979-1980, undated
8 Bonilla, Ruben, 1979-1980, undated
National Executive Board, 1982-1994, undated
9 Member Lists, 1982-1984
10 Meeting Minutes/Agenda, 1980-1983
11 Operations, 1982, 1994, undated
National Committees, 1981-1985, undated
12 LULAC Hispanic Law Enforcement and Justice Committee, 1981, 1985
13 LULAC Youth Committee, 1983-1984, undated
Administrative Material, 1973-1998, undated
14 LULAC Constitution, 1973, 1979
15 LULAC Constitution, 1981, 1998, undated
16 LULAC Forms, undated
box folder
5 1 LULAC Impeachment and Internal Politics, 1976, 1994
2 National Membership, 1997, undated
3 Official LULAC Histories, 1977, 1993
4 Financial Operations, 1979-1984
5 Policy Objectives, 1979
National Elections, 1976-1985
6 Clippings, 1976, 1983, 1985
7-10 Handwritten Notes, 1983-1985, 1998, undated
11 National Presidential Campaign Material, 1983, 1985, 1994, undated
12 Regional Vice Presidential Campaign Material, 1983-1985, 1996, undated
13 Vasquez, Raul Campaign Material, 1983
National Conventions, 1976-2002, undated
Convention Material, 1976-2002
14 Convention Material, 1976-1977
box folder
6 1-6 Convention Material, 1979-1981, 1983, 1985-1987, 1994, 2002, undated
Clippings, 1979-1994
7 Clippings, 1979-1985, undated
8 Clippings, 1987
9 Clippings, 1991, 1994
Other State's Conventions, 1977, 1983-1985, 1990
10 Convention Material, 1977, 1983-1985, 1990
Other Events Sponsored by National LULAC, 1979-2002, undated
11 Event Material, 1979
12 Event Material, 1984-1986
13 Event Material, 1998, 2002, undated
Projects/Advocacy, 1963-1994, undated
National Projects, 1963-1983
14 National LULAC Enterprise Development, INC., 1976
15 National LULAC Homes Inc., 1963-1965
16 National Program on Aging, 1976, 1983
National Advocacy, 1980-1994, undated
17 Civil Rights, 1982-1983, undated
box folder
7 1 Criminal Justice, 1976, 1980, 1994
2 Education, 1980-1985, 1994
3 Employment/Economics, 1980-1985, undated
4 HOPE (Hispanic Organization for Political Education), 1983, 1993-1994, undated
5 Immigration/Border Issues, 1980, 1985
6 National Politics, 1982-1983
LULAC Publications, 1976-2002
7 LULAC Anniversary Magazine, 1979
8 LULAC Gram, 1996
9 LULAC Magazine, 1979-1981
10 LULAC Newsletter, 1976-1998
11 LULAC News Magazine, 1998-2002
12 LULAC Today, 1986
Printed Material, undated
13 LULAC Advertisements, undated

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Texas State LULAC, 1967-2002

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7 State Executive Board, 1976-2002
14 Bonilla, Ruben, State Director Correspondence, 1977-1979
15 General Correspondence, 1976-1985, 1994
16 Mata, Johnny, Deputy State Director Correspondence, 1981-1984, undated
17 Meeting Notes, 1979-1994, undated
18 Reports, 1983-1984, undated
19 Rosales, Rosa, State Director Materials, 1991, undated
20 State Board Member Lists, 1984-2002
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8 Administrative Material, 1976-1998, undated
Membership, 1976-1998, undated
1 Address Lists/Sign-in Sheets, undated
2 Applications for Membership (Charter/Individual), 1978-1980, undated
3 Collected Material, 1978-1979, undated
4 Council Membership Rosters, 1976-1981, 1994-1995, 1998, undated
5 Membership Record Cards, undated
6 Membership Registers, 1978-1980
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9 Dues, 1967-1998, undated
1 Dues Correspondence, 1976-1980, undated
2 Dues Ledgers, 1976-1977
3 Dues Lists/Notes, 1980, undated
Quarterly Reports, 1976-1998, undated
4-8 Council's Quarterly Reports, 1977-1980, undated
9 Payment Confirmation Letters, 1980
10 State Treasurer Reports, 1976-1998
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10 State Elections, 1976-1999, undated
Vasquez Campaigns, 1978-1999, undated
1 Admin Records, 1979, 1999, undated
2 Flyers/Literature, undated
3 Clippings, 1979-1980
4 Correspondence, 1979-1980
5 Handwritten Notes, 1980-1999, undated
Other Candidates' Campaigns 1976-1999, undated
6 Campaign Flyers/Literature, 1976-1999, undated
State Conventions
7 Administrative Material, 1980-1999
8 Printed Material, 1978-2002
9-11 Delegate Lists, 1978-1980
box folder
11 1 Delegate Lists, 1981, 1984, 1999, undated
Other Events Sponsored by Texas State LULAC 1975-1999, undated
2 Administrative Material, 1975-1999, undated
3 Meeting Notes, 1981-1999
4 Printed Material, 1978-1999
District Material 1975, 1999, undated
Administrative Material, undated
5 Maps, undated
6 Membership Material, undated
District Elections 1980-1985, undated
7 Election Notes, 1983-1985, undated
8 Printed Material, 1980, undated
District II, 1985
9 Printed Material, 1985
District III, 1980
10 Correspondence, 1980
District V, 1979, undated
11 Administrative Material, 1979, undated
12 Correspondence, 1979
District VII, 1978-1999, undated
13 Administrative Material, undated
14 Correspondence, 1980-1984, undated
15 Handwritten Notes, 1987, 1994-1999, undated
16 Printed Material, 1978-1979, 1991-1995
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12 District VII, Council 650, 1978-1998, undated
1 Administrative Material, 1980-1998, undated
2 Correspondence, 1978-1996
3 Handwritten Notes, 1978-1997, undated
4 Printed Material, 1989, 1991, undated
District VIII, 1979-1991, undated
5 Administrative Material, 1978-1980
6 Correspondence, 1984
7 Printed Material, 1979-1991, undated
District IX, 1976-1980
8 Administrative Material, 1980
9 Correspondence, 1976
District X, 1981-1984
10 Administrative Material, 1981-1982
11 Events, 1983-1984, undated
District XI, 1980-1981
12 Administrative Material, 1981
13 Correspondence, 1980
District XII, 1976
14 Printed Material, 1976
District XIII, 1980
15 Printed Material, 1980
District XIV, undated
16 Administrative Material, undated
District XV, 1975-1994
17 Administrative Material, 1976-1980, undated
18 Correspondence, 1978
19 Handwritten Notes, 1978-1983, undated
20 Printed Material, 1975-1979, 1994
District XVI, 1978
21 Administrative Material, 1978
District XVII, 1979-1984, undated
22 Administrative Materials 1979-1980, undated
23 Correspondence, 1979
24 Printed Material, 1984, undated
District XVIII, 1995
25 Handwritten Notes, 1995
Projects/Advocacy, 1973-1999, undated
Specific Projects, 1973-1993, undated
26 Bilingual Task Force (MALDEF), 1981-1994, undated
27 Benito Juarez Statue, 1976
28 Hispanic Education, 1979-1986, undated
29 Education Reform, 1973-1993
30 Teacher Competency, 1983-84
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13 1 Texas Police Community Relations, 1979
Legal Matters, 1979-1999, undated
2 HEB Boycott, 1984
3 Immigration Employment/Clemon's Bill 49, 1983-1985
4 LULAC v. City of McKinney, TX, 1979
5 LULAC v. E. Moebius, 1995
6 LULAC v. Port Arthur (employment discrimination), 1978-79
7 Other LULAC cases and projects, 1940-1999, undated
8 Texas State LULAC Employment Opportunity Committee 1994
9 Voting Advocacy, 1984-1985
Legislative Agendas, 1983-1985, undated
10 Agendas, 1983-1985
11 Agendas, 1999
12 Handwritten Notes, undated
Scholarships, 1987-1997
13 Administrative Material, 1987-1997
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14 Clippings, 1979-1996, undated
1-2 Clippings, 1979-1996, undated
State LULAC Publications, 1978-1998, undated
3 ATACOSA LULAC Council, 1979
4 LULAC Council No. 85, 1998
5 LULAC News Page, 1977
6 LULAC Word, 1978
State Correspondence (General), 1976-98, undated
7 1976-1979, undated
8 1980-1987
9 1994-1998
Printed Material, 1978, undated
10 The LULAC Story, undated
11 LULAC Week Memorandum, 1978, 1980
12 Texas LULAC Pamphlet, undated

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Texas LULAC Council 8 -- El Paso, 1970-1994

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14 Administration, 1976-1978, undated
13 Council Resolutions, 1977
14 Financial, 1976-1977
15 Meetings/Meeting Minutes, 1976-1978, undated
16 Membership, undated
Conventions, 1971-1985
17 Printed Material, 1971, 1976
18 Printed Material, 1977, 1980, 1985
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15 Correspondence, 1975-1984, undated
General Correspondence, 1975-1984, undated
1-4 General Correspondence, 1975 -1984, undated
Newsletters, 1976-1980, undated
5 Newsletters, 1975-1977
6 Newsletters, 1978-1980, undated
El Paso Community, 1970-1994, undated
Clippings, 1970-1994, undated
7-9 Clippings, 1970-1972, 1974-1977, 1994, undated
Printed Material, 1977, 1986, undated
10 Printed Material, 1977, 1986, undated
Events, 1975-1981, undated
11-17 Events, 1975-1979, 1981, undated
Handwritten Notes, undated
18 Handwritten Notes, undated
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16 Projects/Advocacy, 1975-1984, undated
1 El Paso Community College, 1975-1976
2 Impeachment, 1978
3 Legal, 1975-1977
4 Project Amistad, 1979-1984
5 Sponsored Projects, undated

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Collected Materials, 1971-1999

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16 Hispanic/Latin-American Affairs, 1979-1999, undated
Periodicals, 1979-1999
6 COMA Business News, April 1979
7 Hispanic Magazine, 1995
8 La Voz (newspaper), 1983
9 La Voz: News Magazine of the Concilio for the Spanish Speaking, 1985
10 Latina Style, 1999
11 Latino Magazine, 1983
12 Recuerden El Alamo, 1979
13 Politico, 1999
14 !UNO!, 1979
Subject Files, 1979-1994, undated
15 Economic Development/Hispanic Business, 1980
16 Education, 1982, 1986, 1994
17 Hispanic Politics, 1979-1986, undated
18 Latina Women, 1980, 1985
National, 1972-1986, undated
Subject Files, 1972-1986, undated
19 American GI Forum, 1978, 1980
20 Child Labor, 1987
21 Education, undated
22 Energy/Environment, 1983, undated
23 Jack Kemp, undated
24 Law/Criminal Justice, 1979, undated
25 McGovern Campaign, 1972
26 Reaganomics, 1981, 1986
27 Welfare, 1981
28 YWCA (United Way), undated
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17 Southwest/Border Region, 1971-1986, undated
Subject Files, 1972-1984, undated
1 Southwest Regional Border Commission, 1979-1980
2 Travel, 1972, 1980, 1984, undated
Clippings, 1971-1986
3 Mexican Border, 1971-1972, 1986
Texas, 1979-1991, undated
Subject Files, 1979-1991, undated
4 Goliad/General Ignacio Zaragoza, undated
5 Texas Commission on Jail Standards, 1984
6 Texas Education, 1965-1968
7 Texas Education, 1979-1981, undated
8 Texas Environment/Natural Resources, 1979-1994
9 Texas Flyer Magazine, 1979
10 Texas Labor, undated
11 Texas Legal Aid, 1981
12 Texas Politics, 1991, undated
13 Texas Regional Dialogue I, 1981

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