David Adame Papers, 1918-2005
David Adame was born in Houston, Texas on April 11, 1918. He graduated from high school in May of 1937 and joined the Civilian Conservation Core in Linden, Texas. Adame fought in the Pacific theatre in World War II. During his time in the United States Army, Adame was trained as a Military Police Officer, and he was additionally trained in Post Exchange Operations.
After being discharged from the military in 1946, Adame attended the Southwestern Business College in Houston, Texas. He majored in Business Administration, and he began working as an insurance salesman in the Houston area upon his graduation in 1952. Adame was ordained as a deacon in the Catholic Church on June 8, 1975, and he served as deacon at Annunciation Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Hospital, both in Houston.
Adame became a member of LULAC in 1948 when he joined Council #60 of LULAC in Houston. Adame served LULAC in a number of offices at the district, state, and national levels including: District Director, State Director, National Business Manager, and National Chaplain. Adame was voted LULAC Man of the Year for 1954-1955 and 1967-1968. Adame served as Chaplain of LULAC #60 six months after joining the council; he also served on the Scholarship Committee for three separate terms. In 1953, Adame declined a third term for District Director of Council #60.
During his time with LULAC, Adame was involved in a number of different national LULAC events. On May 7-9, 1965, Adame presided over the Texas LULAC State Convention that was held in Lubbock, Texas. At this convention, a major topic of discussion was the establishment of the LULAC Jobs for Progress Center in Houston, Texas. Adame, who was at that time the State Director, was instrumental in the creation of multiple LULAC Job Placement Centers throughout the state of Texas, which soon after led to the initiation of the non-profit employment organization, Operation SER (Service, Employment, Redevelopment). Adame then served as State Chairman on the Board of Operation for SER until 1968.
From 1954-2003, Adame was an active member of the Club Recreativo y Cultural Mexico Bello (CMB), a Houston area social club founded in 1924 for Mexican Americans. Adame served as the CMB President from 1954-56. He later fulfilled other offices at the club, acting as President of La Comision de Sanidad and a member of La Comision de Estatutos in 1996. He compiled a short history of the CMB for the celebration of the club's 50th Anniversary in 1996.
Adame and his wife Deamantina (Tina) Adame had four children together: David, Anthony, Andrea, and Juanita.
David Adame died on August 5, 2013.
This collection documents the activities of David Adame, who was a member of LULAC from 1948 to 2003. The collection consists of six series: Personal and Biographical; Subject Files; National LULAC; State LULAC; LULAC Sponsored Organizations and Initiatives; and Ephemera. These records are comprised of correspondence, LULAC publications, minutes, membership and dues records, résumés, reports, and organizational documents, clippings, certificates and awards, and photographs of members and events of LULAC.
Personal and Biographical, series one, contains personal records of Adame’s involvement with LULAC, particularly during his candidacies for LULAC Man of the Year; papers documenting his involvement as a deacon in the Catholic Church; and the records of the many recognitions he received throughout his life and career. These documents include his résumés; personal information submitted in relation to LULAC Man of the Year; certificates and awards; loose papers, forms and photographs from his role as a deacon; and personal correspondence.
Series two, Subject Files, is largely composed of papers documenting Adame’s pursuits and civic roles outside of his responsibilities with LULAC. In particular, his participation in the events committee of Club Mexico Bello is documented; this material consists mainly of organizational papers and meeting notes. Also contained in this series are materials regarding the death of President Kennedy in the form of photographs, clippings and a written report. This event was tangentially related to Adame’s role at LULAC. At the time of JFK’s visit to Houston, Adame was acting as the advisor to President of LULAC, Frank Valdez; Adame therefore met and was photographed with JFK only days before the president’s assassination. This series is also made up of papers relating to the ABC Protests of 1995—in which stations that were owned and operated by the American Broadcasting Company were picked in most major U.S. cities, because of the network’s lack of positive portrayals of Latinos in prime-time programs—as well as Adame’s collection of newspaper clippings.
National LULAC, series three, makes up the majority of Adame’s papers and pertains exclusively to his various roles in the organization, including his role as National Chaplain and national advisor. This series includes correspondence; administrative documents, reports and proposals; membership ledgers and documents; and programs and materials relating to the National LULAC conventions. Issues of LULAC News have been separated and cataloged. They can be be found through the University Libraries Online Catalog.
State LULAC, series four, is comprised of documents generated from Adame’s tenures as State LULAC Chaplain, State LULAC Director, and District 80 Director. These include documents and programs from the State LULAC Conventions; financial materials and ledgers; membership information; and organizational materials regarding the Texas State Job Fair.
Series five, LULAC Sponsored Organizations and Initiatives, represents the records generated from projects that were implemented with LULAC support. The papers document Adame’s involvement in Junior LULAC; the Little School of 400, later the Headstart Program; Girls' Club; LULAC Scholarships; and Operation SER (‘SER’ is an acronym for Service, Employment, and Redevelopment, and it also means “to be” in Spanish), an employment organization. Adame served in a leadership capacity in the foundation of the Little School of 400 and Operation SER; therefore, documentation relating to these initiatives comprises the bulk of this series.
Audio Visual, series six, consists of various photographs of Adame and others, including one photo of John J. Herrera and Gus Garcia. It was possibly taken at the 1947 National LULAC Convention's Picnic at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas. There are also two cassette tapes, a recording of a LULAC Council 60 meeting and another of Anthony (Tony) Robbins.
Series seven, Ephemera, consists of materials that were are housed separately from Adame’s paper documents including LULAC plaques, campaign buttons, and booklets. These materials were generated through his activities with LULAC and his other civic duties, including his tenure as a Grand Juror.
Oversize Materials, series eight, consists of large format awards certificates and posters, newsclippings, and photographs.
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Cite as: David Adame Papers. Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin.
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