University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Leo Garza Political Cartoon collection, 1987-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Garza, Leonel, Jr., 1957-2014.
Title: Leo Garza Political Cartoon collection
Dates: 1987-2000 and undated
Creator Abstract: Leo Garza was a political cartoonist who drew for the San Antonio Express News from 1987 to 2007. His daily strip cartoons touched on a variety of national and local topics, from national and state elections, to San Antonio social and cultural events. Characters Nacho Gurache and his sidekick Fulano entertained readers with their comical misadventures and often frank commentary on San Antonio life.
Content Abstract: The Leo Garza Political Cartoon Collection is comprised of original pen and ink and mixed media comic panels and strips, composed on matte paper and art board.
Identification: MS 429
Extent: 8 linear feet (19 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Biographical Note

Garza was born Leonel Garza in McAllen, Texas but spent most of his early life in Laredo. He attended Laredo public schools and graduated in 1975 from Martin High School. After graduation he attended Laredo Jr College and worked at the Laredo Morning Times in the 1980s. In 1987 Garza moved from Laredo to San Antonio and was hired by the San Antonio Express News. Garza was a political cartoonist for the Express News from 1987 to 2007. His daily strip cartoons touched on a variety of national and local topics, from national and state elections, to San Antonio social and cultural events. Characters Nacho Gurache and his sidekick Fulano entertained readers with their comical misadventures and often frank commentary on San Antonio life. In 2007, Garza began painting and selling Western Art, including a series of murals for the Cibolo Creek Ranch in West Texas. He died May 17th, 2014 of kidney cancer.

Sources: "San Antonio cartoonist Leo Garza, famous for Nacho Guarache, dies," San Antonio Express News, May 19, 2014; "Former E-N cartoonist created Nacho Guarache and his sidekick," San Antonio Express News; Leonel Garza Jr. obituary, San Antonio Express News, May 21, 2014


Scope and Content Note

The Leo Garza Political Cartoon Collection is comprised of original pen and ink and mixed media comic panels and strips, composed on matte paper (1987-1990, 1994-2000) and art board (1990-1994). Vertically and horizontally aligned strips are represented, and there are both continuity strips and “gag-a-day” strips in the collection.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

This collection is currently housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Libraries Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use our Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Donor retains copyright. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Garza, Leonel, Jr., 1957-2014.
Subjects
Cartoonists--Texas.
Politcal cartoons.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Politcal cartoons.
Local Subjects
Art/Artists
San Antonio History
Publishing, Press, Printing
Mexican Americans
Politics/Politicians

Related Materials

There are no known other archival collections created by Leo Garza at the date of accessioning.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Leo Garza Political Cartoon collection, MS 429, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donation from Eloisa Garza in October 2014 (Acc. 2014-035).

Processing Information

The collection has been processed by Elizabeth Paris, Graduate Intern, and encoded by Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Archivist.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Leo Garza Political Cartoon Collection

Box
1 January-August, 1987
September-December, 1987
January-April, 1988*
May-July, 1988
August-October, 1988
Box
2 November-December, 1988*
January-April, 1989*
May-July, 1989*
August-October, 1989*
November-December, 1989*
January-February, 1990*
Box
3 March-June, 1990*
July, 1990
August, 1990
August-September, 1990
Box
4 September, 1990
September-October, 1990
October, 1990
November, 1990
Box
5 November-December, 1990
January, 1991
February, 1991
Box
6 March, 1991
April, 1991
May, 1991
May-June, 1991
Box
7 June-July, 1991
July-August, 1991
September, 1991
September-October, 1991
Box
8 October-November, 1991
November, 1991
December, 1991
December-January, 1991-1992
Box
9 January-February, 1992
February, 1992
March, 1992
March-April, 1992
Box
10 April, 1992*
April-May, 1992
May-June, 1992
June-July, 1992
Box
11 July, 1992
July-August, 1992
August-September, 1992
September, 1992
Box
12 October, 1992
October-November, 1992
November, 1992
December, 1992*
Box
13 December-January, 1992-1993
January-February, 1993
February, 1993
March, 1993
Box
14 March-April, 1993
April-May, 1993
May, 1993
May-July, 1993
Box
15 August-October, 1993
November-December, 1993
January-March, 1994*
April-June, 1994
July-September, 1994
Box
16 October-December, 1994
January-March, 1995
April-June, 1995
July-September, 1995
October-December, 1995
Box
17 January-March, 1996
April-July, 1996
August-December, 1996*
January-June, 1997*
July, 1997*
Box
18 August-December, 1997*
January-April, 1998
May-December, 1998
January-June, 1999*
Box
19 July-October, 1999
November-December, 1999
January-April, 2000
May-July, 2000
August-September, 2000
Undated panels, 1987-2000*
Box
OM1 OVERSIZE: Dates followed by an asterisk (*) indicate that there are oversize materials which have been removed to box OM1