University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Elena Guajardo Papers, 2005-2012



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Guajardo, Elena 1952 -
Title: Elena Guajardo Papers
Dates: 2005-2012
Creator Abstract: Elena Guajardo became the first openly gay candidate to secure a place on San Antonio's City Council in 2005. She advocated for environmental protections, improved public services, and serving the needs of working class families.
Content Abstract: The Elena Guajardo papers document her campaign to win the District 7 seat on San Antonio's City Council in 2005 and subsequent re-election campaigns. The collection contains materials from her time on City Council as well as items that document Guajardo's involvement in community projects.
Identification: MS 433
Extent: 1 linear feet (1 box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Elena Guajardo became the first openly gay candidate to run for and be elected to San Antonio's City Council. In 2005, Guajardo took her place as District 7 Council Woman. She advocated for working families and protecting the environment. Guajardo's dedication to these causes earned her the Sierra Club "Environmental Hero" award and she was selected as the "Elected Public Official of the Year" by the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Guajardo served only one term on San Antonio City Council despite several re-election attempts.

Prior to serving on San Antonio City Council, Guajardo served her community through numerous organizations and agencies. She served on the boards of the Bexar County Tejano Democrats, the City of San Antonio Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, the Human Rights Campaign, the League of Women Voters, the National Association of Social Workers, and Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio.

After completing her term on San Antonio City Council, Guajardo was invited by the San Antonio Chief of Police to be on a citizen's advisory council. Committed to making sure all women have access to safe and affordable health care, Guajardo accepted a place on the board of Planned Parenthood. She also joined the board of the Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), a camp for children with disabilities that provides a week-long summer camp experience to the children and provides respite for their families.

Sources

About Elena Guajardo-Active Citizen at https://activecitizen.wordpress.com/about-elena-guajardo/, accessed June 12, 2015.


Scope and Content Note

The Elena Guajardo papers document her campaign to win the District 7 seat on San Antonio's City Council in 2005 as well as subsequent re-election campaigns. The collection contains materials from her time on City Council and items that document Guajardo's involvement in community projects. Included in the collection are campaign plans, brochures, circulars, flyers, correspondence, clippings, speeches, and voting results as well as other print materials.


Organization of Collection

Campaign
Councilwoman
Community

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

Usage Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Personal Names
Guajardo, Elena, 1952 -
Organizations
Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP).
League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area.
San Antonio City Council.
Subjects
Activism/Activists--Texas--San Antonio.
Gay community--Texas--San Antonio.
Lesbians--Political activity.
Lesbians--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Agendas.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Newsletters.
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resources
Politics/Politicians
San Antonio History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Elena Guajardo Papers, MS 433, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from Elena Guajardo in January 2015 (Accession 2015-004).

Processing Information

Collection was processed in May and June 2015 by Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Campaign

The Campaign series documents Guajardo's run for the District 7 seat on San Antonio's City Council, which she secured in 2005. Materials also cover her re-election attempts in 2007, 2009, and 2011 and consist of clippings, contributor lists, correspondence, flyers, speeches, and other print materials.
Box
1 Campaign - first term,2005
Expenses, client agreement, 2005
Fundraiser invitation,2005
Flyers, circulars, notes,2005
Contributors, 2005-2007
Re-election,2007-2011
First term accomplishments, 2006 and undated
Speeches,2006 and undated
Fundraisers, 2006-2007 and undated
Clippings,2006
Articles,2007
Accomplishments, 2007-2008
Flyers, cards, circulars, 2007-2009
"Ask Your Neighbor" testimonials, 2008
Application, Campaign Treasurer appointment, 2008-2009
Correspondence, 2007-2009
Election night celebration,2007
Clippings,2009
Contributors,2008-2009 and undated
Press release,March 20, 2009
Team Guajardo, undated
Application for place on City Council ballot,2011
Appointment of Campaign Treasurer,2011
Clippings,2011
Contributors,2011
Correspondence,2011
Expenses,2011
Campaign plan,2011
CD-campaign ads,2011
Early voting list,2011
Election/voting counts,2011
Flyers, brochures,2011
Issues video,2011
Neighborhood Association lists,2011
Precinct chairs list,2011
Precinct/neighborhood listing, 2011
Precinct Turf Cutting list,2011
Press,2011
Q & A,2011
Run-off speech,2011
Stump speech,2011
Team Guajardo, undated
City of San Antonio (COSA) lists,2011
Notes, undated
Cards, button, stationary, undated



Councilwoman

The Councilwoman series documents Guajardo's time as the representative for District 7 on San Antonio City Council. Print materials include agendas, clippings, correspondence, and newsletters.
Box
1 Birthday invitation,2005
Article "Chatting with Elena Guajardo," in Shout Magazine2006
Awards,2006
City Council agendas,2007
Clippings on Council actions,2005-2006
Clippings,2006
Correspondence,2006 and undated
Correspondence from Mayor Hardberger,August 28, 2006
Dickerson case,2006
District 7 newsletter,2006
League of Women Voters of the San Antonio Area directory,2006
Library opening,2006
Name badge, stationary,2007 and undated
Town Hall meetings,2006



Community

The Community series contains materials from two community programs Guajardo participated in.
Box
1 Children's Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP) Board of Directors meeting,September 13, 2012
LGBTQ Initiatives,December 12, 2012