University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association of San Antonio Records, 1968-2016



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association of San Antonio
Title: Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association of San Antonio Records
Dates: 1968-2016
Dates (Bulk): 1972-2005
Creator Abstract: The Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association of San Antonio (MABPW), was organized by Luz Escamilla in 1972. The organization works to promote the image of the Mexican American woman and advocate for working women through community outreach, education, activism, and scholarship programs.
Content Abstract: The collection documents the history, structure, function, activities, and events of the club through legal documents, minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, planning materials, programs, newsletters, and photographs.
Identification: MS 459
Extent: 9.75 linear feet (11 Boxes)
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Club of San Antonio (MABPW), was organized by Luz Escamilla in 1972 and was chartered in August of that year with 29 members. MABPW is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. They are affiliated with Texas and National Federations of Business and Professional Women's Clubs and were the largest Business and Professional Women's organization in Texas at one time. The objectives of the organization are to promote the image of the Mexican American woman; to encourage Mexican American women to become involved in community affairs and to familiarize Mexican American women with the responsibilities of membership in a national organization.

MABPW has sponsored and co-sponsored many programs, seminars, workshops, and symposiums. They meet monthly, and use education and public awareness as vehicles to promote awareness of issues of equal pay for women, voter registration, women's rights, and health care concerns. In November of 1988, MABPW was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame for its work in educating the public about the issue of pay equity. In 1991, MABPW President Minerva Abrego-Sanchez established its first Leadership Development Program to teach members leadership skills for the organization, workplace, and community. This program was adopted by Texas BPW in 1993 and is now implemented statewide.

MABPW also worked to help the San Antonio community and to increase awareness of Mexican American cultural heritage. They sponsored the following local events: the Children's Christmas Party for disadvantaged children, La Feria del Rio (annual Mexican Independence Day festival held at La Villita), and a Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Dance. The organization also participated each year in the Texas Folklife Festival, held school supply drives, and spearheaded NIKE Clubs for female students at Lanier, Holmes, and Jefferson High Schools.

Members have been active at the district, state and national levels and have received recognition for numerous accomplishments. In 1989 MABPW received National BPW awards in Legislation and Issues Management for their focus on pay equity. In 1996-1997, Barbie Hernandez served as Texas BPW President. Members have also received the Texas BPW Woman of the Year Award, Women in Government Award, Young Careerist Award, and the Hope E. Conroe Outstanding Club President Award.

Notable former members include Leticia Van de Putte and María Antonietta Berriozábal.

Source: MABPW Membership Rosters, Box 2.


Scope and Content Note

The records of the Mexican American Business and Professional Women’s Association of San Antonio (MABPW) cover the years 1968-2016, though the bulk of the materials cover 1972-2005. Club activities are well documented throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s but taper off in the 1990’s. The collection documents the history, structure, function, activities, and events of the club through legal documents, minutes, correspondence, reports, financial records, planning materials, programs, newsletters, and photographs.

The History and Organizing Papers series document the establishment of MABPW. The Correspondence, President, Executive Board, General Membership, Reports and Committees, and Financial Records series document the administrative and operational activities of the club, including minutes and reports from monthly meetings. The Community Involvement, Events, and Awards series, as well as Newsletters, Scrapbooks and Yearbooks, Photographs, Ephemera, and Newspaper Clippings series document the numerous activities and interests of club members within the San Antonio community. The District 2, Texas BPW, and National Federation of BPW Clubs series document the members’ involvement in the greater BPW organization.


Organization of Collection

History
Organizing Papers
Correspondence
President
Executive Board
General Membership
Reports and Committees
Financial Records
Community Involvement, Events, and Awards
Newsletters
Scrapbooks and Yearbooks
Photographs
Audio
Newspaper clippings
Ephemera
District 2 BPW Records
Texas BPW Records
National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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.

Use Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Persons
Abrego-Sanchez, Minerva
Amick, Josie
Berriozábal, María Antonietta, 1941-
Day, Luz Elena Solis
Escamilla, Luz
Escobedo, Veronica Salazar
Hernandez, Barbie
Maldonado, Norma G.
Roque, Mary Jessie Gonzalez
Van de Putte, Leticia
Organizations
Mexican American Business and Professional Women’s Association of San Antonio
National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs
Subjects
Mexican American women—Texas—San Antonio.
Mexican Americans--Employment--Texas--San Antonio.
Women in business--Texas--San Antonio.
Women in politics--Texas--San Antonio.
Women in the professions—Texas—San Antonio.
Women--Employment--Law and legislation--Texas--San Antonio.
Women--Societies and clubs
Places
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Administrative records
Administrative reports
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Minutes (administrative records)
Newsletters
Photographs
Programs (documents)
Scrapbooks
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Clubs and Organizations
Mexican Americans
San Antonio History
Women
Women's Groups

Related Material

UTSA Special Collections holds the personal papers of the following MABPW members: Ellen Riojas Clark, Arcadia H. Lopez, and Leticia van de Putte.

UTSA Special Collections also holds the records of the following San Antonio BPW organizations: Mission City Busiess and Professional Women's Club, Business and Professional Women's Club of A La Nueva, Business and Professional Women's Club of North Alamo City, the Business and Professional Women's Club of San Antonio, and the Business and Professional Women's Club of Texas, District 13.

The Benson Latin American Collection and the Austin History Center in Austin, Texas also hold collections of Mexican American Business and Professional Women.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association of San Antonio Records, MS 459, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donated by members of the Mexican American Business and Professional Women's Association of San Antonio in November 2015 (Acc. 2015-037).

Processing Information

Processed by Katie Rojas, Manuscripts Archivist, in 2016.


Detailed Description of the Collection

History, 1978-2003

The History series is comprised of one folder of various historical summaries of the organization written by club members.
Box Folder
1 1 History, 1978-2003



Organizing Papers, 1971-2003

The Organizing Papers span 0.25 linear feet (7 folders) and contain legal documentation and bylaws necessary for the founding and operation of MABPW.
Box Folder
1 2 Articles of Incorporation, 1977-1979
3 501©(3) Application, 1978-1979
4 Declaration of Trust, 1979
Bylaws
Box Folder
1 5 1971-1979
6 1980-2003
7 undated
8 BPW Protocol and Proprieties, undated



Correspondence, 1972-2005

The Correspondence series is comprised of three folders of general correspondence with outside persons and organizations, as well as member correspondence such as meeting notices and club announcements.
Box Folder
1 9 General correspondence, 1972-2002 and undated
10 Member correspondence, 1972-2005 and undated
11 Blank letterhead stationery and envelopes, undated



President, 1971-1998

The President series spans 0.75 linear feet (28 folders). It contains the correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, and other working papers of five MABPW presidents, and also contains papers that are not from the member’s time as president. The majority of the files are those of Luz Elena Solis Day. One folder of correspondence is from the founding president, Luz Escamilla.
The series is arranged chronologically according to the order of when each woman served as president.
Luz Escamilla
Box Folder
1 12 Correspondence, 1972-1975
Luz Elena Solis Day
Box Folder
1 13 Emplyment statistics, 1971-1977, 1988
14 Working papers, 1972
15 Civic Participation committee, 1973
16 Fundraising committee, 1973
Box
OM1 Carmen Rosa Maymi and equal employment, 1973-1974
Box Folder
1 17 Biographies of Mexican American women, 1974
18 Correspondence, 1974-1976
19-21 Working papers, 1974-1975
22 Working papers, 1975-1976
23 CETA complaint against City of San Antonio, 1976
24 U.S.-Mexico Trade and Investment Conference, 1976-1977
25 Texas Women's Meeting, 1977
26 Working papers, 1977-1978
27 Working papers, 1980
28 Mexican American Trade and Investment Consortium, 1980
29 Working papers, 1981-1986
30 Mateo Camargo tribute, 1982
31 Working papers, 1990, 1993-1995
Veronica Salazar Escobedo
Box Folder
1 32 Correspondence, 1978-1980
Mary Jessie Gonzalez Roque
Box Folder
1 33 Correspondence, 1972-1998
34 Handwritten notes, 1974, 1980, and undated
35 Working papers, 1974-1975
36 Working papers, 1980
Minerva "Minnie" Abrego-Sanchez
Box Folder
1 37-38 Portfolio of work, 1991-1994
39 BPW 2000 Certification, 1993



Executive Board, 1973-2000

The Executive Board series spans 0.25 linear feet (11 folders). It mostly contains board meeting minutes and supporting documentation, such as agendas and reports from various committees on the operation and activities of MABPW.
The files are arranged chronologically within subseries.
Meeting minutes with supporting documentation
Box Folder
2 1 1973-1976
2 1977
3 1978
4 1979
5 1980
6 1981
7 1982
8 1988-1989
9 1991-1999
10 Leadership workshop, 1991
11 Board of Directors manual, 1999-2000



General Membership, 1972-2010

The General Membership series spans 0.75 linear feet (33 folders). It contains profiles of members, member rosters, meeting minutes, agendas, and reports on club activities.
The files are arranged chronologically within subseries.
Box Folder
2 12 Member profiles and biographies, 1972-2001
Rosters
Box Folder
2 13 1973-1974
14 1974-1975
15 1975-1976
16 1977-1979
17 1979-1980
18 1980-1981
19 1981-1982
20 1984-1986
21 1986-1988
22 1988-1990
23 1990-1991
24 1991-1992
25 1992-1993
26 1994-1996
27 1997-1998
28 1998-2000
29 2000-2001
30 2004
31 undated
Meeting minutes with supporting documentation
Box Folder
2 32 1973-1974
33 1975-1976
34 1977
35 1978
36 1979
37 1980
38 1981
39 1982-1989
40 1991-1999
41 2004, 2010, and undated
42 Meeting sign-in sheets, 1978-1979
43 Recruitment brochures and blank membership applications, 1972-1995 and undated



Reports and Committees, 1972-1999

The Reports and Committees series spans 0.25 linear feet (9 folders) and contains summary annual and mid-year reports of club activities and short-term reports from various committees.
The files are arranged chronologically within subseries.
Annual and Mid-Year Reports
Box Folder
3 1 1978-1979
2 1986
3 1991-1992
4 1992-1993
Committee activities
Box Folder
3 5 1972-1975
6 Public Relations, 1973-1978
7 1978-1981
8 1987-1990
9 1992-1999 and undated



Financial Records, 1973-1999

The Financial Records series is comprised of two folders containing budgest and a study of the club's financial position and recordkeeping practices.
Box Folder
3 10 Budgets, 1973-1999
11 Study of Financial Position, 1986



Community Involvement, Events, and Awards, 1970-2016

The Community Involvement, Events, and Awards series is the largest series in the collection. It spans 1.75 linear feet (2 boxes containing 92 folders, plus oversize). It contains correspondence, notes, event programs, flyers, and other documentation on the annual Children’s Christmas Party, the Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Dance, La Feria del Rio, installations of club officers, and MABPW’s role in the equal pay movement and the Equal Rights Amendment. There is also information on seminars and community involvement efforts hosted by or co-organized by MABPW, such as Hispanas Unidas, the school supply program, and Expo San Antonio en Mexico. Additionally, awards (and award applications) for honors such as Woman of the Year and the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame are included.
The files are arranged alphabetically by name of event or award, then chronologically within each subseries.
Box Folder
3 12 15th Anniversary of MABPW, 1987
Assorted
Attended by or honoring MABPW members
Box Folder
3 13 1973-1976
14 1980-2004
15 Honoring Norma G. Maldonado, 1986-1988, 1993
Hosted by MABPW
Box Folder
3 16 1974-1978
17 1980-1987
18 1990-1998 and undated
19 2003-2005
20 Children's Christmas Party, 1973-1978
Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Dance
Planning materials
Box Folder
3 21 1977
22 1978-1980
Program booklets
Box Folder
3 23 1977
24 1978
25 1979
26 1980
27 1981
28 1982
29 1983
30 1985, 1986
31 With tickets, 1987
32 With invitation, 1989
33 1990
34 1991, 1998
35 Equal Pay, 2003-2004
36 City of San Antonio activism, 1988
Box
OM1 City of San Antonio Mayoral Proclamations, 2003, 2005
Box Folder
3 37 Red Purse Campaign, undated
Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)
Box Folder
3 38 Activism and events, 1972-2002
39 Brochures, 1976 and undated
40 Citizens' Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 1970-1972
41 Congressional Record excerpts, 1972
42 Department of Labor statistics, 1972
43 Statements on ERA, 1972
Expo San Antonio en Mexico
Box Folder
3 44 Correspondence, 1981-1982
45 Planning materials, 1981-1982
46 Luz Elena Solis Day notes, 1981-1982
47 Grant application, 1982
48 City of San Antonio press conference, 1982
49 Programs and invitations, 1982
50 Final report, 1982
La Feria del Rio
Box Folder
3 51 Articles of Incorporation, 1978
52 Bylaws, undated
53 Articles of Dissolution, 1979
54 Trademark Registration, 1979, 1995
55 City of San Antonio Mayoral Proclamation, 1975
Luz Elena Solis Day planning materials
Box Folder
3 56 1975
57 1976
58 1977
Planning materials and reports
Box Folder
3 59 1975
60 1976
61 1977
62 1978
63 1979
64 1980
Box Folder
4 1 1981
2 1982
3 1983-1985
4 1986
5 1987
6 1988
7 Hispanic Hertiage Day, 1988
8 1990
9 1991
10 1992
11 1993
12 1994
13 1995
14 1997
15 undated
Invitations and programs
Box Folder
4 16 1976-1979
17 1980-1986
18 1987-1989
19 1990-1993
20 1994-1995
21 El Grito, undated
22 Biographies of Mexican American women in Texas, undated
23 Folklife Festival, 1973-1978, 2001
24 Health seminar, 1979, 1982
Hispanas Unidas
Box Folder
4 25 Planning materials, 1983-1984
26 Conference materials, 1984, 1986
27 Newspaper clippings, 1984
Box
OM1 Honorary West Virginian proclamation for Barbie Hernandez, 2004
Box Folder
4 28-29 Hope E. Conroe President's Award entry for Josie Amick, 1988-1989
30 Individual Development Program, 1975, 1980
Installation of MABPW Officers
Box Folder
4 31 1972-1979
32 1980-1984
33 1986-1989
34 1990-1999
35 2001-2003
36 Job fair and employment symposium, 1980-1981
37 Mariachi Showcase, 2000
38 Mother's Day Breakfast, 1999-2005
39 NIKE Club, 1974-1982, 1992
40 Public Relations workshop, 1978
41 Public Relations award entry, 1986-1987
42 Rape Seminar, 1975
43 San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame, 1986-2005
44 School Supply Program, 1976-1980
45 Spanish Speaking Women in Employment, 1974
Box
OM1 State of Texas Resolution commending MABPW for donation of archives to UTSA Special Collections, 2016
Box Folder
4 46 Texas Hispanic American Family of the Year, 1988
47 Voter Registration Event, 1996
Woman of the Year and Young Careerist
Box Folder
4 48 Luz Elena Solis Day, 1978
49 Maria Luisa Urdaneta, 1980
50 Young Careerist criteria and applicants, 1980-1982
51 Veronica Salazar Escobedo, 1980-1981
52 Barbie Hernandez, 1982-1983
53 Mary Jessie Gonzalez Roque, 1982-1983
54 Invitations and programs, 1985-2003
55 Norma G. Maldonado, 1992
56 Ida Garcia, 1994
57 Josie Amick, with photographs, 1997
58 Women in Government award entry, 1987-1988
59 Working Woman Award, 2003, 2005
Guest Books
Box
OM1 Installation of officers, 1988
Various events, 1972-1976
Symposium, 1982



Newsletters, 1973-2005

The Newsletters series spans 1 linear foot (1 box containing 30 folders). The newsletter, La Prensa Femenil, was published and distributed monthly, often containing flyers and notices regarding upcoming events, highlights of new members, and achievements of current members.
The files are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
5 1 1973-1974
2 1975-1977
3 1978
4 1979
5 1980
6 1981
7 1982
8 1983
9 1984
10 1985
11 1986
12 1987
13 1988
14 1989
15 1990
16 1991
17 1992
18 Award entry, 1992-1993
19 1993
20 1994
21 1995
22 1996
23 1997
24 1998
25 1999
26 2000-2001
27 2002
28 2003
29 2004-2005
30 undated



Scrapbooks and Yearbooks, 1972-1993

The Scrapbooks and Yearbooks span 2.5 linear feet (2 boxes plus 2 folders, plus oversize). There are 7 yearbooks that document the club’s function and activities throughout a club year, which began in the fall and ended in the summer. They contain many photographs, as well as newspaper clippings, flyers, and invitations for events.
The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
5 31 Scrapbook, 1972-1978
32 Scrapbook pages, 1979
Box
6 MABPW Yearbooks
1979-1980
Box
OM1 1980-1981
Box
6 1986-1987
1986-1988
Box
7 1988-1989
1991-1992
20th Anniversary, 1992-1993



Photographs, 1973-2005

The photographs series spans 0.5 linear foot (1 box containing 32 folders). It contains photographic prints and negatives from a variety of club functions and award ceremonies, including the Children’s Christmas Party, conferences, and meetings. Approximately half of the photos have identifiable events or persons associated with them. The remaining half pertain to unknown events, many of which are estimated to date to the 1970’s.
The Identified subseries is arranged alphabetically. The Unidentified subseries is arranged chronologically.
Identified
Box Folder
8 1 Assorted photographs of identified persons, 1979-2003 and undated
2 Barbie Hernandez, Texas BPW President photographs, 2004 and undated
3 Children's Christmas Party photographs and negatives, 1973, 1976
4 Christmas Party photographs, 1987
5 Cinco de Mayo Parade photographs, 1981
6 Club member photographs labeled with names, ca. 1990
7 District 2 Conference negatives, 1975
8 La Feria del Rio at Arneson River Theatre photographs, 1982, 1987, and undated
9 Folklife Festival photographs, 1987, 2004
10 Hispanas Unidas photographs, ca. 1980's
11 National BPW Conference photographs of Texas attendees, 1982
12 NIKE Club Installation at Lanier High School photographs and negatives, ca. 1970's
13 Red Purses and MABPW members, undated
14 Voter Registration Event photographs, 1996
15 Working Woman Award photographs, 2005
16 Working Woman Award photographs, undated
Unidentified
Box Folder
8 17 Negatives: Sets 1-2, 1975-1976
18 Photographs: Set 3, 1977
19 Negatives: Sets 4-9, ca. 1970's
20-26 Photographs with negatives: Sets 10-16, ca. 1970's
27 Photographs: Sets 17-20, ca. 1970's
28 Photographs: Sets 21-24, ca. 1970's
29 Photographs: Set 25, 1986
30 Photographs: Set 26, 2002
31 Photographs: Set 27, 2003
32 Photographs: Set 28, undated



Audio, 1984, 2004-2005

The Audio series contains two interview CDs and three identical copies of one audiocassette.
Box
OM1 BPW/USA "On the Road to Ratification" audiocassette, 1984
Barbie Hernandez and Chrissie Murnin, Women's Equality Day Interview CD, 2004
Barbie Hernandez and Chrissie Murnin, Equal Pay Day CD, 2005



Newspaper Clippings, 1972-2005

The Newspaper Clippings series spans 0.5 linear foot (12 folders). It contains clippings that mention or discuss MABPW, club members, and their activities in the community. Clippings are from the San Antonio Light and the San Antonio Express-News, as well as other publications.
The newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
9 1 1972-1974
2 1975-1976
3 1977-1979
4 1980-1981
5 1982-1983
6 1984-1986
7 1987-1989
8 1990-1993
9 1994-1997
10 1998-1999
11 2002-2005
12 undated



Ephemera, 2003-2005 and undated

The Ephemera series spans 0.5 linear foot of largely undated material, such as bumper stickers, buttons, ribbons, and name badges from conventions.
Box
OM1 Ephemera, 2003-2005 and undated



District 2 of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs of Texas Records, 1972-1995

District 2 was a regional district of BPW that encompassed several BPW clubs in the San Antonio area. The District 2 BPW series spans 0.5 linear foot (13 folders). It documents MABPW members’ involvement with BPW at the District level and contains correspondence, reports, event programs, and newsletters. It also contains files of District 2 Director Jean Hayes and other material documenting District conferences held in San Antonio.
Box Folder
9 13 Standing Rules, 1980
14 List of officers and member clubs, 1982-1986 and undated
15 Correspondence, 1978-1981
District 2 Director, Jean E. Hayes
Box Folder
9 16 Conference papers, 1980
17 Conference papers, minutes, and correspondence, 1981-1982
18 Administrative papers, 1979-1985, 1994
19 Conference documents, 1981, 1982
20 Program books, 1972-1983
21 Program books, 1985-1989
22 Financial Report, 1989
23 Annual Report, 1993-1994
24 Events and awards, 1976-1980, 1994
25 Newsletter, 1972, 1981-1995



Texas Business and Professional Women's Foundation Records

Texas BPW encompasses several districts and is part of the National Federation of BPW. The Texas BPW series spans 0.5 linear foot (26 folders) of operating and administrative documents, annual reports, newsletters, and programs and planning materials for statewide conventions held in San Antonio.
Box Folder
9 26 Federation projects and history, 1968-1987
27 Manual of procedures and bylaws, 1977-1999 and undated
28 Correspondence, 1976-1988, 1997
29 Legislative bulletins, 1972-1973
30 Membership reports, 1975-1981
31 Member directories, 1975-1984
32 Member directories, 1988-1997
33 Nominations for office, 1978-1980
Convention
Box Folder
9 34 Program books, 1981, 1993-1994
35 Planning materials, 1997
36 Program book, 2005
37 Financial records, 1977-1995
38 Annual Reports
38 1977-1978
38 1980
38 1988-1989
38 1994
39 Events and awards, 1977-1997
Newsletters
Box Folder
10 1 1972-1976
2 1977
3 1978
4 1985-1986, 1989
5 1990-1992
6 1994-1996
7 2000-2001
8 Blank letterhead stationery and envelopes, 1983 and undated



National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1972-1982 and undated

The National Federation of BPW series is comprised of one folder of brochures, flyers, member notices, and information on the National Federation's legislative platform. It also contains a program booklet for the 48th annual convention held in San Antonio in 1982.
Box Folder
10 9 National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs, 1972-1982 and undated