A Guide to the Jaime Martinez Scrapbook, 1946-1997 (bulk 1978-1987)
Jaime Martinez was a civil rights activist and labor organizer. Martinez was a native of San Antonio, growing up on the city's west side, raised by his grandparents who were migrant workers. In 1966, Martinez joined the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) where he advocated to secure jobs and living wages for workers. Inspired by the work of César E. Chávez in California, Martinez organized protests and marches in solidarity with local migrant farm workers. He organized workers in states other than Texas, traveling to the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Arkansas, and Ohio. Martinez also made trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of workers rights.
Martinez created the César E. Chávez Legacy and Education Foundation and led the César E. Chávez March for Justice each year. In recent years, Martinez mentored young, undocumented immigrants determined to make the United States their permanent home. He believed that sanctuary cities should provide a path to citizenship for hard working immigrants. Local leaders and politicians praised Martinez's dedication to helping vulnerable individuals.
"San Antonio Civil Rights Leader Jaime Martinez Dies," by Alex Zielinski, San Antonio Current.com, July 17, 2017 [accessed on August 30, 2017].
"Jaime Martinez honored Cesar Chavez and also instilled pride among Hispanics in San Antonio," by Jocelyn Sherman, ufw.org, July 19, 2017 [accessed on August 20, 2017].
The scrapbook contains photographs of Jaime Martinez and others at IUE meetings, marches, and protests in San Antonio, Texas and elsewhere in the United States. Other photographs document Martinez's visits to Washington, D.C. Print materials include IUE newsletters, correspondence, clippings, and IUE logos arranged on scrapbook pages. Additional loose photographs and a pamplet were included in the back of the scrapbook.
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[Identification of item], Jaime Martinez Scrapbook, MS 490, University of Texas at San Antonio Special Collections.
Received as a gift from Dr. Citlali Zentella in July 2017 (Acc. 2017-034).
Processed by Paige Hayhurst, Student Clerk, in August 2017.
Due to preservation issues, items were removed from scrapbook pages during processing. The cover of the scrapbook and subsequent pages were digitized in their original state prior to disassembling. The original order of items on each page was maintained as closely as possible; however, individual pages were unbound from the scrapbook prior to receipt by Special Collections and original page order was not clear. The scrapbook cover and adhesive pages were removed after scanning and items have been organized into folders with file name information that links them to each digitized page.
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