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Hector Garcia / Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations Collection MSS.0092

Descriptive Summary

Creator Garcia, Hector
Creator Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations
Title: Hector Garcia / Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations Collection
Dates: 1972-1978
Identification: MSS.0092
Quantity: 0.25 Linear feet, 1 document box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Harris County chapter of the Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations (PASO) was formed in October 1961. Its purpose was to advocate on behalf of Mexican Americans. Its political activities included letter-writing campaigns, poll tax drives, bumper sticker brigades, telephone banks, and community get-out-the-vote rallies. PASO endorsed candidates supportive of Mexican American concerns. It took up issues of concern to Mexican Americans. It also advocated on behalf of Mexican Americans seeking jobs, and for Mexican American owned businesses. PASO produced such Mexican American political leaders as Leonel Castillo and Ben. T. Reyes.

Hector Garcia was a member of PASO and its executive secretary of the Office of Community Relations. In the late 1970's, he was Executive Director of the Catholic Council on Community Relations for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. The collection includes some materials related to some of his other interests outside of PASO.


General PASO materials
PASO promotion of Mexican Americans for jobs and Mexican American-owned businesses
Other Mexican American Organizations
Other issues of interest


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Garcia, Hector
Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations
Harris County (Tex.)
Labor unions--Texas--Houston
Mexican Americans
Mexican Americans--Texas--Civil rights
Voter Registration--Texas--Houston

Related Material

MSS 208, John Castillo Papers

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hector Garcia / Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Hector Garcia, 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Andrew Hempe, September 1998.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1972-1973
2 Correspondence, 1974
3 Correspondence, 1975-1976
4 Correspondence, 1977-1978, and unknown

General PASO Materials

Box Folder
1 5 PASO Newsletter materials
6 Essay regarding Chicano movement
7 PASO miscellany

PASO Promotion of Mexican Americans for Jobs and Mexican American-Owned Businesses

Box Folder
1 8 PASO Promotion of Mexican American Job Candidates
9 Mexican American Employment Roster
10 Directory of Minority-Owned Supply Companies
11 Materials regarding recruiting of police officers from San Antonio

Other Mexican American Organizations

Box Folder
1 12 Mexican American Democratic Caucus
13 Concilio De La Raza
14 Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans
15 Association of Mexican American Educators
16 IMAGE de Houston
17 Houston Welfare Rights Organization, Inc.
18 Interfaith Commission on Human Priorities
19 Interfaith Coalition, Houston Metropolitan Ministries
20 Organizational Directories

Other Issues of Interest

Box Folder
1 21 Materials regarding Nixon/Ford activities toward Mexican Americans
22 Resolutions
23 Telephone rate increase
24 Statement regarding police brutality
25 List of PASO-endorsed candidates, 1978
26 Miscellaneous membership lists
27 Letter regarding dispute at House of God, Our Lady of Grace Church
28 Political campaign literature
29 Newspaper clippings
30 Mexican American Precinct Judges, May 1976