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John Castillo Papers MSS.0208

Descriptive Summary

Creator Castillo, John
Title: John Castillo Papers
Dates: 1966-1975
Identification: MSS.0208
Quantity: 5.0 Linear feet, 5 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

John Castillo was very involved in the Mexican-American movement. He was a member of the Harris County PASO (Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations), and was made recording secretary in 1967. Castillo was involved with voter registration and Project VER (Voter Education Registration), which was a project to get people out to vote. They wanted to support politicians who were going to help the Mexican-American community.

Castillo was also a part of various other groups, including Opportunities for Leadership Education (OLE), Coalition for Better Government, Raza Unida, Joint Conference of Mexican-Americans, and the National Spanish Speaking Management Association (NSSMA).

Scope and Contents

The collection contains private and public documents dealing with the activities of John Castillo. PASO represents a large portion of the collection. Voter Registration, campaign/election information, and community events are also covered. Mary Castillo headed the Education movement, which is also covered.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the John Castillo Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Castillo, John
Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations
Mexican Americans

Related Material

MSS 92, Hector Garcia / Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations Collection

Castillo, E. John / HMRC Oral History Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Castillo Papers. MSS 208. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by John Castillo, 1982.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Box Folder
1 1 Meeting minutes
2 Planning/committees, policies, etc.
3 Membership
4 Incoming correspondence
5 Outgoing correspondence
6 News release
7 Newsletters
8 Radio campaign planning
9 Voter registration
10 Voter registration drive
Box Folder
2 1 Cost for election budgets
2 Mailing for 1972 election campaigns
3 Harris County PASO anniversary convention, 1966-1967
4 PASO state convention, August 16-17, 1968 ; Harris County PASO 7th anniversary, October 13, 1968
5 Annual endorsement convention, 1968
6 News clippings

Campaign Information

Box Folder
2 7 Precinct Information
8 Precinct Fact Sheets, 1971
9 Election Information
Box Folder
3 1 Canvass coordination-McGovern campaign
2 Lauro Cruz-State Representative
3 Ben Reyes-State Representative/Andrew Jackson-Harris County Judge
4 Leonel Castillo 1971 City Controller campaign
5 Leonel Castillo 1975 City Controller campaign
6 Outgoing correspondence - Leonel Castillo
7 Fred Hofheinz 1975 Mayoral campaign
8 Augustina Reyes 1975 School Board campaign
9 18 year old voter campaign

Project VER

Box Folder
3 10 Meeting agendas, minutes, attendance, January 1971
11 Daily attendance
12 Precinct Fact Sheets
13 Voter registration
14 Voting book, policies
Box Folder
4 1 Voter Education Project
2 General information
3 Advisory council
4 Volunteers, 1969-1971
5 Correspondence, 1970
6 Correspondence, 1971
7 Financial records
8 Citizenship classes
9 Church assistance
10 Contribution thank-you letters
11 News clippings - voter registration


Box Folder
4 12 HUELGA schools/Mexican American Education Council - Mrs. Mary Castillo
13 Edcouch-Elsa student news clippings
14 Paper on Mexican-Americans in HISD
15 Educational Advancement for Mexican-Americans
16 Citizens for Good Schools
17 La Conferencia de Mujeres por La Raza
18 Womens Political Caucus/Chicana Educational Conference
19 Community College
Box Folder
5 1 Opportunities for Leadership Education (OLE)
2 2nd Ward Community Council
3 Mexican-American Political Action Institute
4 Coalition for Better Government-volunteer forms and lists
5 Raza Unida
6 Countdown '72
7 Joint Conference of Mexican Americans
8 Joint Conference of Mexican Americans meetings
9 National Spanish Speaking Management Association (NSSMA) correspondence
10 Service Employment Redevelopment - MDTA project
11 Model city clippings - John Castillo
12 Grant proposals
13 Newsletters
14 Vice President's Ball
15 John Castillo personal file
16 Photos