The Benson Latin American Collection

Clotilde P. García Papers, 1949-1988

Descriptive Summary

Creator: García, Clotilde P.
Title: Clotilde P. García Papers
Dates: 1949-1988 (bulk 1970-1980)
Abstract: The personal papers of Mexican American physician, writer, and community activist Dr. Clotilde P. García include biographical information, written works, and collected materials related to community and national organizations with much material related to the American G.I. Forum, founded by García's brother, Hector P. García.
Accession No.: 1988-34
OCLC Record No.: 23987340
Extent: 5 linear feet
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Physician, writer, and community activist Clotilde P. Garcia was born on 11 January 1917, daughter of Mexican school teachers. Garcia grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned a B.A. (1938) and M.Ed. (1959) from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.D. (1954) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Also known as Dr. Cleo, Garcia taught school before becoming a physician and surgeon. She participated in many community and Mexican American organizations, and served on several advisory and executive boards on the county, state, and national levels. She published historical works dealing with South Texas and northern Mexico.

Scope and Contents Note

The Clotilde P. Garcia Papers are organized into four series: Personal and Biographical, Written Works, Activities and Organizations, and Subject Files. The collection contains information about the activities of Clotilde Garcia and her family, especially her brother, Hector P. Garcia, founder of the American G.I. Forum (AGIF). It includes correspondence, funding applications, ephemera, publications, reports, scrapbooks, and a videotape. Materials relating to the AGIF include issues of its serials: News Bulletin, The Forumeer, and El Familiar. The collection also includes reports on AGIF activities such as SER-Jobs for Progress, and the Veterans Outreach Program. News releases and letters from Hector P. Garcia also deal with AGIF, as do the videotape and two books. Other materials relate to the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission and the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1973; Nueces County Community Action Agency, its health, employment, and nutrition programs; Mexican Americans and civil rights; the U.S. Senate Special Subcommittee on Aging; and historical and genealogical research. A Spanish primer by Garcia's father, Jose G. Garcia, is also included.


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Index Terms

The Clotilde P. Garcia Papers are classified under the following Author and Subject Headings in the University of Texas library catalog:
García, Clotilde P.
García, Hector P., 1914-1996.
Canales, Jose Antonio, 1944-
Garcia, Jose G.
American G.I. Forum.
Nueces County Community Action Agency (Tex.)
SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc.
Constitutional law--Texas--.
Texas--History--To 1846
Aged--Services for--United States.
Education, Higher--Texas.
Mexican Americans--Civil rights
Texas. Constitutional Revision Commission
United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Labor and Public Welfare. Special Subcommittee on Aging.

Related Material

The Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Library also holds the following collections:

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Clotilde P. García Papers, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

I. Personal and Biographical

Box Folder
1 1 Clotilde P. Garcia biographies
2 SAGA program re: Garcia's induction into the Order of Isabel la Católica 1990
Spanish Amerircan Genealogical Association (SAGA)
3 Photos, personal correspondence, financial records, notes, invitations
4 Jose G. Garcia (father)
5 Hector P. Garcia (brother) 1980, 1983-1985
6 Xico P. Garcia (brother)
7 J.A. (Tony) Canales (son) 1977, 1980

II. Written Works

Box Folder
1 8 "An Indian Uprising in Camargo in 1812"
9 Cartas y Documentos del Capitán Pedro López Prieto: Edición y anotación de las copies originales de los archivos de Camargo y Béxar, 1975
San Felipe Press, Austin, Texas
10 Siege of Camargo by Captain Pedro López Prieto of the Spanish Royal Army: Translated and edited from the original copies of the Camargo and Bexar Archives, 1975
San Felipe Press, Austin, Texas
11 "Padre José Nicolás Ballí and Padre Island," 1979
12 "Application for Historical Marker: Flinn Ranch Cemetery, Nueces County, Texas," 1985

III. Activities and Organizations

Box Folder
1 13 Historical societies, research, and activities, 1973-1990, undated
2 American G.I. Forum (AGIF)
1 Charter (1949), press conference (1971), letter (1974), press release (1975), and tickets (1986)
2 Educational seminar, 1974
3 Resolutions, Gulf Region Convention, Corpus Christi, 1974
4 "War Casualties," 1974
5 Cisneros v. CCISD case (school desegregation)
6 Dr. Hector P. Garcia correspondence (copies), 1961-1980
7 Dr. Hector P. Garcia correspendence, items sent, 1969-1978, undated
8 SER, 1966
9 SER Reports, 1966, 1973, 1977
10 Veterans Outreach Program, 1980
11 Veterans Outreach Program, minutes of board meetings, 1979-1980
12 Veterans Outreach Program, CETA application
13 Veterans Outreach Program, 26 September 1974
14 Veterans Outreach Program, CETA 1978
3 Publications
1 News Bulletin, 1952, 1955, 1960, 1965
2 El Familiar, 1978-1980
3 Forumeer, 1968-1975
4 Forumeer, 1976-1979
5 Forumeer, 1980-1987
6 A People Forgotten, A Dream Pursued: The History of the American G.I. Forum 1948-1972, by Henry A.J. Ramos, 1982
7 The American G.I. Forum: Origins and Evolution, by Carl Allsup, 1982
8 Video: "American G.I. Forum, Del Mar College," undated
Box Folder
4 1 National Convention programs, 1966-1987
2 State Convention programs, 1965-1987
2 Founders Day banquets, 1973-1987
4 Other meetings, festivities, 1974
5 Constitution (Texas), undated
6 Promotional literature and buttons, 1974-1988
5 Political Activities:
1 State Democratic Convention, 1980
2 Democratic Party 1972, 1975-1976, 1978, 1980
3 NALADO, 1976
4 Presidential Campaign, 1980
5 Texas Redistricting, 1981
6 Precinct 46, 1972
7 Precinct 47, 1972
8 Precinct 49, 1971
9 Precinct 50, 1971
10 Precinct 51, 1971
11 Precinct 52, 1971
12 Precinct 53, 1971
13 Precinct 56, undated
14 Precinct 57, 1971
15 Precinct 58, 1971
16 Del Mar College Annual Report to Board of Regents, 1975
17 UT Austin Centennial Commission, 1983
18 Education: Texas Association of Collegiate Veteran's Programs Officials (TACVPO), 1978
19 CETA applications, San Patricio County and Nueces County Community Action Agencies, 1976
20 Community Action Agency - Emergency Food Program, 1971
21 Community Action Agency, 1971-1972
6 Texas Constitutional Revision Commission
1 A new constitution for Texas (newsprint copy), 1973
2 Constitución Propuesta del Estado de Texas, 1973
3 Article V Revision of the Judiciary, 1974
4 Article VII Education, 1973
5 Article XVI Section 31 practicioners of medicne, 1973
Reasons for retention submitted by the Texas Medical Association.
6 Correspondence, schedule, pamphlets, photographs, 1973-1974
7 Education Committee files, 1973
8 Education, land, clippings, 1973
9 Files (letters, clippings, memos), 1973 June-August
10 Files, 1973
11 Final report, circa 1975
Box Folder
7 1 Open beaches, 1973-1974
2 Public hearing reports and supporting statements, 1973
3 Recommendations of the Texas Municipal League, 1973
4 Senate Joint Resolution, 1975
5 Speaker's kit, 1973-1976
6 Texas Constitutional Convention, 1973-1974
8 Publications
1 Constitution and Texas Legislative Handbook, 1972, 1973
2-3 A New Constitution for Texas: Text, Explanation, Commentary, 1973 November
4 A New Constitution for Texas: Separate Statements of Commission Members, 1973 December
5 Texas Constitutional Revision Commission Recommendations, 1973
6 Selected Bibliography on the Texas Constitution
Prepared for the Texas Constitutional Revision Commission by the Institute for Urban Studies, University of Houston.
7 1971 Texas Achievement Appraisal Study, A Needs Assessment Report, Texas Education Agency, 1972 May
8 State Support for Private Higher Education? by William H. McFarlane, 1969
Southern Regional Education Board
9 University of Texas Centennial Commission Report, Draft Number 2, 1982 December
10 Urban Texas: Policies for the Future, 1971 November
Report of the Texas Urban Development Commission
9 U.S., State and Local Committees on Aging
1 Committees on aging (state and local), 1972, 1975
2 "Developing Transportation Services for Older People" by David Rachlis, Field Services Coordinator, National Coucil on Aging (NCOA), 1970 May
U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging
3 Memos, letters, 1972-1973
4 Hearings: Adequacy of federal response to housing needs of older Americans, 1971-1972
5 Hearings: Death with dignity: an inquiry into related issues, 1972 August
6 Hearings: Future directions in social security and Hearing aids and the older American, 1973
7 Hearings: various reports, 1971-1973
Including: Trends in Long-Term Care (September 1971); Legislative history of the older Americans Comprehensive Services Amendments of 1972 (October 1972); Action on aging legislation in 92d Congress (October 1972); Barriers to health care for older Americans, part 2 (March 1973); The rise and threatened fall of service programs for the elderly, a report by the Subcommittee on Federal, State, and Community Services (Marc 1973); Housing for the elderly a status report: a working paper prepared by the Special Committee on Aging United States Senate (April 1973); Economics of aging: toward a full share in abundance, index to hearings and report prepared by the Special Committee on Aging United States Senate (July 1973); Research on Aging Act, 1973 Report No. 93-299 (July 1973); Home health services in the United States: a working paper on current status (together with recommendations and a summary of proceedings from a conference: "In-Home Services: Toward a National Policy, Columbia, Md., June 1972") (July 1973); and Improving the Age Discrimination Law a working paper (September 1973).
8 1971 White House Conference on Aging, circa 1972
Recommended for Action on issues of nutrition, employment and retirement, physical and mental health, housing, income, as well as research and demonstration.
9 Post-White House Conference on Aging Reports: towards a new attitude on aging, 1973

IV. Subject Files

Box Folder
10 1 Agenda monthly (Vol. II, Number III) Southwest Council of La Raza (SWCLR), 1972 October
2 Agenda quarterly, National Council of La Raza (NCLR), 1975 spring
3 Chicano Studies Center publications catalog, 1975
4 Corpus Christi School desegregation Case / Achievement Tests, 1970, 1973-1974
5 Hispanic magazine premier issue and AGIF partnership, 1988 April
6 Hispanics and civil rights, U.S. government publications, 1972, 1974
7 Latinos in the United States: the sacred and the political book by David T. Abalos, 1986
8 Letters and ephemera, 1969-1985
9 Mexican Americans and civil rights (clippings and publications), 1966, 1972, 1974-1978
10 Nosotros, los americanos / we the americans, 1973 June
Regarding Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, Americans from Central America, and Americans from South America; a publication from the U.S. Department of Commerce.
11 "School Disruptions: Tips for Educators and Police" (brochure), undated
On the cover: Findings of a conference sponsored by Community Relations Service, U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, U.S. Department of Justice, and the National Institute of Education, U.S Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
12 "The Legacy of Pvt. Longoria" Dallas Morning News clippings, 1975
13 The Mexican American: A New Focus on Opportunity, 1967 October
Testimony presented at the Cabinet Committee Hearings on Mexican American Affairs (El Paso, Texas). Inter-Agency Committee on Mexican American Affairs.
14 "The Silent Victims: Denver's Battered Women," 1977 August
On the cover: "A report of the Colorado Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights prepared for the information and consideratjion of the Commission. This report will be considered by the Commission, and the Commission will make public its reaction. In the meantime, the findings and recommendatjion of this report shoul not be attributed to the Commission but only to the Colorado Advisory Committee."
15 Window Dressing on the Set: Women and Minorities in Television, 1977 August
A report of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
11 Newsclippings and Scrapbooks
1 Texas Constitutional Revision Commission, 1973-1974
2 Clippings, 1963, 1968, 1972-1974
3 Clippings, 1973-1974
4 Clippings, 1972, 1976-1977
Box Folder
OV 1-2 Oversize Materials
Includes poster of Hector P. Garcia and newspapers (El Cuhuamil, Chicano Times, On Campus UT Austin, and Corpus Christi Sun).