The Benson Latin American Collection

Seferino Vela Papers, 1935-1981

Descriptive Summary

Creator Vela, Seferino
Title Seferino Vela Papers
Dates: 1935-1981
Abstract Personal papers including speeches, correspondence, sound recordings, clippings, and a photograph of Mexican American civic leader Seferino "Chefe" Vela.
OCLC Record No. 24158618
Extent 2 in., 3 sound tape reels, 2 sound disc
Language English and Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Civic leader and political campaign manager. Known as Chefe Vela, full name Seferino Salais Vela. Raised in Kenedy, Texas, where he served as president of LULAC Council #64. Became LULAC District Organizer in 1939. Moved to San Antonio in 1942. Supported many Democratic candidates for office, including Dan Moody, Gerald Mann, Maury Maverick, Ralph Yarborough, and Henry Cisneros by making radio speeches and giving talks in both English and Spanish, appealing to Mexican American voters.

Scope and Contents Note

Contains speeches, correspondence, sound recordings, microfilm copies of certificates, newspaper clippings, and a photograph; material dates from the late 1930s through 1981. Reflects the activities of Seferino Vela in political campaigns, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and as a sales representative for the Gulf Brewing Company. Speeches endorse political candidates including Gerald Mann, Dan Moody, Maury Maverick, Ralph Yarborough, Ben Barnes, and Henry Cisneros, as well as many local San Antonio and Bexar County office seekers. Radio speeches and advertising spots not only promote political candidates, but also include Mothers' Day tributes and ads for Grand Prize beer. Correspondence includes letters from LULAC officers, politicians, and Gulf Brewing Company managers. Correspondents include Jake Rodríguez, Ezequiel Salinas, James Tafolla, Sr., and Mauro Machado.

Consists of three series: 1. Correspondence, 2. Speeches, and 3. Audiovisual materials. Correspondence arranged chronologically.


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Index Terms

The Seferino Vela Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Vela, Seferino--Archives
League of United Latin American Citizens
Gulf Brewing Company (Houston, Texas)
Mexican Americans--Texas
Political campaigns--Texas
Radio advertising--Texas
San Antonio (Tex.)--Politics and government
Machado, Mauro
Rodríguez, Jake
Salinas, Ezequiel D.
Tafolla, Santiago

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Cite as: Seferino Vela Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

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