Seferino Vela Papers, 1935-1981
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.
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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Cite as: Seferino Vela Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.
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