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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

LULAC Materials

Other Publications

The Benson Latin American Collection

Benny Martinez LULAC Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Martinez, Benny C., 1934-
Title: Benny Martinez LULAC Collection
Dates: 1937-2012
Abstract: Publications, convention programs, and clippings from LULAC national, Texas state, district, and council organizations.
Accession No. 2014-36
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Language: English
Repository: Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Benny C. Martinez (1934-) is a lifetime member of LULAC, awarded 1996 LULAC National Man of the Year, and a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War.

Benny C. Martinez was born January 4, 1934 in Goliad, Texas. Relocating, to Houston, Texas in 1947, Martinez would graduate from Houston Community College as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1967. In 1985 he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Houston.

Martinez has been a lifelong member of LULAC. In 1965, Benny and his brother Raul, serving as vice-president and president of LULAC #60, respectively, would assist in the creation of SER Jobs for Progress, now known as SERjobs, a nonprofit community organization that educates and equips people in the Texas Gulf Coast Region who come from low-income backgrounds or who have significant barriers to employment.

An active citizen, Martinez served on a number of committees advocating for the name changes to several Houston streets, specifically 69th St. to Staff Sgt. Macario Garcia, 67th St. to Cesar Chavez Blvd. and 610 SE Loop to Juan N. Seguin Memorial Interchange. Martinez also served as an advisory board member of the Tejano Monument Committee, responsible for the raising of funds needed to construct the Tejano Monument currently on Texas Capitol grounds. Beginning Friday, November 14, 2003, Martinez conducted a 125-mile horseback trek from Goliad to the Texas State Capitol in Austin with a goal to raise funds and awareness for the Tejano Monument.

As of 2018, Martinez continues to reside in Goliad Texas. He is married to Rosemary Martinez and is the father of two daughters and stepfather to four daughters.

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Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the papers of Benny Martinez, lifelong LULAC member, Army veteran, and Tejano activist. Materials include LULAC publications, convention programs, news clippings, as well as non-LULAC publications such as Latino magazines or event programs. The collection is arranged in two series: LULAC Materials, and Other Publications.

The LULAC Materials series is arranged in seven subseries. The national publications subseries contains a partial collection of programs from the annual LULAC national convention, ranging from years 1949 to 2012. Additionally, the subseries contains press releases welcoming guests to the 50th anniversary convention in Houston Texas in 1979. Lastly, the subseries contains nationally-distributed LULAC materials, such as brochures detailing the history of LULAC and two publications from LULAC's The Latin American Project.

The Texas state publications subseries contains state convention programs from 1951 to 2010, a 2001 edition of Laredo magazine Hometown, welcoming Texas LULACs to the 2001 state convention, the 2010 Texas LULAC five year plan, and lastly, several Texas LULAC newsletters from 1973 to 2009. The Texas districts publications subseries contains publications from Texas LULAC districts 4, 8, 10, and 18, including convention programs and district newsletters. The Texas council publications subseries contains event programs produced by several Texas LULAC councils from 1965 to 2010. The LULAC events subseries contains programs from LULAC hosted balls, dances, and pageants, as well as programs relating to the annually-hosted LULAC Feria/Fiesta de las Flores ball, and other scholarship-related events such as the LULAC scholarship golf tournament, and other banquets.

The Regional LULAC publications subseries contains two items, a program from the California state LULAC twenty-fifth anniversary and one issue of the Albuquerque LULAC News Report from 1967. The LULAC meeting materials, minutes, resolutions, and correspondence file contains resolutions passed at the 55th LULAC State Convention in 1984, Texas state executive board meeting minutes from March 11, 1989, executive board correspondence, a presentation from the Strategic Planning Conference Phase 1 with HomewardBound, and lastly, the program for the Youth and Collegiate Federal Career Exploration Forum held in 2006. The LULAC elections materials file contains campaign materials for candidates for LULAC National President, National Vice President, National Treasurer, as well as other positions, such as Vice President for Southwest, and National vice President for Young Adults.

The final subseries, News clippings, contains clippings from both LULAC publications and publications writing about LULAC. Often, clippings relate to LULAC controversies. Notable are news clippings about a case relating to the 1989 Texas school bus accident in which a soft-drink delivery truck collided with a school bus, killing 29, an 1990 infight over the addition of new LULAC councils, and many controversies revolving around LULAC National President Jose Velez.

The Other Publications series contains newsletters, programs, and magazines concerning several topics, but distinctly not LULAC-centered. Notable materials are a copy of the 1965 paper "A Salute and a Toast to the History of the Mexican-American in Houston" by John Coronado, written for the National Mexican American Historical Society, a copy of the Harris County Paso 5th Anniversary and Salute to Valley Farm Workers issue, the program from the American GI Forum 26th anniversary, the program from the Texas Independence Community's Tejano tribute to Hispanic pioneers, and publications centered on Latino/Hispanic community. The oversized materials contain news clippings from a 1990 health scare in Waco, concerning inhalants, a 1997 special edition of the Houston Chronicle, covering the 50th anniversary of the Texas City disaster, and an article about police profiling.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

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Index Terms

The Benny Martinez LULAC Collection is classified under the following Subject Headings:
Martinez, Benny C., 1934-
League of United Latin American Citizens.
League of United Latin American Citizens, National Convention.
Texas LULAC (Organization)
Mexican American--Texas.

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Related Material

For more information on the Tejano Monument Committee in which Benny Martinez served as an advisory board member, see the Tejano Monument, Inc. Records, 1972-2013 for newsclippings, press releases, floppy disks, and other materials relating to Martinez's 2003 125-mile trek from Goliad to Austin, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Benny Martinez LULAC Collection, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donation.

Accession numbers: 2014-36

Processing Information

Collection processed by Rodrigo Leal, July 2018.

Additions

No further materials are expected for this collection.

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Box and Folder Inventory

LULAC Materials

Box
1 National publications, 1949-2012
National conventions programs
1 1949-1974
2 1975-1983
3 1984-1986
4 1986-1988
5 1988-1991
6 1992-1998
7 1999-2005
Box Folder
2 1 2006-2012
2 50th anniversary convention materials, 1979
3 Brochures, pamphlets, reports, programs, 1979-2012
Texas state publications, 1951-2010
State convention programs
4 1951-1974
5 1976-1987
6 1988-1991
7 1993-2001
8 2002-2008
Box Folder
3 1 2008-2010
2 Hometown magazine - LULAC state convention, 2001
3 Texas LULAC five year plan, 2010
Box Folder
5 1 Newsletters, 1973-2009
Box
3 Texas districts publications, 1951-2012
4 District 4 publications, 1977-2012
5 District 8 publications, 1951-1991
6 District 10 and 18 publications, 1989-2002
Texas council publications, 1965-2010
7 Council No. 1, No. 60, 1990-2010
8 Council No. 132, 389, 402, 610, 639, 1965-1997
9 Council No. 643, 664, 673, 688, 4444, 1976-2000
LULAC events, 1970-2005
10 LULAC ball programs and publications, 1970-1978
Box Folder
4 1 LULAC ball programs and publications, 1984-1988
2 Feria/Fiesta de las Flores publications, 1972-1981
3 Feria/Fiesta de las Flores publications, 1990-2005
4 LULAC Scholarship and Golf Tournament Programs, 1976-1988
Regional LULAC publications, 1967-1972
5 California LULAC twenty-fifth anniversary program, 1972
Box Folder
5 2 The Albuquerque LULAC News Report, 1967
Box Folder
4 6 LULAC meeting materials, minutes, resolutions, and correspondence, 1984-2006
7 LULAC election materials, 1988-2006
News clippings, 1937-2004
8 Lettersized clippings, 1937-1991
Box Folder
5 3 Oversized clippings, 1969-2004

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Other Publications

Box Folder
4 9 Newsletters, programs, magazines, 1965-1986
10 Newsletters, programs, magazines, 1997-2011
Box Folder
5 4 Oversized newsletters and programs, 1968-2004

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