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Judge E.D. Salinas Papers, 1927-2007
Ezequiel David Salinas, Sr. was born in Laredo, Texas on March 20, 1908. He graduated from Laredo High School in 1927 and headed to the University of Texas to study law. After graduating in 1932, Salinas was awarded an E.D. Farmer International Scholarship in international law at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.
In 1939, Salinas became the eleventh president, and the first Laredoan, of LULAC. During the 1940s and 1950s, he worked to establish LULAC chapters in parts of Texas where none had previously existed. During World War II, he was recruited as a special assistant to the ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay. Upon his return to Laredo, Salinas and his wife penned a book detailing the rules of a popular South American card game called Canasta. He lectured in several cities, including Macy's in New York City and Marshall's Field in Chicago.
In 1950, Salinas was awarded judgeship of the 111th Judicial District, a role he filled for 27 years before retiring in 1977. His first wife passed away in 1982 and he remarried to Angelina Casso de Salinas. He died March 13, 2007, just seven days before his 99th birthday.
The Benson Latin American Collection is the official repository of the League of United Latin American Citizens, including the papers of individual members. This collection documents the work and life of E.D. Salinas. It encompasses his work as both a local and national LULAC president, his work as an special assistant to the ambassador in Uruguay during WWII, and his community activities as a judge in Laredo, Texas. It consists of six series: Biographical and Family; LULAC; WWII; Judgeship; Retirement; and Oversize Materials. These records are comprised mostly of newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, diplomas, and professional certificates.
Series one, Biographical and Family, contains records of his personal life, including family photographs and materials belonging to his first wife, Elvira. It also holds a copy of his birth certificate, documents relating to a name change, and various passports. Additionally, there are records related to his education, including Laredo High School, University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), and National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City. Salinas was also a fishing enthusiast and documented various catches over the years. This series contains photographs from these trips, dated mostly between 1974 to 1978. Additionally, series one includes a copy of the Canasta rule book he co-wrote with his wife, along with newspapers articles and press releases advertising the book. It also contains articles that detail a feud between Salinas and another Canasta enthusiast.
LULAC, series two, consists of newspaper articles and other documents that relate to his work as a member of LULAC. It also includes a copy of LULAC News published in Thanksgiving 1939, the year he acted at national president. Other articles included document his advocacy work in local politics as a LULAC member.
Series three, Foreign Service, is largely composed of government correspondence from his time as a special assistant to the ambassador in Montevideo, Uruguay. This series also contains a copy of his report on the economic state of Uruguay, which received high praise. Also included are calling cards from ambassadors from other countries, and various invitations for social engagements addressed to himself and his wife. While there, Salinas also documented his living arrangements and personal life in the form of photographs, maps, and letters.
Series four, Judgeship, holds mostly articles that discuss his work as a district judge in Laredo. It includes official certificates and correspondence, but it mostly consists of articles that mention his work as a judge and advocate for the youth community of Laredo. During this time, he was also a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee. This series contains materials related to that, such as correspondence between Salinas and Lyndon B. Johnson, who was a democratic senator at the time.
Series five, Retirement, consists of his resignation letter, professional achievement awards, and photographs. In 1992, a former UT classmate compiled a book detailing the lives of the Class of ‘32 and a rough draft of this work is included in this series, along with Salinas's own annotations. It also includes a copy of his obituary.
Series six, Oversize Materials, contains diplomas and professional certificates, as well as newspaper clippings and photographs.
Advance notice is required to access ditital material (flash drive) from Box 1, Folder 1. Other material unrestricted.
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Cite as: Judge E.D. Salinas Papers, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.
Collection processed by Jessica Whitaker (Simmons College intern), Fall 2017.
No further materials are expected for this collection.