University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Albert A. Peña, Jr. Papers, 1952-1977

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Peña, Albert.
Title: Albert A. Peña, Jr. Papers
Dates: 1952-1977
Creator Abstract: Albert A. Peña was born on the west side of San Antonio on December 15, 1917. A self-proclaimed "Chicano Activist," Judge Peña has been actively involved in a wide range of liberal social causes, particularly in defending and advancing the rights of Mexican-Americans, throughout his legal and political career.
Content Abstract: This collection of papers reflects many of Judge Peña's interests and his involvement in local and national Democratic party politics. Although the collection dates from 1952-1977, the bulk of the materials cover Peña's tenure as Bexar County Commissioner from 1956-1972.
Identification: MS 37
Extent: 19.5 linear feet (about 14,500 items)
Languages: Materials are primarily in English; some materials are in Spanish.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Sketch

Albert A. Peña was born on the west side of San Antonio on December 15, 1917. He attended St. Mary's University and graduated from the South Texas School of Law in Houston. He passed he Texas State bar in 1950 and in 1956 became the first Mexican-American to be elected to the Bexar County Commission. He represented his home district of Precinct 1 on the Commissioner's Court for sixteen years until he was defeated for reelection in 1972. In 1977 he was appointed Municipal Court Judge by the San Antonio City Council and served as Presiding Judge over the Municipal Court from 1982 until his retirement in 1992. A self-proclaimed "Chicano Activist," Judge Peña has been actively involved in a wide range of liberal social causes, particularly in defending and advancing the rights of Mexican-Americans, throughout his legal and political career.

Scope and Content Note

This collection of papers reflects many of Judge Peña's interests and his involvement in local and national Democratic party politics. Although the collection dates from 1952-1977, the bulk of the materials cover Peña's tenure as Bexar County Commissioner from 1956-1972. This collection is comprised of nine different series of records. The largest series, seventeen Boxes of alphabetical subject files, makes up almost half of the collection. These files represent Judge Peña's concerns with such social causes as discrimination, poverty, hunger and education. The other series deals with his activities in several political organizations; Judge Peña was actively involved in a number of organizations including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations (PASO), the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the; Mexican-American Unity Council (MAUC), the Southwest Council of La Raza and the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG). Other materials in the collection include: speeches and addresses, writings, case files from Peña's private legal practice, printed materials, photographs, appointment calendars and audio tape recordings.


The papers are arranged as follows:
Subject Files
Political Organizations
Speeches and Addresses
Case Files
Printed Materials
Monthly Pocket Appointment Calendars
Audio Tapes


Access Restrictions

Case files (Boxes 29-34) are restricted.

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Please contact University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections for further information about copyright issues and permission to publish items from this collection.

Index Terms

Peña, Albert.
Mexican Americans--Texas--Civil Rights.
Mexican Americans--Texas--Crystal City--Education.
Mexican Americans--Texas--Economic conditions.
Mexican Americans--Texas--San Antonio.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American--Hispanic American
Bexar County (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Local Subjects
Mexican Americans
San Antonio History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Albert A. Peña, Jr. Papers, MS 37, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by Albert Peña, 1995.

Processing Information

Processed by T. Matthew De Waelsche. Updates by Gerrianne Schaad and Traci JoLeigh Drummond, May 2004.

Detailed Description of the collection

Subject Files

Box Folder
1 1952-1964
1 Latin American Convention Report, 1952
2 Speeches of Adlai Stevenson, 1952, (Published)
3 Hernandez v. Texas, Supreme Court Case, 1953
4 Truman's Moral Code, 1954
5 American G.I. Forum, Richard M. Casillas, Corr., 1955
6 Minimum Wage, 1959
7 AFL-CIO Weekly Dispatch, 1960
8 Campaign Brochure, 1960
9 Segregation Sermon, 1960
10 Sewerola, 1960
11 General Correspondence.
12 "The American of Mexican Descent," article by George I. Sanchez.
13 Department of Labor
14 Americanism
15 Bexar County Coalition
16 Democratic Congressional Campaign Manual
17 General Correspondence
18 Crystal City Boycott
19 National Service Corps
20 Report on Registration and Voting Participation
21 General Correspondence
22 Miller's Insurance Bond
23 Republican Precinct Plan
24 State Senate Resolution
25 U.A.W. Inter-Office Communication
26 "The War on Poverty: A Civilian Perspective,"Yale Law Journal article by Edgar S. and Jean C. Cahn
Box Folder
2 1965
1 General Correspondence
2 AFL-CIO Fact Sheet
3 Bexar County Boy's School
4 Civil Rights
5 Development of Human Resources, League of Women Voters Report
6 Federal Planning Grant for County Courthouse
7 Mexican-American Study Project Reports
8 Orders of Commissioners Court, Friday, August 27, 1965
9 Outdoor Recreation Plans: Ponds
10 Parish Report Newsletter
11 Project Equality (Archdiocese of San Antonio)
11 Personal Real Estate
13 Rosenberg Foundation Project
14 San Antonio Transit System
15 School Board Consolidation
16 Texas United Community Services Legislative Forum
17 "Tortilla Curtain" ( Houston Chronicle series of newspaper articles)
18 Voting rights and Poll Taxes
19 Wages, Hours and Poverty, AFL-CIO published report
20 General Correspondence
21 "An Army on the Move,"San Antonio Express-News guest Editorial by Rev. Henry J. Casso
22 Leonel Barrera
23 Committee for the Justice for Employees of Shamrock Oil and Gas Corp
24 East Bay Spanish Speaking Citizen's Foundation. (Oakland, CA)
25 Equal Employment Opportunity
26 EEOC Mexican-American Ad Hoc Committee
27 Granada Trades Council House, Inc. (loan matter)
28 Ray Johnson v. Seaboard Coastline Railroad Co., legal case
29 Migrant Instruction and Rehabilitation Assistance Program (MIRA)
30 Joseph P. Moody v. Albemarle Paper Co., legal case
31 New Braunfels Independent School District
32 "New Wind from the Southwest," article by Joan W. Moore and Ralph Guzman in The Nation
33 Outline of Events Concerning the 1966 Convention
34 "The Parish in the Inner City," article by Sr. Marie Augusta Neil, S.N.D., in The Catholic Hour
35 Proposals for Low Cost Housing
36 Report of the Advisory Committee on Public Welfare
37 Spanish Language Broadcasting
38 "The Texas Mexicans," article for The Texas Observer
3 1967
1 General Correspondence
2 Bexar County Proposed Budget
3 Department of Labor
4 Edwards Underground Water District
5 Economic Opportunity Development Corporation (EODC)
6 El Paso Declaration
7 Federal Programs and the; Mexican-American
8 Food Stamp Program
9 Gus Garcia Scrapbook Materials
10 Jobs for Progress, Inc.
11 Manpower Opportunities Project
Mexican-American Conference Reports
12 Employment Discrimination
13-14 Jury Discrimination
15 Juvenile Proceedings
16 Preparing and Trying a Civil Rights Case
17 Mexican-American Leadership Seminar
18 "The Mexican Americans Make Themselves Heard," article by Marvin Alinsky in The Reporter
Box Folder
4 1 Minimum Wage
2 Peña Dance Fund
3 Polygraph Association of Texas, lease
4 Proposal for the Establishment of a Community Corporation in Central Harlem
5 Resolutions of Mexican-American and Spanish Speaking Legislative Conference
6 Status of CCAP (Citizens Crusade Against Poverty) Training Program
7 Texas Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
8 White House Correspondence
9 General Correspondence
10 Administration on Aging
11 Application to Place Name on Ballot
12 Black Candidates Southern Campaign Experiences, by Julian Bond
13 Catholic Press
14 Child Welfare Services Report
15 Corr. Re. Degrading Characterizations of Mexican-Americans
16 "Cowboys, Indians and American Education," address by U.S. Comm. Of Education, Harold Howe II
17 Election Results
18 HEW Nat'l Conf. On Educational Opportunities for Mexican-Americans
19 HemisFair Newspaper Ads (out of town) June 1968
20 Housing Development Model Cities
21 "Hunger U.S.A.," published report
22 Mayor's Address to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
23 "The Mexican-American," paper prepared for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
24 National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)
25 Peña Rally
26 "Preliminary Program for a Four-Year Political Campaign in Texas," report
27 Reelection Campaign
28 Sociedad de la Union Life Insurance
29 Testimony before the National Democratic Party Credentials Cmte
30 Texas Democrats for an Open Convention
31 United Democrats for Humphrey
32 United Planning Organization "Alternatives," Special Report
33 Viet Nam
34 Voter's Guide
35 Voter Turnout and Election Scorecard
5 1969
1 General Correspondence
2 Adult Basic Education
3 Alliance for Labor Action, Statement of Purposes and Objectives, and Constitution
4 Americans for Democratic Action
5 Anticipated County Budget Needs for 1970
6 Application for Special Deputy Sheriff's Commission
7 Armendariz v. Hershey, legal case
8 Austin Chicano Strike coordinating Committee
9 Background Paper for Houston Hearing
10 Bexar County Hospital Workers
11 "Chicano 1969," Series of Newspaper Articles
12 "Citizen Power and Social Change"
13 City Public Service Board
14 Concerned Chicano Catholics
15 County Commission
16 Del Rio Manifesto and Rally
17 Democratic National Committee, Commission on Party Structure and Delegate Selection
18 The Democratic Party in California
19 Democratic Party Subcommittee on Grass Roots Participation
20 Department of Transportation and Regulations
21 Electoral College
Box Folder
6 1 Farm Workers Organization
2 Federal Communications Commission
3 "Food Programs in Texas," U.S. Comm. On Civil Rights, Staff rept.
4 Full Opportunity Act (H.R. 2228)
5 HEW Report from Mexican American Affairs Unit
6 Higher Education Enrollment Figures
7 KITE Radio News Commentary
8 La Nueva Raza
9 Labor
10 League of Women Voters of Texas, President's Mailing
11 Mexican American Opportunity Foundation
12 Mexican Good Government League
13 Mission County Park
14 Model Cities Program
15 National Council on Hunger and Malnutrition in the U.S.
16 National Information Center
17 Nat'l. Mexican-American Anti-Defamation League, Inc., By-Laws
18 New Democratic Coalition
19 "A New Look at the Attributes of the Mexican American," pub. rept. by the Southwestern Cooperative Educational Laboratory
20 Property Plat
Box Folder
7 1 Radio Station KBOP
2 Robstown, Texas
3 Scholarship Recommendations
4 School Lunch Programs
5 Spanish Language Broadcasting
6 Tax Reform Act of 1969
7 Pete Torres
8 Turnkey III Housing Project
9 United Auto Workers
10 The Urban Coalition
11 Viet Nam
12 Voter Registration
13 War on Poverty, SANYO Federation
14 Wolverine Help a Boy Camp
8 1970
1 General Correspondence
2 "America in the '70s," rept. by the Democratic Policy Council
3 Americans for Democratic Action
4 Archdiocese of San Antonio
5 Attorney General of Texas
6 Joe J. Bernal, Corr
7 Bexar County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Academy, Action Grant Project Brief
8 Candidate Lists
9 Chicano Elected Officials Association (CEOA)
10 "Chicano Power," article by Stan Steiner in New Republic
11 Citizens Communications Center
12 Colegio Jacinto Tervino Proposal Request
13 Crystal City Boycott, 1969-1970
14 Crystal City Speech
15 Democratic Committee Voting Precinct Worksheets
16 Democratic Commission on Party Structure and Delegate Selection
17 Democratic National Committee Commission Report
18 Democratic Rebuilding Committee
19 Food Stamp Program
20 HemisFair Plaza Promotion Committee
21 Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
22 Irwin Steel
23 KASA v. Ben L. Parker, legal case
Box Folder
9 1 Labor
2 Leadership Development Program
3 Local Government Handbook
4 Mayor McAllister Controversy/SASA Boycott
5 George McGovern
6 Media Relations for Spanish Language Communities in a Texas Political Campaign
7 Nat'l Assoc. of Intergroup Relations Officials (NAIRO) Conference
8 National Service to Regional Councils
9 Political Research and Education Project (PREP)
10 "The Poor and the Policymakers," prospectus
11 Precinct #1 Polling Places (lists)
12 Ruben Salazar
13 San Antonio Channel Improvement Project
14 San Antonio River Authority Flood Plain Information
15 Trip to McAllen and Corpus Christi
16 United Auto Workers
17 UTSA Site Selection
18 Uvalde Independent School District, Civil Rights
19 Vanguardia Mailing Lists
20 Voter Statistics, Study; in Depth, 1969-1970
Box Folder
10 1971
1 General Correspondence
2 Appreciation Dance Program
3 Certificates of Appreciation
4 Citizens for a Better Environment, Recycle Our Trash (ROT) Program
5 City of San Antonio Elections
6 City Public Service Board Lease of Villita Assembly Building
7 Community Metal Health; and the Chicano Movement
8 Computer Knowledge Corp. Proposal to Bexar County
9 Concerned Parents of Brewer Elementary School
10 County judges and Commissioners Association Annual Conference
11 Democratic Women of Bexar County
12 Drug Abuse Study
13 "The Effect of Multiple Housing on Edgewood I.S.D.," paper by Ron Orr.
14 Flower Mound Community, HUD
15 Food Stamps
16 Guerrero Murder
17 Harlandale Civic Center Applications
18 Letters to Charles Kirkpatrick, San Antonio Express-News Publisher
19 "Mexican-Americans and the Desegregation of Schools in the Southwest," article by Guadalupe Salinas in Houston Law Review
20 Model Cities Program Questionnaire
21 Peña Personal Financial Statement
22 Southwest Independent School District
23 State Democratic Executive Committee
24 Texas Telephone Monopolies
25 Unions (Meat Cutters, Retail Clerks)
26 Villa Coronado
27 Wells Construction Co., NLRB Discrimination Claim
Box Folder
11 1972
1 General Correspondence
2 Admission to Bar in Other States (AZ, CA, CO, NM)
3 Albert Bustamente
4 Campaign Advertising
5 Candidates for Bexar Co. Precinct Committeemen Dem. Primary
6 "Choosing the President," League of Women Voters
7 Citizen Voter Research and Education Project
8 Coordination of Latino Effort in the DNC
9 "The CCA: A new Voice From Down Under,"Congressional Record
10 Democratic Charter, Constitution
11 Democratic National Convention
12 Directory of Raza Delegates and Alternates to the DNC
13 Dan Guttierrez, Corr
14 McGovern Campaign
15 "The Minority No One Knows," report
16 Peña Brochure
17 Rally Handbills
18 Reelection Campaign
19 Precinct #1 Polling Places
20 Rules of the Democratic Party in Texas
21 Southside Neighborhood Assistance Corp. (SNAC)
22 United Farm Workers Union, Cesar Chavez
23 Voting Precinct Map
24 WOAI-TV Advisory Conference on Health Care
25 Young Voters Handbook for Political Participation
Box Folder
12 1973
1 Bexar County Democrat Grass-Roots Get Together
2 DAMAS, 1972-73
3 Democratic Charter Commission
4 National Development Corp., Articles of Incorporation
5 Rio Bravo Enterprises, Articles of Incorporation
6 Teamsters
7 Texas Democrats
8 United Farm Workers
9 General Correspondence
10 Mexican Culture and the Healing Arts, Conference Program
11 "The Nixon Hispanos,"Houston Post series of newspaper articles
12 Peña Divorce Documents
13 "The Social Worker," paper by Guadalupe Gibson
14 Voting Precinct Maps
15 General Correspondence
16 Child Mental Health Project
17 Committee on Public Education
18 Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS)
19 Compehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA)
20 Conversion Tables for Voting Precinct Changes
21 San Antonio Coalition of Community Agencies
22 "Strategies of Community Development in a Southwestern Urban Center," paper by Miriam Rendon
23 Total Neighborhood Renewal Model
24 Richard Morales Murder Case
25 Newsclipping about public ceremony at UTSA commemorating Judge Peña's donation of his papers to the Hispanic Research Center and the UTSA Archives.
Box Folder
13 Multiple Year Subjects
1 Alcoholism, 1965-1968
2 Cable Television, 1967-1970
3 Cable Television, 1972-73
4 Waggoner Carr, articles, 1957, 1962
5 Cesar Chavez, articles, 1966, 1969
6 City Public Service Board, 1960-1965
7 City Water Board, 1969-1973
8 Communications Workers of America, 1960-1963
9 Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 1965-1969
Box Folder
14 1 Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), 1963-1965
2 Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 1968-1969
3 Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, 1961-1971
4 Robert Green Hospital, 1959-1967
5 Hunger, 1967-1968
6 Hunger, 1968-1969
7 Jail Rehabilitation, 1962-1966
Box Folder
15 1 Labor Relations Grievance Procedures, 1966-1967
2 Mexican-American Study Project (UCLA), 1966-1968
3 Sandy Peña, 1965-1967
4 Police Civil Service Suit Against the City of San Antonio, 1956-1960
5 Service Employees International Union, 1973-1975
6 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1966-1968
7 Urban Renewal, 1959-1968
8 War on Poverty, 1964-1970
9 Senator Ralph Yarborough, 1966-1970
Box Folder
16 Voter Registration Lists (computer printouts), 1970-1974 and undated
Undated Subject Files
Box Folder
17 1 Articles of Incorporation, General Information
2 Barrio Children's Center
3 Biographical Sketches
4 Block Workers
5 Bureau of National Affairs
6 Citizen's Guide to Federal Programs
7 Democratic County Handbook, Official Manual
8 Forms.
9 Hispanic American Organization, Charter
10 Independent Team
11 Interstate Research Associates, report
12 Interview Information and Transcript
Legal Cases
13 Joe n. Cordoba v. Molybdenum Corp. of America
14 John S. Ford et. al. v. U.S. Steel Corp.
15 Shirley Lea, Romona Pinnix and Annie Tinnin v. Cone Mills Corp.
16 Dorothy P. Robinson et. al. v. P. Lorillard Co.
17 Mexican Cultural Patterns
18 Misc. ID Cards
19 Misc. Lists
20 Mission Park Blueprint
21 National Committee on Human Development, Roster
22 National Health Care, Roster
23 New Ideas in Urban Education
24 Pancho y Butch, manuscript by D.S. Hernandez
25 Political ads
26 Rally Handbill, Testimonial Dinner Ticket
27 San Antonio Ranch
28 "Seven Cities of Gold," article by Jose A. Cardenas
29 John Shockley articles on Crystal City boycott
30 Social Work Information
31 Texas Drivers Service
32 Trinity University Graduate Program in Urban Studies
33 U.A.W. Labor Press Guidebook
34 United Farm Workers Organizing Committee, Radio addresses, Arts

Political Organizations

Box Folder
18 Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), 1968-1979
1 Administrative Organization Chart
2 Articles of Agreement and By-Laws
3 Budgets and Financial Statements
4 By-Laws of Coordinated Child Care of Bexar County
Executive Committee
5 Minutes of Meetings, 1968-1970
5 Roster, 1975
6 Criminal Justice Planning Committee, 1969-1970
7 Government Applications Review Committee, 1970
Health Coordinating Committee
8 By-Laws, 1968
9 Minutes of Meetings, 1968-1970
10 Working Papers, Corr., 1970
11 Water and Waste Management Committee, 1968-1970
12 General Correspondence, 1968-1970
Box Folder
19 1 Goals Statements, 1970
2 Government Application Review Requests, 1969-1970
3 HEW 5C Program, 1970
4 Highlights Newsletter, November/December 1969
5 Report to Executive Committee of AACOG, September 6, 1968
6 Report on a Cooperative Property Appraisal for Bexar County Governments, January 1969
7 Guidelines for Public Participation in AACOG, April 22, 1969
8 Comprehensive Law Enforcement Planning in the AACOG Region, July 1969
9 "Human Resources: 1969 Social Characteristics of the Model Cities Residents of San Antonio", August 1969
10 Social Indicators and a Social Accounting System for the AACOG Region, August 1969
11 Housing for the AACOG Region, September 1969
12 Status of Development Planning in the AACOG Region, October 1969
13 AACOG Program, 1970
14 AACOG General Information
15 Miscellaneous AACOG Reports, 1968-1970
16 Semi-Annual Meeting Minutes, 1970
Box Folder
20 Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), 1969-1975
1 Audited Financial Statements, April 1969
2 Board of Directors Resolutions, 1970
3 Docket Reports, November
4 General Correspondence, 1968
5 General Correspondence, 1968
6 General Correspondence, 1969
6 General Correspondence, 1970-1971
7 General Correspondence, 1974-1975
8 Minutes of Meetings, 1970
9 News Conference, 1970 (newspaper clippings)
10 Newspaper Articles, 1970
11 Planning and Program Report, June 1970
12 Publicity (Articles and Press releases), 1970
13 Referral Lawyer's Seminar, November 1969
14 Report on Scholarship Program, Scholastic Year, 1969-1970
15 San Antonio Ranch New Town, 1972
16 Second Annual report to the Ford Foundation, 1970
17 Sonora School Case (Perez et. al. v. Sonora ISD), 1970
18 Tentative Financial Report, 1970
Box Folder
21 Mexican-American Unity Council (MAUC) 1967-1977
1 Alternative Programming Forms, 1977
Bexar County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center, 1974
2 Employee Handbook, Grievance Procedures
3 Board Structuring, 1975
4 By-Laws, 1971
5 Center for Community Change Position Statement, 1973
6 Chicano '69 newspaper Articles
7 Committee for Mexican-American Action, 1972
8 "Data-Based Evaluations at the MAUC," Discussion Paper, 1975
9 Directory, undated
10 General Correspondence, 1967-1975
11 Health & Social Services Orientation and Training, 1973
12 Legal Fees, 1973-1974
13 Meeting Minutes, 1967-1968
14 Memos from Peña to Gil Murillo, 1975-1976
15 Mexican-American Health Professions Scholarship Fund, 1974
16 Monitoring Project, 1975
17 Note, 1972-1975
18 Organizational Philosophy, undated
19 Personnel Manual
20 Policies and Practices
21 Position Descriptions
22 Progress Reports
23 Community Development Section, 1969
24 Reorganization of MAUC Board, 1974
25 Reports
25 Economic Development and the West Side of S.A., 1973
26 Guadalupe Neighborhood Housing
27 History of MAUC
28 Human Services Program Goals and Objectives
29 Monitoring Project, 1975
30 Statement of Purpose
31 Social Action Research Center (SARC), 1973
32 Staff Development Seminar, 1973
33 TEAM (Texans for the Educational Advancement of Mexican-Americans) Personnel Policies
34 Training and Motivation, 1974-1975
35 Urban Affairs Proposal
Box Folder
22 Political Association of Spanish Speaking Organizations (PASO), 1962-1970
1 Constitution and By-Laws, 1963, 1965
2 General Correspondence, 1962-1964, 1967
3 Membership Lists, 1967-1970
4 Minutes of Executive Board Meeting, February 14, 1964
5 Newspaper Articles, 1965-1966
6 Newsletters, 1965
7 Restructuring Convention, 1970
8 Speeches and Addresses, 1964-1968 and undated
9 State Constitutional Convention Official Programs, 1965-1966
10 State Convention Report from Rules Committee, 1969
Box Folder
23 Southwest Council of La Raza, 1968-1971
1 Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, 1970
2 Bibliography
3 Chicano Press Association (Alaniz Proposal)
4 Economic Study and Project Recommendations, 1968
5 Financial Statements, 1969
6 General Correspondence, 1968
7 General Correspondence, 1969
8 General Correspondence, 1970-1971
9 HUD Proposal: Non-Profit Mortgages, 1970
10 La Raza Housing Development Corp. Agreement, undated (draft)
11 Minutes of Meetings, 1968
12 Minutes of Meetings, 1969
13 Minutes of Meetings, 1970-1971
14 Newspaper Clippings, 1969
15 Opportunity Industrialization Centers, 1971 (Proposal, Contract)
16 Poor People's Campaign, 1969
17 Press Releases, 1969
18 Proposal to Ford Foundation, 1969
19 Proposed Economic Development Program, 1968
20 Reports, 1969
21 Special Committee on State Councils, 1969
Box Folder
24 1 Action for Community Development, Inc. (ACD), 1964-1967
3 Center for Community Change, 1968
4 Center for Community Change, 1969-1970
5 Center for Community Change, 1974-1975
6 Chicanos for La Raza, Articles of Incorporation, 1970
7 Citizen's Crusade Against poverty (CCAP), 1967-1969
8 Commission for Mexican-American Affairs, Board Mtg. Mins., 1971
9 Committee for Community Affairs, Minutes and By-Laws, 1969
10 Committee for Community Affairs, Materials for Board Meeting, 1969
11 Committee for Community Affairs, Reports, 1969
12 Committee for Community Affairs, Reports, 1970
13 Committee for Mexican-American Action, 1974
14 Concerned Tenants Union, 1969-1970
15 Council of Mexican American Affairs
Box Folder
25 1 FMAM (Federation for the Advance of the Mexican-American), 1967
2 IMAGE (Involvement of Mexican-Americans in Gainful Endeavors), General Correspondence, Articles and Reports, 1966-1969
3 Yearn to Learn Program, 1969
Inter-Agency Committee on Mexican American Affairs
4 General Correspondence, Printed Materials, 1967-1968
5 Congressional Record, 1969
6 "The Mexican American: A New Focus on Opportunity," rept., 1967
7 Joint Conference of Mexican-Americans, 1967-1968
8 La Raza Unida, Chicano III Southside, Columbia Heights, Open Letter to Gonzalez, 1969
9 LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens), 1961-1968
10 MAYO (Mexican-American Youth Organization), 1969 (clippings)
11 Mission Development council, Program Statement, 1970
12 NAACP Legal Defense Fund, 1967-1968
13 National Council of La Raza, Watergate Hearings, 1974
14 NORI (National Office for the Rights of the Indigent), 1967-1969
15 SANYO (San Antonio Neighborhood Youth Organization), 1969
16 SDC (Social Development Corp.), 1969
17 SIRC (Southwest Intergroup Relations Council), 1970

Speeches and Addresses

Box Folder
26 1 List of Agencies to be Contacted for Presentations, undated
Speech Drafts and Notes
2 Undated – 1969
3 1970-1975
4 Undated Speeches
5 Dated Speeches, 1957-1969
6 Speeches in Spanish, 1965-1969
7 America’s Unmet Needs and the Urban Crisis, undated
8 An Analysis of Some of the Reasons for Resentment of HemisFair ’68 , undated
9 Community Unions, undated
10 Congress and the People’s Needs, undated
11 Equal Justice for the Rich and the Poor (Public Defender System) , undated
12 Hospital Worker’s Strike, Charleston, SC, undated
13 Image and the Mejicano, undated
14 Job Discrimination, undated
15 The Mexican Revolution and the Kennedys, undated
16 National Security, ABM and Human Needs, undated
17 Organizing the Unorganized and Collective Bargaining, undated
18 Presidential Lottery and Suggestions for Reform (Electoral College System), undated
19 Tax Reform, undated
Box Folder
27 Radio and Television Speeches
1 Press Releases, 1962-1963, 1969-1971
Drafts of Speeches, 1967-1971
2 English
3 Spanish
4 Radio Speeches, 1957-1958
5 Radio Speeches (Spanish), 1967
6 Radio Speeches, 1968-1970
7 History of Farm Labor Organizing (Series), April 1970
8 Television Speeches, 1971
9 Interview by Fr. Patrick McNamara, October 4, 1966


Box Folder
28 Regular Columns
1 " As I See It", 1958-1959
2 " County Comment "(drafts and copies), undated
3 " County Comment, "1960-1962
4 " County Comment, "1963-1968
5 Vanguardia Monthly Newsletter, 1970-1971
6 Open Letters, 1968-1971
7 Writing Class Drafts and Assignments, 1964-1966

Case Files

Box Folder
29 1-75 Restricted
Box Folder
30 1-71 Restricted
Box Folder
31 1-62 Restricted
Box Folder
32 1-52 Restricted
Box Folder
33 1-46 Restricted
Box Folder
34 1-22 Restricted

Printed Materials

Box Folder
35 Newspaper Articles
1 1956
2 1957
3 1958-1959
4 1960-1964
5 Miscellaneous, 1965
6 Bexar County, 1965
7 City Water Board, 1965
8 Poll Tax, 1965
9 State Bar Convention, Houston Chronicle Souvenir Edition, 1965
10 Urban Renewal, 1965
11 Welfare, 1965
12 Miscellaneous, 1966
13 School Board, 1965-1966
14 Voter Registration, 1966
15 War on Poverty, 1965-1966
16 1967
17 Miscellaneous, 1968
18 U.S. Civil Rights Commission, 1968
19 Miscellaneous, 1969
20 Drugs, 1969
21 Electoral Reform, 1969
22 Viet Nam Moratoria, 1969
23 1970
24 Shivers, Smith Stock Scandal, 1971
25 1971-1976
Box Folder
36 Newsletters
Chicano Publications
1 Catolicos Por La Raza
1 Chicano Times, 1976
1 El Golpe Avisa, 1970
1 El Macriado, 1970
1 El Portavoz, 1971
1 El Sol, 1968
1 The Forumeer
1 Inferno, 1968
1 La Nueva Raza, 1968
1 La Verdad, 1970
1 La Voz Chicana
1 LULAC Newsletter (Corpus Christi)
2 Mano en Mano, 1972
2 Mexican-American Affairs Information Bulletin, 1968
2 Munguia’s Politics, 1968
2 Nuestra Luch, 1970
2 ReGeneracion, 1970
2 Ya Basta!, 1970
2 Ya Mero!, 1969-1970
Other Newsletters
3 Evans-Novak Political Report, 1969
4 It Happened Here, 1969
5 Link, Washington Research Project Newsletter, 1970
6 The New Democrat, June 1970
7 News from the Ford Administration, 1968
8 Small Business Administration News, 1969
9 Space City, 1970
The Texas Observer
10 1965-1966
11 1967-1968
12 1969-1970
U.A.W. Newsletters
13 Washington Report, 1967
13 UAW Solidarity, 1969
13 TOP (Technical, Office, Professional) Reporter, 1974
14 The Urban Reporter, 1970
15 Victory ’68 (United Democrats for Humphrey)
16 Voice of the City, 1970
Box Folder
37 Journals and Magazines
1 American Education, 1970
2 Civil Rights Digest, 1968-1969
3 El Grito, 1967-1968
4 Harper’s Magazine, 1967
5 Home Missions, July 1967
6 La Raza, 1971
7 New Republic, 1968
8 San Antonio Magazine, 1969


Box Folder
31 1 Unidentified and undated photographs

Monthly Pocket Appointment Calendars

Box Folder
38 2 December, 1968
2 January-February, April-May, July-December, 1969
2 January-February, April-May, July, September-December 1970
2 January, 1971

Audio Tapes

Note to Researchers
In spring of 2004, thanks to the generous efforts of Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez, these analog audiotapes (some reel-to-reel, some in cassette form) were digitized to improve access to users and to preserve the content. Previously, there were only a listing and notes regarding the subject matter and date of each audiotape. These proved partially inaccurate.
The following is the information available from the tape itself. Some of the original reel-to-reel and cassette tapes carried no signal when reformatting was attempted. This either indicates that nothing was ever recorded on the audiotape, or that the signal had deteriorated over time and was no longer readable. A chronological list and brief descriptions of each recording follow.
Both Paul Thompson tapes were labeled with the same date, and are labeled so here (in brackets). One of the Paul Thompson tapes was listed as a rebuttal by Commissioner Peña to Thompson, but neither recording reflects this label, and Commissioner Peña is on neither tape.
39 1969
Henry B. Gonzalez on KCOR Radio [Speech By Henry B. Gonzalez (in Spanish). Gonzalez mentions Albert Peña and Jose Angel Gutierrez (4:50)], April 26, 1969
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Paul Thompson broadcast on KITE [Thompson’s negative commentary regarding Peña's handling of the press after murder of a prisoner (Mike Perkins) by other inmates (1:53)], [August 27, 1969]
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Paul Thompson Broadcast on KITE [Broadcast regarding shooting of Loy Videl by a detective Teal (1:45)], [August 27, 1969?]
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One Man’s Opinion, Mexican American Participation in Vietnam [Peña discusses how Americans “surrender their responsibility” to government, suggesting they should educate themselves on facts of Vietnam War and how the Draft System in U.S. discriminates against Mexicanos (4:08)], November 24, 1969
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One Man’s Opinion, (Military) Draft System in Texas [Peña discusses the draft system in U.S. discriminating against Mexicanos (4:02)], Tuesday, November 25, 1969
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One Man’s Opinion, Crystal City, Student Boycott of High School [Peña discusses a speech he gave to Crystal City students who were boycotting school (3:53)], Tuesday, December 23, 1969
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One Man’s Opinion, Voter Registration [Peña discusses the meaning of Christmas and about deadline for voter registration (2:46)], Wednesday, December 24, 1969
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One Man’s Opinion, Part 3 of the "History of Farm Labor Organizing: The Filipino and South experience," [discussion of Mexicans replacing Filipinos in farm labor and about Southern sharecropper cotton strikes (3:40)], April 9, 1970
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One Man’s Opinion, Part 4 of the "History of Farm Labor Organizing: Hawaii," [Discussion of Hawaiian farm labor history and strikes (4:18)], [April 13, 1970]
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One Man’s Opinion, Part 5 of the "History of Farm Labor Organizing: The Beginning of the Present Struggle," [discussion of the history of farm labor and the use of braceros in breaking strikes (4:00)], [April 14, 1970]
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One Man’s Opinion, Mexican American Contributions to the Southwest series [discussion of Mexican contributions to mining, and the Mexican experience in California Gold Rush and silver mining. (4:40)], April 21, 1970
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"The Year of the Chicano," speech [mentions the La Raza Unida Party (5:26)], 1970
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Harris County/Voter Registration, at El Tropicano, Part One [Group at Harris County (La Raza Unida?) discusses how they promote voter registration in Harris County, and how they do fundraising for voter registration drives. Peña talks about redistricting voter areas and implementing the restructuring of PASO Redistricting Committee. They also discuss policies and politics of redistricting and voter rights, minority voting (1:01:23)], January 9, 1971
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Harris County/Voter Registration, at El Tropicano, Part Two [Part two mentions voter registration coordinators in Texas Counties, PASO in Bexar, Harris, Tarrant, Hidalgo, Comal, Hondo counties, and how support is needed from the Chicano community to successfully redistrict areas of Texas (24:41)], January 9, 1971
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Council Meeting [Peña discusses bill proposed by Lynn Kaufmann to help the San Antonio southside. Peña describes specific proposed bills, which propose using public water areas to dispose of raw sewage, and encourages council to support the bills (45:42)], ca. 1971
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One Man’s Opinion, Mexican American Contributions to the Southwest series [Peña discusses Spanish and Mexican origins of the language of the U.S. cattle industry(05:10)], undated
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NBC Radio clip [Ray Sherrer discussing Texas politics; mentions: Judge Bean, El Paso Texas, Claude Hooten, Jr., General Edwin Walker and John Connolly(03:55)], undated.
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Peña’s Early Life Interview [Peña is asked about his childhood through young adulthood, and his answers are scattered. Discusses discrimination in school, and not learning Spanish refers to himself as an “Anglicized Mexican”, and how he was encouraged to learn a trade instead of attending college. Also Peña discusses his neighborhood, and joining a gang when in his teens. Interview questions often unintelligible (31:05)], undated
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Bible Verses [Tape begins with “Mexican American viewpoint not acknowledges by the National Democratic Party, LULAC and the American GI forum (?),” but then abruptly switches to Bible verses (the remainder of the recording) (19:43)], undated
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Selections from Shakespeare [Hamlet featured (5:08)], undated
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Politics, Civil Rights and Mexican Americans in Texas [Discusses Texas being the only state not signing the minority report and other political issues in Texas, including problems of Mexican American. Mentions Governor Price Daniel, Sam (Rayburn?), Adlai Stevenson, Ronnie Dugger, John Peace, Lyndon B. Johnson, Jimmy Knight, Jack Martin. This is a taping session for the John Rogers/Albert Peña book (13:09)], undated
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KONO Meet the Candidates: Felix Trevino, Part 1 [Panel, made up of Tony Dramburger, W.T. Conley, Louis Cardenas, Col. Ed Stoley (all spellings of these names are questionable), interviews Felix Trevino, candidate for county commissioner Precinct 1. Trevino introduces members of panel and speaks about his plans if he is elected county commissioner for Precinct 1. Panel speaks about problems in the area and promotes Trevino on the show. Calls on Jimmy Flores and others to answer questions, and takes questions from callers (29:46)], undated
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KONO Meet the Candidates: Felix Trevino, Part 2 [Panel speaks about problems in the area and promotes, more questions from callers, discusses Peña, who is Trevino’s opponent (19:33)], undated
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KONO Meet the Candidates: Felix Trevino, Part 3 [Questions and notes from callers, more talk of Peña, seems like there may be sections of missing tape, i.e. a question is asked about Peña, but there is no answer (8:38)], undated
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Peña discusses Lyndon B. Johnson [Peña discusses Johnson wanting the "favorite son" endorsement for President of the United States (1959). Johnson thought the only problems would come from Bexar County, the only liberal county in Texas. A meeting was called by Johnson for Peña, Jack Martin, Jimmy Knight and D. J. Sutton (the Bexar County Coalition) to meet with Johnson at the same time. The Coalition was made up of the "four legs" (?) Anglo Liberal, Labor, Blacks, Chicanos. Peña talks about how all members of the Coalition got the "Johnson treatment" during the meeting, and how Johnson said that he did not feel that he could help the Coalition if they did not support him. Discusses the meeting in-depth, and lack of Mexican-Americans in Washington DC (47:40)], undated
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Peña discusses Mexican-American Civil Rights in Schools [The Mexican-American Legal Defense fund is discussed, and discriminations against Mexican-Americans in schools in Texas (specifically mentions Hondo and Lytle) (21:15)], undated
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