University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Jaime Martinez Scrapbook, 1946-1997 (bulk 1978-1987)

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Martinez, Jaime
Title: Jaime Martinez Scrapbook
Dates: 1946-1997
Dates (Bulk): 1978-1987
Creator Abstract: Jaime Martinez was a civil rights activist and labor union organizer in San Antonio, Texas.
Content Abstract: The collection consists of one scrapbook containing photographs and print materials.
Identification: MS 490
Extent: 0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language: English
Language: Spanish
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Sketch

Jaime Martinez was a civil rights activist and labor organizer. Martinez was a native of San Antonio, growing up on the city's west side, raised by his grandparents who were migrant workers. In 1966, Martinez joined the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) where he advocated to secure jobs and living wages for workers. Inspired by the work of César E. Chávez in California, Martinez organized protests and marches in solidarity with local migrant farm workers. He organized workers in states other than Texas, traveling to the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, New Jersey, Arkansas, and Ohio. Martinez also made trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby on behalf of workers rights.

Martinez created the César E. Chávez Legacy and Education Foundation and led the César E. Chávez March for Justice each year. In recent years, Martinez mentored young, undocumented immigrants determined to make the United States their permanent home. He believed that sanctuary cities should provide a path to citizenship for hard working immigrants. Local leaders and politicians praised Martinez's dedication to helping vulnerable individuals.


"San Antonio Civil Rights Leader Jaime Martinez Dies," by Alex Zielinski, San Antonio, July 17, 2017 [accessed on August 30, 2017].

"Jaime Martinez honored Cesar Chavez and also instilled pride among Hispanics in San Antonio," by Jocelyn Sherman,, July 19, 2017 [accessed on August 20, 2017].

Scope and Content Note

The scrapbook contains photographs of Jaime Martinez and others at IUE meetings, marches, and protests in San Antonio, Texas and elsewhere in the United States. Other photographs document Martinez's visits to Washington, D.C. Print materials include IUE newsletters, correspondence, clippings, and IUE logos arranged on scrapbook pages. Additional loose photographs and a pamplet were included in the back of the scrapbook.

Material in this collection has been digitized and is available in our digital collections.


Access Restrictions

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.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Index Terms

Martinez, Jaime.
Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993.
Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Education Foundation
International Union of Electronic, Electrical, Technical, Salaried and Machine Workers, AFL-CIO
National Farm Workers Association
Labor unions--Organizing--United States.
Labor unions--Periodicals.
Labor unions--Political activity--United States--History--20th century.
Protest movements.
San Antonio (Tex.).
Washington (D.C.).
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Mexican Americans

Related Material

No other archival collections of Jaime Martinez materials are known of at the time of accessioning.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Jaime Martinez Scrapbook, MS 490, University of Texas at San Antonio Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Dr. Citlali Zentella in July 2017 (Acc. 2017-034).

Processing Information

Processed by Paige Hayhurst, Student Clerk, in August 2017.

Due to preservation issues, items were removed from scrapbook pages during processing. The cover of the scrapbook and subsequent pages were digitized in their original state prior to disassembling. The original order of items on each page was maintained as closely as possible; however, individual pages were unbound from the scrapbook prior to receipt by Special Collections and original page order was not clear. The scrapbook cover and adhesive pages were removed after scanning and items have been organized into folders with file name information that links them to each digitized page.

Detailed Description of the Collection


1 Jaime Martinez Scrapbook, 1946-1997 (bulk 1978-1987)
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