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Oral History Interview with Oscar Del Toro, July 21, 2016

Description: Oscar del Toro was born in Coahuila, México in 1964. At age 4, he and his family moved to Monterrey, where he came of age and lived until he moved to the United States in 2000. He fully described 12 year waiting period to immigrate to Pasadena. A businessman, he joined the Chamber of Commerce, which propelled him to become interested in politics. In 2015, he unsuccessfully ran for one of the at-large districts following the redistricting of Pasadena in 2013. He described the redistricting and how it took power away from the Latino community in Pasadena, and the current lawsuit.
Date: July 21, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Del Toro, Oscar
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Cody Wheeler, July 25, 2016

Description: Cody Wheeler was born in Dalhart, Texas in 1985. He moved to Pasadena with his family in 1991. Wheeler developed a political consciousness as a young kid due to his father's union involvement. He attended schools in the Pasadena Independent School District and graduated from Deer Park High School. In 2003, he joined the Marines and did tours in Iraq. Upon his return from the war, he enrolled at the University of Houston. The persistent stark differences between North and South Pasadena pushed him to successfully run for city council member in 2013. During his campaign, he made an attempt to educate his constituents and get them out to vote. As a member of city council, he has been a witness to the voting rights violations resulting from the redistricting of Pasadena (which he describes in detail). Wheeler also described his unsuccessful run for state representative for district 144 in 2016.
Date: July 25, 2016
Creator: Enriquez, Sandra; Rodriguez, Samantha & Wheeler, Cody
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Bienaventurado el 1899-1967

Description: Report on the life and legacy of Reverend Manuel Urbina who passed away on August 14, 1967. The report is written by Urbina's widow, Irene Salce de Urbina.
Date: August 14, 1967
Creator: Salce de Urbina, Irene
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from John J. Herrera to Eliseo Montoya - 1950-10-16]

Description: Onionskin paper carbon copy of letter from John J. Herrera, LULAC First National Vice-President, to Eliseo Montoya, Secretary of Pasadena, Texas, LULAC Council Number 180, dated October 16, 1950. This is a request for a report on the Pasadena LULAC Council activities to be submitted at the Supreme Council Meeting. It is also a confirmation that the charter for the Pasadena Council has arrived.
Date: October 16, 1950
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from John J. Herrera to Eliseo Montoya - 1950-10-25]

Description: Onionskin paper carbon copy of letter from John J. Herrera, LULAC First National Vice-President, to Eliseo Montoya of LULAC Council Number 180 of Pasadena, Texas, dated October 25, 1950. The original letter enclosed the charter for the Pasadena LULAC Council Number 180.
Date: October 25, 1950
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from Waldo E. Ximenes to John J. Herrera - 1950-01-26]

Description: Letter from Waldo E. Ximenes, LULAC Executive Secretary, to John J. Herrera, Acting LULAC Regional Governor, dated January 26, 1950. This was an acknowledgment of the receipt of a certified check for charter fees, which were no longer required, and thus the amount was credited towards payment of dues.
Date: January 26, 1950
Creator: Ximenes, Waldo E.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[List of names of officers and members of LULAC Council in Pasadena - 1950-01-22]

Description: Notes torn out of a small notepad containing names and addresses. In conjunction with an adjacent letter in the folder dated January 23, 1950 regarding the startup of a new LULAC Council in Pasadena, Texas, two pages appear to be a list of the 16 new members of this fledgling LULAC council. The third page is in different handwriting and lists another name and address, along with notes.
Date: unknown
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from John J. Herrera to Raoul A. Cortez - 1950-01-23]

Description: Letter from John J. Herrera, Acting LULAC Regional Governor, to Raoul A. Cortez, LULAC National President, dated January 23, 1950. This letter is advising the national LULAC office that a new LULAC council was organized in Pasadena, Texas, on January 22, 1950. Referenced in the letter are the names of officers and members. It is also a request for a charter to be sent pending the installation.
Date: January 23, 1950
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Commercial Broadcast Contract from KLVL Radio Station, Pasadena, Texas - 1950-05-22]

Description: Commercial broadcast contract from KLVL Radio Station in Pasadena, Texas, signed by John J. Herrera, dated May 22, 1950. This contract was paid for by Mrs. Felix Morales and was paying for a congratulatory message to be broadcast on the radio station.
Date: May 22, 1950
Creator: KLVL (Radio station : Houston, Tex.)
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from Delbert L. Atkinson to John J. Herrera - 1967-04-25]

Description: Letter to John J. Herrera from Delbert L. Atkinson typed on letterhead and dated April 25, 1967. In the letter, Atkinson apologizes for missing the Pasadena Rotary and requests the notes or script Herrera used for his speech as Atkinson collects speeches in respect to the old Texas Republic.
Date: April 25, 1967
Creator: Atkinson, Delbert L.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

Rotary Wheel, April 21, 1967

Description: Weekly bulletin of the Rotary Club of Pasadena, Texas, dated April 21, 1967. The front cover of the bulletin has an illustration of Pasadena and the emblem of Rotary International. Printed on the front cover is the title of the bulletin and its creator, information on an upcoming luncheon, the questions of the "Four Way Test," and the motto "Service Above Self." The interior of the bulletin lists the program for the day's event, John J. Herrera, "Battle of San Jacinto." The back of the bulletin lists Rotary Officers and the Board of Directors.
Date: April 21, 1967
Creator: Rotary Club of Pasadena, Texas
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Pasadena, Texas Volunteer Fire Department Patch]

Description: Patch from the Pasadena, Texas volunteer fire department that has gold edging, a blue background on its left half, and a horizontally split red and white background on the right. "Proudly Volunteering 1930-2005" is written in red across the top. A Florian Cross with a white background, gold edging, and red and blue lettering appears in the center of the patch. "Fire Dept Pasadena Texas" is split along the points of the cross, while "75 Years" appears in the middle.
Date: unknown
Partner: Fire Museum of Texas

[Rodeo Cowboy Participating in the Bull Riding Event]

Description: Copy photo of an African-American rodeo cowboy. The cowboy is participating in bull riding. He is wearing boots, dark colored chaps with white fringe trim, a light colored shirt with a number pinned on left shoulder and a straw cowboy hat. He has his left arm extended in the traditional bull riding manner. There are several cowboys standing/sitting on the wooden partitions in the background. Advertisement signs are visible above the top of the pens - one near center reads: "St. Pes Saddlery Pasadena" and the one on left "Swifts Plastic."
Date: [1975..1980]
Partner: George Ranch Historical Park

[News Clip: Pasadena Tornado]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV station in Fort Worth, Texas, to accompany a news story about a tornado in Pasadena, Texas. This footage shows people looking through storm damaged properties. This story aired at 5:00 P.M.
Date: December 31, 1984
Creator: KXAS-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Business card of Manuel Urbina]

Description: Business card of Manuel Urbina II, who had a Ph.D. in History from the University of Texas at Austin. Card lists Urbina's contact information at the College of the Mainland in Texas City, Texas, and his home address in Pasadena, Texas. On the back of the card is the address for Leo's Mexican Restaurant.
Date: unknown
Creator: College of the Mainland
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from John J. Herrera to Waldo E. Ximenes - 1950-06-01]

Description: Letter from John J. Herrera, LULAC District 8 Governor, to Waldo Ximenes, LULAC Executive Secretary, dated June 1, 1950. This is a notification of delegates names from LULAC Pasadena Council Number 185 who will attend the National Convention in El Paso, Texas.
Date: June 1, 1950
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from G. J. Garza to John J. Herrera - 1950-10-11]

Description: Letter from G. J. Garza, National LULAC President, to John J. Herrera, LULAC First National Vice-President, dated October 11, 1950. The original note included the charter for the new LULAC Council in Pasadena, Texas. Garza asks for information about a proposed site for the Texas Regional Convention and inquires about records concerning the Galveston LULAC Council.
Date: October 11, 1950
Creator: Garza, G. J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library