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Oral History Interview with Pete and Jessie Mendez, June 6, 2016

Description: Pedro "Pete" Mendez was born in South Texas and arrived in the Texas Panhandle through migrant labor with his parents in the 1930s. His father died in Clarendon, TX and he was raised between Amarillo and Tucumcari, NM. He joined the Marines during WWII and served in Northern China. Upon returning, he began a small construction business and helped start the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He spoke on the opportunities he and other minority business owners had through government grants and contracts. Jessie Mendez grew up in Amarillo. She recounts segregated schools and business in Amarillo during her childhood. She especially recounts her mother helping end segregation for Mexican Americans in one theater. Jessie talked about not being able to gain a job as a secretary because of her Mexican ethnicity, and thus giving up in the prospect of being employed and settling for marriage. She also recounts pushing her husband to work for civil rights, but she herself followed tradition and stayed home to raise her children.
Date: June 6, 2016
Duration: 45 minutes 44 seconds
Creator: Wisely, Karen; Zapata, Joel; Mendez, Pete & Mendez, Jessie
Partner: TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library

Oral History Interview with Ruth Simons (Kerr) Ray, December 6, 1996

Description: Interview with Ruth Simons (Kerr) Ray, the great-great granddaughter of James Kerr, from Canyon Lake, Texas. Mrs. Ray discusses her ancestor's life and his history in the Hill Country, as well as the Historical Marker Dedication Ceremony at the Kerr County Courthouse.
Date: October 6, 2000
Creator: Bethel, Ann; Snodgrass, Clarabelle & Ray, Ruth Simons
Partner: Kerr County Historical Commission

[News Script: Cattle]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about cattle dying of hunger because of a winter snowstorm.
Date: April 6, 1973
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Script: Primaries]

Description: Script from the WBAP-TV/NBC station in Fort Worth, Texas, relating a news story about early results of the presidential primary.
Date: June 6, 1972, 10:00 p.m.
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Letter from Santa Fe LULAC Councils 18 and 33 to LULAC Councils - 1953-05-06]

Description: Letter from Santa Fe, New Mexico LULAC Councils 18 and 33 to LULAC Councils dated May 6,1953. This letter is signed by Ruth A. Trujillo, President Ladies LULAC Council 18, and Miguel E. Trujillo, President Men's LULAC Council 33. This is a letter of support for Dr. José Maldonado in his bid for election to the office of LULAC National President for the 1953-54 term.
Date: May 6, 1953
Creator: Trujillo, Ruth A.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from John J. Herrera to Luciano Santoscoy - 1953-02-06]

Description: Copy of letter from John J. Herrera, LULAC National President, to Luciano Santoscoy, President of El Paso LULAC Council Number 132 of El Paso, Texas, dated February 6, 1953. The letter contains a very frank discussion of problems encountered with LULAC councils and council members. Herrera indicates that he would like to run again for LULAC National President and discusses his vision for the further development of the organization in other states.
Date: February 6, 1953
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Letter from John J. Herrera to Luciano Santoscoy - 1953-02-06]

Description: Copy of letter from John J. Herrera, LULAC National President, to Luciano Santoscoy, President of El Paso LULAC Council Number 132 of El Paso, Texas, dated February 6, 1953. The letter contains a very frank discussion of problems encountered with LULAC councils and council members. Herrera indicates that he would like to run again for LULAC National President and discusses his vision for the further development of the organization in other states.
Date: February 6, 1953
Creator: Herrera, John J.
Partner: Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library

[Photograph of Eleven WASP and Three Men]

Description: Photograph of eleven members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and three men standing and sitting in front of a building. The typewritten label attached to the photograph's bottom edge repeats the information written on the back of the photograph.
Date: May 6, 1944
Partner: National WASP WWII Museum
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