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Mexican-Americans in Minnesota: Primary Sources: Archives & Records

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Irene Gomez-Bethke Papers, 1970-2001
Papers of a Minneapolis-born, Mexican-American woman who was a leader in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Hispanic communities, that document her work with and involvement in several Hispanic cultural, legal, educational, social action, advocacy, and human service organizations in the Twin Cities, the Hispanic ministries of the local Roman Catholic archdiocese, and her service in state and local government.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Sebastian J. Hernandez Papers, 1959-1974
Articles, position papers, bibliographies, statistics, and other materials by Hernandez, a teacher and counselor in the St. Paul public schools, on the history, culture, and condition of the Mexican-American in the U.S. and Minnesota; on the Mexican-American philosophy of life as embodied in the concept of "chicanismo"; and on needs, programs, and curriculum content for Mexican-American education. Included is his master’s thesis, "The Latin-American Migrant in Minnesota" (Macalester College, St. Paul, 1960).
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1020). 

 

Instituto de Arte y Cultura, Organizational Records, 1979-1990
Articles of incorporation and bylaws, minutes, financial statements, rosters, correspondence, committee reports, grant proposals, and printed matter related to the history and activities of an organization dedicated to promoting, developing, and preserving Hispanic culture in Minnesota and educating the public about it.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1970). 

Frank J. Rodriguez Papers, 1977-1984
Correspondence, legislative subject files, and a few political materials created by Rodriguez, as an Hispanic American Minnesota state representative from St. Paul. The correspondence files are general in nature, relating to a variety of legislative matters, with one folder documenting Rodriguez’s activities in the Hispanic community.  Other files of note are contract and wage regulations for migrant workers, minutes and other records of the Disability Subcommittee, and legislation to make permanent the Spanish Speaking Affairs Council. Two folders of political materials include correspondence, financial data, campaign literature, and newspaper clippings.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Rodriguez, Frank J.). 

Conrad M. Vega Papers, 1979-1986
Correspondence, legislative files, news releases and clippings, and other papers documenting the legislative activities of Conrad M. Vega, the first Hispanic person to be elected to the Minnesota legislature, where he served as a DFL Senator for Dakota County from 1976 to 1986. Major topics in the papers include Dakota County legislation and taxation.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Vega, Conrad M.). 

Sociedad Mutua Beneficia Recreativa Anahuac, Society Records, 1922, 1936-1959
Organizational papers, minutes, financial summaries, membership lists, and some correspondence of this Mexican-American social, recreational, and mutual benefit society. Includes correspondence of its secretary, Francisco Rangel, regarding problems of Mexican nationals and migrant workers in Minnesota, mainly 1945-1947. Most are in Spanish.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1051).

Mexican American Community in St. Paul Collections, 1918-1977
Church records, invitations, newspaper clippings, printed materials, and related records of a number of Mexican American religious, educational, and community organizations in St. Paul, compiled by the Minnesota Historical Society as part of the Mexican American History Project during the mid-1970s.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Neighborhood House, Association Records, 1903-2001
Minutes, reports, budgets, correspondence, lists, surveys, newsletters, subject files, and ephemera of a settlement house located on St. Paul’s West Side, traditionally one of the enclaves of recent immigrants to the city. The records are a mixture of the files of the Association presidents, house residents, directors, group workers, and others.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

League of United Latin American Citizens, Council 328 Records, 1959-1972
Newsletters (1960-1972), convention programs (1959-1967), correspondence, Blanco y Negro Dance records (1960-1968), and miscellaneous administrative materials of a cultural and social organization serving Hispanic American citizens of St. Paul (Minn.). Much of the material documents the national LULAC organization, as well.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (P1845).

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Parish Registers, 1931-1993
Eight volumes of baptismal, marriage, and death registers kept by a Catholic parish serving a Mexican American community on the west side of Saint Paul. Early entries include information on the births of individuals in Mexico and southwestern parts of the U.S. dating from 1863.
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

Government Records

Governor's Office, Grace Lauro Files, 1979-1982
Subject files of Grace Lauro, staff person assigned to arts, Hispanic affairs, corrections, housing, and community development. The files reflect those assignments and contain reports, meeting agendas, pamphlets, and some correspondence and memos.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Governor: Quie, Albert.)

Migrant Affairs Office Records, 1973-1976
Correspondence, reports, surveys, minutes, and other material regarding legislation, census data, investigations of complaints filed by migrant workers, government programs, labor contracts, and related subjects.
MNHS call number: See the finding aid in the library (Migrant Affairs Office.)

Spanish Speaking Affairs Council Records, 1970-1993
The records include council minutes (1978-1992) and agenda/information packets (1984-1993), the council newsletter (1979-1993, incomplete), background files (1978-1984), director’s correspondence (1977-1993), task force files (1977-1985), director’s subject/correspondence files (ca.1970-1992), Honeywell Hispanic Technical and Professional Education Project subject files (1982-1983), community liaison representative project subject files (1979-1983), Hispanic AIDS Education and Risk Reduction Project files (1987-1990), and published records and reports (1978-1991).
MNHS call number: Digital Finding Aid

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