Samuel Garcia (1923 - ) was born in Mexico and at approximately two moved to Oklahoma with his family. He was raised on a farm near Pittsburg, Oklahoma. After serving in the army in World War II and earning three bronze stars, Mr. Garcia moved to Fort Worth in 1958 searching for a better life than offered in the hills of Oklahoma. Two years later he started his own successful construction company.
Mr. Garcia served in leadership positions in numerous community service organizations including but not limited to The Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, The United Hispanic Council, The Hispanic Debutante Association of Fort Worth, The International Good Neighbor Council, The American G I Forum of Tarrant County, League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), Image de Fort Worth and Mexican-American College Education Fund. The main goal of several of the organizations was to raise educational scholarship funds for Hispanic students.
For ten years, Mr. Garcia edited and published The Community News, a newspaper committed to improving the quality of life in the Hispanic community. Mr. Garcia earned recognition in 1990 as the Fort Worth Volunteer of the Year, in 1991 as Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year, and in 1999 was praised as Man of the Year 1999 - 2000.
The Library received the collection in two increments. In 1999 and again in 2006, Delsa Bonilla Perez was instrumental in encouraging Mr. Garcia to donate his collection to the library archives for preservation purposes and to educate the public concerning Hispanic heritage in the Fort Worth area.
The collection was presented in the Fort Worth Public Library Tandy Lecture Hall prior to processing as The Sam Garcia Papers: Documenting Hispanic History in Fort Worth on September 9, 2006 as a segment of the Community History Workshop Series: Preserving Our Past and was co-sponsored by Texas Christian University Center for Texas Studies.
Scope and Contents Note
The collection comprises 52.3 linear feet of archived materials. When possible the materials were kept in original order to preserve the integrity of the collection. Included in the collection are manuscript materials relating to various organizations; pamphlets; journals; newspapers and clippings; memorabilia; photographs; and awards. Volunteers and an on-staff archivist organized the materials over a period of one year.
- Series I: Personal Papers - Contains Samuel Garcia’s materials and documents relating to his involvement with various organizations, businesses, and publications. The materials were originally housed in three-ring binders labeled Personal Papers, were removed and placed in acid-free folders without altering the organization to preserve the provenance of the series. Documents included in the series are from The American G I Forum, Community News and Events (Hispanic newspaper edited and published by Mr. Garcia), Dallas/Fort Worth Network of Hispanic Communicators news publication, Fort Worth German-American Club, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic 2000, Hispanic Debutante Association of Fort Worth, Image de Fort Worth, Image de Tejas, National Image, Inc., International Good Neighbor Council, League of United Latin-American Citizens (LULAC), Mexican-American College Education Fund (MACE), Mexican-American Democrats, Modern Art Museum/Fort Worth Arts Center, National Council of La Raza, National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), National Organization for Mexican-American Rights (NOMAR) and United Hispanic Council. Types of documents included in the series are correspondence, convention materials, newsletters, meeting notices and minutes, photographs, pamphlets, booklets, reports, publications, scholarship fundraiser materials and award nominee lists.
- Series II: Organizations - Contains newsletters, meeting notes, reports, correspondence, charters and by-laws, membership lists and systematic planning of activities documentation. Organizations in the series include the American G I Forum, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Hispanic Debutante Association of Fort Worth, Image, the International Good Neighbor Council, League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce, United Hispanic Council, United Way and United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
- Series III: Subject - Contains manuscript materials regarding various issues in Fort Worth and Tarrant County, proceedings and events and articles to be printed in The Community News and Events, the Hispanic newspaper published by Mr. Garcia. The subject series contains materials about the City of Fort Worth, Community News and Events, Education, Hispanic Bank Project, Hispanic History, Law Enforcement, Mexico, Politics, Small Business, Texas and United States Government.
- Series IV: Miscellaneous Files - Contains two boxes of file folders from various organizations and subject files with manuscript materials too undersized to warrant an entire document box. Incorporated in the miscellaneous files are materials about the American Legion, Fort Worth German-American Club, Hispanic Women’s Network of Texas, Jiminez Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, Knights of Columbus and Pan American Golf Association.
- Series V: Journals - The journals cover issues relating to the local, state, and national Hispanic community. Topics included in the series are the American G I Forum, American Legion, Empressario, Forumeer, Hispanic, Hispanic Business Journal, Hispanic Journal, Hispanic Today, Minority Business Entrepreneur and VFW.
- Series VI: Newspapers - Contains complete newspapers and feature articles from newspapers in the Fort Worth and Dallas area of north central Texas. Prominent in the series is the Community News and Events published by Mr. Garcia. Also found in the series are Hispanic Journal, La Estrella, La Gaceta, La Paloma and LULAC News.
- Series VII: Clippings Files - Contains newspaper clippings documenting events and activities pertaining to local, state, national and international Hispanic issues. Contained in the series are clippings relating to the City of Fort Worth, crime, discrimination, education, the Hispanic community, immigration, Latin America, military, politics, social issues, sports, the United States and world affairs. In the box housing world affairs are clippings from the events of September 11, 2001.
- Series VIII: Memorabilia - Includes posters, buttons, pins, ribbons, awards and plaques. In addition, there is a 3.5” computer diskette with Hispanic Debutante Association highlights, 2006 History Workshop computer discs and International Good Neighbor Council award plaques.
- Series IX : Oversize Materials - Contains posters, calendars, Dallas Morning News Special: “Nov. 22 Twenty Years Later”, a booklet and portraitures.
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Last updated: Oct. 3, 2014