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Guide to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 10 (Davenport, Iowa) records
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Guide to the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 10
(Davenport, Iowa) records
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Collection Overview
Date Span: 1959-2009
Creator: League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 10 (Davenport, Iowa)
Extent: 5.75 linear feet.
Number: IWA0733
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Summary: The members of Davenport LULAC Council 10 engaged in a wide range of social and political activities
including annual fiestas, civil rights and fair housing.
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Items Online: Mujeres Latinas Digital Collection
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Alternate Extent Statement: Photographs in boxes 8 &15
1 videocassette [V429]
1 DVD [d0051]
Access: The records are open for research.
Use: Copyright held by the donor has been transferred to the University of Iowa.
Acquisition: The records (donor no. 995) were donated by LULAC Council 10 in 2006 and subsequent years.
Preferred Citation: LULAC Council 10 records, Iowa Women's Archives, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City.
Repository: Iowa Women's Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5068
Curator: Kären Mason
Email: lib-women@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/iwa
Biographical Note
LULAC Council 10 received its charter in Davenport on February 16, 1959. It was the fifth LULAC council to be formed in
Iowa and its officers were sworn in at the second annual Iowa state LULAC convention, held in Fort Madison on May 30,
1959. The national LULAC organization was founded in Texas in 1929 to promote the rights of Mexican American
citizens of the United States and to preserve the rich traditions and cultural heritage of its members. LULAC expanded
into the Midwest during the late 1950s under the leadership of Felix Tijerina who served as president of the national
organization from 1956 to 1960. Prior to the formation of LULAC Council 10, four other councils were formed in Iowa:
LULAC Council 304 (Fort Madison, 1957) LULAC Council 306 (Des Moines, 1957) Des Moines Ladies Council 308
(1957) LULAC Council 319 (Mason City, 1958).
The members of Davenport LULAC Council 10 engaged in a wide range of social and political activities. They held
annual fiestas and queen competitions and participated in the national LULAC scholarship program to fund educational
opportunities for Mexican American students to pursue college education. The council maintained a rigorous civil rights
agenda and, during the 1960s, collaborated with other activists to secure fair housing legislation and the appointment of
a full-time director to the Davenport Human Relations Commission in 1970. Council 10 actively supported the boycott of
California table grapes during the late 1960s when they formed the Quad City Grape Boycott Committee. They promoted
bilingual education in Iowa schools and successfully lobbied the state legislature to form the Iowa Spanish Speaking
Peoples Commission, which was signed into law by Governor Ray in 1976.
Content Description
The records of LULAC Council 10 date from 1959 to 2009 and measure 5.75 linear feet. The records are organized in
the following series: History, Administration, Activities, Organizations and activism, Scholarship Program, Spanish-
Speaking Elderly Program, State and national LULAC, Newspaper clippings, Photographs, and Newsletters.
The History series (1959-1979) includes a copy of LULAC Council 10's charter, newspaper articles, histories of the
council, and a video-taped interview with Henry Vargas, a founding member of the council. Also included is raw footage
of interviews with five World War II veterans who were members of Council 10: Anthony Navarro, Samuel Vasquez,
Maurice Vasquez, Michael Cervantes, and Vincent Martinez. The interviews were recorded in 2007 at the LULAC club in
Davenport by Iowa Public Television for "The War: A Ken Burns Film."
The Administration series (1969-2004) includes membership packets and brochures, member lists and minutes of
meetings, as well as financial records and correspondence. The Activities series (1969-2009) reflects the range of
activities that Council 10 members participated in. It contains the council's annual fiesta programs, the 1971 Women's
International Bowling Congress championship certificate won by Council 10's women's team, and accounts of Cesar
Chavez's 1992 visit to Davenport to receive the prestigious Pacem in Terris Peace and Freedom award of the Roman
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