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Elena Guajardo Papers and Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio Records donated to UTSA Special Collections

October 12, 2015

Earlier in 2015, UTSA Libraries Special Collections received several collections from individuals and organizations that are a part of San Antonio’s LGBT community. In this post, I will highlight one of the collections:  the Elena Guajardo Papers.

The Elena Guajardo Papers document Guajardo’s campaign to win the District 7 seat on San Antonio’s City Council in 2005 and subsequent re-election campaigns. The collection contains materials from her time on City Council as well as items that document Guajardo’s involvement in community projects.

Elena Guajardo became the first openly gay candidate to run for and be elected to San Antonio’s City Council. In 2005, While serving as District 7 Councilwoman , Guajardo advocated for working families and protecting the environment. Guajardo’s dedication to these causes earned her the Sierra Club “Environmental Hero” award and she was selected as the “Elected Public Official of the Year” by the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Guajardo served only one term on San Antonio City Council despite several re-election attempts.

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Prior to serving on San Antonio City Council, Guajardo served her community through numerous organizations and agencies. She was on the boards of the Bexar County Tejano Democrats, the City of San Antonio Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, the Human Rights Campaign, the League of Women Voters, the National Association of Social Workers, and Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio.

After completing her term on San Antonio City Council, Guajardo was invited by the San Antonio Chief of Police to be on a citizen’s advisory council. Committed to making sure all women have access to safe and affordable health care, Guajardo accepted a place on the board of Planned Parenthood. She also joined the board of the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), a camp for children with disabilities that provides a week-long summer camp experience to the children and provides respite for their families.[1]

The Elena Guajardo Papers are housed on UTSA’s Main Campus and must be accessed through the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form. Included in the collection are campaign plans, brochures, circulars, flyers, correspondence, clippings, speeches, and voting results as well as other print materials.

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[1]About Elena Guajardo-Active Citizen at https://activecitizen.wordpress.com/about-elena-guajardo/, accessed June 12, 2015.

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