SVREP Collection : Looking Back at 2016
The month of December marked my six month anniversary here at UTSA working with the Southwest Voter Registration Project. Since then, I have met so many wonderful people that had once worked with Willie or had a lasting impact in his life. It has been an amazing adventure organizing and looking through the documents, and yet our team has so much left to discover as we continue processing the collection. We are proud that we have accomplished so much in a short amount of time, especially the video that was completed and posted last month. If you missed it, here is the link:
Also, if you haven’t already please watch the amazing documentary that aired on PBS earlier this year!
This month is also bittersweet as we say congratulations and goodbye to out student worker, Karina Franco. Karina was a tremendous help with the project and everyone appreciated her enthusiasm. We will miss her and wish her the best of luck! As a way to wind down the year, Jenn, Karina, and I have picked out some artifacts and documents that have caught our eye so far. Although some of you might recognize some of these materials from our table exhibit from the documentary screening, we have since found other gems while going back through and organizing each series. We were excited that Karina was even able to incorporate a few legal documents she found for her class final:
“I found this as I was looking for my primary sources for my upcoming research paper regarding SVREP and MALDEF’s litigation efforts in the late 1970’s for rural counties who were violating the Voting Rights Act of 1965 of its Mexican communities. It is a researcher’s goldmine because it is a legal document with census research from SVREP and maps that offer an insight to the actual trial efforts.” -Karina Franco
This has been a productive year for SVREP and we are excited at all we have accomplished so far. Please follow us starting next year as we continue to provide updates on the collection!
***This project is generously funded by the NHPRC**