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History Associates Dr. Hector P Garcia papers

For Community & Country: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Hector P. Garcia

An important milestone in the ongoing project to improve access to the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers was achieved with the release of an online exhibit that provides an overview of the life and accomplishments of the Corpus Christi physician and champion of Mexican American civil rights. Dr. Garcia (1914-1996) founded the American GI Forum in 1948 to organize veterans to fight for educational and medical benefits. The exhibit can be accessed at

In partnership with History Associates Inc., Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is leading the project that will organize and selectively digitize Dr. Garcia’s papers. The website will allow historians across the nation, students doing research papers and the general public to see and more easily find documents that are among the most valuable resources on the Mexican American experience during the last half of the 20th century.

The online exhibit is divided into five different areas including doctor, soldier, activist, ambassador and legacy. In addition to correspondence and newspaper clippings, the papers include audio/visual materials and artifacts such as buttons, plaques, medical bags, stethoscopes, photographs, telegrams and letters.

For more information on the project, contact Ann Hodges at or Dr. Catherine Rudowsky at

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