American G.I. Forum of New Mexico Pictorial Collection
Scope and Content
G.I Forum leaders represented in the collection include Dr. Hector Garcia, Vicente Ximenez, Isabelle Ogaz Tellez, and Louis Tellez. U. S. Presidents Johnson, Carter, and Bush; Vice President Humphrey, and New Mexico Senators Montoya, Bingaman, and Domenici all appear in the collection. National and New Mexico state conventions, receptions, meetings, and a variety of events that AGIF sponsored or participated in are documented in the collection.
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The Forum’s success in Corpus Christi led to the formation of more than 100 additional Forums in Texas within a year, followed by the establishment of Forums in New Mexico and Colorado. AGIF of New Mexico was founded in 1948, and officially granted its charter in 1951. Vicente Ximenez served as the first chair of the AGIF of NM. Isabelle Ogaz Tellez was involved with the NM chapter from the start. She married Louis Tellez in 1955. They and others worked together for nearly 6 decades to continue the work of the AGIF, serving in leadership roles at the State and National levels. Louis Tellez passed away in 2015, at the age of 92.
The AGIF expanded to more than 500 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico. Women and Youth chapters of AGIF followed the establishment of primary chapters. The organization began with an emphasis on veterans’ affairs and problems, but expanded to include a range of social and economic concerns:
• Education - AGIFs motto, “Education is our Freedom, and Freedom should be everybody’s business" is the backbone of much of their advocacy work, including providing scholarships and educational opportunities. The Hispanic Education Foundation (HEF) was founded in 1971 to provide Hispanic veterans, their children, and other Hispanics financial support for higher education.
• Employment - AGIF became a founder and national co-sponsor of SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., helping to provide training, referrals, and job placement services for Hispanics, African-Americans, women, single heads of household, teen parents, and other under/unemployed groups.
• Civil Rights - AGIF educates and advocates for the protection and defense of civil and human rights for Hispanics, women, and other minorities.
• Legislation - AGIF provides input for legislation affecting education, veterans, affirmative action, social programs. Civil rights is a key objective.
• Communication - AGIF provides a viable channel of communication between local and national AGIF chapters, and between the Hispanic community and the private, public, and government sectors.
• Veterans’ Outreach - AGIF provides assistance to veterans in the area of employment, training, medical and health programs.
uncounted items (3 boxes (2.6 cu. ft.)) : uncounted photographs, 2 scrapbooks
- American G.I. Forum
- Garcia, Hector P., 1914-1996
- Hispanic American veterans -- Societies, etc. -- History -- 20th century - Pictorial works
- Hispanic Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Hispanic Americans -- Societies, etc. -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Mexican Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Mexican Americans -- Societies, etc. -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works
- Tellez, Isabelle Ogaz
- Tellez, Louis
- Finding Aid of the American G.I. Forum of New Mexico Pictorial Collection, 1950-2009
- B. Silbergleit
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