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Dr. Hector P. Garcia ranks among the most important figures in Mexican American history. In 1982, he began to donate his vast collection of personal papers to the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Today, this collection—a centerpiece of the library’s holdings—offers invaluable insight into the Mexican American experience of the 20th century and the ways in which Dr. Garcia shaped and changed that experience. Dr. Garcia was an immigrant and a proud Texan, a physician and a soldier, an activist and an advisor to several presidents. His papers reflect these roles and serve as a testament to a life dedicated to community service and civil rights.

This website features a small but important subset of the items in the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers, which can be viewed on this site individually or within thematic exhibits. Taken together, these materials illuminate the tremendous impact Dr. Garcia had on his family, his community, and his country.

For more information about library holdings, the collection, or this project, please contact the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Bell Library Special Collections and Archives department at specialcollections@tamucc.edu or using the Contact Us tab.


Exhibited materials are part of the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Papers at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library Special Collections and Archives, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The online exhibit was initially developed and curated by History Associates.

The university is not the intellectual property rights holder for all of the items within the collection, and has presented the materials on this site in the context of scholarly fair use. It is the responsibility of the individual to determine copyright status and secure permission to use or display any of the items exhibited here.

If you are rights owner with concerns about any of this material please contact the library at specialcollections@tamucc.edu.


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