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Latin Americans United for Progress, Inc., was created in 1974 from three organizations, Bilingual-Biculture Awareness Committee, Latin American Society (1964-1975) and LaRaza Unida. The purpose was to use all the resources of the three organizations and to continue working in the following areas: education, political and community involvement, cultural activities, hiring of minorities in government agencies and the private sector, housing, senior citizens programs, and youth programs. The collection consists of the records of the organization from its founding in 1974 to 2003. Major sections of the collection are minutes of board meetings, minutes of membership meetings, minutes of standing committees, including the Fiesta committee, Posada committee, building committee, and scholarship committee. Also included is a substantial amount of correspondence generated from the time of the formation of the organization to 2002. Of special interest is the collection of photographs of various activities and of individuals involved in the organization. The collection also includes a substantial amount of information concerning the relations of LAUP with various community organizations and governments, particularly in regards to civil rights and other matters impacting the Latino community. Financial records, scores of the scholarship recipients and their financial information, and the Fiesta queen contest contestant’s scores are all RESTRICTED.


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