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Pauline Gasca-Valenciano Papers

 Collection
Identifier: W-0073

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of items related to the personal life and public activism of Pauline Gasca-Valenciano. Items range in date from 1965–2018, however, the bulk is dated 2000-2018. The collection contains paper items such as newspaper clippings, political flyers, convention programs, and office/business paperwork such as agendas, membership rolls, and event applications, as well as, personal paperwork such as resumes, prayers, and poems. Two-thirds of the physical bulk of the collection are plaques and framed documents. A DVD copy of an oral history interview completed on October 17, 2015 by Texas Christian University is present. There are a handful of artifacts such as flags and t-shirts. One notable item is an enlarged, framed photo reproduction of a youthful Pauline Gasca-Valenciano, standing with Cesar Chavez and another man, included in the frame is a UFW bumper sticker.

Dates

  • 1965 - 2018
  • Majority of material found within 2000 - 2018

Biographical / Historical

Pauline Gasca-Valenciano (1936–2018), was a Vietnam War widow who raised four daughters, while working as a community organizer, political activist, and public servant. Much of her activism is connected to her early life experiences, her identity as a woman of Mexican descent, and a self-described “contrariness”. She was born in Fort Worth to Mexican parents, and raised in a working-class, Hispanic neighborhood. She was the youngest of nine children. Her parents instilled in her a strong belief in the Christian faith, and pride in her Mexican heritage. Although her formal schooling was brief due to a combination of limited community resources and discrimination, informally, she learned about the world beyond her neighborhood through voracious reading of newspapers and magazines, a fascination with politics, and periods of travel as a child in Mexico, and as a military wife in the United States.

Beginning in her late 20’s, she became an active member of several Hispanic civil rights and community support organizations such as American G.I. Forum, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Tarrant County Democratic Women’s Club, Tejano Democrats of Tarrant County, and United Hispanic Council of Tarrant County. She co-founded the Diez y Seis de Septiembre Parade, and the Cesar Chavez March in Fort Worth. She founded the Miss Senorita scholarship pageant sponsored by League of United Latin American Citizens.

Source: Gasca-Valenciano, Pauline; Bynum, Katherine. Pauline Gasca-Valenciano Interview, October 17, 2015, video; (https://youtu.be/kWGywFZXL88: accessed December 20, 2019). Texas Christian University, Latino Americans: 500 Years of History collection; crediting Genealogy, History and Archives Unit, Fort Worth Public Library.

Extent

8.46 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Physical Location

Archives: 11C2

Separated Materials

One copy of "All for One & One for All" by Amy Waters Yarsinske was separated and cataloged for addition to the local history collection.
  • Women Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
Status
In Progress
Author
Gaby Kienitz
Date
January 24, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

Contact:
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Fort Worth Texas 76102
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