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Title: Henry Santiestevan Papers
Identifier/Call Number: M1868
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Language of Material:
4.5 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1975-2012
Reports, memorandums, meeting minutes, pictures, invoices, grant proposals, press releases, newspaper clippings, notes, correspondence
with prominent Mexican American civil rights and labor figures. Also contains various copies of Santiestevan’s resumes, work
applications, writings for magazines, journal articles, and letters of recommendation supporting the hiring of Santiestevan.
Numerous documents pertaining to the management of his public relations firm, Santiestevan & Associates.
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Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez processed this collection, December, 2011 - March, 2012.
Henry Santiestevan was born Enrique Santiestevan on July 7, 1915 in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Henry is English for Enrique.
His parents were Enrique J. Santiestevan and Maria Victoria Morel Santiestevan. His wife was Marystina Ellen Sternlov Santiestevan.
Santiestevan graduated from John H. Francis Polytechnic High School in Los Angeles, California in 1934. Due to an illness
his entrance into Occidental College was postponed. He graduated from Occidental college in 1940. Between 1943 and 1946 he
served in the US Army and was honorably discharged in 1946. After his service in the US Army he went to work for the Hollywood-Citizen
News. Eventually he would join the CIO and run its Western edition of the CIO news as its editor. In the late 1940s he became
politically active and assisted Ed Roybal in becoming the first Mexican American elected to the Los Angeles City Council.
Mr. Santiestevan would go on to serve as the President of the Newspaper Guild and became a political director for the CIO
in Los Angeles. In 1958 he took a position with United Auto Workers (UAW) and worked alongside their President, Walter Reuther.
Later Mr. Santiestevan would become the editor of Solidarity the monthly magazine of the United Auto Workers, and Agenda with
the Industrial Union Department. Through Mr. Santiestevan’s position as an editor he became a close confidant of labor organizer
Cesar Chavez and assist with public relations and media campaigns for the United Farm Workers.
In 1970 Mr. Santiestevan became the director of the Southwest Council of La Raza (SWCLR) today’s National Council of La Raza
(NCLR). After leaving SWCLR he established his own public relations consulting firm. He had numerous clients from across the
country and was revered as a prominent writer. He retired in 1997. Mr. Santiestevan passed away on January 22, 2000.
Stanford also holds over eight hours of recorded interviews by Yale historian Stephen Pitti. Pitti was a doctoral candidate
at Stanford when he conducted the interviews. They are located in the Special Collections department at Stanford University.
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This collection donated by Henry Santiestevan to Stanford University, Special Collections in December, 2011.
[identification of item], Henry Santiestevan Papers (M1868). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford
University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Babbitt, Bruce, Governor
Chavez, Cesar, 1927-1993
Hispanic Policy Development Project.
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968, --Friends and associates
Labor Council for Latin American Advancement
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
National Opinion Research Center.
Reuther, Walter, 1907-1970
Samora, Julian, 1920-
Southwest Council of La Raza.
Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. (U.S.)
Spanish speaking social action council.
United Farm Workers