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Guide to the Papers of Henry Santiestevan, 1975-2012 M1868
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  • Title: Henry Santiestevan Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: M1868
    Contributing Institution: Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 4.5 Linear feet
    Date (inclusive): 1975-2012
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical Location: Special Collections and University Archives materials are stored offsite and must be paged 36-48 hours in advance. For more information on paging collections, see the department's website: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/spc.html.
    Creator: Santiestevan, Henry
    Creator: Santiestevan, Stina

    Processing Information note

    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.

    Access to Collection

    The materials are open for research use. Audio-visual materials are not available in original format, and must be reformatted to a digital use copy.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, California 94304-6064. Consent is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns. See: http://library.stanford.edu/depts/spc/pubserv/permissions.html.
    Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection donated by Henry Santiestevan to Stanford University, Special Collections in December, 2011.

    Preferred Citation

    [identification of item], Henry Santiestevan Papers (M1868). Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Alatorre, Richard
    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-
    Santiestevan Associates.
    Santiestevan, Henry
    Santiestevan, Stina
    Southwest Council of La Raza.
    Southwest Voter Registration Education Project. (U.S.)
    Spanish speaking social action council.
    United Farm Workers
    Velázquez, Willie