Guide to the Papers of Henry Santiestevan, 1975-2012 M1868

Finding aid prepared by Ignacio Ornelas Rodriguez
Dept. of Special Collections & University Archives
Stanford University Libraries
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, California, 94305-6064
March 2012

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:
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

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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

Box 1, Folder 1

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

Box 1, Folder 2

Labor Council for Latin Ameircan Advancement (LCLAA): Memos and newspaper clippings

Box 1, Folder 3

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA) : Correspondence and newsletters circa 1995

Box 1, Folder 4

Hispanic Policy Devlelopment Project (HPDP) : Meeting of the Board of Directors 1985

Box 1, Folder 5

Hispanic Policy Development Project (HPDP) includes by-laws

Box 2, Folder 1

Hispanic Policy Devlelopment Project (HPDP)

Box 2, Folder 2

Hispanic Policy Devlelopment Project (HPDP)

Box 2, Folder 3

Hispanic Policy Devlelopment Project (HPDP) Memo to Siobhan O.Nicolau

Box 2, Folder 4

The Hispanic Policy Development Project (HPDP) : Contracts

Box 2, Folder 5

Industrial Union Department (IUD)

Box 2, Folder 6

Industrial Union Department: Memos and Reports

Box 2, Folder 7

Industrial Union Department: Correspondence 1967-1968

Box 2, Folder 8

An Initial Proposal to the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Box 2, Folder 9

IUD Agenda, June 1967

Box 3, Folder 1

United Farm Workers (UFW) : Photographs and Clippings

Box 3, Folder 2

1986 Edward R. Murrow selection Committee

Box 3, Folder 3

Harvard Law School Center for Criminal Justice: 1975, 1994

Box 3, Folder 4

Santiestevan Associates: 1982-1993

Box 3, Folder 5

Miscellaneous Material: Resume and Correspondence: 1988-1994

Box 3, Folder 6

Southwest Voter Registration Project : A Project Director's Handbook, 1978

Box 3, Folder 7

Citizens Participation Project, Board Meeting, March 1986

Box 3, Folder 8

A Communication Strategy for the Hispanic Policy Project : 1982

Box 3, Folder 9

Southwest Voter Registration Edcuation Project. 1978-1979

Box 3, Folder 10

Identity, Assimilation and The Social Question: The Mexican Americans in Los Angeles by Jennifer Hurstfield. 1968-1969

Box 4, Folder 1

The Empleo Organization. 1967

Box 4, Folder 2

Santiestevan Associates

Box 4, Folder 3

Instant Aliens in their own land. A Report on Chicano Organizational Development by Henry Santiestevan

Box 4, Folder 4

Henry Santiestevan Vs Sports Committee. 1976

Box 4, Folder 5

Ford Foundation Contract

Box 4, Folder 6

Ford Foundation Proposal. 1974

Box 4, Folder 7

Hispanic Policy Development Project. 1982

Box 4, Folder 8

Santiestevan Associates Correspondence 1979

Box 4, Folder 9

The Role of the Undocumented Alien in Small Business in Region IX.

Box 4, Folder 10

Mexican American Political Association 1967-1968

Box 4, Folder 11

National Hispanic Reporter article with picture. 1991.

Box 4, Folder 12

National Opinion Research Center 1982

Box 4, Folder 12

National Opinion Research Center 1982

Box 4, Folder 13

Crusade for Justice, I am Joaquin

Box 4, Folder 14

Community Service Organization (CS) 1980

Box 5, Folder 1

Changing Relations

Box 5, Folder 2

Changing Relations

Box 5, Folder 3

Changing Relations

Box 5, Folder 4

Changing Relations

Box 5, Folder 5

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund 1967

Box 5, Folder 6

The Missing Half. Correspondence with William Velasquez.

Box 5, Folder 7

The Missing Half Board Meeting. March 1987

Box 5, Folder 8

Marine corporal William Gallegos

Box 5, Folder 9

Eric Simon, Correspondence

Box 5, Folder 10

Santestevan Associates

Box 5, Folder 11

Spanish Radio 1982

Box 5, Folder 12

Creative Identity 1992

Box 5, Folder 13

The Weatherhead Foundation. Aspen conference. August 1972

Box 6, Folder 1

La Raza Unida 1968

Box 6, Folder 2

National Latino Communications Center 1992

Box 6, Folder 3

Ted Kennedy Campaign 1979

Box 6, Folder 4

Spanish Speaking Social Action Council 1967

Box 6, Folder 5

Spanish Speaking Social Action Council

Box 6, Folder 6

The Office of The United States Permanent Representative to UNESCO

Box 6, Folder 7

Hispanics in Education: 1986

Box 6, Folder 8

Wire to Cesar Chavez; 1968

Box 6, Folder 9

Santiestevan Column: Me and Jack

Box 6, Folder 10

Bobby Kennedy Campaign

Box 6, Folder 11

Santiestevan and Associates

Box 6, Folder 12

Ted Kennedy Campaign: 1979

Box 6, Folder 13

Early Resume

Box 6, Folder 14

Congress of Industrial Organizations : 1950-1957

Box 6, Folder 15

Mexican Americans and Labor Organizations, Jobs and Income by Henry Santiestevan

Box 6, Folder 16

Correspondence with Julian Samora. 1979

Box 6, Folder 17

Henry Santiestevan, montly colmns. 1991

Box 6, Folder 18

Santiestevan Associates

Box 6, Folder 19

Press Release. Round the clock vigil to mark the end of Cesar Chavez's fast. March 1968

Box 6, Folder 20

A Perspective on Mexican American Organizations, by Henry Santiestevan. September 1975.

Box 6, Folder 21

Columb by Henry Santiestevan. Twisted Logic: 1992

Box 6, Folder 22

Report to the Second Constitutional Convention: August 1975

Box 6, Folder 23

Southwest Voter Registration Project: 1988-1979

Box 6, Folder 24

Inequality, Jobs, Income and Latinos. By Henry Santiestevan.

Box 7, Folder 1

A Brief look at Hispanic Union History

Box 7, Folder 2

A call to la raza for a personal pledge to Non-Violence

Box 7, Folder 3

Correspondence with Bruce Babbitt, Governor of Arizona

Box 7, Folder 4

Ford Foundation Grant Application, 1975

Box 7, Folder 5

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Alameda County Chapter

Box 7, Folder 6

Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, August 1996

Box 7, Folder 7

Industrial Union Department

Box 7, Folder 8

Letter requesting Baptism certificate

Box 7, Folder 9


Box 7, Folder 11

Personal Qualifications Statement :Office of Management and Budgett Approval

Box 8, Folder 1

Miscellaneous Photographs

Box 8, Folder 2

Obreros Unidos, Workers United, Correspondence, printed material

Box 8, Folder 3

Hispanic Policy Development Project, 1966

Box 9

MISCELLANEOUS PUBLICATIONS: Deinstitutionalization, Out of their beds and into the streets; LCLAA at FIFTEEN; Early Childhood Development (two variant copies); Windows of Opportunity, Volume I and Volume II; Cinco Anos; Hispanic Policy Development Project, Multiple volumes, The Hispanic Almanac, 2nd edition; Organize Today, Officers' Report, 1986; Closing the Gap for U.S. Hispanic Youth, 1998; Make Somthing Happen, Volume I; Three Aspects of Diversity, 1995; Equitable Access, 1996, Miscellaneous Brochures