This collection comprises the papers of Ambassador Torres's assistants in the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs: Gilbert Col_n, Raul R. Tapia, Miriam Cruz, Armando Rendon, and Hilda Solis.
The papers of Gilbert Col_n compose the bulk of this collection. Instead of providing great detail on a few topics, the Col_n files touch on a wide range of issues, indicating the scope of the services provided by the Office of Hispanic Affairs. The Col_n papers are divided into three sections: the subject file; the chronological file; and the resume file. Highlights of the Colon papers include coverage of discrimination against Angel Huerta-Perez by the Greenville, S.C., hospital system; and information concerning a class action lawsuit over illegal detention. Col_n's files also include a large amount of correspondence, ranging from the mundane to the serious to the charming_the latter represented by a letter from a third-grader from Maine, who wrote a note to Col_n as part of a school assignment.
The Tapia papers consist of a subject file that demonstrates the wide range of topics that the Office of Hispanic Affairs was called upon to address. Highlights include relatively in-depth coverage of Mexico's petroleum assets; a discussion of Hispanic access to healthcare; an interesting article concerning the amount of money that illegal immigrants had been contributing to the Social Security system; a statistical survey of Carter administration appointees focusing on racial origin; the possibility of identification cards for immigrants; and information about agricultural labor.
Latino Civil Rights During the Carter Administration, Part 1: Records of the White House Office of Hispanic Affairs, 1979_1981, Series B: Files of Gilbert Col_n, Raul Robert Tapia, Miriam Cruz, Armando Rendon, and Hilda Solis represents a cross-section of the needs, worries, and successes of the Latino community. This collection finds its value in representing the full spectrum of issues relating to the Latino population and its relationship with the federal government.