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Anita Martinez Collection, 1999-2011 | Manuscripts

By Amanda Montgomery

Collection Overview

Title: Anita Martinez Collection, 1999-2011Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1999-2011
ID: 01/AR086
Primary Creator: Anita Nanez Martinez
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into folders divided into the categories of promotional materials, artifacts, and publications.
Date Acquired: 10/00/2011. More info below under Accruals.

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains a variety of materials related to Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico donated by Anita Nanez Martinez. Anita Nanez Martinez was born in Dallas, Texas on December 8,1925. She is a fifth generation Texan Mexican-American, born to Jose and Anita Nanez. She lived in Dallas Mexican community, known as "Little Mexico".

She was approached to run for Dallas City Council. Anita Nanez Martinez accepted and became the first female Mexican-American member of the City Council of Dallas, Texas. Elected in 1969, Anita served the city council for four years. The West Dallas area had been a neglected area of the city, one change Anita wanted to change was a lack of a recreation center.

In 1975, a recreation center was built in West side of Dallas. This center was the birthplace of the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (ANMBF). In 1990, ANMBF produced its first season of professional dances employing dancers trained in Mexico. The recreation Center and the Ballet Folklorico are still around today. ANMBF is considered the largest professional Ballet Folklorico Company in the United States.

The collection includes posters, tickets, programs for exhibit, an archival interview of Anita N. Martinez on DVD, a mug, and a Latino calendar.

Biographical Note

Anita Nanez Martinez was born in Dallas, Texas on December 8,1925. She is a fifth generation Texan Mexican-American, born to Jose and Anita Nanez. She lived in Dallas Mexican community, known as "Little Mexico". At a young age, Anita N. Martinez exhibited an interest in community affairs, at 14 years old, she went door to door collecting signatures in efforts to repave a street in her community.

After high school, Anita married Albert Martinez. She chose the role of  homemaker and mother but at the same time, she continue to volunteer for schools and community organizations which resulted her being approached to run for Dallas City Council. Anita Nanez Martinez accepted and became the first female Mexican-American member of the City Council of Dallas, Texas. Elected in 1969, Anita served the city council for four years. The West Dallas area had been a neglected area of the city, one change Anita wanted to change was a lack of a recreation center. In 1975, a recreation center was built in West side of Dallas. This center was the birthplace of the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico (ANMBF).

Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 2011-025
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Dreanna Belden
Acquisition Method: Gift

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 706503
Folder 1: "El Grito De Dolores 1810"- Promotional Materials, 2001-10-01Add to your cart.
Advertisements and tickets to the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico presentation of El Grito De Dolores 1810.
Folder 2: "Defender of Dreams" - Publication, 1999Add to your cart.
 
Folder 3: Membership Campaign - Poster, 2011Add to your cart.
 
Folder 4: "A Lifetime of Service". DVD, 2010Add to your cart.
The Dvd title is "Anita N. Martinez- Archival Interview - December 08, 2010 " A Lifetime of Service", rough cut/ unedited."
Folder 5: "Bailando al ritmo de tu salud 2011" - Aetna Latino Calendar, 2011Add to your cart.
Include biographies of 13 individuals that have improved health and wellness in their communities.
Folder 6: "El Grito De Dolores 1810" Posters, 2011Add to your cart.
Includes two copies.
Folder 7: "1st Lt. Alfred Martinez US Air Force Pilot" - Mug, n.d.Add to your cart.
 

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