01/AR086 Guide to the Anita Martinez Collection Martinez Collection Finding Aid Authors: Amanda Montgomery.

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Guide to the Anita Martinez Collection 1999/2011 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Anita Martinez Collection 1999-2011 1999-2011 01/AR086 Anita Nanez Martinez 1.00 University of North Texas Special Collections
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Biographical Information:

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 Acquisition Information:

Gift

Accruals:

2011-025

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collectins department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Anita Martinez Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is arranged into folders divided into the categories of promotional materials, artifacts, and publications.

Scope and Contents

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.

Detailed List of Contents id5400 1 706503 id5401 1 1 "El Grito De Dolores 1810"- Promotional Materials 2001-10-01 Scope and Contents

Advertisements and tickets to the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico presentation of El Grito De Dolores 1810.

id5402 1 2 "Defender of Dreams" - Publication 1999 id5403 1 3 Membership Campaign - Poster 2011 id5404 1 4 "A Lifetime of Service". DVD 2010 Scope and Contents

The Dvd title is "Anita N. Martinez- Archival Interview - December 08, 2010 " A Lifetime of Service", rough cut/ unedited."

id5405 1 5 "Bailando al ritmo de tu salud 2011" - Aetna Latino Calendar 2011 Scope and Contents

Include biographies of 13 individuals that have improved health and wellness in their communities.

id5406 1 6 "El Grito De Dolores 1810" Posters 2011 Scope and Contents

Includes two copies.

id5426 1 7 "1st Lt. Alfred Martinez US Air Force Pilot" - Mug n.d.