CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Documents given to a South Texas university by the Corpus Christi physician who founded the American GI Forum will be going digital.

Dr. Hector P. Garcia in 1990 donated his papers and other memorabilia to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The school on Thursday announced plans for an undetermined portion of the collection to be digitized, in a $600,000 process expected to take about a year.

Officials say items donated by Garcia include letters to and from Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. The collection is housed at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library on campus.

Garcia, who was leader in the fight for equal treatment of Hispanics, founded the American GI Forum in 1948 as a platform for social change. He died in 1996 at age 82.


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