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Luis Cano Papers

Identifier: MSS 0284

Scope and Content Note

The collection spans from 1968 to 1986 with the bulk of the materials dating from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. The collection contains private and public papers detailing the many and varied interests of Luis R. Cano. The major sections of this collection include papers on the Assocation for Advancement of Mexican Americans, the National Council of La Raza, the Housing Authority of the City of Houston, CETA, bilingual education, discrimination and segregation in HISD, thesis and dissertation materials, as well as general reports and publications. The collection contains one box of photographs.


  • 1968-1986
  • Majority of material found in 1970-1979

Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Luis Cano Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Luis Rey Cano was born on August 25, 1948 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He received his Bachelors of Science in English and Secondary Education from North Texas State University in 1970. In 1973, he received his MA in Guidance and Counseling from Texas Southern University. While working on his masters degree, Cano taught English in the Houston Independant School District where he designed and implemented a Mexican American Studies Program. During this time he also served as chairman of the Hispanic Teachers Caucus in Houston, Texas. After receiving his MA from TSU, Cano completed a doctorate program in 1981 from the University of Houston where he earned a doctorate in Administration of Public Education. While working on his Ed.D., Cano founded a private community-based alternative school for at-risk students. This school, Geoerge I. Sanchez, was later incorporated by HISD and continues to address the needs of marginal students. Cano's honors included Eagle Scout and Who's Who in Texas. His memberships reflect the breadth of his many and varied interests, such as bilingual education, alternative schools, and Chicana/o Studies. Luis Cano is married to Amelia Araiza with whom he has two children, Victoria and Veronica.


16 Linear Feet (16 boxes, 5 rolls of microfilm)

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Arrangement Note

The collection contains 16 boxes, arranged into series by topics and organizations. There is also a seperate series for publications and newspapers and clippings. Microfilm of Boxes 1-12 is available for public use in the Texas and Local History Department, Houston Public Library.

A copy of the microfilm of this collection has been placed at the Center for Mexican American Studies, University of Houston.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Luis R. Cano on July 12, 1988.


Roll 1: Starts with Box 1, Folder 1 and Ends with Box 2, Folder 5. Roll 2: Starts with Box 2, Folder 6 and Ends with Box 4, Folder 23. Roll 3: Starts with Box 4, Folder 24 and Ends with Box 6, Folder 48. Roll 4: Starts with Box 6, Folder 49 and Ends with Box 11, Folder 42. Roll 5: Starts with Box 11, Folder 43 and Ends with Box 12, Folder 34.

Boxes 13 through 16 have not been microfilmed. The contents of some folders have also not been microfilmed (mainly periodicals available elsewhere).

Processing Information

Processed by Elisama Puente in August, 1996.

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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002