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Gordon Quan Papers

Identifier: MSS 0491

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the papers of Gordon Quan during his years on the Houston City Council from 2000-2005. A bulk of the materials document his work in the Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs. The records primarily consist of City of Houston administrative records, correspondence, meeting agendas, and research materials, and program information. Secondary records include program reports and guides. Remaining records consist of newspaper clippings, speeches, and conference materials. The collection is arranged into three series: Immigration and Refugee Affairs, Planning and Community Development, and Crime.


  • 1990-2005
  • Majority of material found within 2000-2005

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Gordon J. Quan is a nationally recognized immigration lawyer and former Houston City Council member. In 1999, Mr. Quan was elected the first Asian-American to serve as an “at large” member of the Houston City Council. In 2002, he was selected by the Mayor and Council of Houston to serve as Mayor Pro Tem. He was instrumental in the City of Houston’s creation of an Office for Immigration and Refugee Affairs.

Mr. Quan is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Immigration and Nationality Law and has three decades of experience successfully arguing cases before the Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Board of Immigration Appeals, the Board of Labor Certification Appeals and in federal courts. He also has served as President of the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials of the National League of Cities.

He has served as chair of the Texas Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and as a member of the national board of governors of that group. He was a founding member of the Texas State Bar Association’s Immigration Section and chaired the section in 2011. Mr. Quan serves on the board of trustees for the South Texas College of Law and the Advisory Board of the University of Houston Immigration Law Clinic. And he is a founding member of the Asian American Bar Association of Houston. Mr. Quan has been active fostering legal groups to promote the specialty of immigration law, and he has regularly shared his expertise widely, hosting a weekly radio program on immigration law in which he answers callers’ questions.

Before opening the Quan Law Group, Mr. Quan co-founded Foster Quan LLP in 2009. He had previously founded Quan, Burdette and Perez.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas, a Master in Education from the University of Houston, and his law degree from the South Texas College of Law.


1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



The records are arranged by series and year where possible.

Series 1 Immigration and Refugee Affairs

Subseries 1.1 MOIRA

Subseries 1.2 Day Labor Task Force

Series 2 City Planning and Community Development

Series 3 Crime

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Gordon Quan in 2019.

Processing Information

Courtney Tutt, September 2019

Courtney Tutt
October 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston History Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002