CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Dr. Hector P. Garcia's most prized documents are back in the hands of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
In 1982, Garcia donated his collection of personal papers to the University's library but they were sent off over a year ago to be digitized.
"We are so excited that they are home finally, but the most exciting thing is that they will be available to whoever wants to look at them through the internet," said Cecilia Garcia Akers, Hector P. Garcia's daughter.
According to Akers, her dad would be proud.
"He would be very happy that 50 years of his work is available for people to look at," Akers said.
On Tuesday staff at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M, University-Corpus Christi unloaded the most prized papers of Hector P. Garcia.
"Twelve pallets of boxes 654 boxes on those pallets more papers than the length of a football field," said Head Ann Hodges, Special Collections, and Archives
In August of 2016, the papers were sent to the History Associates headquarters in Maryland.
"Organizing it stabilizing it preserving it cataloging the items and then sent it off for digitalization," said Laura Starr, Senior Archivist, and Sales Manager.
Garcia's family said it was essential to make the papers available to everyone because they are a way for young minds to learn about his research and hard work.
"To apply his struggles and his work to whats going on today is very needed," Akers said.
Just a little over a year later the papers are finally back home.
"We wanted his name to be known and his work to be known, and now we are here," Akers said.
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