Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi welcomed back more than 600 boxes of Dr. Hector P. Garcia's collection after it was sent off in 2017 to be organized and digitized.

Garcia began donating his vast collection of photographs, letters and artifacts to the Bell Library at the university back in the 80s. The collection offers insight into the Mexican-American experience of the 20th century and how Garcia shaped and changed that experience.

Cecilia Garcia-Akers, daughter of Hector P. Garcia, is still learning from her father's legacy.

"Coming here and looking at the documents and photographs, and the help from Texas A&M Corpus Christi along with my book, it really opened my eyes to a lot of the things he did that we didn't even know about," Garcia-Akers said.

A reception will take place to celebrate the collection's return, and the event is free and open to the public.

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