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Mendez v. Westminster collection: Palomino family papers

Identifier: 2009-020-r

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of sixteen folders containing photographs, documents and clippings of the family of Arthur Palomino from ca. 1920 to 2008; photographs, clippings and correspondence of Guadalupe Perez, an uncle of Arthur who was killed in World War II; along with photographs, ephemera, clippings, articles, documents, and correspondence related to the Mendez v. Westminster trial, during which Arthur's father Frank Palomino testified as a witness.

Also included are copies of the family photo albums' pages. Highlights of the collection include a transcript of Frank Palomino's testimony in Mendez v. Westminster, and school photographs of Arthur Palomino.


  • 1920s - 2012

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions. For further copyright information, please contact the archivist.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Palomino was born to Irene and Frank Palomino on August 21, 1933 in Westminster, CA. Arthur's father, Frank, was one of the plaintiffs in the Mendez v. Westminster case of 1946. At the time, the Palomino family lived in Santa Ana and resided in the Garden Grove school district. Arthur was eleven years old during the trial. His father testified that he went to one of the Garden Grove schools to ask the superintendent if he could enroll his children Arthur and Sally. The superintendent told Frank that his children were of Mexican descent and were not allowed there. The superintendent told him he had to enroll them at the Hoover school, which was for children of Mexican descent. Frank decided to instead enroll them at integrated schools elsewhere. Arthur was enrolled into Fremont School, where his cousins attended. On October 6, 1962 Arthur married Beatrice Palomino, and together they had three children. Arthur passed away on March 30, 2012.


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of photographs, clippings, correspondences, and other documents related to Arthur Palomino and his family, including some records related to the Mendez v. Westminster case of 1946.


Series 1: Photographs, 1920s – 2012, Series 2: Papers, circa 1940s – 2008

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Arthur Palomino
Finding Aid for the Mendez v. Westminster collection: Palomino family papers
Lisette Ocampo
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Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

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