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First page of a letter from President Jimmy Carter to Julian Nava, April 3, 1980. In April 3, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico under the Carter Administration. When President Carter was not re-elected in 1980, the Reagan administration declined to keep Nava in his position and instead informed Nava that his successor had been selected. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.

This image of young Latino boys with their bicycles made its way into the personal papers of Julian Nava, along with several other photographs depicting everyday life. Julian Nava Collection.

Julian Nava with President Jimmy Carter. In April 3, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico under the Carter Administration. Julian Nava Collection.

In 1980 Julian Nava became the first person selected as the "Hispanic of the Year" and was honored at an awards dinner on September 3, 1980. James W. Cleary, president of California State University, Northridge from 1969 to 1992, wrote this letter congratulating Nava on his achievements. Julian Nava Collection.

This image of two boys climbing a tree made its way into the personal papers of Julian Nava, along with several other photographs depicting children playing. Julian Nava Collection.

"Nava de Nava 26," 1980. In April, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Nava went on to have a distinguished career as professor of history at California State University, Northridge and member of the Los Angeles Board of Education. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Archives.

Letter from Cesar Chavez to Julian Nava, May 11, 1971. Nava and Chavez worked together throughout their careers. In 1967, Chavez, then president of the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers), assisted Nava in his candidacy for the Los Angeles Board of Education. In this letter, Chavez thanks Nava for writing a letter to Congressman Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr., the son of Senator Barry Goldwater. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.

"Justice Not War," circa 1960s. This image of a Latino group protesting the Vietnam War made its way into the personal papers of Julian Nava. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.

On April 3, 1980 Julian Nava became the first Mexican-American appointed U.S. Ambassador to Mexico under the Carter Administration. He was sworn in at the White House with his family present, as shown in this photograph. Julian Nava Collection.

Elect Dr. Julian Nava handout. In 1966 a coalition was formed with its goal the election of the first Mexican-American to the Los Angeles Board of Education. This handbill from the 1967 election gives Nava's platform as well as the names of those individuals and organizations that supported him. Julian Nava Collection. Latino Cultural Heritage Digital Archives.