Nava and Chavez worked together in many situations throughout their careers. In 1967, Chavez, then the president of the National Farm Workers Association (later the United Farm Workers, UFW), assisted Nava in his candidacy for the Los Angeles Board of Education. Nava would eventually serve as a pallbearer for Chavez's funeral in 1993. In this letter, Chavez thanks Nava for writing a letter to Congressman Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr., the son of Senator Barry Goldwater. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, Julian Nava became one of the first Mexican-American graduates of Pomona College and one of the first Mexican-American doctoral students at Harvard University. He went on to have a distinguished career as professor of history at California State University, Northridge, member of the Los Angeles Board of Education, and United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1980 to 1981. 8.4 in. x 5.4 in.