Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“A Living Heritage” project records, 1981-1982



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mexican-American Coordinating Council
Title: “A Living Heritage” project records
Dates: 1981-1982
Abstract In 1981 the Mexican-American Coordinating Council conducted taped interviews with Mexican-American Presbyterian leaders in Texas (particularly from the disbanded Texas-Mexican Presbytery) which aimed at recording the history of Presbyterianism among this population. Two inches of interview transcripts, a cassette tape and a filmstrip (1981-1982) represent working files and the end result of the “A Living Heritage” filmstrip project conducted by the Mexican-American Coordinating Council in 1981 and 1982.
Identification: 1996-075
Extent: 2 inches, one cassette and one roll of film
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Administrative History

In 1981 the Mexican-American Coordinating Council conducted taped interviews with Mexican-American Presbyterian leaders in Texas (particularly from the disbanded Texas-Mexican Presbytery) which aimed at recording the history of Presbyterianism among this population. The end product of the project was a filmstrip entitled “A Living Heritage” or “Herencia Vivente,” which was narrated in both English and Spanish. The filmstrip, which was completed in 1982, was available for viewing in churches of the Mission Union Presbytery.


Scope and Content Note

Two inches of interview transcripts, a cassette tape and a filmstrip (1981-1982) represent working files and the end result of the “A Living Heritage” filmstrip project conducted by the Mexican-American Coordinating Council in 1981 and 1982. The collection is comprised almost entirely of alphabetically arranged interview transcripts with leaders, pastors, and the adult children of leaders and pastors from the Texas-Mexican Presbytery, which was dissolved in 1955. The interviews, upon which the “A Living Heritage” filmstrip was based, discuss among other topics the tensions between newly converted Mexican-American Presbyterians and their Roman Catholic families, the founding and the subsequent financial difficulties of churches in the Texas-Mexican Presbytery, and the unpleasant feelings surrounding the dissolution of that presbytery. While most of the material is undated, project documentation suggests that the interviews were conducted in the spring of 1981, and that the filmstrip and cassette soundtrack were completed in 1982. A copy of the filmstrip, audio cassette, and filmstrip index are also contained in the collection.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.


Index Terms

Organizations
Mexican-American Coordinating Council.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Presbytery of Texas-Mexican.
Subjects
Mexican Americans--Southwest, New--Religion.
Genres/Formats
Filmstrips.
Oral histories.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

“A Living Heritage” project records, 1981-1982, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
C124 “Presbyterian Mission among Hispanics in Texas,” undated



Box
C124 Interview transcripts, 1981
Jorge Lara-Brand
Estanislao P. Castadena
Amelia Castadena
Vincent Robles Castro
Alberto Fernandez
Mrs. Frias
Unidentified
Daniel M. Garza
Rodolfo M. Guerrero
Jose Angel Hernandez
Luis C. Hernandez
Sostenes Infante
Isaac Olivares
Elisa Gonzales Pierre
Luisa Rodriguez
Lucy Rivera
Eudelia Trevino



Box
C124 Filmstrip Index—Spanish and English,undated



Box
B077b Cassette tape and filmstrip,1982