Austin History Center

Eliud Martínez Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Martínez, Eliud
Title: Eliud Martínez Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1919-2002
Bulk Dates: 1996-2002
Abstract: Eliud Martínez is a novelist, artist and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing who was born and raised in Central Texas. The papers are a collection of materials written and compiled by Eliud documenting his family's history, especially that of his father Estroberto Martínez.
Identification: AR.2002.032
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English and Spanish.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Eliud Martínez was the first of six children born to Estroberto and Maria (neé Correa) Martínez. Estroberto was born in Cerralvo, Nuevo Leon on February 28, 1901 to Eusebio and Estefana (neé Gonzalez) Martínez. He moved with his parents in 1905 or 1906 to McAllen, Texas. The family later settled in Pflugerville, Texas in the early 1920s. Maria Correa was born on November 24, 1907 in Laredo, Texas to Teodoro Correa-Robles and Francisca Lopez-Gonzalez. Estroberto and Maria married on March 17, 1934 and subsequently had six children: Eliud; Belia; Teodoro; Estroberto, Jr.; Adan; and Heriberto. In 1938 the family moved to Austin where they would eventually buy a home in East Austin. Estroberto worked as construction laborer and while both parents had little formal education they encouraged all of their children to pursue an education. Maria died at the age of 82 on March 31, 1989. Estroberto died on February 29, 1996, one day after his 95th birthday.

Eliud was born on January 21, 1935 in Pflugerville, Texas. A few years after the family moved to Austin he entered Bickler Elementary School and went on to graduate from John T. Allan Junior High School, Stephen F. Austin High School and, after a stint in the military, the University of Texas at Austin with a B.F.A degree in studio art and art history. He continued his education by pursing a Ph.D in English and Comparative Literature as well as post-graduate work in Mexico in art history and Latin American cultural history. Along with being a novelist and artist he was a professor of Comparative Literature and Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

SOURCE: adapted from biography written by Eliud Martínez.

Scope and Contents

The papers are a small collection of materials written and compiled by Eliud Martinez documenting his family's history, especially that of his father Estroberto. The collection contains biographical materials, including a genealogical history of the Martinez family written by Eliud and an entry about Eliud from the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Chicano Writers: Second Series. In addition there is a Texas Senate proclamation "In the Memory of Estroberto Martinez", family photographs, writings of Eliud and a few items of correspondence about events celebrating the history of the Martinez family.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Martínez, Estroberto, 1901-1996.
Martínez, Eliud, 1935-.
Austin (Tex.)
Pflugerville (Tex.)
Mexican Americans--Texas--Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Eliud Martinez Papers (AR.2002.032). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1990/057

Donation Date: 2002

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Eliud Martinez Papers, 1919-2002

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical materials, 1959, 1996, 2002, undated
2 Awards and recognitions, 1996, 2002
3 Correspondence, 2001-2002
4 Photographs, 1919, 1938-1954, 1979-2001
5 Writings, 1988-1997