Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Chairez Family Collection MSS.0094



Descriptive Summary

Title: Chairez Family Collection
Dates: 1918-1978
Identification: MSS.0094
Quantity: 0.5 Linear feet, 1 box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

The Chairez family, originally from Mexico, came to Houston via San Antonio in 1919, and became very active in Mexican American cultural events from the 1910's through the 1920's and 1930's. The father, Feliciano Chairez, fostered in his children and community an appreciation of Mexican culture, music, and drama. He was involved in several Mexican American organizations, such as the Sociedad Mutualista Benito Juarez. He likewise was instrumental in founding Mexican American musical and drama groups and in celebrating Mexican national holidays in Houston. His son, Francisco Chairez, was one of two Mexican Americans who graduated from Rice Institute in 1928, and was also involved in groups such as Club Mexico Bello. The story of this family's activities is reflected in the documents and is supplemented by an oral history, OH 235, with Maria Chairez Puente, a daughter of Feliciano.


Scope and Contents

The Chairez Family Collection comprises one document box of miscellaneous letters, notes, excellent photographs, music scores, flyers, clippings, a scrapbook, and other publications retained by one of the founding families of the Mexican colonia in Magnolia Park. Altogether, the collection gives insight into the early social and cultural development of the Houston Mexican American community during its formative years.


 

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by subject and nature of the documents. There are two oversized shelf items which have been separated. The photographs are retained within the collection and have not been separated.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Chairez Family Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.


Index Terms

Chairez family
Mexican Americans--Texas--Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chairez Family Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Maria C. Puentes, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Davila, and Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Chairez.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas H. Kreneck, 1985.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 
Box Folder
1 1 Information regarding Chairez Family coming to Magnolia Park, 1919



 
Box Folder
1 2 Biographical data regarding Francisco Chairez, 1920's-1970's
Scope and Contents note
Includes clippings, photos, correspondence, and typescript.



 
Box Folder
1 3 Letters of Recommendation (4) for Francisco Chairez, 1918-1928



 
Box Folder
1 4 Mimi Ypina, vocalist, clipping, 1920's



 
Box Folder
1 5 Ladies Auxiliary, Club Recreativo Mexico Bello, Houston, Texas, clippings, December 8, 1935



 
Box Folder
1 6 Original Membership Lists of Mutualist Benito Juarez made by Feliciano Chairez 1919?; Membership applications



 
Box Folder
1 7 Identification Information on Chairez photos MSS 94-1-3, 6-7, 9.



 
Box Folder
1 8 Information on Chairez photos MSS 94-4 of Singing and Dancing Group from Magnolia Park, 1928
General note
Taken by Murillo.



 
Box Folder
1 9 Information on Chairez photo MSS 94-5 of La Orquesta Tipica Torres and musical scores, 1928
General note
Photo taken by Murillo; musical scores are xeroxes.



 
Box Folder
1 10 Information on photo MSS 94-13 of Rice Institute Graduation, 1928, and on photos MSS 94-15-16 of Mr. And Mrs. Francisco Chairez



 
Box Folder
1 11 Information on photos MSS 94-14 of Rice Graduate Francisco Chairez, 1928



 
Box Folder
1 12 Information on photos MSS 94-10-12, Club Mexico Bello, 1930's



 
Box Folder
1 13 Information on Albino Torres, 1920's, Memorias de Juaquin Lorenzo Perez and Maria C. Puente; Identification data re photo MSS 94-8, 1928



 
Box Folder
1 14 Photographs MSS 94-1-9
Photo
MSS 94-1 Members of Benito Juarez Mutual Aid Society Soliciting New Members near Pasadena Strawberry Fields, 1921
Photo
MSS 94-2 Benito Juarez Mutual Aid Society Members at Salon Juarez on Navigation Blvd., Houston, 1920's
Photo
MSS 94-3 Youngsters at Hidalgo Park, Magnolia Park, on Opening Day, 1930's
Photo
MSS 94-4 Singing and Dancing Group from Magnolia Park, 1928
Photo
MSS 94-5 Orquesta Tipica Torres, 1928
Photo
MSS 94-6 Orquesta Tipica Torres and Singing and Dancing Group from Magnolia Park, 1928
Photo
MSS 94-7 Orquesta Tipica Torres and Singing and Dancing Group from Magnolia Park, 1928
Photo
MSS 94-8 Orquesta Tipica Torres and Singing and Dancing Group from Magnolia Park, 1928
Photo
MSS 94-9 Drama Group and Tipica of Magnolia Park, 1930's



 
Box Folder
1 15 Photographs MSS 94-10-17
Photo
MSS 94-10 Club Cultural Recreativo Mexico Bello, 1932
Club Cultural Recreativo Mexico Bello, 1932
Photo
MSS 94-11 Club Cultural Recreativo Mexico Bello, 1934
Photo
MSS 94-12 Club Cultural Recreativo Mexico Bello, 1935
Photo
MSS 94-13 Rice Institute Graduation, 1928
Photo
MSS 94-14 Francisco Chairez, Rice Graduate, 1928
Photo
MSS 94-15 Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Chairez, 1978
Photo
MSS 94-16 Rice University Anniversary Celebration, 1928-1978
Photo
MSS 94-17 Francisco Chairez receives Award of Merit, 1963



 
Box Folder
1 16 Mexico Bello Scrapbook, 1930's
General note
Original and Xerox copy.



 
Box Folder
1 17 Benito Juarez Mutual Aid Society Certificates; Musical Scores of "Palabras de Amor" by M. P. Fraga, 1924; "Carta de Amor" by Alfonso E. Oteo; "Silenciosomente...Cancion" by A. Esparza Oteo, 1920's
General note
2 Certificates, "Silenciosomente...Cancion" is handwritten.



 
Box Oversized
1 1 "Evangelina" by M.P. Fraga, Musical Score, Houston, Texas, 1920's?
General note
Handwritten.



 
Box Oversized
1 2 Teatro Salon Del Campo, Baytown, Texas, Music, Drama, and Dance Performance Flyer 1929



 
Box Oversized
1 3 Magnolia Park School Certificate of Maria Chairez, 1923



 
Box Oversized
1 4 Cinco De Mayo Celebration Flyer, Houston, Texas, 1935
General note
This item has been removed to MSS 278, the Mexican American Over-Sized Collection, as item #1.



 
Box Oversized
1 5 La Prensa (San Antonio Newspaper), July 21, 1928
General note
This item has been removed to MSS 278, the Mexican American Over-Sized Collection, as item #2.