Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Mariano Rosales y Pina Collection MSS.0130

Descriptive Summary

Creator Rosales y Pina, Mariano
Title: Mariano Rosales y Pina Collection
Dates: 1918-1978
Identification: MSS.0130
Quantity: 1.5 Linear feet, 2 boxes
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Historical Note

Mariano Rosales y Pina was born in 1893 in Chihuahua, Mexico, and married Esperanza Gutierrez in November 1918. He departed San Luis Potisi, Mexico, on July 29, 1920, and entered the United States on August 2, 1920, in Laredo, Webb County, Texas. A resident of Houston, Texas, beginning in 1921, Mariano was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad originally in the capacity of machinist. His brother, Gustavo R. y Pina (also written Gustavy R. Ipina) owned a jewelry sales and repair business located at Preston and Fannin streets in 1931.

Mariano R. y Pina and his wife, along with David Casas and his wife Irene P. Casas, founded the Club Familias Unidas in 1949 for the progress and culture of the Mexican-American youth of the community. The club is a social organization that promotes native Hispanic religious, political, social, and economic philosophies by organizing activities such as flag-raising ceremonies for Mexican Independence Day and Mothers' Day galas where they honor a mother of the year. Additionally, the club holds annual dances for graduating students and 15-year-old debutante females.

Scope and Contents

The Mariano Rosales y Pina collection contains newspaper clippings, Club Familias Unidas correspondence, personal and work correspondence of Mariano and his family members, work affidavits and requests for residency for family members from 1919 to 1931. Also included are a baptismal certificate for his daughter Anna Laura Rosales and a baptism announcement for his son Federico Lamberto Rosales. The collection contains one folder of photographs dating from 1956-1971, 32 postcards and a selection of travel guides and maps for Mexico and Texas from 1961-1975. The largest series in the collection are the greeting cards, of which there are 12 folders with cards for various occasions dating from 1920-1978 with the bulk from the period 1953-1978.



The collection has a total of 40 folders arranged into ten series:
The largest series, "Greeting Cards," have been arranged in date order whenever a date could be detected; however, the largest portion was undated. Original arrangement has been adhered to whenever possible.
Newspaper Clippings
Personal Family Records
Club Familias Unidas
Correspondence - Work
Correspondence - Personal
Memorial and Devotional Services
Greeting Cards
Household and Financial Affairs


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Mariano Rosales y Pina Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Index Terms

Club Familias Unidas
Rosales y Pina, Mariano
Mexican Americans
Mexican Americans--Societies, etc.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mariano Rosales y Pina Collection. MSS 130. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Processing Information

Processed by Ranee Clark, 1998.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Newspaper Clippings

Box Folder
1 1 Newspaper Clippings 1950-1975



Box Folder
1 2 Photographs: MSS 130-01-MSS130-19, prints and negatives, 1956-1971


Personal Famiy Records

Box Folder
1 3 Baptismal Certificate - Anna Laura Rosales, August 29, 1931
4 Baptismal Announcement - Federico Lamberto Rosales, September 17, 1921
5 High School Report Card - Annie L. Rosales, 1947


Club Familias Unidas

Box Folder
1 6 Club Familias Unidas 1947-1977
7 Club Familias Unidas 25 Aniversario 1949-1974
8 Club Familias Unidas Gala Programs and Invitations 1948-1974
9 Club Familias Unidas Dia Dedicado a la Madre 1948-1968
10 Club Familias Unidas Dia Dedicado a la Madre 1948-1971
11 Club Familias Unidas Dia Dedicado a la Madre 1948-1973


Correspondence Work

Box Folder
1 12 Work Affidavits, 1919-1939
13 Correspondence - Work, 1919-1973
14 Correspondence - Railroad, 1961-1977
15 Letters of Recommendation, 1918-1920


Correspondence - Personal

Box Folder
1 16 Correspondence - Personal, 1920-1975
17 Affidavits for Family Members, 1929-1931
Box Folder
2 1 Postcards, 1956-1974
2 Invitations, 1920-1978



Box Folder
2 3 Travel Maps and Guides, 1961-1975
4 Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Manual - Spanish Edition, 1938


Greeting Cards

Box Folder
2 5 Greeting Cards Miscellaneous, 1960-1973
6 Father's Day Cards, 1960-1977
7 Mother's Day Cards, 1962-1977
8 Thank You Cards, 1960-1978
9 Birthday Cards, 1939-1976
10 Anniversary Cards, 1959-1978
11 Christmas Cards, 1920-1958
12 Christmas Cards, 1960-1969
13 Christmas Cards, 1970-1975
14 Christmas Cards, undated
15 Christmas Cards, undated
16 Christmas Cards, undated


Memorial and Devotional Services

Box Folder
2 17 Memorial Services, 1930-1973
18 Devotion and Prayer Books, 1959


Household and Financial Affairs

Box Folder
2 19 Automobile Purchase, 1940
20 Tax Receipts, 1964-1977
21 Banking, 1962-1977
22 Medical and Insurance Receipts, 1960-1979
23 Household Bills and Receipts, 1969-1977