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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Biographical Information

Photographs

Miscellaneous Materials

Houston Public Library, Houston Metropolitan Research Center

Frank and Ventura Alonzo Collection MSS.0202



Descriptive Summary

Creator Alonzo, Frank
Creator Alonzo, Ventura
Title: Frank and Ventura Alonzo Collection
Dates: 1920's-1970's
Identification: MSS.0202
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet, 1 box
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library

Biographical Note

Frank and Ventura Alonzo (husband and wife) were longtime residents of Houston and Magnolia Park, and were big band musicians from the 1930's until they retired in the late 1960's. Originally fron San Antonio, Texas, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas respectively, they met in Houston and married in 1931. Discovering a mutual love of music, they began their first band in the late 1930's and played for local gatherings in Magnolia Park. Frank played guitar and Ventura played the accordian. Their orchestra developed into "Alonzo y Sus Rancheros" during the 1940's with Frank as the leader and Ventura as lead vocalist. From the 1940's through the 1960's the band was popular in Houston as well as in many other areas of Texas where they travelled to perform. They specialized in música ranchera, a form of music from Texas roughly equivalent to a Mexican American country western sound. Over these three decades few Mexican American dance bands enjoyed the popularity and acclaim of "Alonzo y Sus Rancheros".

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Scope and Contents

The collection is mainly composed of photographs with a folder of biographical data compiled by their granddaughter Linda Alonzo Saenz and Thomas H. Kreneck, and a handbill announcement and page from a Woodmen of the World publication. Some of the photos deal with their sons, Frank Jr. and Alonzo Alonzo, and various community activities in which the family participated. There is also an oral history with Frank and Ventura Alonzo in the oral history collection under number OH 344.1.

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Arrangement

The visuals are roughly in chronological order by subjects. Each visual has its own identification sheet.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Frank and Ventura Alonzo Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

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Index Terms

Alonzo y Sus Rancheros (Musical group)
Alonzo, Frank
Alonzo, Ventura
Mexican American musicians--Texas--Houston
Mexican Americans--Texas--Houston
Musicans--Texas--Houston

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank and Ventura Alonzo Collection. Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Frank and Ventura Alonzo.

Processing Information

Processed by Linda A. Saenz and Thomas H. Kreneck.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Biographical Information

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical and Family History re Frank and Ventura Alonzo, 1920's-1970's

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Photographs

Box Folder
1 2 Photographs, MSS 202 1-5
Photograph
MSS 202-1 Alonzo's first band, 1930's
Photograph
MSS 202-2 Community dance, Union Fraternal, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-3 Woodmen of the World dance, Eagles Hall, 1936
Photograph
MSS 202-4 Ventura Alonzo, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-5 Azteca Theatre, 1940's
Box Folder
1 3 Photographs, MSS 202 6-10
Photograph
MSS 202-6 Frank Alonzo, Jr. at Salon Juarez, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-7 Ventura Alonzo and Alonzo H. Alonzo, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-8 Azteca Theatre, 1951
Photograph
MSS 202-9 The Paladium, Benefit Dance, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-10 Lee Norton, KPRC, 1950's
Box Folder
1 4 Photographs, MSS 202 11-15
Photograph
MSS 202-11 Alonzo as Cantinflas at KPRC, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-12 Alonzo as Cantinflas at KPRC, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-13 Union Fraternal Hall, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-14 American Legion Hall, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-15 Union Fraternal Hall, 1940's
Box Folder
1 5 Photographs, MSS 202 16-20
Photograph
MSS 202-16 Blossom Heath, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-17 Blossom Heath, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-18 El Tropical Night Club, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-19 La Terraza, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-20 La Terraza, 1950's
Box Folder
1 6 Photographs, MSS 202 21-25
Photograph
MSS 202-21 La Terraza, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-22 Children from an orphanage perform at La Terraza, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-23 La Terraza, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-24 La Terraza, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-25 Alonzo's band photographed at Cantu Studio, 1950's
Box Folder
1 7 Photographs, MSS 202 26-30
Photograph
MSS 202-26 Blossom Heath, 1940's
Photograph
MSS 202-27 Photography Studio, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-28 Photography Studio, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-29 Photography Studio, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-30 Cantu Studio, 1950's
Box Folder
1 8 Photographs, MSS 202 31, 33-36
Photograph
MSS 202-31 Cantu Studio, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-33 Frank and Ventura Alonzo with Gonzalo Moya of KLVL, 1960's
Photograph
MSS 202-34 Eduardo Aguilar
Photograph
MSS 202-35 Alonzo H. Alonzo was a member of "The Big Band with Zapata", 1960's
Photograph
MSS 202-36 Alonzo H. Alonzo was a member of "Larry and Marilyn and the Brass Connection", 1970's
Box Folder
1 9 Photograph MSS 202-32
Photograph
MSS 202-32 Photographed at Cantu Studio, 1950's

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Miscellaneous Materials

Box Folder
1 10 Handbills, Magazine, and Photos
Photograph
MSS 202-37 Handbill for performance in Three Rivers, Texas, 1950's
Photograph
MSS 202-38 Woodmen of the World Magazine 1951
Photograph
MSS 202-39 Grocery Store of Isidoro Castenada, Alice, Texas, 1908
Photograph
MSS 202-40 Jose Martinez, late 19th century, father of Ventura Alonzo

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