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Collection Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Index Terms

Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Tomas H. Molina Family Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Tomas F. Molina
Title Tomas H. Molina Family Collection
Dates: 1890 - 1997
Abstract: The Molina Family was one of the earliest settlers of South Texas. Documents consist of family papers and photographs. Their love of baseball resulted in the collection of a large number of photographs and documents about the history of baseball in South Texas.
Identification A1999-061; A2000-075; A2002-046
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Molina%20Ead
Quantity: 2.5 linear feet
Location: STA Box 0815-0816, Photo File, Negative File
Language: English

Historical Note

The Molina Family dates back to earliest Texas history when Juanita Balli Molina’s ancestor, Jose Nicolas Balli was the first owner of Padre Island and a member of a pioneering Spanish family that settled Reynosa, Mexico while exploring a large part of what is now South Texas. Although several family members have moved from the Duval County area, where they have deep roots, most have returned and become politically and socially active in their community. Tom H. Molina served as the General Inspector in the Texas Department of Agriculture for 20 years, retiring in 1984. The senior Tomas Molina was on the County Commissioners Court, but opposed the Duke of Duval, George Parr, and had a difficult financial time for a while. Sylvia Molina was the first in the family to attend college and taught in Okinawa and Germany before returning to the Corpus Christi area. Rosi Molina Barrera married and stayed in the Benavides, TX area where her husband is a rancher. Tommy Molina worked throughout Texas and South America before returning to Duval County. All have been interested in baseball and accumulated a large number of photos and documents about the history of baseball in South Texas.

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Scope and Contents

The Tomas H. (Hinojosa) Molina Collection consists of 2.5 linear feet of documents including correspondence, personal, political, and religious papers about activities in which members of the family were involved, or discovered in their study of Duval County history. The collection also contains 379 images of family activities and historic events, most prominently, baseball teams from the early 1900s.

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Arrangement

Series I. Subject Papers (about family activities) Series II. South Texas Baseball History Series III. Memorabilia Series IV. Photographs

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Index Terms

Persons
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines, 1908-1973
Molina, Thomas H. (Hinojosa)
Molina, Felicitas Hinojosa
Hinojosa, Marcos
Organizations
Red Birds (Baseball team) --Texas -- San Diego
American Legion -- Auxiliary -- Texas -- Edinburg
Knights of Columbus
Geographical Names
South Texas
San Diego, (Tex.)
Cotullo, (Tex.)
Palito Blanco, (Tex.)
Jim Wells County, (Tex.)
San Antonio, (Tex.)
Duval County, (Tex.)
Benavides, (Tex.)
Alice, (Tex.)
Laredo, (Tex.)
Subjects
Baseball teams -- Texas, South -- History
Baseball teams -- Texas -- San Diego
Baseball teams -- Texas -- Benavides
Baseball teams -- Texas -- Alice
Baseball teams -- Texas -- Laredo
Explorers – Texas, South -- Biography
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Duval County
Pioneers -- Texas, South -- Correspondence
Spaniards – Texas, South -- History
Spanish Americans
Political participation
Ranches -- Texas, South
Oil well drilling rigs -- Texas, South
Construction equipment
High school teachers -- Texas -- San Diego

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