Dia De Los Muertos Committee (Lubbock, Texas):
An Inventory of Its Records, 1998-2003, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
The Committee began its activities in 1999 to gather the support needed to perform this celebration in an orderly fashion and to spread its publicity. Lubbock did not participate in the holiday until 1996 when an exhibition of artwork called Celebracion was set up emphasizing the Catholic holiday. Dia De Los Muertos an official holiday is celebrated each year in Mexico on November 2nd of the Catholic calendar. The custom was brought over to the U.S. by Mexican immigrants. The celebration of Day of the Dead or All Souls Day offers a way for the living to invite the deceased home once a year and easing any emotional pains suffered during their departure. Candy is offered, people dress in skeletal costumes, and music is sung to welcome the dead.
The collection has correspondence, meeting notes, printed materials, posters and newspapers, contact sheets, and numerous slides and photographs concerning the activities of the Dia De Los Muertos Committee and the celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead or All Souls Day) in Lubbock, Texas.
Open for research
Dia De Los Muertos Committee (Lubbock, Texas) Records, 1998-2003, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Collection accession #(s):
Abel Ramirez, November 2003