Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers, 1925-2014

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fowler, Gloria M., 1928-2014
Title: Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers,
Dates: 1925-2014
Creator Abstract: The Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers consist of love letters from Joseph F. Montalbano of Beaumont, Texas, to his wife, Antoinette Montalbano and other Latino family members in New Rochelle, New York. There are postcards sent and received by extended family members. Documents of religious worship practices related to the Roman Catholic Church are also a part of the collection. In addition there are photographs of members of the Montalbano and Latino families and that of Gloria Grace Montalbano, Joseph Montalbano’s daughter, and her husband, William T. Fowler, and the daughter’s son, Tommy Joe Fowler. The collection also contains photographs of Joseph Montalbano as a baseball player for a local city sports team and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings documenting his time as a ball player. Further, there are photographs of the Beaumont-based family owned business known as the Home Packing and Provision Company and other miscellany materials.
Identification: AC-648
Extent: 4.50 cubic feet in 5 boxes
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries,  695 Pearl St,  Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

The Montalbano-Latino-Fowler papers include the family papers and photographs of Joseph F. Montalbano (1902 -1976), his wife Antoinette Latino Montalbano (1907 -1988) and their daughter Gloria Grace Montalbano Fowler (1928 –2014). More than 100 family letters, miscellaneous family documents, postcards and photographs are included.

Most of the letters were written by Joe Montalbano to his wife Antoinette, who he often refers to as Nettie, during the years 1925 through 1944. The letters declare his love for her and entreat her to leave New Rochelle, New York, and return with their daughter Gloria to live with him in Beaumont, Texas. His letters center on daily activities including starting a meat packing business, Home Packing and Provisions Company, Inc., with his brother John F. Montalbano. He discusses local baseball teams that he played for and includes newspaper clippings and baseball memorabilia in his letters. Other topics include news about family members serving in the military, comments on the war effort as well as local events in Beaumont and activities of their daughter, Gloria. After Nettie agreed to return to Beaumont in 1944, many of the letters address the purchase, remodeling and furnishing of the house he bought for their family.

The letters detail daily life in Beaumont, Texas during the years 1925 through 1945 and offer interesting insight from the perspective of typical families of that period.

Scope and Content Note

The content of the collection mainly consists of correspondence and photographs. Also included are newspaper clippings and memorabilia.


Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged by types of materials including correspondence, photographs and memorabilia. The letters are arranged chronologically by author and recipient. The photographs are arranged by subject.


Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Fowler, Gloria M., 1928-2014
Fowler, William T., -1971
Montalbano, Joseph F., 1902-1976
Montalbano, Antoniette L., 1907-1988
Fowler, Tommy Joe, -1990
Home Packing Provision Company
St. Anthony Catholic Church
Domestic relations
Family life
Baseball teams
Family--Religious life
Business enterprises
Community life
Catholic Church
Marriage customs and rites
Beaumont (Jefferson county, Texas : inhabited place)
New Rochelle (Westchester county, New York : inhabited place)
Black-and-white photographs
Clippings (information artifacts)
School yearbooks
Color photographs
Negative prints

Related Material


Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of photograph or item], Folder Number, Box Number, Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers, 1925-2014, AC-648, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Deanne Pate, 2014 November.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 January.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 April.



Detailed Description of the Collection


Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers, 1925-2014

The arrangement of the collection is by specific type of material.
Box Folder
1 1 Joseph F. and Antoinette Montalbano Photographs
2 Joseph F. Montalbano Photographs
3 Baseball Team Photographs
4 Home Packing and Provision Company Photographs
5 Montalbano-Latino Family Photographs, 1920's
6 Gloria G. Montalbano (as infant) Photographs
7 Gloria G. Montalbano (as young girl) Photographs
8 Gloria G. Montalbano Birthday Party Photographs
9 Gloria G. Montalbano Religious Confirmation Photographs
10 Gloria G. Montalbano High School Photographs
11 Gloria G. Montalbano (as young woman) Photographs
12 Gloria G. (nee Montalbano) and William T. Fowler Wedding Photographs
13 Livestock Photographs
14 William T. Fowler Photographs
15 Tommy Joe Fowler Photographs
16 Military Personnel Photographs
17 Catholic Church Ceremony Photographs
18 Cafeteria Scene Photographs
19 Colagero Latino (grandmother) Photographs
20 Gloria G. Fowler (as older woman) Photographs
21 Wedding Ceremony of Relatives Photographs
22 Grave Stone Photographs
23 Home Interior Photographs
24 Religious Shrine Photographs
25 New Rochelle (New York) Photographs
Box Folder
2 1 Childrens Photographs (black and white)
2 Family and Friends Photographs (color prints)
3 Family Group Photographs (black and white)
4 Gloria G. Montalbano Fowler with Family and Friends Photographs
5 Joe and Antoinette Montalbano and Family Photographs, 1940's
6 Joe and Antoinette Montalbano and Family Photographs in Beaumont, Texas
7 Negative Prints
8 Photographs of Individuals (black and white)
9 Photographs (labeled)
10 Scenic Background Photographs (black and white)
11 Scenic Background Photographs (color prints)
12 Postcards with Written Messages
Box Folder
3 1 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, April-June 1925
2 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, July-September 1925
3 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, March-May 1928
4 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, June-November 1928
5 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, May 1930-August 1931
6 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, March 1943-September 1944
7 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, August 1925
8 Letters from Joe to Antoinette Montalbano, 1928-1930
9 Correspondence from Various Family Members and Friends to Antoinette Montalbano
10 Greeting Cards
11 Miscellaneous Correspondence and Personal Papers
Box Folder
4 1 Seven Portrait Photographs, One Patriotic Collage and Several Religious Certificates
Box Folder
5 1 Baseball Related Newspaper Clippings
2 Business Records
3 Commemorative Book, Photographs and Pamphlets
4 Miscellaneous Newspaper Clippings
5 Postcards (blank on back)
6 Religious Memorabilia
7 Stamp Collection
8 Beaumont High School Yearbook (Pine Burr), 1922