A Guide to the L. Alberto Guajardo Narrative, 1933-1935
L. Alberto Guajardo (b. ca. 1855) lived in Piedras Negras on the frontier of Coahuila, Mexico, his entire life. As a young man, he fought against Native Americans and eventually became a general in one of the Mexican revolutions. In later life, Guajardo manufactured blankets, brooms, and traditional medicines. A good friend of American writer J. Frank Dobie, he appears in several of Dobie's non-fiction essays.
Dobie, J. Frank. "Alacran." I'll Tell You A Tale: An Anthology. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1981. 68-69.
Literary sketches compose the L. Alberto Guajardo Narrative, 1933-1935, documenting Guajardo's life in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico. A typed English translation of an original manuscript by Guajardo, "Sketches of the Desert" describes horses and dogs at Guajardo's camp, conflicts with Native Americans, and a bison hunt. The typescript includes an introduction by author J. Frank Dobie, who acquired the essays from Guajardo.
This collection is open for research use.
L. Alberto Guajardo Narrative, 1933-1935, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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