The Benson Latin American Collection

Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo," 1926-1941

Descriptive Summary

Creator Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo" (Eagle Pass, Tex.)
Title Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo" Records
Dates: 1926-1941
Abstract The organization's correspondence, administrative records, and other documents.
Accession No.
OCLC Record No. 24158646
Extent 2 linear inches
Language Spanish
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Sociedades mutualistas were mutual aid societies that provided Mexican Americans with critical support during the early part of the twentieth century. Although their political ideas varied, most emphasized cooperation, economic protection, education, and community service.

The Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo" of Eagle Pass, Texas was founded in 1922. It was formed to provide its members with medical, disability, burial benefits. The society took its name from the 19th-century Mexican statesman and political reformer.

Scope and Contents Note

This group of records is organized into three series: administrative, correspondence, and other documents. Items are arranged chronologically within each series. Included are financial records, membership applications, rosters, regulations, amendments to regulations, and notes. Also found within are correspondence with other Mexican American mutual aid societies, a power of attorney relating to a Mexican patent, and correspondence dealing with an honorary membership given to Mexican consul Samuel J. Trevino. In addition, there is also a printer’s plate with an image of the society’s hall.


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Index Terms

The Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo" Records are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo" (Eagle Pass, Tex.)
Sociedad "Benito Juarez" (Eagle Pass, Tex.)
Fraternal Asociacion Mexico Americano (Eagle Pass, Tex.)
Friendly societies--Texas--Eagle Pass.
Mexican Americans--Texas--Eagle Pass--Societies, etc.
Aldape, Francisco
Castanuela, Ramon
Garza, Rosendo
Reyes, Manuel
Trevino, Samuel J.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Sociedad Mutualista "Melchor Ocampo" Records, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory


Container List

box folder
1 1 Administration, 1926-36
2 Correspodence, 1936-40
3 Financial records, 1939-41
4 Membership lists, 1930-36
5 Membership forms, 1939-41
box folder
2 1 Printer's plate with image of the Society's hall