Edmundo Mireles Papers, 1940-1971
Educator E.E. Mireles initiated teaching of the Spanish language to elementary grades in Corpus Christi, Texas, in the 1940s. Born Edmundo Eduardo Mireles (Nov. 20, 1905) in Parral, Chihuahua, Mexico; spent his childhood in Mexico and San Antonio, Texas. Graduated from University of Texas at Austin in 1931, taught in San Antonio and Del Rio before moving to Corpus Christi in 1939. Started Spanish program for grade school children in 1940; also active in setting up programs for adult education and summer programs to teach English to pre-schoolers. Leader in local LULAC chapter and other organizations. Co-authored several Spanish textbooks and teaching guides. Died Mar. 17, 1987.
Consists of three series: 1. Organizations and activities; 2. Publications; 3. Photographs. Organizations and activities consist of subseries a. Educational programs; b. Community and public service organizations; c. Radio programs; d. Political activities. Reflects educational, community, and political activities of Mireles. Consists of correspondence, reports, curriculum plans, clippings, leaflets, newspapers, teachers' guides, and textbooks. Deals with beginnings of grade-school Spanish instruction in the Corpus Christi Independent School District, summer English programs for Spanish-speaking children, adult education, and Mireles' community and political activities. Includes seven Spanish textbooks co-authored by Mireles, his wife Jovita González Mireles, and school superintendent Roy Fisher, and several teaching guides.
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Cite as: Edmundo Mireles Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.
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