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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative Records, 1977-2000

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Order of the Damas de Galvez Records, 1977-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Order of the Damas de Galvez
Title: Order of the Damas de Galvez Records
Dates: 1977-2000
Creator Abstract: Order of the Damas de Galvez is a women's unit of equal status to the men's Order of Granaderos de Galvez. Both are patriotic organizations dedicated to honoring the memory of General Bernardo de Galvez and other Spaniards who aided American Colonies during the War for Independence.
Content Abstract: Records include founding records, minutes, meetings, treasurer's reports, annual membership rosters, and correspondence concerning donations and events. The bulk of the records document the organization's functions during the 1990s.
Identification: MS 21
Extent: 0.3 linear feet (about 188 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

Order of the Damas de Galvez is a women's unit of equal status to the men's Order of Granaderos de Galvez. Both are patriotic organizations dedicated to honoring the memory of General Bernardo de Galvez and other Spaniards who aided American Colonies during the War for Independence. Charles Barrera, a lifelong Texan, pursued his inspiration for forming the men's organization in 1975 while planning a Bicentennial celebration parade in San Antonio to recognize the importance of General Bernardo de Galvez and Spain's contributions to America's Independence.

Charles Barrera and five charter members founded the national Order of Granaderos de Galvez in 1975. In June 1977 Alicia Barrera, Charles Barrera's wife, founded the Order of the Damas de Galvez in San Antonio. In recognition of their devotion in founding the organizations, Charles and Alicia Barrera were given the lifetime honorary titles of Supreme Governor and First Dama. By 1978, chapters of both organizations emerged in El Paso, Galveston, and Houston. Alicia served an active leadership role in the Order of the Damas de Galvez through the 1990s.

Order of the Damas de Galvez held monthly and later bimonthly meetings to discuss participation in community events, election of officers, attendance at annual national meetings, and where to make donations. Activities of the organization included sponsoring a mass on the birthday of General Bernardo de Galvez, donating books to schools and colleges, and planning for community events such as the Pageant of the Three Kings.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1977 through 2000 and consists of founding records, minutes, meetings, treasurer's reports, annual membership rosters, and general correspondence. For the most part, records from the late 1970s and the 1980s no longer exist. However, surviving records do clearly portray the beginnings, purpose, and functions of the Order of the Damas de Galvez, although details of their interaction with the men's unit, Granaderos de Galvez, are lacking.

Founding records document the beginnings of the Order of the Damas de Galvez and its brother organization. Included are articles of incorporation, constitution and by-laws, and an article on the organization's history. Meeting minutes and documentation of annual state and national meetings provide details of the functions, activities, finances, conduct, membership, and leadership of the organization. Correspondence includes personal letters to Alicia Barrera, notice of events, invitations to various functions, and thank-you letters for book donations.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Gálvez, Bernardo de, 1746-1786.
Barrera, Alicia C.
Organizations
Order of the Damas de Galves (San Antonio, Tex.)
Order of Granaderos de Galves (San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs--History.
Canary Islanders--Texas.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Participation, Spanish.
Spaniards--United States.
Patriotic societies--Texas--San Antonio.
Genres/Formats
Bylaws.
Correspondence.
Minutes.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Mexican Americans
San Antonio History
Women's Groups

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Order of the Damas de Galvez Records, 1977-2000, MS 21, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from the Order of the Damas de Galvez in 1996 and 2000 (Acc. 1996-012, 2000-013)

Processing Information

Processed by Toni L. Jeske, Processing Archivist, September 1998; and Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, June 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administrative Records, 1977-2000

Contains articles of incorporation, constitution and by-laws, and an article on the organization's history, minutes and documentation of annual state and national meetings, activities, finances, conduct, membership, and leadership of the organization. Meeting minutes document members and officers present, results of elections, topics discussed, and status of finances. Correspondence includes a personal letter to Alicia Barrera from a charter member of Granaderos de Galvez, notices of events, invitations to various functions, and letters of thanks for book donations from schools, colleges, and universities.
Arranged alphabetically.
Box Folder
1 1 Annual meetings, 1995-1997
2 Annual membership roster, 1987-1997
3-4 Correspondence--General, 1979-2000 and undated
5 Correspondence--Invitations, 1993-1997
6 Founding records, 1977-1982
7-8 Meeting minutes, 1990-2000 and undated
9 National meetings, 1996-1999
10 Treasurer's report, 1992-1994

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