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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Francisco A. Chapa, 1821-2011

Rivas Family 1885-1979

Frank L. Chapa 1906-1985

Laborde Family

Isabel and Beatrice Chapa

Assorted Family

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers, 1821-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Chapa, Francisco A. Family
Title: Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers
Dates: 1821-2011
Creator Abstract: The Francisco A. Chapa family included Francisco A. Chapa, founder of Chapa Drug Company and La Botica del Lion (the Lion Drugstore); Adelaida Rivas Chapa, of the Rivas family, wife of Francisco A. Chapa; Frank L. Chapa, son of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa; Blanche Laborde, of the Laborde family, wife of Frank L. Chapa; Isabel and Beatrice Chapa, daughters of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa.
Content Abstract: The Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers consist of correspondence, drug store records, legal documents, military records, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.
Identification: MS 405
Extent: 7 linear feet (7 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish .
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

The Francisco A. Chapa family included Francisco A. Chapa, founder of Chapa Drug Company and La Botica del Lion (the Lion Drugstore); Adelaida Rivas Chapa, of the Rivas family, wife of Francisco A. Chapa; Frank L. Chapa, son of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa; Blanche Laborde, of the Laborde family, wife of Frank L. Chapa; Isabel and Beatrice Chapa, daughters of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa.

Francisco A. Chapa (1870-1924), was born in Matamoras, Tamaulipas in 1870. He emigrated to New Orleans to study pharmacy at Tulane University and moved to San Antonio in 1890. In 1894, Chapa founded the Chapa Drug Company and opened La Botica del Leon (the Lion Drugstore), later known as Chapa Drug Store. From 1888-1906, Francisco A. Chapa served as a member of the San Antonio Board of Education, and in 1913, he was elected alderman to San Antonio's third ward. Chapa was a staunch supporter of Mexican dictator, Porfirio Diaz and an opponent of the Mexican Revolution. Chapa attempted to facilitate General Bernardo Reyes' grab for political power in Mexico after the resignation of Presidente Diaz. Serving as lieutenant colonel on the personal staff of Texas Governor Oscar B. Colquitt, Chapa arranged meetings between Reyes and the governor to ensure the Texas Rangers would not thwart Reyes' revolutionary activities. For his role in the "Reyes Conspiracy," Francisco A. Chapa along with others was accused of violating federal neutrality laws and was found guilty by a jury. Colquitt arranged a pardon for Chapa from President Howard Taft. Chapa went on to serve on the personal staffs of two other Texas governors. In 1923 and 1924, Francisco A. Chapa played a pivotal role in securing arms and ammunition from the United States government for President Obregon of Mexico as the Mexican government fought revolutionaries based on the border between the United States and Mexico.

Adelaida Rivas Chapa (1875-1938), of the Rivas Family, wed Francisco A. Chapa in 1894. Adelaida Rivas was a direct descendent of the original Canary Islanders that settled in San Antonio. Her family home, Rivas House at the corner of Laredo and Houston Streets, one of the few structures in the city remaining from the Mexican period, was destroyed for urban renewal in 1971. Adelaida's father, Antonio Rivas served as fire captain and was one of the founders of the Club Mexicano-Texano.

Frank L. Chapa (1897-1985), son of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa, was born in San Antonio, Texas on September 23, 1897. Chapa enjoyed a long career in the United States military. He entered military service in 1917 and his commissions and appointments included second lieutenant in the Texas National Guard, first lieutenant of the Central Cavalry Officers Training Camp in Leon Springs, and adjutant of the Fifty-sixth Calvalry Brigade of the Texas National Guard. During the Second World War, Chapa served as chief intelligence officer for the Southern Defense Command. After leaving military service, Frank L. Chapa took over management of Chapa's Drug Store and obtained his pharmaceutical certification in 1930. Chapa ran the Drug Store, located at West Commerce and Santa Rosa Streets in San Antonio, until 1970 when the store was demolished to accomodate urban renewal. Frank L. Chapa was a one of the founders of the Texas Cavaliers, a San Antonio social club that developed into a charitable organization.

Blanche Laborde of the Laborde family eloped with and married Frank L. Chapa in 1915. Blanche's father, Francois Laborde built the palatial Laborde House in Rio Grande City, Texas which was transformed into a popular hotel. The successful businessman committed suicide for unknown reasons in 1917 at the age of 50.

Isabel and Beatrice Chapa, were the daughters of Francisco and Adelaida Chapa. Isabel "Bella" Chapa (1896-1993) was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1896. She attended Main Avenue High School and was an alumae of Sweet Briar College in Virginia. Isabel was a lifelong member of the San Antonio Conservation Society and had a reputation as a "gracious hostess." Beatrice "Bea" Chapa (1902-1993) was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1902. Like her sister, Beatrice attended Main Avenue High School. She was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a lifelong member of the San Antonio Conservation Society. The sisters never married.

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Scope and Content Note

The Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers consists of clippings, correspondence, drug store records, legal documents, military records, photographs, and assorted materials. Many of the legal documents included in the collection pertain to properties owned by the Chapa family in San Antonio, much of which succumbed to urban renewal. The collection is arranged into six series: Francisco A. Chapa, The Rivas Family, Frank L. Chapa, The Laborde Family, Isabel Chapa and Beatrice Chapa, and Assorted Family.

The Francisco A. Chapa series contains correspondence, drug store records, legal documents, clippings, photographs, politics, and assorted materials.

The Rivas Family series contains correspondence, legal documents, photographs, and assorted materials.

The Frank L. Chapa series contains correspondence, military records, clippings, photographs, writings, and assorted materials.

The Laborde Family series contains correspondence, legal documents, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.

The Isabel and Beatrice Chapa series contains correspondence, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.

The Assorted Family series contains legal documents, clippings, photographs, and assorted materials.

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Organization of Collection

Francisco A. Chapa
Rivas Family
Frank L. Chapa
Laborde Family
Isabel and Beatrice Chapa
Assorted Family

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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

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Chapa, Adelaida Rivas 1875-1938.
Chapa, Beatrice 1902-1993.
Chapa, Blanche Laborde.
Chapa, Francisco, A. 1870-1924.
Chapa, Frank L. 1897-1985.
Chapa, Isabel 1896-1993.
Laborde, Francois 1867-1917.
Rivas, Antonio.
Organizations
Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
San Antonio Board of Education.
San Antonio Conservation Society.
Texas Cavaliers.
United States Military.
Subjects
Business--Texas--San Antonio.
Family--Texas--San Antonio.
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Texas--San Antonio.
Mexican Americans--Texas--San Antonio.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Clubs.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Texas--Politics and government.
Women--Texas--San Antonio--Societies and clubs--History.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Ephemera.
Land Titles.
Postcards.
Photographs.
Wills.
Yearbooks.
Local Subjects
Family Collections
Politics/Politicians
Military
San Antonio History
Women

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by the Francisco A. Chapa family at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item],Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers, MS 405, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by Kathleen McGonagle in February 2013 (Acc. 2013-010) and April 2013 (Acc. 2013-025).

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant, May 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Francisco A. Chapa, 1821-2011

Series includes records of Francisco A. Chapa pertaining to his drug company and Chapa Drug Store. Legal documents in the series include wills, land titles and property deeds, citizenship papers, and assorted legal records. Correspondence in the series illustrates Chapa's role in support of Mexico's Obregon government. Photographs chronicle Chapa's position on the staff of three governors as well as his participation in San Antonio social events. Materials are arranged in seven subseries: Correspondence, Drug Store records, Legal Documents, Clippings, Photographs, Politics, and Assorted Materials.
Correspondence
Box
1 Letter in Spanish, 1870
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Letter to Mrs. F.A. Chapa, 1896
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Mrs. F.A. Chapa, 1896-1897
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Assorted, 1902-1922
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Retirement from the Board of Education, 1907
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Red Cross committee appointment with article, 1911
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Isabel Chapa, 1914
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Telegrams, 1918-1920 and undated
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F.A. Chapa's role in support of the Obregon Mexican government, 1923-1924
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Chapa Award, 1939
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Drug Store Records
Photographs, 1892-1949 and undated
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Ledger, 1929
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Drug and Candy Company accounting, 1924-1931
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Newclippings, 1897-1908, 1970-2008
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Tax stamp, check, Rx pad, 1946 and undated
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Leather-bound promotional notepad, undated
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Correspondence, undated
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Stationary tablet, undated
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History compiled by Lois Graves, undated
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Legal Documents
Spanish document and transcript, funeral announcement, 1821, 1877
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Wills and deeds, 1833-1878
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Property deeds, 1840-1890
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Wills of Francisco, Eduardo, and Antonio Rivas, 1867-1907
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Property bill of sale from John Twohig, 1884
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Citizenship papers, 1889-1899
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Marriage certificate, 1894
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Warranty deed from Alfredo Flores to F.A. Chapa, 1901
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Louis Dreiss sale of interest in Lion Drug Store, 1903
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Sherriff's deed for two lots on Cassiano Street, 1906
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Rives accusation, 1907
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Houston Street property, 1907, 1925
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Life insurance policies, 1908-1923
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Letter regarding title to property on North Pecos Street, 1909
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Purchase of El Imparcialde Texas newspaper, 1910
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Tax receipts, 1910-1911
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Rental agreement, 1911
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Pecos Street property papers, 1911-1921
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Stocks and bonds, 1914-1925
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Sale of Guadalupano Medicine Company, 1916
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Affidavit, 1916
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Transfer of Guadalupano Medicine Company, 1916
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Release of property by Fred Cook to F.A. Chapa, 1916
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Court summons, 1918
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Delinquent taxes, 1920-1922
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Adelaida Chapa passport, 1920
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Balance sheets with letter from the Treasury Department, 1921-1926
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Alamo Country Club membership, 1922
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Certificate regarding the estate of F.A. Chapa, deceased, 1924
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Verbal will, contract on F.A. Chapa properties, 1926
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Promissory note, 1930
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Deed of sale for property in Matamoras, Mexico, 1930-1933
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Inventory of property, 1933
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General warranty deed for Houston Street property, 1943
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Partition agreement and warranty deed for Houston Street property, 1943
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EDNA oil and development company notice of special meeting for stockholders, 1953
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Informational statement on Rosa Verde project, 1966
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Notice of hearing option contract, 1969
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Chapa and Bristow parnership agreement, undated
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Property valuations, undated
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Property maps, undated
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Clippings
Francisco A. Chapa, 1912
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Francisco A. Chapa, 1935-1971 and undated
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Family history, 1998, 2011
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Taft's visit to San Antonio, undated
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Box
2 Photographs
Assorted, 1873-1916
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Wedding portraits, 1895
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Battle of Flowers parade, 1899-1915 and undated
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Governor Colquitt visit, 1911
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Exposition International in San Antonio, 1912
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With the governor's party on yachts, 1914
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Grave in San Fernando cemetery, 1924
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Family members, undated
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House at 315 North Pecos, undated
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Turkey Trot in Cuero, Texas, undated
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President Harding and others, undated
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Francisco A. Chapa framed, undated
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Box
OM1 Unidentified men at dinner, undated
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Turkey Trot in Cuero, Texas, undated
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Photograph album, undated
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Military Commander, "To my faithful aide and loyal friend," 1924
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Box
2 Politics
Event invitations, programs, 1902-1920
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President Roosevelt visit, 1905, 2011
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Alderman election, 1907
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Assorted Materials
Receipts, 1905-1922
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Undertaker's bill, funeral expenses, 1924
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Funeral oration and flag, in memoriam booklets, 1924-1925
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Victory Liberty Loan brochures from World War II, 1940s
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Article, notes, 1946 and undated
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"The Reyes Conspiracy," in Southwest Historical Quaterly, 1980
Box
OM1 Waltz composed for Adelaida Chapa, undated
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Rivas Family 1885-1979

The Rivas Family series (1885-1979) is arranged in four subseries: Correspondence, Legal Documents, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
2 Correspondence
Rivas Family, 1885
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Card from Edward Rivas, 1885
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Improvement letter no. 1, 1908
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Legal Documents
Baptismal certificate (photo reproduction), 1832
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Property documents, 1850-1892
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Appointments to the fire department by the City of San Antonio, 1874-1890
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Francisco Navarro Sanchez will, 1888
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Antonio Perez de Jeffery will, 1889
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Insurance policy, 1895
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Insurance papers, 1895-1897
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Rivas House historical designation, 1962-1971
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Financial Records
Receipts, 1878-1894,1911
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Photographs
Rivas, Quintana, Flores families, 1878-1922
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Rivas and Quintana family members, 1870s-1890s and undated
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Adelaida Rivas and friend and classmates, 1888 and undated
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Adelaida Rivas Chapa, undated
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Box
OM1 Antonio Rivas grave site, undated
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Box
2 Clippings
Adelaida Rivas obituary with telegram for Texas governor, 1938
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Assorted Materials
Catecismo, prayer book, 1852-1853
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Reception invitation, dedication card, 1879, 1912
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Rivas House correspondence, articles, newsclippings, 1962-1979
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Home altar at the Alamo, undated
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Genealogy, undated
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"Remember the Rivas House" bumper stickers protesting the destruction of the Rivas House, undated
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Box
OM1 Family Tree, undated
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Frank L. Chapa 1906-1985

The Frank L. Chapa series (1906-1985) is arranged in six subseries: Correspondence, Military Records, Clippings, Photographs, Writings, and Assorted Materials.
Box
4 Correspondence
Postcard, 1906
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Telegrams, 1917-1936 and undated
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Frank L. Chapa, 1936-1945
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Assorted, 1936-1963
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Military Records
Orders, 1918-1929
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Dates of service, 1918-1952
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Ephemera, 1920 and undated
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Orders and promotions, 1924-1942
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Warrant of authority and descriptive list, 1932
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Correspondence, 1941-1945
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Property slips, 1944-1945
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Assorted, 1944-1945
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Identification card, club and mess card, 1944-1946
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"201 file," 1945-1946
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Promotions, medals, 1945-1946
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Orders, 1945-1948
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Record of accrued leave, 1946
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Correspondence regarding compensation, 1946-1957
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Medical data records, 1945
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Honorable discharge, 1952
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U.S. Army Air Force photographs of Frank L. Chapa, undated
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Certificate for patriotic service, undated
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War ration books, undated
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Clippings,
Frank L. Chapa, 1930s-1940s
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Frank L. Chapa, 1960s-1980s
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Photographs
Young Frank and other family members, 1906 and undated
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Frank L. Chapa in the military, 1918-1935 and undated
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Frank L. Chapa, circa 1920s-1930s
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"Miss United States Army" with illustration and clippings, 1941
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Box
OM2 Ft. Sam Houston Sixth Special Class, 1942
Box
4 Military, 1951 and undated
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Frank L. Chapa, 1967 and undated
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Frank in athletics, undated
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General Pancho Villa, undated
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Assorted, undated
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Writings
Diary, 1945
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Speeches at the Alamo, undated
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Assorted Materials
Railway passes, 1938-1940
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Maps, 1951 and undated
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"The Birth of a City," by Cabot, 1972 and undated
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Obituary and in memoriam cards, 1985
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Illustration, undated
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Laborde Family

The Laborde Family series (1896-1992) is arranged in five subseries: Correspondence, Legal Documents, Clippings, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
3 Correspondence
Eva Laborde to Blanche Laborde and Marie Chapa, 1914-1916
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Legal Documents
Ernest Marks, father of Eva Marks Laborde, citizenship certificate, 1856
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Marriage record, 1896
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Francois Laborde last will and testament, 1906
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Francois Laborde death certificate (copies), 1917
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Inventory and appraisement of the estate of Francois Laborde (copy), 1917
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Cemetery burial records, 1917-1982
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Mineral rights, lease, 1937
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Title opinion (copy), 1938
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Clippings
Laborde Family, 1914, 1941
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Rio Grande Herlad with Francois Laborde obituary, 1917
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Eva Laborde obituary, 1959
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Laborde Hotel, 1961-1986
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Laborde Hotel, 1973-1983 and undated
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Ernestine Laborde Rispoli, undated
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Photographs
Laborde children, Blanche, Frank, Leonard, Lionel, and Ernestine, early 1900s, 1944-1945 and undated
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Francois and Eva Mark Laborde, undated
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Laborde Family, undated
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Laborde Hotel, Marie Chapa, undated
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Laborde residence, hotel, undated
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Blanche Laborde and other family members, undated
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Assorted, undated
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Box
OM2 Photograph album, undated
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Box
3 Assorted Materials
Blanche Laborde autograph book, 1913
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Incarnate Word handbook, 1914-1915
Blanche Laborde's elopement telegram and announcement, 1915
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Box
OM3 Blanche Laborde bridal hair wreath, 1915
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Blanche Laborde, "The Girl Graduate: her own book," 1914
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Box
3 New York World's Fair souvenirs, 1939
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In memoriam cards, 1960-1964
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A Guide to Historic Texas Inns and Hotels by Ann Ruff, 1982
Women Trend-Setters of Starr County by Esther P. Gonzalez and Benilde S. Villareal, 1992
Source list, undated
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Starr County Historical Society field trip road log and historical notes, undated
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Isabel and Beatrice Chapa

The Isabel and Beatrice Chapa series (1894-1993) is arranged in four subseries: Correspondence, Clippings, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
4 Correspondence
Isabel Chapa, 1914-1923
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Clippings
Chapa Drug Store, 1968-1971 and undated
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Assorted, 1970-1972
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Obituaries, 1993
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Photographs
Elvira Pizzini Guerra with letter, 1894-1985
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Isabel portraits, photographs, 1896 and undated
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Christmas cookies for article, 1954
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Bea, Bella, and Ernestine Laborde Rispoli, 1974
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Beatrice Chapa, undated
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Beatrice portrait in metal frame, undated
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Isabel, Beatrice, and Frank, undated
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Family and others, undated
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Photo postcards, undated
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Bella portraits, undated
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Isabel portrait in metal frame, undated
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Sweet Briar College photo postcards, undated
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Bella, Bea with Cordelia Fiske Gorner, Sara Pizzini de los Santos and unidentified woman, undated
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Family home, 315 North Pecos, undated
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Box
OM1 Beatrice Chapa portraits, undated
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Box
4 Assorted Materials
Box
OM3 Beatrice Chapa, "The Girl Graduate: her own book," circa 1920s
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Box
4 Graduation announcement for Beatrice, undated
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Assorted Family

The Assorted Family series (1896-1992) is arranged in four subseries: Legal Documents, Clippings, Photographs, and Assorted Materials.
Box
3 Legal Documents
Victoria G. de Garcia last will and testament, 1913
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Clippings
The Pontanezen Duckboard, 1919
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Obituary, 1959
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Photographs
Assorted, 1892-1914 and undated
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Assorted, undated
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Buildings, undated
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Fiesta princess, undated
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Martin Family of Laredo (Cousins of Rivas), undated
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Box
OM1 Wedding, undated
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Box
OM2 Framed portraits, undated
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Box
3 Assorted Materials
Postcards, 1906 and undated
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Pennsylvania railroad pass, 1928
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Grand Opera Festival program, 1945
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Canary Islanders historic marker dedication, 1971
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San Antonio tour guides, 1975 and undated
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