Mi Familia Mi Comunidad Collection

Descriptive Summary:

Creator:Twenty-one families of Kingsville, Texas
Title:Mi Familia Mi Comunidad Collection
Inclusive Dates:1900-2016
Abstract:This collection is the results of a grant project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Conner Museum and South Texas Archives worked together to collect photographs, oral histories, and artifacts to tell the stories and celebrate the Hispanic Heritage of South Texas and Kingsville.
Extent:Eleven oral histories and over one hundred photographs, digital files 19.5 GB
Container:Digital Files
Repository:South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Historical Notes:

The celebration was divided over three different events. The first event involved Carmen Lomas Garza who grew up in Kingsville and became an artist of folk paintings. In September 2016 at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville she spoke about her childhood and family while showing a slide show of her paintings that depicted the stories she told. The second event took place on October 15, 2016. Hispanic families brought their photographs into the Conner Museum to be digitized by the staff of South Texas Archives. Their stories were preserved with the photographs. Oral histories were recorded of the families’ heritage. The third event was celebrated in the spring of 2017 at the Conner Museum. An exhibit of the enlarged photographs, stories and oral histories were displayed for a community event. The digital files were available on the website of South Texas Archives.

Scope and Content:

The collection tells the story of twenty-one Hispanic families of the Kingsville area. Photographs, oral histories and stories were gathered to tell the histories of these families who came to South Texas in the 1800 and 1900s. Over a hundred photographs and eleven oral histories are included in the collection.


The collection is divided into 21 series of the donating families: Series I: Rual G. Rosales Family Series II: Nelda M Silva Family Series III: Connie Padilla Family Series IV: Sandra H. Allen Family Collection Series V: Maricelda Zarate Family Series VI: Rosario Gonzalez Family Series VII: Arminda Gomez Family Collection Series VIII: Amelia Glover Family Series IX: Milton G. Clasen Family Series X: Luis Fuentes Jr. Family Series XI: Rosario C. Flores Family Series XII: Maria L. G. Cortez Family Series XIII: Maggie Salinas Family Series XIV: Margie Garza’s Family Series XV: Rolando Chapa Family Series XVI: Alfonso Ramos Family Series XVII: Grace Rodriguez Family Series XVIII: Patricia Lomas Family Series XIX: Maria A. Crouse Family Series XX: Leticia Salas Family Series XXI: Cynthia Quintanilla Family


Access:Open for Research
Rights Statment:Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A& M University-Kingsville. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

Index Terms:


  • Garza, Carmen Lomas
  • Roasales, Raul G.
  • Silva, Nelda M.
  • Padilla, Connie
  • Allen, Sandra H.
  • Zarate, Maricelda
  • Gonzalez, Rosario
  • Gomez, Arminda
  • Glover, Amelia
  • Clasen, Milton G
  • Fuentes, Luis Jr.
  • Flores, Rosario C.
  • Cortez, Maria L. G.
  • Salinas, Maggie
  • Garza, Margie
  • Chapa, Rolando
  • Ramos, Alfonso
  • Rodriguez, Grace
  • Lomas, Patricia
  • Crouse, Maria A.
  • Salas, Leticia
  • Quintanilla, Cynthia


  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Texas A&M University-Kingsville
  • John E. Conner Museum

Geographical Names

  • Kingsville (Tex.)


  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Hispanic Americans

Administrative Information:

Preferred Citation

Mi Familia Mi Comunidad Collection, A2016-051.XXXX- South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


A2016-051 – Digital gifts of twenty-one families of Kingsville, Texas.

Proccessing Information

Daniel Thacker, Matt Tallant, and Lori Atkins interviewed and collected the digital images from the families. Jonathan Plant and Ralph Cuevas conducted oral interviews. Daniel Thacker processed and organized digital files in 2016. Lori Atkins created the finding aid and Daniel Thacker produced the EAD document in 2017.

2016 Texas A&M University-Kingsville,
James C. Jernigan Library, South Texas Archives,
MSC 197, 700 University Blvd, Kingsville, TX 78336-8202