Genoveva Barrera Leach Collection

Descriptive Summary:

Creator:Genoveva Barrera Leach
Title:Genoveva Barrera Leach Collection
Inclusive Dates:1896-2011
Abstract:This collection includes twenty-six negatives and a few photographs of early 1900 scenes in Premont, Texas. Correspondence concerning the family, schools, and conditions in Premont when wild burros roamed the streets is included along with financial records of Cibolo Ranch where Genoveva Barrera Leach was born and grew up. Leach graduated from Texas College of Arts and Sciences. She taught at Cibolo Ranch, La Copita, and Premont schools. A great reader and local historian she preserved papers and items she donated to South Texas Archives.
Identification:A1975-032; A1977-036; A1983-001 A1984-025; A2010-015
Extent:1 linear feet
Container:G-4-2 Box #1, Negative File, Photo File, Rare Books
Repository:South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Historical Notes:

Genoveva Barrera Leach was born September 13, 1916 to Horacio F. Barrera and Sofia Garcia Barrera at Cibolo Ranch in Duval County, Texas. She was delivered by her grandmother, Maria Virginia Salinas Garcia. Genoveva was a descendant of Jose Vasquez Borrego, Rancho De Delores, 1750. She graduated from Premont High School at age 16 and from Texas College of Arts and Sciences in 1941. Genoveva known as "Ginny" taught at Cibolo Ranch, La Copita, and Premont Schools. She was a Charter member of St. Theresa's Women's Club, past member of the Elevian Club, avid bird watcher, reader, genealogist, and a local historian. Genoveva Barrera married John Michael Leach who worked in the oil fields. They had one son, John Michael II, and three daughters, Mary Virginia, Cecilia, and Elizabeth Sophia. Genoveva had a talent for telling family and historical stories. Genoveva passed away on April 4, 2011 at the age of ninety-four.

Scope and Content:

Genoveva Barrera Leach loved learning and teaching. This collection depicts the times she lived with photographs, negatives, correspondence and publications of journals she enjoyed reading. The South Texas Archive's "Oral History and Folklore Collection" includes an oral history interview of Genoveva Barrera Leach.


Collection is arranged in 4 series: Series I: Printed Materials Series II: Photographs Series III: Publications Series IV: Funeral Materials Books and journals in Rare Books are filed by Library of Congress call numbers.


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:


  • Leach, Genoveva Barrera, 1916-2011
  • Leach, John Michael
  • Barrera, Horacio F.
  • Barrera, Sofia Garcia


  • Texas College of Arts and Industries
  • St. Theresa's Women's Club
  • St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, Premont, Texas
  • Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Geographical Names

  • Premont (Tex.)
  • La Copita (Tex.)
  • Kingsville (Tex.)


  • Teachers -- Texas, South
  • Cibolo Creek watershed
  • Historians
  • Bird watchers
  • Genealogists

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Administrative Information:

Preferred Citation

Genoveva Barrera Leach Collection, A1975-032.XXXX, South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


A1975-032 – Gift of Genoveva Barrera Leach A1977-036 - Gift of Genoveva Barrera Leach A1983-001 - Gift of Genoveva Barrera Leach A1984-025 - Gift of Genoveva Barrera Leach A2010-015 – Gift of Cecilla Leach Hodges for Genoveva Barrera Leach

Proccessing Information

A1975-032 – Unknown processor A1977-036 – Processed by J. R. Picquet A1983-001 – Processed by Patricia F. Scott A1984-025 – Unknown processor A2010-015 – Processed by Lori Atkins Finding Aid created by Lori Atkins and encoded into an EAD document by Matt Tallant in 2016.

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