Mike V. Ybarra Papers

Descriptive Summary:

Creator:Mike V. Ybarra
Title:Mike V. Ybarra Papers
Inclusive Dates:1927 - 1999
Abstract:Personal and public documents of Melquiades (Mike) V. Ybarra who served as a Kingsville City Commissioner, Kleberg County Commissioner, and a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Ybarra was a longtime civic and political leader in Kingsville who advocated for the rights of Hispanics and was most active as the president of LULAC. Materials from Mike Ybarra include correspondence, service awards, certificate awards, newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, Department of the Navy, death announcement, notes of speeches, election materials, LULAC, campaign letters, photographs, and election posters.
Extent:1.5 linear feet
Language:English; Spanish
Container:H-21-5, Boxes # 1-4
Repository:South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Historical Notes:

Melquiades V. Ybarra, born in Woodsboro, Texas in 1927 grew up in Kingsville, Texas. His father was Basilio R. Ybarra and his mother, Juanita Villarreal Ybarra. He went to public school in Kingsville, attended the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh, and Texas A&I University and worked in a supervisory capacity at the Naval Air Station in Kingsville and the United States Coast Guard. Ybarra served in the U.S. Merchant Marines and the United States Marine Corp in World War II. Mike Ybarra was remembered as a good family man and active political leader. He married Edna William Ybarra and had a family of two sons and three daughters. All five children went to college. He and his family were members of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Kingsville and a charter member of the Catholic's War veterans. He was elected as Mayor of Kingsville and later, Kleberg County Commissioner. He served on Governor Richard's Regional Review Committee of the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs was chairman of the Kingsville Local Emergency Planning Committee. Ybarra also served as the District Director of LULAC, League of Latin American Citizens. He is remembered for standing up for the rights of working people and the poor. Mike V. Ybarra died at the age of 71 on August 22, 1999. He was buried with full military honors provided by the Kingsville Naval Air Station Honor Guard and Drill Team. He is buried in Chamberlain Cemetery in Kingsville.

Scope and Content:

The collection contains personal and business letters, service awards from the Navy and Coast Guard, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks concerning the political like of Mike Ybarra. Hand written speeches and election materials including campaign letters of endorsement are present. Information concerning Ybarra's involvement with the LULAC Council and his lawsuit with Ben Figueroa are detailed. The collection is primarily the records of Mike Ybarra's political life.


Series I: Personal Documents Series II: Public Life Series III: Lawsuit Figueroa vs Commissioner Ybarra Series IV: Scrapbooks


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:


  • Ybarra, Mike V. 1927-1999
  • Richards, Dorthy Ann Willis, 1933-2006


  • Texas A&I University
  • Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (U.S.)
  • League of Latin American Citizens -- History
  • University of Wisconsin -- Oshkosh
  • United States -- Coast Guard
  • St. Martin's Catholic Church
  • Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America, Inc.
  • Kingsville Local Emergency Planning Committee

Geographical Names

  • Woodsboro, (Tex.)
  • Kingsville (Tex.)
  • Naval Air Station Kingsville (Tex.)


  • Municipal government -- Texas, South
  • County government -- Texas, South
  • Politics, Practical
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Chicano movement
  • Lawyers -- Texas
  • Mexican Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century
  • Mexican Americans -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • Mexican Americans -- government policy
  • Merchant marine

Administrative Information:

Preferred Citation

Mike V. Ybarra Papers, A2010-029.XXXX, South Texas Archives, James C. Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville


A2010-029 – Gift of Edna Ybarra

Proccessing Information

Lori Atkins processed and entered metadata in the database and created the Finding Guide in 2014

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James C. Jernigan Library, South Texas Archives,
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