Fernando Salas Papers
Scope and Contents
This collection contains the personal and business papers of Fernando Salas and wife Elvira Luna Salas. Personal papers include family photographs, newspaper clippings, and documentation of Fernando Salas' time serving on the grand jury. Business papers include records, clippings, and photographs relating to Salas Jewelry Company. The bulk of the collection relates to Fernando Salas' membership and participation in various organizations and clubs. Of note is a history of La Posada, a unit of the M.D. Anderson Hospital for Spanish-speaking cancer patients, a history of the Houston Street & Newsboys Club, and a 1928 photo of the Asamblea Mexicana.
- Majority of material found in 1930s-1960s
This collection is open for research.
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from MSS 0306 Fernando Salas Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.
Fernando Salas Aldaz (1897-1982), jeweler and civic leader, was born in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico on September 6, 1897 and moved to Houston in 1917. Salas owned and operated The Salas Jewelry Company, specializing in diamonds, and won international recognition with his jewelry designs. In 1933 he married Elvira Luna Salas (1912-2003) who served as office manager in the firm and upon its incorporation was elected secretary-treasurer. Fernando Salas was a founding member of the historic Asamblea Mexicana which worked with the Mexican consulate in Houston to pressure local authorities to respect the rights of Mexican Americans. He was an active member in several significant organizations including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 60, of which he served as president, Club Cultural Recreativo México Bello, American Legion, Houston Optimists Club, and Houston Street and Newsboys Club, among many others. In August 1944, Salas became the first Mexican American to serve on a Harris County Grand Jury. Fernando Salas died January 6, 1982 in Houston.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
This collection has been arranged into the following four series.
Series 1: Personal Papers
Series 2: Community Activities and Memberships
Series 3: Salas Jewelry Company
Series 4: Elvira Luna Salas
Donated by Mrs. Elvira Luna Salas in 1986.
- Aldaz, Fernando Salas (1897-1982)
- Club Mexico Bello Subject Source: Local sources
- Diamond industry and trade Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Jewelry stores Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- League of United Latin American Citizens Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican American business enterprises -- Texas -- Houston Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican American leadership -- Texas Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican Americans -- Texas -- Houston Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Pending Final Review
- Mikaela Selley
- December 2020
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