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Fernando Salas Papers

 Collection
Identifier:  MSS 0306

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.

Dates

  • 1892-1982
  • Majority of material found in 1930s-1960s

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Arrangement

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

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Elvira Luna Salas in 1986.

Related Materials

RG E 0021 League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #60

OH 0351.1 Interview with Elvira Luna Salas, available on the Houston Public Library Digital Archive

OH 0351.2 Interview with Elvira Luna Salas, available on the Houston Public Library Digital Archive
Status
Pending Final Review
Author
Mikaela Selley
Date
December 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository

Contact:

The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
832-393-1440
HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
TXR.Reference@houstontx.gov
832-393-1662