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Felix H. Morales Collection

 Collection
Identifier:  MSS 0122

Scope and Content Note

The Morales Collection contains documents pertaining to the family businesses including the Morales Funeral Home, KLVL Radio, a notary business, and the Union Fraternal. In addition, the Morales Collection contains approximately 700 pictures that include family, business, travel, hunting and fishing, the KLVL radio station, religion, the Morales funeral home in Houston, and areas that pertain to the childhood of Mr. and Mrs. Morales.

Dates

  • 1926 - 1991
  • Majority of material found in 1930s - 1960s

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Felix H. Morales Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Historical Note

In response to refusal by the city to allow Mexicans and Mexican Americans to be buried in cemeteries within the city limits, Felix H. Morales and his wife Angelina established the Morales Funeral Home in 1930 on Canal Street near the Houston Ship Channel. In 1935 he established a notary public service which assisted the Spanish monolingual community in translating official documents and minor legal work. This service was quickly incorporated as part of the funeral home business. Mr. and Mrs. Morales also founded a mutual aid society in 1940, La Sociedad Union Fraternal. This organization provided death benefits to survivors of deceased members of the community as well as to survivors of war casualties to help defray the expenses of burial. Within a few years the organization took on a more civic-minded complexion, sponsoring English and citizenship classes and becoming actively involved in a number of causes such as protesting the continued segregation of Mexican children in the public schools. In 1950 the Morales' applied for and were granted a broadcasting license under the call letters KLVL. This was to become the first Spanish-speaking radio station in the Gulf Coast area.

Extent

12.5 Linear Feet (22 Boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Spanish; Castilian

Arrangement Note

Series 1 Sociedad Union Fraternal

Series 2 Personal Records

Series 3 Felix H. Morales Funeral Home

Series 4 Death Certificates

Series 5 KLVL Radio Station

Series 6 Income Tax Statements

Series 7 Notary Public Service Ledgers

Series 8 Photographs

Acquisition Information

Donated by Felix and Angelina Morales in 1979.

Related Collections

OH 0246.1; OH 0246.2; OH 0246.3
Title
Felix H. Morales Collection
Author
Thomas Kreneck
Date
10-2013
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2015, 2021: Revisions to arrangement and description made by Mikaela Selley, and Daisy Ochoa (volunteer)

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