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Hispanic Heritage Month Scanning and Oral History Days Collection

Identifier:  MSS 0902

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the 5 interviews and 12 digital files acquired at two Scanning and Oral History Day events hosted by the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. These events took place on September 21 and October 12, 2013 as part of the Houston Public Library’s Hispanic Heritage Month programming.


  • 1934-2013
  • Majority of material found in 1940-1958, 1990-2013


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Hispanic Heritage Month Scanning and Oral History Days Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Notes

Due to the unique donation conditions of this collection, these materials cover many different individuals and families. Among them are:

Domingo C. Marquez

Marquez was born in 1930 in Houston, Texas. His parents migrated to Houston from Mexico. Marquez was raised in the Fifth Ward and spent much of his childhood at Wesley Community House. He is a graduate of Jefferson Davis High School (renamed Northside High School). In 1948 Marquez joined the United States Air Force and received basic training at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Korean War broke out while Marquez was in service. He served two years in Alaska and with the Royal Canadian Air Force in Manitoba, Canada. Upon returning home from service Marquez met Staff Sergeant Macario Garcia, Medal of Honor recipient, who helped him receive the GI Bill benefits to attend the University of Houston. Marquez worked as Director of Veterans Affairs for Service Corporation International (SCI), a provider of funeral products and services where he conducted outreach efforts to veterans. His personal mission to collect and promote the contributions of veterans from Houston, specifically Hispanic veterans is reflected in the donated items.

Gilbert and Mary Ruth Rodriguez

The Rodriguez family, who donated several photographs, are long-time residents of Houston whose families migrated to the United States from Mexico in the early 1900s.

Catalina Young

Young was born in Guatemala and moved to Magnolia Park, Houston, Texas in 1977 where she has lived ever since. Young worked for the central supply division of St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston for over 30 years and donated three photographs from her retirement.

Armand Partida

Partida was born and raised in Magnolia Park.

Luna Family

Alice Aranza Luna and Anna Aurora Luna are sisters-in-law born in 1927 and 1929 respectively. Alice was raised in Houston's North Side, while Anna was raised in Second Ward. See the MSS 0471 Luna Family Papers for more details.

Gilberto Peña

Peña, a veteran, was born in Brownsville, Texas in 1936 and was the youngest of 11 children.


17 Files (digital files)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


This collection is arranged by event participant.

Donation Information

Donated by Domingo Marquez, Gilbert and Mary Ruth Rodriguez, Catalina Young, Alice Aranza Luna, and Anna Aurora Luna in 2013 as part of a Houston Metropolitan Research Center Scanning & Oral History Day held October 12, 2013 at Flores Neighborhood Library and September 21, 2013 at Stanaker Neighborhood Library.

Related Materials

MSS 0471 Luna Family Papers ; OH E 0043 Interview with Felicitas Cerda Flores (aunt of Domingo Marquez)

Separated Materials

The digital files donated by Alice Aranza Luna and Anna Aurora Luna at the Scanning and Oral History Day event in 2013 were later supplemented by an additional donation of the original, physical records. These are now housed in a separate collection, MSS 0471 Luna Family Papers, and available on the Houston Public Library Digital Archive.

Hispanic Heritage Month Scanning and Oral History Days Collection
Mikaela Selley
January 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston History Research Center Repository


African American History Research Center
Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77019
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Houston Public Library
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Houston, Texas 77002