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Chairez Family Collection

Identifier: MSS 0094

Scope and Contents

The Chairez Family Collection comprises one document box of miscellaneous letters, notes, excellent photographs, music scores, flyers, clippings, a scrapbook, and other publications retained by one of the founding families of the Mexican colonia in Magnolia Park. Altogether, the collection gives insight into the early social and cultural development of the Houston Mexican American community during its formative years.


  • 1918-1978

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from MSS 0094 Chairez Family Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder. Reproductions may not be used for commercial purposes.

Historical Note

The Chairez family, originally from Mexico, came to Houston via San Antonio in 1919, and became very active in Mexican American cultural events from the 1910's through the 1920's and 1930's. The father, Feliciano Chairez, fostered in his children and community an appreciation of Mexican culture, music, and drama. He was involved in several Mexican American organizations, such as the Sociedad Mutualista Benito Juarez. He likewise was instrumental in founding Mexican American musical and drama groups and in celebrating Mexican national holidays in Houston. His son, Francisco Chairez, was one of two Mexican Americans who graduated from Rice Institute in 1928, and was also involved in groups such as Club Mexico Bello. The story of this family's activities is reflected in the documents and is supplemented by an oral history, OH 235, with Maria Chairez Puente, a daughter of Feliciano.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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The collection is arranged by subject and nature of the documents. There are two oversized shelf items which have been separated. The photographs are retained within the collection and have not been separated.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mrs. Maria C. Puentes, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Davila, and Mr. and Mrs. Francisco Chairez.

Processing Information

Processed by Thomas H. Kreneck, 1985.
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002