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Mariano Rosales y Piña Papers

Identifier:  MSS 0130

Scope and Contents

The Mariano Rosales y Piña Papers contains newspaper clippings, Club Familias Unidas correspondence, personal and work correspondence of Mariano and his family members, work affidavits and requests for residency for family members from 1919 to 1931. Also included are a baptismal certificate for his daughter Anna Laura Rosales and a baptism announcement for his son Federico Lamberto Rosales. The collection contains one folder of photographs dating from 1956-1971, 32 postcards and a selection of travel guides and maps for Mexico and Texas from 1961-1975. The largest series in the collection are the greeting cards, of which there are 12 folders with cards for various occasions dating from 1920-1978 with the bulk from the period 1953-1978.


  • 1918-1978

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Mariano Rosales y Piña Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Historical Note

Mariano Rosales y Piña was born in 1893 in Chihuahua, Mexico, and married Esperanza Gutierrez in November 1918. He departed San Luis Potosí, Mexico, on July 29, 1920, and entered the United States on August 2, 1920, in Laredo, Webb County, Texas. A resident of Houston, Texas, beginning in 1921, Mariano was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad originally in the capacity of machinist. His brother, Gustavo R. y Piña (also written Gustavy R. Ipina) owned a jewelry sales and repair business located at Preston and Fannin streets in 1931.

Mariano R. y Piña and his wife, along with David Casas and his wife Irene P. Casas, founded the Club Familias Unidas in 1949 for the progress and culture of the Mexican-American youth of the community. The club is a social organization that promotes native Hispanic religious, political, social, and economic philosophies by organizing activities such as flag-raising ceremonies for Mexican Independence Day and Mothers' Day galas where they honor a mother of the year. Additionally, the club holds annual dances for graduating students and 15-year-old debutante females.


1.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection has a total of 40 folders arranged into ten series: I. Newspaper Clippings II. Photographs III. Personal Family Records IV. Club Familias Unidas V. Correspondence-Work VI. Correspondence-Personal VII. Publications VIII. Memorial and Devotional Services IX. Greeting Cards X. Household and Financial Affairs

Donation Information

Donated by Ana Laura Gonzales in 1979.

Processing Information

Processed by Ranee Clark, 1998.
Mariano Rosales y Piña Papers
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Finding aid written in English.

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