Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Collection
Scope and Contents
The documents in this collection are mainly of a narrative historical nature. They include manuscripts from individuals and collections of clippings and group interviews compiled in an attempt to chronicle the history of the church and its school. Also included are bulletins from various fiestas and masses. Although the documents do not provide a comprehensive history of the church and school (the documents addressing these entities having last been updated in 1984 and 1966, respectiely), they were produced by individuals closely connected to the church and thus provide a personal view of the parish and its influence on the surrounding area.
Language of Materials
Some documents are in Spanish, some documents are in English, and a few materials are in Latin.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.
Biographical / Historical
The Our Lady of Guadalupe Church was formed in 1912 on Navigation St. east of downtown. It grew into a large parish with a predominant Mexican American population, though there were also smaller groups of Vietnamese, black, and white members. The Our Lady of Guadalupe Parochial School was also built in 1912 as an important part of the church mission. According to documents within this collection, many founding members of the church had fled Mexico as a result of religious persecution, and spoke only Spanish. As a result, the church also made an effort to teach English to the parishoners while also encouraging Mexican cultural practices. These documents also reference a general poverty among members which created financial need within the church into the 1980s.
.25 Linear Feet (1 small box)
This collection is arranged into five folders by material type and subject matter: Fiesta Guadalupana Bulletins, "This is Our Story" draft, a document detailing the history of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parochial School, "Boletin Parroquial" publications, and copies of two manuscripts.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
"Material in this collection, as of March 1993, was moved from various boxes of MSS 0352, the Mexican American Small Collections. It was felt that there was enough material on Our Lady of Guadalupe to start a separate collection" - Inventory from 1993
This collection was partially processed, but it was rehoused and the finding aid created by Natalia Kapacinskas in August 2018.
- Catholic Church -- Texas -- History -- 20th Century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Catholic Church. Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (Tex.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Church work with Mexican Americans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican Americans -- Texas -- Houston Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mexican Americans--Religion Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Church Collection
- Natalia Kapacinskas
- August 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script
- Language of description note
- English and Spanish
Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository