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Roberto R. Trevino Catholic Oral History Collection

Identifier: MSS 1415

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of 7 audio interviews with parishioners, nuns and clergy concerning the history of some of Houston’s predominately Mexican-American Catholic parishes from the 1910s to the 1970s. These interviews were conducted for Trevino’s research when developing his book "The Church in the Barrio: Mexican American Ethno-Catholicism in Houston”. Specifically, Trevino interviewed Teresa Villagómez Zavala and Hope G. Jimenez, Joe E. and Raquel A Gonzales, Petra Guillen, Mary C. Villagomez, Sister Dolores Cardenas, Esther Garcia, and Bishop John E. McCarthy. Included in the collection are notes from the interviews taken by Trevino. The interviews have been digitized and are accompanied by indexed summarized interview segments.


  • 1990-1991
  • Event: 1910s-1970s

Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Spanish.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from The Roberto R. Treviño Catholic Oral History Project must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Roberto R. Treviño was an associate professor of History at the University of Texas Arlington. He specializes in Mexican American History, Religion in United States History, and History of Latino Religions. He received his Ph D. in United States History at Stanford University in 1993. He is the author of the 2006 book, "The Church in the Barrio: Mexican American Ethno-Catholicism in Houston". Since 1991 he has written a number of articles, book chapters, and reviews on the topics of Latinos, Religion in the U.S., Mexican Americans, and the immigrant experience.


7 Cassettes


Each interview is its own series that includes the audio interview and any supplemental material that is associated with it. Each interview has its own unique identifier.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Roberto R. Treviño in 2002.

Roberto R. Trevino Catholic Oral History Collection
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Finding Aid is available in English and Spanish

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