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Flores and Viramontes Families Papers


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

The Flores family is a Mexican American family living in southwest Texas and New Mexico in the 20th century.

The Viramontes family is a Mexican American family living in southwest Texas and New Mexico in the 20th century.

Consists of a group of family photographs, ephemera, and other papers belonging to the Flores and Viramontes families, two interconnected Mexican American families living in southwest Texas and New Mexico in the 20th century. This collection, and family connection, is likely the result of the marriage of Edward Porter ("Eddie") Flores (1914-1981) and Consuelo Viramontes (1916-1981). Materials primarily document family members' lives during the first half of the 20th century, including during the Great Depression and World War II.

Most materials in the collection are photographic in nature. A Flores family photograph album, dating from the 1920s and 1930s, contains over 130 photographs showing children, men in baseball uniforms, family group portraits, people posing after deer hunts and with early model automobiles, and graduation pictures. An additional 130 loose photographs (including some that may have originally been included in the album) and over 50 photographic negatives depict similar content, as well as people inside a general store, portraits of friends, wedding parties, farm scenes, leisure time, military settings, landscapes, and several shots of the exterior of the Silver City National Bank. There are numerous portraits, including some professional photographs that are stamped from studios in New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Some of the photographs are annotated on the verso, several identifying members of the Viramontes family, and a few inscribed to Eddie Flores. Two of the loose photographs are noticeably older than the others, likely from before 1900, and show a family standing in front of a clapboard house.

Other materials include three war ration books from World War II; a funeral notice for Petra G. Flores; campaign cards for Jose M. Viramontes when he ran for sheriff of Dona Ana County, New Mexico; mortgage receipts for Jose Viramontes from El Paso, Texas; a diploma earned by Edward P. Flores from New Mexico State Teachers College; news clippings about Eddie Flores and Jimmy Viramontes; a Catholic Missionary Union membership certificate for Mr. G. Viramontes; a New Mexico school enrollment form and a report card for Robert Flores; illustrated prayer cards; and several letters. Much of the writing present on the ephemeral items is in Spanish.

Arranged by material type.

Purchased from William Reese Company in 2021 (AM 2021-45).

This collection was processed by Kelly Bolding in April 2021. Finding aid written by Kelly Bolding in April 2021.

No materials were separated from the collection during 2021 processing.

Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Kelly Bolding
Finding Aid Date
Processing of this collection was sponsored by the Delafield fund.
Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Photograph Album, circa 1920s-1930s. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Loose Photographs, 1880s-1950s (1920s-1930s). 2 folders.
Physical Description

2 folders

Photographic Negatives, circa 1920s-1930s. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Documents and Ephemera, 1926-1989. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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