The Delfina de la Guerra Papers contain the personal papers of Delfina de la Guerra, the last member of the de la Guerra family
to reside in Casa de la Guerra. The materials in the collection include photographs, letters, clippings, objects, and pressed
Delfina de la Guerra was born on March 21, 1861 and died April 25, 1953. She was the daughter of Pablo Antonio de la Guerra
and Josefa Moreno y Castro. She was the sister of María Francisca Antonia (Francisca), Carlos Pablo, María Paulina (Paulina,
died the year Delfina was born), Ana María Elena (Elena, died when Delfina was five), Herminia Andrea, and Ynez (no birth
or death date given), as well as two siblings who died before Delfina was born (including her twin brother). It is not known
how Delfina supported herself, her family fortunes having dwindled and wage-earning men deceased by the time she came of age.
She did volunteer as a translator/interpreter at the East Side Social Center, where her sister Herminia was a social worker.
Various sources mention that Delfina gave Spanish lessons to Irene Hoffmann, wife of Bernhard Hoffmann, and this is how the
relationship formed that eventually led to the restoration of the Casa de la Guerra and development of El Paseo commercial
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