Vela Family Letters

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Vela Family Letters

Collection number: MS125

William H. Hannon Library

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Processed by:
Lauren Zuchowski Longwell
Date Completed:
March 2017
Encoded by:
Lauren Zuchowski Longwell
© 2017 Loyola Marymount University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Vela Family letters
Dates: 1926-1927
Collection number: MS125
Creator: Vela, Valentín
Creator: Vela, María Corona
Collection Size: .25 linear feet
Repository: Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90045-2659
Abstract: Correspondence between Vela family members written primarily as one brother prepares to immigrate from Mexico to the United States.
Physical location: Section H, Aisle 67, Row B, Bay 1, Shelf 6
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: Spanish

Access

Collection is open to research under the terms of use of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Marymount University.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Series number, Box and Folder number, Vela Family letters , MS125, Department of Archives and Special Collections, William H. Hannon Library, Loyola Marymount University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Albert V. Vela, P.h.D. Accession number: 2016.37.

Biography / Administrative History

Margarito Vela (1878-1973) lived in Guanajuato, Mexico with his wife, Juana (1903-1965), and two daughters, Dolores and Julia. In 1926 Margarito and his family immigrated to the United States along wife Juana’s father, Juan Vargas (1860-1952). They took a train from Guanajuato to Juarez and from Juarez crossed the International Bridge into El Paso, Texas. The family paid eight dollars per person to enter El Paso on 1926 November 8. They eventually joined Margarito’s older brother, Valentín, in Sawtelle, California, a small community within Santa Monica. His father-in-law, Juan, worked in the Long Beach shipyards until the end of World War I in 1918.
Margarito and his family left Mexico at the start of the Cristero Rebellion, a wide-spread struggle lasting from 1926 to 1929 between many central-western Mexican states against the anti-Catholic Mexican government. The Vela brothers received updates on the rebellion from their sister, María, who remained in Guanajuato.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of five letters written amongst the Vela family siblings: Margarito Corona Vela, Valentín Vela, and María Corona Vela. The focus is largely on Magarito's immigration.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged in chronological order.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Cristero Rebellion, 1926-1929.
Church and state--Mexico--History--20th Century
Mexico--History--1910-1946
Catholic Church
Immigration
California--History--1850-1950.


Collection Contents

Folder 1

1926 August 17

Creator: Vela, Valentín

Scope and Content Summary

Two-page letter to Margarito with advice against fraud and immigration fees.
Folder 2

1926 August

Creator: Vela, Valentín

Scope and Content Summary

One-page portion of a letter about money sent to Margarito. Date obtained from envelope’s postage.
Folder 3

1926 September

Creator: Vela, Valentín

Scope and Content Summary

Three-page letter to Margarito regarding travel logistics and money.
Folder 4

1926 October 21

Creator: Vela, Valentín

Scope and Content Summary

Two-page letter to Margarito about job scarcity.
Folder 5

1927 April 4

Creator: Vela, María Corona

Scope and Content Summary

One-page letter to Margarito with an update on the Cristero Rebellion. María also inquires as to whether or not Margarito is still living with Valentín.