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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance
  • Conservation Note
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Arrangement

  • Title: Celestino Tagimacruz Alfafara Papers
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 557
    Date (inclusive): 1914-2018
    Creator: Alfafara, Celestino Tagimacruz
    Physical Description: 1 carton, 2 pamphlet boxes, 1 shoe box, 2 flat boxes. (4 Cubic Feet)
    Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4567
    info@sfpl.org
    Abstract: Celestino T. Alfafara (1897-1990) was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1929. He is possibly best known for the Alfafara v. Fross case. Mr. Alfafara was denied a land purchase based on the argument that the California Alien Land Law prohibited him from owning property in California because of his Filipino heritage. The case went to the California Supreme Court where he won the case and the right for Filipino's to own property in California. The collection is significant for its photographs depicting Filipino culture in California and San Francisco.
    Physical Location: The collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English with some materials in Tagalog.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours, with photographs available during Photo Desk hours. Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.
    All requests for permission to publish from photographs must be submitted in writing to the Photo Curator. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Celestino Tagimacruz Alfafara Papers (SFH 557), San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

    Provenance

    Donated by Lisa Suguitan Melnick February 14, 2019.

    Conservation Note

    During processing, the collection was foldered and housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Some photographs remain in scrapbooks and may need to be removed at a later date for preservation. Some photobooks have been photocopied to retain original order.

    Biography

    Celestino T. Alfafara (1897-1990) was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States in 1929. He is possibly best known for his challenge to the California Alien Land Law in the Alfafara v. Fross case. Mr. Alfafara had entered a contract to purchase a $65 parcel of land in San Mateo County but was denied the purchase based on the argument his Filipino heritage combined with the Alien Land Act prohibited him from owning property in California. The case went to the California Supreme Court where he won the right for Filipino's to own property in California.
    In his personal life Mr. Alfafara was married to Juanita Cayton and two had two children. He was an active member of the Caballeros de Dimas-Alang Organization, a Filipino Community group modeled on the Masons, and both he and Juanita were active in Filipino heritage organizations.

    Scope and Content

    The collection includes photographs, scrapbooks, postcards, certificates of honor and graduation, papers on the Philippines War Relief, year books and Alfafara family genealogy. The historical photographs depict Filipino life in California and the Philippines throughout the 20th century. Photos include images of the Caballeros de Dimas-Alang, family trips to the Philippines and Hawaii, and family snapshots of the Alfafara family.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in 2 series: Series 1: Records, Series 2: Graphic Materials. Series 2 is further arranged by Subseries 2.1: Negatives, Subseries 2.2: Prints, Subseries 2.3: Postcards, Subseries 2.4: Scrapbooks / Photo albums.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Caballeros de Dimas-Alang
    Filipino Americans -- California -- San Francisco
    Filipino Americans
    Filipino Fraternal Organizations
    Filipino American families.
    Filipino American families -- California -- San Francisco