Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Garcia-Smith Family Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Dr. Julia Smith and family
Title Garcia-Smith Family Collection
Dates: 1880-1990
Abstract: The Donor, Dr. Julia Smith is a retired professor of Language and Literature at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Julia Garcia and George Smith were married in 1929 and joined two long time Texas families. Mr. Smith was the descendant of Canary Islanders.
Identification A2015-064
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=GarciaSmith%20ead
Quantity: 289 Photographs and .50 linear feet of documents
Location: Photo Files A1978-007; A1981-079; A2011-038; Negative File A1985-068; two boxes at H-4-2 Box #1 and H-7-5 Box #1
Language: English

Historical Note

The Donor, Dr. Julia Smith is a retired professor of Language and Literature at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Her photo collections includes primarily members of her Dr. Smith's mother's family. Her father appears in some, but not many. Mrs. Smith's paternal grandmother, Florencia Leal Garcia, was a direct descendant of Juan Leal, one of the Canary Islanders who established the first civilian settlement in San Antonio in 1731. A family tree is in the Donor File under Julia Smith. There is a Hebbronville connection which is through Mrs. Smith's maternal grandmother, Juliana Guerra Montalvo. Her husband, Francisco Montalvo, received a Mexican land grant around 1830 in the Hebbronville area then known as Las Viboras Ranch. Photos are of Nicolas Garcia, who was the son of Florencia and Jose Garcia y Villarreal, and Porfirio, Alberto, Benjamin, Jose, Rosa, Florencia, and Zulema. Zulema, a concert pianist who married J.J. Olsen. The photos of the Olsen family include some from Sweden. Beatriz Garcia, daughter of Mrs. Garcia's brother, Joe, married Homer Martinez of Hebbronville. Other children of Nicolas and Felicitas Garcia include Toribio, Ocampo, Connie, Florence and Yolanda. George L. Smith was the son of Amalia Villarreal of Cuba and Mauricio Smith (originally Schmidt) of Austrian background. In San Antonio Mr. Smith worked for the Ford dealer shown in one photo and later for CP&L when that company handled San Antonio utilities.

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 289 photos and a very limited number of documents, including some letters to Mrs. George Smith, birth and marriage certificates, and misc. receipts. The materials have been in the possession of Dr. Smith and/or her mother’s family members since their creation. They were given in stages to the Archives by Dr. Smith in the period from 1985 through 2015. The photos, dating from the late 1800s to the middle 1900s were digitized and the originals given back to Dr. Smith.


The collection consists of two series: Series I – Photographs Series II – Personal Documents

Index Terms

Smith, Julia A.
Goraz, Juan Leal, 1676-1742 or 1743
Garcia, Florencia Leal
Montalvo, Francisco 1857-1934
Montalvo, Juliana Guerra, 1885-1985
Smith, George L.
Villarreal, Amalia
Smith, Mauricio
Texas A&I University
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Geographical Names
Kingsville (Tex.)
Canary Islands (Spain)
Hebbronville (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Universities and colleges faculty
English teachers
Canary Islanders -- Texas, South
Town officers
Municipal officials and employees