Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Genoveva Barrera Leach Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Genoveva Barrera Leach
Title Genoveva Barrera Leach Collection
Dates: 1896-2011
Abstract: The Genoveva Barrera Leach collection includes twenty-six negatives and a few photographs of early 1900 scenes in Premont, Texas. Correspondence concerning the family, schools, and conditions in Premont when wild burros roamed the streets is included along with financial records of Cibolo Ranch where Genoveva Barrera Leach was born and grew up. Leach graduated from Texas College of Arts and Sciences. She taught at Cibolo Ranch, La Copita, and Premont schools. A great reader and local historian she preserved papers and items she donated to South Texas Archives.
Identification A1975-032; A1977-036; A1983-001 A1984-025; A2010-015
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Genoveva%20Leach%20EAD
Quantity: 1 linear foot
Location: G-4-2 Box #1, Negative File, Photo File, Rare Books
Language: English

Historical Note

Genoveva Barrera Leach was born September 13, 1916 to Horacio F. Barrera and Sofia Garcia Barrera at Cibolo Ranch in Duval County, Texas. She was delivered by her grandmother, Maria Virginia Salinas Garcia. Genoveva was a descendant of Jose Vasquez Borrego, Rancho De Delores, 1750. She graduated from Premont High School at age 16 and from Texas College of Arts and Sciences in 1941. Genoveva known as "Ginny" taught at Cibolo Ranch, La Copita, and Premont Schools. She was a Charter member of St. Theresa's Women's Club, past member of the Elevian Club, avid bird watcher, reader, genealogist, and a local historian. Genoveva Barrera married John Michael Leach who worked in the oil fields. They had one son, John Michael II, and three daughters, Mary Virginia, Cecilia, and Elizabeth Sophia. Genoveva had a talent for telling family and historical stories. Genoveva passed away on April 4, 2011 at the age of ninety-four.

Scope and Contents

Genoveva Barrera Leach loved learning and teaching. This collection depicts the times she lived with photographs, negatives, correspondence and publications of journals she enjoyed reading. The South Texas Archive's "Oral History and Folklore Collection" includes an oral history interview of Genoveva Barrera Leach.


Collection is arranged in four series: Series I: Printed Materials Series II: Photographs Series III: Publications Series IV: Funereal Materials Books and journals in Rare Books are filed by Library of Congress call numbers.

Index Terms

Leach, Genoveva Barrera, 1916-2011
Leach, John Michael
Barrera, Horacio F.
Barrera, Sofia Garcia
Texas College of Arts and Industries
St. Theresa's Women's Club
St. Theresa of the Infant Jesus Catholic Church, Premont, Texas
Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Geographical Names
Premont (Tex.)
La Copita (Tex.)
Kingsville (Tex.)
Teachers -- Texas, South
Cibolo Creek watershed
Bird watchers