Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

James A. Goss:

An Inventory of His Collection, 1960-1980, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Goss, James A.
Title: James A. Goss Collection,
Dates: 1960-1980
Abstract: A collection of corridos (Spanish-language ballads) relating to the immigrant experience, historical and contemporary topics.
Collection # AV 130
Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Dr. James A. Goss is a retired professor and chair of the Anthropology Department at Texas Tech University and affiliate of the University of Northern Colorado. Descended from Shoshone, Cherokee, French and Irish forbears, he came of age around the Klamath Reservation in Oregon. Dr. Goss published widely on the linguistics and cultural ecology of the Ute, Apache, Shoshone, Miccosukee, and Seminole Indian nations. He has served as Principal Investigator on projects for the U.S. National Park Service and as Director of Museums at Texas Tech.

Scope and Content

The James A. Goss Collection comprises a selection of 45-rpm records of Spanish-language corridos in the Norteño borderland style, often performed by their authors with accompaniement on accordion, bajo sexto and other "conjunto" or "orquesta" instrumentation. The works include modern versions of folk ballads relating to Joaquin Murrieta and Emiliano Zapata, as well as meditations on the lives and deaths of John F. and Robert Kennedy, Dr. Martin Luther King, and Lyndon Johnson. Other topics include the 1970 Lubbock tornado, earthquakes in California, undocumented immigration, farmworker labor union activity and the actions of law enforcement personnel including the Texas Rangers. The records were purchased at La Feria in Lubbock, Texas. The collection is in good condition and is part of the Crossroads of Music archive.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. Copyright is retained by the authors of items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by U.S. copyright law. Audio and visual recordings may need to be reformatted prior to use and require advance notice to the Reference Librarian.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (People)
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Kennedy, Robert F., 1925-1968
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Murieta, Joaquín, -1853
Zapata, Emiliano, 1879-1919
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Rangers
Subjects (Places)
Dallas (Tex.)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Folk songs--United States
Hispanic American musicians
Illegal aliens
Labor unions
Mexican Americans
Mexican American labor union members
Migrant agricultural laborersn
Natural disasters
Tejano music
Tejano musicians

Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • James A. Goss oral history interviews [sound recordings], 2014-2015
  • Mariana Murguia Ferrer AV Materials, 1970-1987 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James A. Goss Collection, 1960-1980, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gifts, 2015

Processed by

Andy Wilkinson and Jon Holmes

Collection Inventory

Audio Visual Materials

45-rpm Records
1 Chris Carmona y Su Orquesta: A: “El Corrido de Kennedy” (Ranchera) (Lalo Caballero-Pedro Valente) / B: “Acábame de Matar” (Ranchera) (Vidal Limón) (CIMA Records 206, with lyrics sheet, San Jose, California), undated
2 Conjunto Los Desconocidos: A: “Una Tragedia en Lubbock” (Corrido Part 1) (Jesús Mendoza-Felix Reyna) / B: (Corrido Part 2) (Discos Tornado TOR 45-100, 1215 Avenue H, Lubbock, Texas), undated
3 Margarita Cortéz y Los Tisones de Pomona: A: “Corrido de Roberto Kennedy” (ACR 1113--Cortez) / B: “Parodia de Tu Solo Tu” (ACR 1114) (Comar Records CR 4026), undated
4 Cuatitos Cantú (Leonél y Ramón): R-2922: “Corrido de la Huelga” (D.A.R.) / “Los Dos Amigos” (Ranchera) (Lupe Tijerina) (Falcon 2105, McAllen, Texas), undated
5 Tony De La Rosa: 1: “Corrido del Chicano” (D.A.R.) / 2: “El Palomo” (Albert Lopez--Martre) (Freddie FR-244), undated
6 Lorenzo de Monteclaro con el Conjunto de Rogelio Gutiérrez: A: “Joaquin Murrieta” (D.A.R.) (Corrido) / B: “Nocturno a Rosario” (Ranchera) (Manuel S. Acuna) (Rovi RV-152), undated
7 Dueto America: 0101-15229: “Mi General Zapata” (Corrido) (Pedro Davila) / 0101-15230: “Corrido de Joaquin Murrieta” (F. Valdes Leal-V. Sanchez) (Discos Columbia 9937), undated
8 Dueto Reynosa: A: “Rinches de Texas” (Corrido) (Willie Lopez) / B: “Penas Amargas” (Ranchera) (A. Mota) (Oro Records ORO-230, McAllen, Texas), undated
9 Hermanos Zermeno con el Conjunto de J. Lorenzo Morales: 0101-16337: “Un Mojado sin Licencia” (Canción Nortena) (Santiago Jimenez) / 0101-16338: “Sabor Sandía” (Canción Nortena) (Gilberto Parra) (Discos Columbia 10029), undated
10 Los Conquistadores Morante y Lucio con Los Cucarachos: A: “Tremlores en California” (Corrido) (Jose A. Morante--Norteno International) / Los Cucarachos Tono y Juan with Flaco Jiménez: B: “Corrido de Pennsylvania” (Corrido) (Arr: J. A. Morante) (Sombrero SO-2347, San Antonio, Texas), undated
11 Los Conquistadores Morante y Rodriguez: A: “Adiós L. B. Johnson” (Corrido) (Jose A. Morante--Norteno International) / Los Conquistadores Frausta-Solís y Rodriguez: “Homenaje, Presidente L. B. Johnson” (Corrido) (Jose A. Morante--Norteño International) (Sombrero SO-2367, San Antonio, Texas), undated
12 Los Donnenos (Mario y Ramiro) A: “Por Tratar a Una Casada (Ranchera) (C. B. Villareal) / B: Corrido de Pepito” (Mario y Ramiro) (Discos Oro 167, Edinburg, Texas), undated
13 Los Guadalupanos: A: “Cuando Vuelan las Gaviotas” (Ranchera) (J. A. Jimenez) / B: “Jesús Maldonado” (Corrido) (J. A. Jimenez) (ZAZ Studio Production ZZ-156, San Antonio, Texas), undated
14 Los Humildes: A: “Vestido Mojado” (D.A.R.) / B: “Despecho” (Ramon Somayoa) (Discos Fama F-450, San Jose, California), undated
15 Juan Mendoza: A: “Corrido de los Dos Hermanos” (Juan Mendoza) / B: “Mil Errores” (Benjamin S. Mota) (Discos Musart 4802), undated
16 José Morante y sus Conquistadores: A: “Tragedia de Martin Luther King” (Corrido) (José A. Morante--Norteno International) / Los Alteños de José Elogio Flores: “Alma Vals” (Instrumental) (Salome Gutierrez--Norteno International) (Norteno NO-287, San Antonio, Texas), undated
17 Agapito Zuñiga y su Orquesta: 1: “Desastre de Lubbock Texas” (Agapito Zuñiga--Caracol) / 2: (Part 2) (El Zarape EZ-334, Dallas, Texas), undated
18 Agapito Zuñiga y su Conjunto 1: “Homenaje a Robert F. Kennedy” (Agapito Zuñiga--Caracol) / 2: “El Fronterizo” (Agapito Zuñiga--Lone Wolf) (Discos Escorpion ES-100, Corpus Christi, Texas), undated