Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Imelda Delgado:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1903-2014, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Delgado, Imelda
Title: Imelda Delgado Papers,
Dates: 1903-2014
Abstract: The collection describes the life and career of Narciso Delgado.
Collection # AV 0158
Quantity: 1 folder (0.1 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Imelda Delgado is a pianist and music educator in Corpus Christi, Texas, who is the daughter of composer/pianist/band leader Narciso Delgado. Born in McAllen, Texas, Imelda is the first member of her family to attend college. She earned an Associate of Arts from Del Mar College, Bachelor of Music Performance from University of Texas in Austin, and the Master of Music and Doctor of Music in Piano Performance from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Her tribute, "An Intimate Portrait of Sidney Foster...Pianist/Mentor" was published by Hamilton Books in 2013.

Imelda has taught in Missouri, Vermont, and Texas and has toured in the United States, Mexico, England, Italy, and Switzerland. Her recordings are with Protone and Boston Records in collaboration with David Aguilar, flutist, and oboist Evelyn McCarty.

Scope and Content

Most of the material is regarding the career of Narciso Delgado, especially the legal battles over copyright to the Mexican bolero, "Nochecita." One self-published book of all pertinent documents and autographed photographs from entertainers who worked with and performed the music of Narciso, such as Lydia Mendoza and Emilio Caceres. 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)
Caceres, Emilio, 1897-1980.
Delgado, Imelda.
Delgado, Narciso.
Fernandez, Fred.
Mendoza, Lydia.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University. Board of Regents.
Texas Tech University. Jones Stadium.
Subjects (Places)
Corpus Christi (Tex.)
McAllen (Tex.)
Lubbock State School.
University and colleges--United States--Administration.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Imelda Delgado Papers, 1903-2014, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Accession number(s):

Gift, 2013

Processed by

Cynthia Curry

Collection Inventory


box folder
1 1 Biographical Statements: Narciso Delgado, October 29, 1903 to January 27, 1975, includes early life in Mexico, musical training from his father, the move to Robstown, Texas, going to work after second grade to help support family, early dance bands and giving music lessons, learning the grocery trade, his songs "Llegaste" and "Nochecita", copyright battle over "Nochecita", early Tejano artist Lydia Mendoza, publishing companies, record companies, list of compositions, undated
2 Correspondence: Letter from Imelda Delgado to Curtis Peoples of Southwest Collection/Special Collection Library, thanking him for his interest in early Tejano music, May 27, 2013
3 Photographs: 1. Narciso's dance band at the Blue Moon, Narciso at the piano, 2. Emilio Caceres, swing violinist, 3. Hermanas Rodriguez, Carmen y Laura, 4. Lydia Mendoza, The Lark of the Border, July 19, 1949 and undated
4 Publications: Narciso Delgado: Tejano Music Pioneer by Imelda Delgado, self-published, 2014