The Benson Latin American Collection

Tafolla Family Papers, 1860-1980

Descriptive Summary

Creator Tafolla family
Title Tafolla Family Papers
Dates: 1860-1980
Abstract Documents recording the history of Texas's Tafolla family.
OCLC Record No. 22946002
Extent 5 linear inches
Language English
Repository Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Tafolla family of San Antonio, Texas, was founded by Santiago Tafolla, Sr. (1837-1911), and includes many prominent Texas Mexican Americans, including Santiago (Jim) Tafolla, Jr., San Antonio judge and early LULAC leader, and Carmen Tafolla, writer.

Scope and Contents Note

Consists of a typescript manuscript, with handwritten notes, of the English translation of Santiago Tafolla's autobiography titled "Nearing the end of the trail"; copies of legal documents, letters, and clippings relating to the Tafolla family; a family tree; 27 black-and-white copies of family photographs; 15 color prints showing sites of genealogical research. Manuscript covers Santiago Tafolla's life from from 1837 to 1875; he was born in Santa Fe (then part of Mexico), traveled east with a wagon train, lived in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, and Georgia before joining the U.S. Army in 1855 and finally settling in Texas. Fidel Tafolla's epilogue to the manuscript tells of Santiago Tafolla's later life, during which time he was a Methodist minister and was known as Rev. James Tafolla. Annotated list which accompanies documents and photographs provides additional information about the family. Photographs date from about 1860 to 1980.

Organized into three series: 1. Manuscript autobiography of Santiago Tafolla, Sr. (Rev. James Tafolla) 2. Documents relating to Tafolla family members. 3. Photographs.


Access Restrictions

Access to the collection is unrestricted, but photocopying of some materials is limited by agreement with the copyright holder.

Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Tafolla Family Papers are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Tafolla family--Archives
Tafolla, James, 1837-1911
Tafolla, Fidel L.
Tafolla, Carmen, 1951-

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Tafolla Family Papers, Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Tafolla Family Papers, 1860-1980

box folder
An annotated list of documents and photographs is available in the Benson Collection Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room