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Title: “A Living Heritage” project records
Dates: 1981-1982
Accession Number(s): 1996-075
Extent: 2 inches, one cassette and one roll of film
Language: Materials are written in English, with a small amount in Spanish.
Repository: Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Administrative History: In 1981 the Mexican-American Coordinating Council conducted taped interviews with Mexican-American Presbyterian leaders in Texas (particularly from the disbanded Texas-Mexican Presbytery) which aimed at recording the history of Presbyterianism among this population. The end product of the project was a filmstrip entitled “A Living Heritage” or “Herencia Vivente,” which was narrated in both English and Spanish. The filmstrip, which was completed in 1982, was available for viewing in churches of the Mission Union Presbytery.

Scope and Contents: Two inches of interview transcripts, a cassette tape and a filmstrip (1981-1982) represent working files and the end result of the “A Living Heritage” filmstrip project conducted by the Mexican-American Coordinating Council in 1981 and 1982. The collection is comprised almost entirely of alphabetically arranged interview transcripts with leaders, pastors, and the adult children of leaders and pastors from the Texas-Mexican Presbytery, which was dissolved in 1955. The interviews, upon which the “A Living Heritage” filmstrip was based, discuss among other topics the tensions between newly converted Mexican-American Presbyterians and their Roman Catholic families, the founding and the subsequent financial difficulties of churches in the Texas-Mexican Presbytery, and the unpleasant feelings surrounding the dissolution of that presbytery. While most of the material is undated, project documentation suggests that the interviews were conducted in the spring of 1981, and that the filmstrip and cassette soundtrack were completed in 1982. A copy of the filmstrip, audio cassette, and filmstrip index are also contained in the collection.

Restrictions: Materials are available by appointment only. Contact the archivist for details.

Index Terms:
Mexican-American Coordinating Council.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.--Presbytery of Texas-Mexican.
Mexican Americans--Southwest, New--Religion.
Oral histories.

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Preferred Citation: “A Living Heritage” project records, 1981-1982, Austin Seminary Archives, Stitt Library, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary


Box Number:
C124   “Presbyterian Mission among Hispanics in Texas,” undated
    Interview transcripts, 1981:
       Jorge Lara-Brand
       Estanislao P. Castadena
       Amelia Castadena
       Vincent Robles Castro
       Alberto Fernandez
       Mrs. Frias
       Daniel M. Garza
       Rodolfo M. Guerrero
       Jose Angel Hernandez
       Luis C. Hernandez
       Sostenes Infante
       Isaac Olivares
       Elisa Gonzales Pierre
       Luisa Rodriguez
       Lucy Rivera
       Eudelia Trevino
    Filmstrip Index—Spanish and English, undated
B077b   Cassette tape and filmstrip, 1982

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