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 Collection: Texas-Mexican Presbytery Records
[People Sitting in a Row of Chairs in the Woods]
Photograph of a row of seven fold-up wooden chairs with two young girls and two men sitting with their backs facing. In front of them, there are several women and young girls sitting in a row parallel to the chairs. There is a car parked behind the women and girls, and the background of the image is made up of bushy woodland. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos 1950". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166109/
[Parking Lot of an Independence Day Group Picnic]
Photograph of a large clearing being used as a parking lot for a group picnic. The parking lot, which is in the background of the image, is shaded by large trees scattered throughout the area. In the foreground, there is a large group of men, women, and children gathered and visiting around a long cloth on the ground that has picnic food on top of it. The people are are either standing or sitting on the grass or sitting on small wooden chairs that are placed around the picnic cloth. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos - July 4, 1950". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166106/
[Women's Choir Singing]
Photograph of a group of women standing together and singing. The women, who are all wearing light sleeved cotton dresses, are holding open songbooks. The group is congregated around an older woman sitting behind an open trunk. There is a man on the left-hand side of the image standing and looking at one of the open songbooks. Next to the man, there is a large tree trunk and another man seated and looking upward. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Marcos 7-4-50". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166103/
[Side View of a Building Under Construction]
Photograph of the a side street view of a building being constructed. The front of the building, which is facing the left-hand side of the image, is covered in construction rafters. The side of the building, which is facing the front of the image, is made of brick and is lined with half-round windows. The wide dirt street in front of the building extends from the foreground to the left-hand side of the image. Large palm trees are visible in the far background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito, Construction of new Presb. Church 1952" texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166081/
[Mexican Church at the Corner of a Street]
Photograph of a wood-slatted church building at the corner of a street and sidewalk. At the corner, the sidewalk turns and extends to the left-hand side of the background. It passes an old wooden house and a large brick church, which is also in the background. The tall belfry of the church is clearly visible among the power lines and poles that stretch across the image in several directions. There is a tall palm tree trunk in front of the wooden church that is parallel with the street lamp next to it. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, San Benito 1952 old & new churches". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166087/
[Palm Trees in Front of a Mexican Presbyterian Church]
Photograph of the front entrance to a Mexican Presbyterian Church. The church, which is in the background of the image, spans almost the entire width of the photograph. The main entrance and belfry, which is made up of three steps leading up to double doors, are located on the far right-hand side of the image. There are four long windows at the side of the church, and two more smaller windows at the very end. There is a path in the front of the church that leads up to the front entrance. The entire foreground of the image is made up of shrubs and brush. There is a palm tree in the foreground of the image, and several more in the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166080/
[Carved Stone Sign]
Photograph of a carved concrete slab inset in a brick structure. There is carved writing in Spanish that translates to read, "Presbyterian Church Organized - Oct. 19, 1911, Temple Built - 1952, J.G. Cavazos, Pastor". There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito Cornerstone of new church". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166088/
[Two Cars Parked in Front of a Manse]
Photograph of two cars parallel-parked in front of a small manse, which sits next to a large brick church. The manse, which is on the right-hand side of the image, has a small porch and is raised from the ground on stilts. The church, which is cut off on the left-hand side of the image, is lined with half-round arched windows on the one visible side. The is a sidewalk in front of both buildings that is parallel to the street, which is in the foreground. There are two wires stretching diagonally across the image in the foreground. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito - New Mexican Presbyterian Ch. and old manse 1952". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166084/
[Four Men Sitting Behind a Podium]
Photograph of a side view of four men dressed in suits sitting on a bench on a stage. There is a wood podium in front of the seated gentlemen. Another man is standing beside the podium on the far right-hand side of the image. There is a stack of books on top of the podium, several vases of flowers on the stage up to the foreground, and a large tabletop fan pointed toward the seated men. There is a faded handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Presbyterian ceremony at San Benito. May 3, 1953, Seated: Rev. McGee, Pastor 1st. Presby. Harlingen, David L. Stitt, Rev. Charles Robinson, 1st. Presby. San Benito, Rev. S.H. Reisner, 1st. Falfurrias. Standing - Rev. J.S. Cavazos, pastor, Mexican Presby. Ch., San Benito". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166089/
[Mexican Church at the Corner of a Street]
Photograph of a wood-slatted church building at the corner of a street and sidewalk. At the corner, the sidewalk turns and extends to the left-hand side of the background. It passes an old wooden house and a large brick church, which is also in the background. The tall belfry of the church is clearly visible among the power lines and poles that stretch across the image in several directions. There is a tall palm tree trunk in front of the wooden church that is parallel with the street lamp next to it. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, San Benito old and new churches". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166086/
[Front of a Brick Church Building]
Photograph of the front entrance of a brick church building. The entrance consists of an open archway with two lamps on either side of it and four windows. There are three steps leading up to the entrance. The top edge of the wall forms tapered steps up to the small belfry tower, which has a pointed roof and a small bell that is visible through the arched windows. The side of the church extends to the background of the image on the right-hand side of the image. There is a bent tree in the foreground that frames the left-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Benito Mexican New Church 1952". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166083/
[Power Line Stretching Over the Entrance to a Church]
Photograph of the front entrance of a one-story church. The entrance consists of a small porch with steps leading up to closed double-doors. There is a pillar on either side of the porch that help support the roof overhead. There is a window on either side of the entrance. One side of the building, which is facing the right-hand side of the image, has five windows lined across it. The other side of the building is cut off by the edge of the image. There is a single power line that stretches diagonally across the image. There is a handwritten note in Spanish on the back of the photograph that translates to read, "Waco, Texas Temple Annex view of the west and south Mexican Presbyterian Church". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166215/
[Decorative Cobblestone Entrance of a Church]
Photograph of the decorative cobblestone entrance of a church. The entrance, which is in the center of the image, consists of closed double-doors and steps leading up to them. The entrance is partially hidden by the two large shaped bushes on either side. The building turns the corner and continues in the background on the right-hand side of the entrance. The wall visible in the background is lined with windows. Several voluptuous bushes and shrubs are visible around the property. There is a handwritten note in Spanish on the back of the photograph that translates to read, "Waco, Texas Front of the temple. Mexican Presbyterian Church". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166212/
[Side View of a Row of Stoves in a Kitchen]
Photograph of the side view of a row of stoves in a kitchen. The stoves, which are situated on the left-hand side of the image, have a total of eight burners on top. There is an opened door on the same wall in the background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco, New kitchen 1951". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166211/
[Reverend Standing in Front of a Church]
Photograph of a Hispanic man standing to the side in front of a church entrance. The man is wearing a suit and looking at the camera. There are several other men exiting the entrance, which is cut off on the left-hand side of the image. A small shed is visible in the background on the right. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Rev. Albert Luna at Presbytery 4/52 in Waco". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166217/
[Reverend Standing Behind a Podium]
Photograph of a Reverend standing behind a podium on a stage. Both the wall behind the Reverend and the ceiling are made of large tiles. There are two men sitting on either side of the Reverend in two of several wooden chairs. Several pots of flowers are assembled on the stage. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco- Dedication of annex. Rev. Thos B. Gallaher standing". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166210/
[Congregation of Gentlemen in Front of a Church Entrance]
Photograph of a congregation of gentlemen wearing suits and standing in a group for a portrait in front of a church entrance. The group spans the entire width of the image. The entrance in the background consists of a small covered porch with double-doors and two pillars that help support the roof above. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Presbytery - Waco April 1952". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166218/
[Front View of a One-Story Church]
Photograph of the entrance to a one-story church. The entrance, which is located on the right-hand side of the image, consists of a roofed archway over closed double-doors. There is a window on either side and a winding sidewalk leading to the foreground. The building continues along the left-hand side of the image from the entrance. There is a line of windows along this wall, which are partially hidden by the various bushes that line the building. There is a handwritten note in Spanish on the back of the photograph that translates to read, "Waco, Texas. Annex to the temple on the west side view. Mexican Presbyterian Church". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166214/
[Group of Gentlemen in Front of a Church Entrance]
Photograph of a congregation of gentlemen wearing suits and standing in a group for a portrait in front of a church entrance. The group and the entrance are on the right-hand side of the image. The entrance in the background consists of a small covered porch with double-doors and two pillars that help support the roof above. The building continues and is cut off by the edge on the left-hand side of the image. There is a line of windows on this wall. Several shrubs and bushes line the building. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Waco - Annex. At Presbytery meet 4/1952 1952". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166219/
[Group of Gentlemen Standing in Church Entrance]
Photograph of a group of gentlemen wearing suits and exiting a church. Several of the men are standing on the steps and the porch talking and visiting. Many are smiling or acknowledging the camera, and two men are standing together with their arms around each other. The building has at least three visible multi-pane windows around the entrance, and there are a couple of potted plants and bushes. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Presbytery - Waco April 1952". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166216/
[Side View of a Large Church Building]
Photograph of the side of a large church. The entrance of the church is on and facing the left-hand side of the image. The entrance is made up of a small porch with steps and two pillars that help support the roof above it. The side of the building, which faces the foreground, is lined with multi-pane windows. Some of the windows are partially covered by the large bushes and shrubs that line the building. There is a handwritten note in Spanish on the back of the photograph that translates to read, "Waco, Texas view of the temple on the south side Mexican Presbyterian Church". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166213/
[Two Young Boys in a Grassy Field]
Photograph of two young boys standing together in a grassy field. The older boy has his hand around the younger boy's shoulder. They are both wearing printed shorts and flower-printed shirts. There is a small wooden structure visible among the thick trees in the background. There are two handwritten notes on the photograph. The first one is underneath the image, and it reads, "33 (June)". The second one, which is on the back, reads, "Jesse Jr. and Bob Homer Leos, Taylor, Tex 1953". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166185/
[Young Hispanic Boys Standing Under a Tree]
Photograph of a group of young Hispanic boys standing under a tree. The boys are looking in all different directions. A woman holding a book is looking down on the boys in the background in front of the visible wood-slatted building with windows. There is a girl walking into the picture frame on the left-hand side of the image. A handwritten note above the image reads, "1953 BVS (June)". There is a second note on the back that reads, "Taylor, Tex". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166182/
[Group of Children in a Grassy Field]
Photograph of a group of children standing together in a grassy field. The boys in the group are all wearing casual shirts, many of which are printed, and shorts or trousers. The girls are wearing light dresses. Trees are visible in the background. There is a handwritten note below the image that reads, "1953 BVS (June)". Another handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Taylor, Tex.". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166181/
[Group of People Visiting in Front of a Church]
Photograph of a group of well-dressed men and women visiting in front of a church. Most of the people are wearing suits and jackets, and have their backs facing the camera. There is a tree with a bicycle underneath it on the right-hand side of the image. There are several half-round windows along both the front and the side of the wood-slatted building. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Victoria 1/19/50 'going into the House of the Lord". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166187/
[Young Children and a Teacher Assembled for a Class Portrait]
Photograph of a small group of young children assembled for a class portrait. The four girls are wearing light, fluffy dresses, and the four boys are all wearing light t-shirts and darker trousers. There is a young woman holding a stack of papers and standing in the back row. A wood-slatted building is visible behind the group with a large, open double doorway. People are faintly visible through the doorway. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Taft? Alice?". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166180/
[Group of Hispanic People Crowded Under a Crooked Tree]
Photograph of a group of Hispanic people crowded under a dead, crooked tree. Many of the people in the group are holding books or papers. There is a young girl standing away from the group on the right-hand side of the image. Three houses are visible spread across the background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Victoria 1/12/50 2nd Presby. Church". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166188/
[Children Holding Hands in a Grassy Field]
Photograph of a group of boys and girls standing in a circle and holding hands. They are playing in a grassy field. Several houses are visible among the large trees in the background. There is a handwritten note above the image that reads, "1953 BVS" and another on the back that reads, "Taylor, Tex". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166184/
[People Sitting in the Benches of a Church]
Photograph of a group of people sitting in the benches of a church and facing a speaker at the front of the room. The speaker, who is standing at the front of the room in the background of the image, is holding an open book. Two doors leading to the outside and another room are visible on the left-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "V.C.S. Institute Victoria, Texas, June 4, 1950". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166189/
[Large Tree in Front of a Wooden Cabin]
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[Children Holding Hands in a Circle]
Photograph of a group of boys and girls standing in a circle and holding hands. The children's backs are facing the camera, and they are standing in a grassy field. There is a handwritten note above the image that reads, "1953 BVS" and another on the back that reads, "Taylor, Tex". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166183/
[Minister and Class Standing on the Steps of a Church]
Photograph of a group of eight women and a minister standing outside on the front steps of a church. The women are wearing light dresses and blouses and are all holding books. They are standing on the three steps that lead up to the screened double door entrance. The door and the corresponding screen on the left-hand side are both opened outward, and the minister is standing in the door frame. There are two windows on either side of the door, and the building is lined with weeds and shrubs. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Palacios - Training school 1952, Bernardino del Pozo M., minister." texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166025/
[Side View of a Presbyterian Church]
Photograph of the side of a series of light-colored, wood-slatted buildings that make up a mission. The photograph has been taken from the street. The main building, which is also the largest building and focal point of the image, has four windows on the side and two in the front next to the main double-door entrance. There is another building behind the main building on the right-hand side of the image, and also one next to it in the background. A power line stretches across the image directly above the complex. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Palacios Mexican Mission". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166022/
[Group of Hispanic Boy Scouts Sitting on Steps]
Photograph of a group of Hispanic Boy Scouts sitting on a set of steps that lead up a steep hill to a small building. The boys, who are all wearing boy scout uniforms and scarves, are sitting two to a step. The building that is visible at the top of the hill in the background is wood-slatted and resembles a cabin. The hill leading up to the building is very rocky and covered in shrubs and patches of grass. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Boy Scouts start for camp". There are also several numerical notes underneath this note. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166252/
[Hispanic Children Gathered Around a Plant]
Photograph of a group of young Hispanic girls gathered around a plant. The girls are all wearing short-sleeved patterned dresses. There is a building and several power lines visible in the background on the right-hand side of the image. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "A sewing class". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166250/
[Multistory Building on the Shore of a River]
Photograph of an aerial view of buildings on the shore of a large river. Several boats are floating along the shore of the river. There is a large, multistory building on the shore on the right-hand side of the image. Bushy trees make up most of the land on the shore on the left-hand side of the image, however a water tower and a couple of small buildings are also visible. The river, which starts in the foreground, disappears into the background. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166254/
[Young Boy and Girl in Traditional Mexican Costumes]
Postcard of a young boy and girl dressed in traditional Mexican costumes. The children are standing on a woven rug with a traditional Mexican motif woven into it; two more hang side by side behind them. The boy, who is standing on the left-hand side of the image and facing the girl on the right, is wearing shiny black shoes, a billowy white shirt, and fitted black pants with a scroll design piped up each leg. He is also wearing a wide satin sash, a fitted vest that is decorated with traditional motifs, a scarf around his neck, and a wide brimmed hat. The girl is wearing a full high-waist skirt that has sparkly designs sewn onto it, a small white shirt with a motif design on the front, and a scarf that forms a sash and a vest. The girl is also wearing a flower headband in her hair, which is bobbed. Along with postcard stamps, there is a handwritten note on the back of the image. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166253/
[People Mingling in Front of a Church]
Photograph of several Hispanic church-goers mingling in front of the entrance of a church. There are several small groups of men, women, and children visiting and talking to each other. The men are all wearing suits and the women are wearing blouses and skirts. There is a covered porch with a door that leads to the inside of the church in the background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Antonio 1st 50th Anniversay 1-4-53". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166055/
[Hispanic Presbyterian Women's Choir]
Photograph of a group of Hispanic choir women. The women are all wearing shiny choir robes and holding books, and the group spans the entire length of the image. There are four men wearing suits scattered in the background behind the women. The wall of a light-colored, wood-slatted building with a row of windows makes up the background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Antonio, Central Presby. Choir - on day of 50 Anniv. 1-4-53". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166052/
[Roof of a Heavily Damaged Church]
Photograph of the top of a heavily damaged church building. There is a short tower on the left-hand side that has a window with shattered panes. On the right-hand side of the image, an entire wall of bricks have been ripped off, making the wooden support beams and the inside of the church visible. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Antonio 1st. After fire 11-21-52". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166051/
[Group of Women Sitting in Church Pews]
Photograph of a group of Hispanic women sitting together in the pews of a church. The women, who are all wearing printed buttoned blouses, are all smiling at the camera. One man wearing a light shirt and tie sits amongst the women; he is also looking at the camera. There is a large, open doorway in the background of the image through which outdoor trees and scenery are visible. There are also two open windows on either side of the doorway. There is a handwritten note on the back of the image that reads, "V.C.S. Institute, San Antonio 1953". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166057/
[Row of Windows in a Dark Room]
Photograph of a row of broken windows in a dark and cluttered room. The windows are lined up on a wall that is on the right-hand side of the image. The light coming through the shattered windows from the outside illuminates silhouettes of various objects piled in the dark room. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Antonio 1st. After fire 11-21-52". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166050/
[Woman Holding Up an Art Project]
Photograph of a Hispanic woman holding up a dark piece of paper with a leaf pressed to it in one hand, and a large board also with a leaf pressed to it in the other hand. The woman is standing behind a table with several framed pressed leaves on top of it. There is a raised stage behind her in the background with a piano and a vase of flowers. On the right-hand side of the image, there are several stacks of books and papers lined up against the wall. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166058/
[Hispanic Presbyterian Congregation Outside of a Church]
Photograph of a large Hispanic Presbyterian congregation standing in a group in front of the entrance of a light-colored, wood-slatted church. The large group, which spans the length of the entire image, consists of men in suits, women in skirts and blouses, and children. Most of the people are looking toward the camera, however there are many people in the background walking around and looking elsewhere. There is a young boy in the foreground standing away from the group and posing with his eyes closed and his hands on his hips. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "San Antonio 1st. 50th Anniversary 1/4/53". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166054/
[Woman Working on an Art Project]
Photograph of a Hispanic woman holding a board with a leaf pressed to it. The woman is standing behind a table covered with framed pressed leaves. There is a raised stage in the background of the image with a piano and a vase of flowers. One the right-hand side of the image, there are several stacks of books and papers lined up against the wall. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166059/
[Two Women Holding a Poster]
Photograph of two women, one standing on the left and one standing on the right, holding a poster. Both of the women are wearing light patterned dresses and are also holding papers. The poster they are holding up has a title that reads, "We Would See Jesus", and underneath there are several photographs. There is a table piled with books and papers in between the two women. A stage is visible in the background, along with a table and a vase of flowers. The back of a person's head is visible in the middle of the image in the foreground. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "V.C.S. Institute, San Antonio 1953 Mmes. Seddon and Saenz". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166056/
[Young Hispanic Choir Member]
Photograph of a young Hispanic woman wearing long, shiny choir robes. The woman is standing and smiling at the camera. A light-colored, wood-slatted building makes up the background behind her. There is a raised porch with two visible windows on the left-hand side of the background. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Eunice Rodríguez at 50th Anniversary S.A. First 1953". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166053/
[Children Assembled For a School Portrait]
Photograph of a group of Hispanic children standing on the steps of a lightly-colored building, assembled for a class picture. The double doorway behind them is opened, and the side of the building is visible on the left-hand side of the image. There are several older men and women standing on the left-hand side of the image. A man is leaning up against the front of a car that is parked on the right-hand side in front of the group. There is a handwritten note on the back of the photograph that reads, "Taylor". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166175/
[Man Standing in Front of a Wooden Cabin]
Photograph of a man wearing a light suit standing in front of a wooden cabin. The man has his hand resting on one of the porch support beams. There is a car parked in the grassy clearing next to the house on the left-hand side of the image. There is a messy pile of logs and timber in the foreground of the image. The handwritten note on the back of the photograph reads, "Where I 'lodges' for a week during Camp meeting at hall Taylor ch. Aug. 16th 1931. W.S. Scott". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166172/
[Large Group of Hispanic People Posed in Front of a Building]
Photograph of a large group of Hispanic men, women, and children standing in four staggered rows in front of a wood-slatted building with three windows. There are several handwritten markings on the back of the photograph, including a note that reads, "The Taylor Mex. Ch. Jauy 19 28". texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth166171/