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Rodolfo and Dora Mirabal Family Papers

Identifier: Coll-16
The collection includes exhibit notes, publications, correspondence, reprints of photographs, original photographs, negatives, printed catalogues, other printed items, and records related to the Mirabal family, their printing business, and impact on the community.


  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 2011


Language of Materials

English; Spanish

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to taking precautions against infringement of copyright and respecting the publication rights of reproduced materials. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Any materials used should be fully credited with their source according to the example given in the Preferred Citation note. Requests for assistance with citations and images of publication quality should be directed to


.5 Linear Feet (1 document box and 1 oversize folder)


The Rodolfo and Dora Mirabal Collection consists of La Calavera publications, photographs, and correspondence from their printing company in Corpus Christi in the first half of the 20th Century.

Biographical / Historical

Dora Cervera Mirabal (1914-1979) was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila and moved as an infant with her family to Corpus Christi where she lived the rest of her life. She married Rodolfo Mirabal, Sr. (1910-1968) in 1932. They started the Mirabal Printing Company which was operated by the entire family and located at 1700 Kennedy Avenue in Corpus Christi, Texas. At the Mirabal Printing Company, they published El Progreso, Corpus Christi Hispanic community’s leading newspaper, among other works such as La Calavera which was distributed on EL Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Dora was a writer and a poet who wrote most of the articles for El Progreso as well as authored and produced La Calavera. Dora and Rodolfo were greatly involved in the community and actively worked to foster the advancement of Corpus Christi’s Hispanic population. Dora and Rodolfo Mirabal had three children, Roberto (b. 1940), Rodolfo, Jr. (b. 1938), and Rosita Gloria (1940-2019, Rosie Mirabal Garza). Rosie Mirabal Garza continued the legacy of being committed to the community as you can see in her resumé contained in the collection. In 1991, Rosie Mirabal Garza donated this collection to Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and continued to donate additional materials through 2011.


The collection is made up of files in three series: Series I: Biological Information & Photographs Series II: Publications Series III: Newspapers

Rodolfo and Dora Mirabal Collection
Phebe Royce Leach
October 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

6300 Ocean Dr.
Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
361-825-5973 (Fax)