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Aguayo family papers

Identifier: C MSS WH2035

Scope and Contents

The collection focuses on two distinct areas of Aguayo family history: materials from the Marciano and Jovita Aguayo family and items associated with their son, Jose Aguayo and the Museo de Las Américas. The Aguayo family papers include: personal correspondence (1910-1987); financial records (1922-1945); Great Western Sugar Company and Union Pacific Rail Road materials (1927-1959); medical bills (1929-1962); Mexican Consulate correspondence (1928-1938); Academia Flores correspondence (1926-1963); newspaper clippings (1967-1968). Much of the correspondence is in the spanish language and reflects the complexities of life the family lead in Northeastern Colorado. The Jose Aguayo's materials include: military service records (1959-1965); city council candidacy (2003); Museo de Las Américas (1992-2004); Museo de Las Américas master plan binder (2001); 1 notebook of color slides marked "Exhibits" (ca.1992); 1 notebook of color slides of artwork (n.d.).


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Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colorado.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Based on the political and social unrest motivated by the activities of Pancho Villa, Jose Marciano O. Aguayo Ybarra a.k.a. "Shorty" Aguayo (1904-?) came to the United States from his native State of Aguacalientes, Mexico in about 1917. He worked at various times for the Copper Belt, Mississippi, Kansas and Texas Railroad (Tyler, Tex.) and as a sugar beet worker at Sugar City near Pueblo, Colo. before finally settling in Sedgewick, Colo. in 1922. In 1929 Marciano Aguayo married Jovita Ortega Gonzalez (1908-2000). She too had emigrated from her native State of Chihuahua, Mexico to Colorado (via El Paso, Tex.) in 1926 because of the effects of Villa's Mexican Revolution. In Sedgewick, the couple had six children: Herlinda (b.1931), Anita (b.1933), Alberto (b.1935), Alicia (b.1937), Emilio (b.1939) and Jose (b.1941). Marciano Aguayo worked as a farmer providing sugar beets for the Great Western Sugar Company before landing a job as a lineman for the Union Pacific Railroad in 1941. A job he held until 1973. All of the Aguayo children went on to pursue undergraduate and graduate level degrees. Their youngest son, Jose Aguayo is the founder and director of the Museo de Las Américas, Denver. Colo.


1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Jose Aguayo,2008.


Catalog record based on preliminary inventory.
Finding Aid for the Aguayo family papers,1910-2004[manuscript]
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States