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Antonio and Luz Mendez Calvo Family Collection

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Title: Antonio and Luz Mendez Calvo Family Collection, 1926-2001Save to your list.

ID: URB/ALC

Primary Creator: Calvo, Antonio and Luz Mendez (1896-1982)

Extent: 0.42 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 08/00/2004

Subjects: Los Angeles (Calif.) - Emigration and immigration, Mexican Americans - California - San Fernando Valley

Forms of Material: Paper records, Photographic material

Languages: English

Abstract

Antonio Regalado Calvo and Maria de la Luz Mendez Calvo were immigrants from the Mexican state of Sonora. They immigrated to the San Fernando region of California where they met and married during the Mexican Revolution. The collection gives a glimpse into the lives of a Mexican-American family in the Los Angeles area during the mid-20th century.

Biographical Note

Antonio Regalado Calvo (1900-1973) was born in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. Maria de la Luz Aguilar Mendez (1896-1982) was born in La Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. Both of them, independently, moved north during the time of the Mexican Revolution. Antonio and Luz married in 1926 and after living near downtown Los Angeles for a short time, moved to San Fernando, where Luz had extended family.

In their first years together, Luz worked in the local fruit packing houses while Antonio found employment working in restaurants, hotels, pool halls, and later, on Works Project Administration (WPA) projects. Eventually, the couple started their own business selling Mexican food to workers in the local packing houses. Working in her home’s kitchen, Luz prepared tacos, tamales, and burritos, which Antonio (and sometimes their children) then sold to workers during their lunch breaks.

As the business grew, Antonio and Luz were eventually able to open a small restaurant. Their restaurant, Las Delicias Café, did not find a permanent location until 1946. By this time, the restaurant had developed a distinctive Sonora-style menu and a loyal following. Known for its pure and simple dishes made of high-quality ingredients, Las Delicias Café was a popular San Fernando restaurant until it closed in the early 1970s.

Luz and Antonio had four children, who were raised working in the restaurant, waiting tables or helping out in the kitchen. The family’s primary language was Spanish and the children learned English in school. Antonio gained a working command of English and was able to communicate with his English-speaking customers.

The couple was active in the Santa Rosa parish, the Catholic Church in San Fernando that served the Mexican immigrant population. They were active in civic affairs, participating in the San Fernando “fiesta days,” and catering its “mantilla dinner” held at Saint Ferdinand’s church. They were also involved in exchanges with San Fernando’s sister city, Manzanillo, in the state of Colima, Mexico.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Antonio and Luz Mendez Calvo Family Collection gives a glimpse into the lives of a Mexican-American family in the Los Angeles area during the mid-20th century. Antonio Regalado Calvo and Maria de la Luz Mendez Calvo were immigrants from the Mexican state of Sonora. They immigrated to the San Fernando region of California where they met and married during the Mexican Revolution. After working several different jobs, the Calvos started their own business selling Mexican food to workers in the local packing houses. Eventually the couple opened Las Delicias Café on Pico Street in downtown San Fernando. The collection consists of baptismal certificates, birth certificates, correspondence, family trees, identification cards, invitations, marriage certificates, newspaper clippings, photographs, and a yearbook.

Subject/Index Terms

Los Angeles (Calif.) - Emigration and immigration
Mexican Americans - California - San Fernando Valley

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Tony H. and Beverly Calvo

Original/Copies Note: Digital reproductions of selected items in this collection are available electronically as a part of the Latina(o) Cultural Heritage Archives project. For more information please see https://digital-library.csun.edu/.

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Rebecca S. Graff

Finding Aid Revision History: Special Collections and Archives staff, 2013

Other Note: This collection was processed under a U.S. Department of Education Title V Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Grant.


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Folder 1: Calvo Family Tree, 2001Save to your list.
Folder 2: Calvo, Hector Antonio: vital records, 1935-1938Save to your list.
Folder 3: Calvo-Mendez marriage, 1926Save to your list.
Folder 4: Calvo, Antonio Regalado: driver licenses, 1973, 1977Save to your list.
Folder 5: Calvo, Antonio Regalado: vital records, 1973Save to your list.
Folder 6: Calvo, Tony H., 1959Save to your list.
Folder 7: Letter of introduction, 1965Save to your list.
Folder 8: Mendez, Luz: baptismal certificate, 1964Save to your list.
Folder 9: Mexican citizenship and US immigration, 1919-1946Save to your list.
Folder 10: Newspaper clippings, 1962-1969Save to your list.
Folder 11: Orange Blossom (Yearbook), 1954Save to your list.
Folder 12: PhotographsSave to your list.


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