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Club Sonorense Records 1865-2001

MSS-159


Overview of the Collection

Creator: Club Sonorense
Title: Club Sonorense Records
Inclusive Dates: 1865-2001
Quantity: 8 Boxes (5.0 Linear Feet)
Abstract:This collection houses minutes, correspondence, maps, photographs, a 1940 Ray-Sonora baseball team uniform, and a 1928 medallion of the Benito Juarez Logia #30 documenting Sonora, Arizona and the establishment of the Sonora, Arizona Historical Marker at the ASARCO-Ray Mine viewpoint on Arizona Highway 177 near the original town of Sonora. Also included are family records (including birth, death, marriage, baptism, employment, and school records dating back to 1875) and property deeds showing land in Mexico documenting the family of Sonora natives Virgina and Amador Flores. The collection is divided into five series.
Identification: MSS-159
Language: Material in English and Spanish
Repository: Arizona State University Library. Chicano Research Collection
Arizona State University Library
P.O. Box 871006
Tempe, AZ 85287-1006
Phone: (480) 965-4932
E-Mail: archives@asu.edu
Questions? Ask An Archivist!

Historical Note

In the early 1900s, Mexican and Mexican American workers and their families came to the Arizona region to work for the Ray Consolidated Copper Company. They founded the community of Sonora in 1907 and a post office was established by 1912. The town of Sonora, which at one time numbered 6,000 residents, was located one mile south of Ray. At that time, residential segregation was common: Euro-Americans lived in Ray, Spaniards lived in Barcelona, and Mexican and Mexican Americans lived in Sonora. A dual wage system was also common, meaning that Mexican and Mexican American workers were paid less than Euro-Americans for the same type of work. Mexican and Mexican American workers relied on their union, the International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers (IUMMSW) and their local #915 to rid themselves of such iniquities.

Sonora prospered as a copper mining community until 1965, when the Kennecott Copper Corporation, Ray Mines Division, destroyed it to develop its open pit operation. Many residents settled in communities nearby, including Kearny, Winkelman, Hayden, and Superior. Former residents of Sonora formed Club Sonorense by 1966 to document and preserve their town's history and to maintain community and familial ties to Sonora, Arizona. The Club became a non-profit organization in 1999 and is registered with the Arizona Corporation Commission.

Sources:
Granger, Byrd H. Arizona's Names: X Marks the Place. Tucson: Falconer Pub. Co., 1983.
Lopez, Leonor. Forever Sonora, Ray, Barcelona: A Labor of Love. Author, 1984.
Recuerdos de Sonora. Kearny, Arizona: El Club Sonorense, 1999.
Recuerdos de Sonora II. Kearny, Arizona: El Club Sonorense, 2000.

Scope and Content Note

This collection houses minutes, correspondence, maps, photographs, a 1940 Ray-Sonora baseball team uniform, and a 1928 medallion of the Benito Juarez Logia #30 documenting Sonora, Arizona and the establishment of the Sonora, Arizona Historical Marker at the ASARCO-Ray Mine viewpoint on Arizona Highway 177 near the original town of Sonora. Also included are family records (including birth, death, marriage, baptism, employment, and school records dating back to 1875) and property deeds showing land in Mexico documenting the family of Sonora natives Virgina and Amador Flores. The collection is divided into five series.

Series I: Administrative Papers contains the organizations minutes. Discussions center on the importance of preserving the community's history and on the goals, objectives, and interests of the organization. The minutes range from 1967 to 1996.

Series II: Virginia and Amador Flores Family documents a family rooted in Sonora. Included in this series are birth and death certificates, marriage license records, religious records, 1920 Sonora, Arizona census information, and information about Virginia Granillo Flores and her family. These records date from 1875 to 1996.

Series III: Memorabilia includes a certificate from a Mexican fraternal organization, a marriage license, and land records from Mexico. These items date from 1924 to 1960.

Series VI: Miscellaneous houses copies of Sanborn maps of Sonora, Arizona, silk screen prints of townsites, information about the Sonora, Arizona Historical marker dedication, materials regarding town reunions, recollections of former residents, a medallion from a Mexican fraternal organization, and a Ray-Sonora Tigers baseball uniform. These items date from 1918 to 1999. Also included is Susana Campos Caldera's tribute to her brother, Albert "Boydie" Mercado, a popular baseball player in Sonora.

Series V: Photographs houses images of weddings, Mexican Independence Day celebrations, patriotic parades, baseball teams, school children, street scenes, social activities, and veterans who served in wars ranging from World War II to the Persian Gulf. These images date from 1941 to 1991.


Arrangement

This collection consists of eight boxes divided into five series:
Series I: Administrative Papers
Series II: Virginia and Amador Flores Family
Series III: Memorabilia
Series VI: Miscellaneous
Series V: Photographs

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

To view this collection, make an appointment at least five business days prior to your visit by contacting Ask an Archivist or calling (480) 965-4932. Appointments in the Distinctive Collections Wurzburger Reading Room at Hayden Library (rm. 138) on the Tempe campus are available on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Note: All library reading rooms are currently closed as part of the ASU Library's COVID-19 response. Ask an Archivist is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m., for reference assistance regarding collection materials.

Copyright

The Arizona Board of Regents retains copyright to this collection for and on behalf of Distinctive Collections, Arizona State University Library. Requests for permissions to publish, display, or redistribute information from this collection must be submitted via our online application.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Flores, Amador.
Flores, Roy C.
Flores, Virginia Granillo, 1908-2000.

Family Name(s)
Flórez family.

Corporate Name(s)
Club Sonorense -- Archives.
International Union of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers. Local 915 (Sonora, Ariz.).
Kennecott Copper Corporation. Ray Mines Division.
Sociedad Benito Juárez.

Geographic Name(s)
Sonora (Ariz.).

Subject(s)
Historical markers -- Arizona -- Ray.


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Club Sonorense Records, MSS-159. Arizona State University Library: Chicano Research Collection.

Provenance

Presidents Steve Chiquete and Jessie Gomez Hill donated official records of Club Sonorense in 1997 (ACC #1997-01839) and 1999 (ACC #1999-02142) respectively. Club member Roy G. Flores donated his coming-of-age account of Sonora, his list of Sonora residents compiled from the 1920 census, and the family records of his mother, Virginia Villa Granillo Flores, in 2000 (ACC #2000-02206).


Container List

Series I: Administrative Papers
BoxFolder
11 Minutes, 1967
12 Minutes, 1989-1991
13 Minutes, 1992
14 Minutes, 1993
15 Minutes, 1994
16 Minutes, 1995
17 Minutes, 1996
Series II: Virginia and Amador Flores Family
BoxFolder
18 Amador Garcia Flores: Su Historia, 1902-1981
19 Virginia Flores Vera, 1865-1999
110 "Tell Me About Other Activities", 1999-2000
111 Early Sonora, Arizona Residents According to 1920 Census, 1920-1921
112 Marriage License and Certificate: Vicente Granillo and Martina Billa, 1905
113 Birth Certificate: Virginia Villa Granillo, 1908
114 Certificate of Baptism: Virginia Bia, 1908
115 Birth Certificate: Jose Villa Granillo, 1918
116 Baptism Certificate: Jose Villa Granillo, 1918
117 Birth Certificate: Amador Flores, 1902
118 Marriage License: Amador Flores and Virginia Granillo, 1937
119 Application for Retirement Allowance: Amador G. Flores, 1967
120 Virginia Granillo: Family Tree, 1875-1996
121 Death Certificate: Amador G. Flores, 1976
122 Notification of Birth Registration: Rojelio Flores, 1938
123 Confirmation Certificate: Rogelio Flores, circa 1940
124 Notification of Birth Registration: Hector Ramon Flores, 1940
125 Death Certificate: Hector Granillo Flores, 1971
126 Birth Certificate: Jose Daniel Flores, 1944
127 Birth Certificate: Robert Cruz Flores, 1949
128 Birth Certificate: Pedo Vera, 1910
129 Marriage License: Pedro Donate Vera and Virginia Villa Flores, 1979
130 Correspondence: Felipe Vera, 1927
131 Civilian Conservation Corps: Pedro Vera, 1934-1935
132 Ray Public Schools: Pedro Vera, 1942
133 Correspondence: Pedro Vera, 1942-1943
134 Employment: Pedro Vera, 1933-1943
135 Correspondence: Virginia Flores, 1957-1962
136 Marriage License: Rogelio Granillo Flores and Jennie Belen Cantarella, 1984
137 Greenwood Memorial Park: Burial Space for Flores Family, Undated
Series III: Memorabilia
BoxFolder
2/OV21 Deed of Land: Sonora, Mexico, 1960
2/OV22 Sociedad Benito Juarez Logia #30, 1928
2/OV23 Sociedad Mexicana-Americana Logia Principal, #10, Sonora, Arizona, 1926
2/OV24 Marriage License: Felipe Vera and Mercedes Madrid, 1924
Series VI: Miscellaneous
BoxFolder
3/OV21 Silk Screen Prints: Sonora, Arizona, Undated
BoxFolder
41 Sonora, Arizona Reunion, 1988
42 Ray-Sonora Tigers Reunion, 1988
42 Boydie Mercado, 2001
43 Correspondence: Sonora, Arizona Historical Marker, 1998
44 Copper Basin News: Sonora, Arizona Marker, 1999
45 Photographs: Sonora, Arizona Historical Marker Dedication, 1999
46 Recuerdos de Sonora, 1999
47 Sanborn Map: Sonora, Arizona, 1945
48 Telephone Directory, 1962
49 Ephemera, 1952-1996
410 Lodge Medallion: Sociedad Benito Juarez Logia, Sonora, Arizona, 1928
BoxFolder
5/OV21 Maps and Photograph Proof Prints: Sonora, Arizona, 1919-1954
BoxFolder
6/OV31 Ray-Sonora Tigers Baseball Uniform, 1940
Series V: Photographs
BoxFolder
71 Ray-Sonora Baseball Teams, 1940-1951 (Photographs)
72 Baseball Fans, 1950-1960 (Photographs)
73 16th of September and Patriotic Parades, 1919-1950 (Photographs)
74 Mexican Independence Day Celebrations, 1947-1950 (Photographs)
75 Weddings and Quinceañeras, 1943-1960 (Photographs)
76 School Children, 1919-1950 (Photographs)
77 St. Helen's Catholic Church, 1930-1960 (Photographs)
78 Ray Copper Mines, 1940-1950 (Photographs)
79 Sonora-Ray Street Scenes, 1900-1965 (Photographs)
710 Social Activities, 1940-1950 (Photographs)
BoxFolder
81 Veterans' Names, 1941-1991
82 Veterans: Abril-Avenetti, 1941-1991
83 Veterans: Bartlett-Coury, 1941-1991
84 Veterans: Delgadillo-Fontes, 1941-1991
85 Veterans: Garcia-Gutierrez, 1941-1991
86 Veterans: Hernandez-Lopez, 1941-1991
87 Veterans: Macias-Murillo, 1941-1991
88 Veterans: Navarro-Romo, 1941-1991
89 Veterans: Salcido-Soto, 1991-1941
810 Veterans: Tovar-Zavala, 1941-1991