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María Cristina Mena Papers

Identifier: 2015-010

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The María Cristina Mena Papers are organized into five series: Manuscripts, Published Works, Correspondence, Clippings and Notes, and Photographs. The collection contains manuscripts, published works, personal and business correspondence, clippings, notes, and photographs. Of particular note is Mena’s correspondence with D.H. Lawrence found in Series Three.


  • 1925-1964

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2 linear feet

Biographical Information

Born in Mexico City, María Cristina Mena (1893-1965) emigrated to New York City at the age of fourteen before the Mexican Revolution of 1910. In the United States, she later published a series of short stories in English in prominent U.S. magazines. Although Mena's fiction has been analyzed in literary publications and dissertations, studied in classes, discussed at conferences, and included in anthologies and criticism of early twentieth century Chicana literature, her stories have not been collected until now.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated to Special Collections by the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Project in 2015.

Guide to the María Cristina Mena Papers
In Progress
Amy Doherty Mohr and Elizabeth Lisa Cruces
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA