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Josephine Barela Papers

Identifier: MSS-383-BC

Scope and Content

This collection contains a handwritten manuscript of Ojo del Gallo, notes from the research which led to this publication, and the published version of this book which describes the history, social life and customs, foodways, politics, religion, marriage customs, early businesses, and military contributions of the town of San Rafael, New Mexico. The collection also contains correspondence regarding the permissions required for this book and the publication process, itself. It also contains memorabilia from the business of her ancestor, Romulo Barela.

Most documents are in English, though one is in Spanish.


  • 1875-1976
  • Majority of material found in 1971-1975

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Josephine Barela was born and raised in San Rafael, New Mexico in 1898, descendant of Rómulo Barela, one of San Rafael's earliest settlers. She obtained a teachers' diploma from a renowned eastern conservatory of music, following which she taught piano lessons privately in San Rafael, and worked as a secretary. Josephine Barela became ill while she wrote her manuscript of Ojo del Gallo. Barela's manuscript was published posthumously, by her friends, Margaret and John Bonomo, after Barelas' death in 1972.


1 box (.25 cu. ft.)


This collection contains documents pertaining to San Rafael (New Mexico) resident and author Josephine Barela and her publication, Ojo del Gallo.

Related Material

Barela Mercantile Company Records, 1905-1925 Center for Southwest Research. University Libraries. University of New Mexico.

Processing Information

Collection was reprocessed December 2004, with typescripts and correspondence added.
Finding Aid of the Josephine Barela Papers, 1875-1976, (bulk 1971-1975)
Processed by K. Stocker
©2000; ©2004
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • June 28, 2004: PUBLIC "-//University of New Mexico::Center for Southwest Research//TEXT (US::NmU::MSS 383 BC::Josephine Barela Papers)//EN" "nmu1mss383bc.sgml" converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131