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Arnulfo Gonzalez Papers

Identifier: MSS-594-BC

Scope and Content

Archive 594 contains material relevant to the history of Northern Mexico, particularly the state of Coahuila, during the late years of the Mexican Revolution and the early 1920's. The collection contains correspondence, government documents, political advertising, and other materials from the files of Arnulfo Gonzalez, Provisional Governor of the State of Chihuahua, 1916-1918 and Governor of the State of Coahuila, Mexico, 1921-1923. The years 1921-1923 represent the bulk of the collection.

Photographs and postcards have been transferred to CSWR Pictorial collections.


  • 1910-1960 (bulk 1921-1923)

Language of Materials

English, Spanish

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research; patrons must use the microfilm copy of the González papers.

Copy Restrictions

Photocopies allowed from the microfilm for resource purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biographical Information

Arnulfo (Medina) Gonzalez was born in Villa de Juarez, Coahuila, Mexico, April 23, 1886 to Pedro Gonzalez Ortega and Jeronima Medina. He died April 10, 1962. Sena±or Gonzalez completed his primary studies in Villa de Juarez, secondary and preparatory studies at Ateneo Fuente, Saltillo, and legal studies at the National School of Law, Mexico. He apparently practiced law without completing a degree thesis.

Gonzalez taught primary school in Piedras Negras and Zaragoza, Mexico, until 1913. He joined the Democratic Party, became executive secretary, and supported the Francisco I. Madero rebellion of 1910. In 1913, Gonzalez joined the Constitutionalists, fought under General Pablo Gonzalez as a 2nd captain, and supported Venustiano Carranza against Francisco Villa, 1914-1915. During the years 1915-1916 González became chief of staff, 2nd Division, Army of the Northeast, under General Francisco Murgui­a and would later be forced to leave his governorship because of kinship to General Murgui­a, who supported the Adolfo de la Huerta rebellion of 1923.

Gonzalez became military commander of Coahuila in 1916, attaining the rank of brigadier general and chief of staff of various military zones. He became provisional governor of Durango, 1916, provisional governor of Chihuahua, 1916-1918, governor of the Federal District, 1918-1919, and governor of the state of Coahuila, 1921-1923. Also during his military and political career, Gonzalez would serve as director of the Cavalry Department, Secretariat of War; director of the Justice Department, Secretariat of War; official mayor of public works; secretary of the Army and Navy Bank; and Commander of the Legion of Honor. He retired from the army in 1949.


4 boxes + oversize folder (4 cu. ft.)

Separated Material

Photographs have been transferred to Arnulfo Gonzalez Pictorial Collection.

Microfilm Guide

  1. Reel 1: Box 1, folders 1-15
  2. Reel 2: Box 1, folders 16-23a
  3. Reel 3: Box 1, folders 23b-26
  4. Reel 4: Box 2, folders 1-12
  5. Reel 5: Box 2, folders 13-20
  6. Reel 6: Box 2, folders 21-23
  7. Reel 7: Box 3, folders 1-6
  8. Reel 8: Box 3, folders 7-13
  9. Reel 9: Box 3, folders 14-17
  10. Reel 10: Box 4, folders 1-9
  11. Reel 11: Box 4, folders 10-31
  12. Reel 12: Box 4, folders 32-35

Conservation Report

The collection was received in poor condition. Papers were generally torn, folded or wrinkled, and many pages are contaminated with mold. Papers have, since processing, been relieved of all metal fasteners, smoothed and unfolded and interleaved where appropriate for conservation or to keep groups in context. Newsprint has been photocopied. Groups of papers formerly attached with metal fasteners have been interleaved for conservation purposes and to keep associated papers in context.
Finding Aid of the Arnulfo Gonzalez Papers, 1910-1960 (bulk 1921-1923)
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Revision Statements

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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