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Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT)

Identifier: DC-MSS-001

Scope and Content

Collections contains digital (pdf) documents from the Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca in Mexico City. The digital collection has five major series: Fondo Álvaro Obregón - Fondo Plutarco Elías Calles - Fondo Fernando Torreblanca - Archivo Plutarco Elías Calles - Archivo Plutarco Elías Calles, Anexo. Each series covers the political life of the President or Secretary. Last two series not yet available online. Fidecomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT) is a multi-institutional digital project.

This digital collection (in progress since July 2015) is providing open access through a partnership between the University of New Mexico Libraries, the Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT) and the Universidad de Colima.

It includes 300,000 digitized documents in Spanish and English from the Fondos Álvaro Obregón, Plutarco Elías Calles, and Fernando Torreblanca, located physically at the Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elias Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT) in Mexico City. Documents from the Fondo Plutarco Elías Calles include personal and political correspondence from 1919-1936 as well as testimonials and decrees which are particularly rich in documenting General Calles’ relationships with unions and the hierarchy in the Catholic Church in Mexico. Documents from the Fondos Fernando Torreblanca-and Alvaro Obregón include materials from 1909 to 1980 documenting military and political campaigns as well as General Obregon’s presidency and assassination.


Archivos históricos digitalizadosPlutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (Época Posrevolucionaria de México) Esta colección de documentos digitalizados (en construcción: de Julio, 2015 a Julio 2018) proporciona el libre acceso y está disponible globalmente gracias a la cooperación archivística digital establecida entre el Sistema Integrado de Bibiliotecas de la Universidad de Nuevo México, EEUU; el Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca; y la Universidad de Colima de la ciudad de México DF, México.

En esta se incluyen 300.000 documentos digitales históricos en español y en inglés de los Fondos documentales Álavaro Obregón, Plutarco Elías Calles, y Fernando Torreblanca, localizados físicamente en el Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT) de la Ciudad de México DF. Los documentos históricos digitales del Fondo Plutarco Elías Calles integran correspondencia official y personal durante el período comprendido entre 1919 y 1936, así como también testimonios documentales, acuerdos, y decretos que proporcionan amplia información documentada de su estrecho vínculo con la principal Central Obrera (CROM) y la alta jerarquía de la Iglesia Católica en México. El Archivo digital histórico Fernando Torreblanca está conformado por documentos y correspondencia official que registran las campañas políticas y militares que cubren el período comprendido entre 1909 y 1980, así como el mandato presidencial del General Obregón hasta su asesinato.


  • 1879-1980

Language of Materials

Spanish, English

Access Restrictions

The digital collection is open for research online.

Copy Restrictions

Duplication of digital material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws.

Biographical Information

ÁLVARO OBREGÓN 1880-1928. Álvaro Obregón was born in the hacienda Siquisiva, municipality of Navojoa, Sonora on February 19, 1880. He was an important Mexican politician who began his political and military career in 1912. He held many important appointments. Under Carrranza, Obregón was Secretary of War and Navy (1916-1917). Once the constitutional government was established, he moved to Sonora and married María Tapia. Obregón was elected President of Mexico 1920–1924 and fought for political centralization and reorganization of the army. He defeated the “delahuertista” rebels and supported agricultural developments. In 1927, Obregón won a second term but was assassinated on July 17, 1928.

PLUTARCO ELÍAS CALLES 1877-1945. Plutarco Elías Calles was born in Guaymas, Sonora, on September 25, 1877. In 1894, he graduated as a teacher and worked teaching and exploring the field of journalism until 1910 when he joined the revolutionary movement led by Francisco Madero. After President Madero’s assassination in 1913, Calles fought against Victoriano Huerta and against Francisco Villa. He was governor and military commander of Sonora from 1915-1919. He won the presidential elections in 1924 and served until 1928. He began modernizing the state, the banking system, and the army. He also started a comprehensive process of Reforma Agraria (Land Reform). Calles’s administration faced strong opposition from the Catholic Church. He remained politically influential after his second term ended in 1935. In 1936, he went into exile to San Diego, Califormia, and returned to Mexico in 1941. He died in Mexico City on October 19, 1945.

FERNANDO TORREBLANCA 1895-1980. Fernando Torreblanca was born in Mexico City on June 15, 1895. He was personal secretary of Alberto J. Pani, Director General of the Constitutionalist Railroads of Mexico, as well as of Álvaro Obregón, Plutarco Elías Calles and Emilio Portes Gil when they served in office. In 1922, he married Hortensia Elías Calles Chacón, Plutarco Elías Calles’s daughter. Torreblanca worked from 1930 to 1934 at the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs. From 1936 to 1941, he and his family lived in San Diego, California while Plutarco Elías Calles was in exile. He died in Mexico City on July 2, 1980.

SOLEDAD GONZALEZ 1895-1953. Soledad González was born in Agua Nueva, Coahuila, in 1895. She served as secretary of President Madero and was in charge of typing the presidential transition of 1910. She was also Obregón’s personal secretary when he served as Secretary of War and Navy. She assisted with the transcription of Obregón’s military memories published in the book Eight thousand kilometers of battle. She also served as Plutarco Elías Calles’s secretary from 1919 to 1936. Due to her close relationship with Calles, she had the custody of his mail and businesses during his time in exile. She died in Mexico City in 1953.


17233 Digital Files

Processing Information

In this cooperative project, the FAPECFT provides digital files along with metadata and UNM CSWR translates metadata and uploads to its New Mexico Digital.
Guide to the Fideicomiso Archivos Plutarco Elías Calles y Fernando Torreblanca (FAPECFT)
Digital Archives
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid is in English and Spanish
Funding provided in part by UNM Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections (CSWR), UNM Center for Regional Studies (CRS), UNM Latin American and Ibero Institute (LAII), and CRL Latin Americanist Research Resources Project (LARRP).

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