The Texas-Mexican Presbytery

The Texas Mexican Presbytery was established in 1908 to develop Mexican Presbyterian churches and religious education programs, particularly in southwest Texas. As it became a focus of missionary work, the presbytery established churches, placed ministers, and disbursed support funds. In addition to establishing a Spanish-speaking department at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, the presbytery also founded two educational institutions: the Texas Mexican Industrial Institute for Boys (1912) and the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls (in 1924). The Texas Mexican Presbytery initially helped to support its churches and ministers with funds from the Synod of Texas of the Presbyterian Church. By 1955, however, its churches were self-supporting, and were at that point absorbed into their geographic presbyteries.

These films come from the Texas-Mexican Presbytery Records in the Austin Seminary Archives at the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. A complete finding aid to the collection is available here: http://www.austinseminary.edu/page.cfm?p=1697.

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Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 8
A Texas-Mexican Presbytery roadtrip to what are likely the borderlands of west Texas/Mexico, with images ...
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 5
Shot partly in San Benito and Austin in the 1940s, scenes in a hospital are followed by the presbytery’s ...
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 4
A meeting of Texas-Mexican Presbytery committee members at an outdoor meal and a larger gathering of chur...
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 7
Six young men greeting an older woman, and posing together as a group.
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 6
A Presbyterian congregation in Angleton, Texas, and the church’s minister preaching.
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 3
1940s-era footage documenting the graduation ceremonies at the Presbyterian School for Mexican Girls (or ...
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 11
Views of the springtime Texas countryside.
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 1
This film features the Texas-Mexican Presbytery's churches in central and east Texas in the 1940s.
Texas-Mexican Presbytery Collection, no. 2
A look at Texas-Mexican Presbytery congregants and churches, schools, missions, and community centers in...