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Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers

Identifier: AC-648

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of correspondence and photographs. It also includes newspaper clippings and other memorabilia.


  • Creation: 1925-2014


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

Some restrictions may apply.


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Biographical Note

The Montalbano-Latino-Fowler papers include family records and photographs of Joseph F. Montalbano (1902 -1976), his wife Antoinette Latino Montalbano (1907 -1988), and their daughter Gloria Grace Montalbano Fowler (1928 –2014). There are more than 100 family letters, miscellaneous family documents, postcards, and photographs included in these papers.

Most of the letters were written by Joe Montalbano to his wife Antoinette, who he often refers to as Nettie, during the years between 1925 and 1944. The letters declare his personal love for her and encourage her to leave New Rochelle, New York, and return back with their daughter Gloria to live with him in Beaumont, Texas. His letters often focus on daily activities including operating a family meat packing business by the name of Home Packing and Provisions Company, Inc., with his brother John F. Montalbano. He also discusses local baseball teams that he played for and includes newspaper clippings and baseball memorabilia in his letters. Other topics found in the letters are news about family members serving in the military, comments on the war effort, local events happening in Beaumont, and activities related to their daughter, Gloria. Once Nettie agreed to return back to Beaumont from New York in 1944, many of the letters frequently discuss the purchase, remodeling and then furnishing of the new home that he bought for the family.

The letters in essence detail daily life in Beaumont, Texas, for the years between 1925 and 1945. They offer interesting insight into the primary concerns of a typical family for that given era.


4.50 Cubic Feet (4.50 cubic feet in 5 boxes)


The Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers consist of love letters written by Joseph F. Montalbano of Beaumont, Texas, to Antoinette Montalbano (his wife) and other Latino family members who resided in New Rochelle, New York. Contained in the papers are postcards sent and received by extended family members and documents pertaining to religious worship practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Also included are photographs of members of the Montalbano and Latino families and that of Gloria Grace Montalbano (Joseph’s daughter), William T. Fowler (Gloria's husband), and Tommy Joe Fowler (their son). In addition, the papers contain photographs of Joseph Montalbano when he was a baseball player for a local Beaumont city sports team and a scrapbook of newspaper clippings documenting his time as a ball player. Similarly, there are photographs of the family's Beaumont-owned business known as Home Packing and Provision Company as well as other miscellany materials.

Organization of Collection

This collection is arranged by specifc type of material that includes correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia. The letters are arranged chronologically by author and thereunder by recipient. While the photographs are arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Deanne Pate, 2014 November.


No further accruals are expected.

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Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 January.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2015 April.

Finding Aid for the Montalbano-Latino-Fowler Papers, 1925-2014
Tyrrell Historical Library Staff
2015 April 20
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository