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This letter includes a map and message from Santiago "Jimmy" Salutan to Mary Olvera, by way of a go-between, "Samy." The letter reads, "Marry here is a letter from Jimmy. He wants you to get ready. Here is a watch. Don't be afraid. We will help you…

This letter was written by Santiago Salutan planning the elopement. Date to elope: Thursday night, 11PM-12AM, April 18, 1935. "When they are sleeping, run directly to our car." "Don't bring anything…leave shoes and dress…write note to father…

This letter is from Mary Olvera to Santiago "Jimmy" Salutan agreeing to elope; explains her fear of her dad, but will still go through with it.

Santiago "Jimmy" Salutan responds to Mary's letter in which she says they can no longer be together because the are different races. First paragraph of the letter reads: "My Dearest Mary, I have recieved [stet] your letter which your father gave to…

Santiago "Jimmy" Salutan was Filipino and Chinese while Mary Olvera was Mexican/French, so Mary wrote to Jimmy explaining that she could not marry him because they were not the same nationality. She worries that if she had children and he left (for…

This letter is from Santiago "Jimmy" Salutan; he explains that Mary Olvera's parents do not want them to get married and his parents want them to. "I will take care of you until I die…don't defend your parents…we're old enough…don't take their…

Photograph of Santiago "Jimmy" Salutan that he attaches to a letter to Mary Olvera. Inscribed on the back are the words, "Forgetfullness is not known," perhaps referencing lines from his letter.

Text of letter: "My dearest Jimmy, This few lines are in place to give answer to your most beloving one in which I was more than glad to recieved [stet]. Jimmy dear I am afraid. But I am strong enough to face my father and mother. I hope with all my…

Jimmy expresses concern over how Mary will handle her parents' disapproval of their relationship.

This is the first letter from Rosalie Marquez's mother, Mary Guerrero Olvera, to her father, Santiago "Jimmy" Salutan. She writes, "I have found boy of my dreams," and states that "I am willing to marry you with all my heart."

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