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The Quince Años Documentation is a collection of liturgical publications, handbooks, and audiovisual materials created by Sister Angela Erevia, Missionary of Cathecists of Divine Providence and Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas. The materials were formulated in order to be shared with the surrounding Catholic community and used as preparatory tools for youth, their families, and religious staff who would be partaking in the Quince Años celebration.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of liturgical materials, audiovisual aids, and hymnals developed by Sister Angela Erevia, MCDP, intended for use during the religious observance portion of the Quince Años (fifteenth birthday) celebration. The handbooks and booklets included in the collection are intended to prepare quinceañera/quinceañero youth, their families, and religious staff for the Quince Años celebration while also centering the Catholic faith.
Collection is arranged into one series. Materials are arranged topically.
The celebration of Quince Años is a social, coming-of-age event that is held when US Latino and Latin American youth (usually young women) turn fifteen years old to celebrate their societal debut into adulthood. Quince Años are celebrated throughout Latin America and in parts of the United States. Young women celebrating their Quince Años are referred to as quinceañeras, while young men are called quinceañeros. While Quince Años celebrations are not meant to be religious, families of Catholic quinceañeras and quinceañeros who wished to center their Catholic faith as part of the celebration have worked with religious staff to incorporate Catholic elements and practices. Sister Angela Erevia, part of the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence and current Director of Hispanic Ministry through the Diocese of Dodge City, developed pamphlets and videos to help quinceañera and quinceañero youth, their families, and religious staff prepare for the religious part of the Quince Años celebration.
Natalia Flores donated artifacts to the Division of Home and Community Life (now Division of Cultural and Community Life) in 2009. See accession #: 2009.0169.001 (Quinceanera dress worn by Natalia Flores); 2009.0169.002 (Quinceanera shoes worn with the dress); 2009.0169.003 (tiara worn with the Quinceanera dress); and 2009.0169.004 (bouquet (not flowers or dried) carried with the dress).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated to the Archives Center by Sister Angela Erevia in 2009.
Collection processed by María Daniela Jiménez, LMSP Fellow, Summer 2017, under the direct supervision of Alison Oswald.
Using the Collection
Quince Años Documentation, 1985-2000, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright for these materials remains the property of the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence, 2318 Castroville Road, San Antonio, Texas 78237.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012