The Alianza Hispano Americana was founded in Tucson, Arizona in 1894 as a mutual aid benefit society for Mexicans in the Arizona territory. The collection features insurance documents that serve as legal evidence of financial transactions among members and within lodges. The materials include membership files, legal and insurance records, and administrative files, which are mostly Spanish. The Alianza was known to advocate for Mexican-American education and civil rights.

La Alianza Hispano Americana fue fundido en Tucson, Arizona en 1894 como una sociedad de seguro fraternal para los mexicanos americanos en el territorio de Arizona. La colección incluye documentos de seguros que sirven como testimonio legal de las transacciones financieras entre los miembros y dentro de las logias. Los materiales incluyen expedientes de afiliados cuales contienen registros legales y de seguro, correspondencia de las logias, fichas administrativas como actas de reuniones y documentos financieros, y materiales impresos. Los materiales son en su mayoría escritos en español. La Alianza era conocida como defensor de los derechos civiles y de los derechos de educación de los mexicanos-americanos.

Alianza Hispano Americana section at Pinal Cemetery, Miami, AZ. 2011. Copyright and photo provided by Christine Marin.


Arrieta, Olivia. La Alianza Hispano Americana, 1894-1965. SW Hispanic Research Institute, 1994.(Available here)

Briegal, Kaye L. Alianza Hispano-Americana, 1894-1965: A Mexican American Fraternal Insurance Society. Thesis. University of Southern California, 1974.

Drunen, Hans van, “Alianza Hispano-Americana,” Freemasonry and Fraternal Organizations (http://www.stichtingargus.nl/vrijmetselarij/aha_en.html), accessed May 31, 2012. Published by Stichting Argus. 

Teresa Palomo Acosta, “ALIANZA HISPANO-AMERICANA,” Handbook of Texas Online(http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/vna02), accessed May 31, 2012. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Alberto Francisco Pradeau Collection, MSS-67. Arizona State University Libraries: Chicano Research Collection.

Cuentos y Memorias  Papers, MSS-168. Arizona State University Libraries: Chicano Research Collection.



  1. Gloria Nieves · · Reply

    We found sometype of insurance policy of my grandfather’s issued 1952, how do we find a phone number and locate Alianza Hispano-Americana in Tucson,AZ to see if this policy is still good? Thank you

    1. Hi Gloria,
      If you could please email me more details (grandfather’s name, where he was from, if there is a policy number), I can see if there is anything in the our AHA collection and provide you with more information.

      My contact information is xaviera.flores@asu.edu or feel free to call me at 480-965-8955.

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