Series 6
Colonias Study, 1998-2004
Boxes 11-12

Scope and Content Note

Starting in the mid-1990s, Larson researched and wrote about unregulated land markets in Texas called “colonias.” Colonias are not governed by any zoning regulations, building codes, or planning laws; they lack basic services such as clean water, sewers, and housing with safe wiring and plumbing. Larson wrote several articles on the colonias and participated in a Ford Foundation study that helped colonia residents gain clear and legal title to their homes. She also supervised law students who worked on the colonias project through the University of Wisconsin’s Land Tenure Center.

The documents in this series constitute a record of Larson’s involvement with the colonias. The bulk of the material consists of correspondence between Larson and colleagues who worked on the Ford Foundation project. Copies of interviews with colonia residents are also present.

Arrangement Note

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Box Folder Content
11 1 Brenda Haskins memos, 1998-1999, undated
11 2 Community land specialist training, 2002
11 3 Contract for services, undated
11 4 Correspondence: Austin trip, 1999-2000
11 5 Correspondence: Ford Foundation, 1999-2003
11 6 Externship, 1998-2003
11 7 Final report, 1993
12 1 Focus group transcript, 2002
12 2 Installment contracts memo, 1993
12 3 “Las Colonias” exhibit, 2001
12 4 Notes, 2002, undated
12 5 Photographs of Trevino subdivision, 1998
12 6 Starr County interviews, 2000
12 7 “Who Owns America?” conference, 2001-2004