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Josephine Teixeira silhouettes and papers

Identifier: MC-060

Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of 282 cut paper silhouette portraits done by Josephine Teixeira. Some are mounted in a scrapbook of Saltmarsh Store employees, some glued in a sketchbook, others are mounted on cards, or collaged. Most were done in the late 1960s through the mid-1970s. The collection also contains papers relating to the death and burial of Bibiana Xavier.


  • Majority of material found within 1968-1990

Language of Materials

Materials entirely in English.

Conditions Governing Access

No known restrictions

Biographical / Historical

Josephine Teixeira was born in Camacha, Funchal, Madeira Islands in 1911 to Antonio Baptista (1867-1950) and Genevieve Neves. She was one of five sons and two daughters and is the sister of Joseph Baptista, She emigrated in 1919 with her mother, four brothers, and a sister, joining her father and older brother Joseph in Providence. Josephine was selected to manage the family-run Liberty Super Market in New Bedford because she had attended some school and could read and write. She married Joseph Teixeira in 1935 and they had two sons, William and Lawrence. She worked at Kilburn and Wamsutta Mills, and later was employed by Saltmarsh’s department store in New Bedford. She sold her cut-paper silhouette portraits at craft fairs and other local festivals. Bibiana Xavier (1892?-1987), some of whose papers are included in this collection, was one of Josephine’s co-workers from Wamsutta Mill, and lived with her following Joseph Teixeira’s death in 1974. She was born in the Azores, made her living as an embroiderer, and is pictured at work in the accompanying Wamsutta Mills pamphlet. She lived at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in New Bedford at the time of her death. For a more detailed biography of Josephine and Joseph Teixeira, see box 1.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 small manuscript box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by William Teixeira in 2002.

Josephine Teixeira silhouettes and papers
Maura McGurk
May 2006
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Repository Details

Part of the UMass Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives Repository

Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA