The deadline to submit your tale of adventure and discovery is coming up fast. I Found it in the Archives! will close on December 17th, so don’t delay!
If there’s something you uncovered while researching a collection in one of our reading rooms; or something that you found during research in our Digital Collections, we would love to hear about it! See below for contest details.
By December 17th, 2013, please submit either a 400 word essay or a 2 minute video relating your tale of discovery and sharing the results of your search in the archives. Contact us if you have any questions!
- You may submit only one entry through the submission form.
- You must be 18 years of age or older at the date of entry.
- You must not be a full-time employee of UTSA Libraries Special Collections.
- Your entry becomes the property of The University of Texas at San Antonio. We reserve the right to post your essay and photograph or video online. Materials will not be returned.
At the end of the contest, a panel will judge all submissions and select the finalists. Finalists will be announced on January 15, 2014 and their entries will be posted onThe Top Shelf for open voting from January 15-27. Once the votes are counted, the winner will be announced on January 29th. The winner will receive a framed
8 x 10 print of their choice from UTSA Libraries Digital Collections.
The National Competition
The winner’s entry will be submitted to the national competition sponsored by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). National winners will be hosted at the Society of American Archivists Annual Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. in August 2014.
How to Enter
Essays may be uploaded with this submission form. If you are submitting a video, please upload it to a video hosting site such as YouTube and include the URL in the submission form. If preferred, entries can also be submitted in person at either of our reading rooms during regular hours. Submitting a photo of yourself is optional, but encouraged.
Last month’s rare books post, Finding the Reader in the Book, looked at various kinds of writing found in books. However, sometimes more than handwriting is left between the pages. Bookmarks, dried flowers, grocery lists, prayer cards – all of these ephemeral items provide clues to the lives and literary practices of readers.
Sometimes unbound pages are laid in by the publisher. For example, the Chama Press’ limited edition of Cynthia Ann Parker: the Story of her Capture at the Massacre of the Inmates of Parker’s Fort… includes a “Publisher’s Addendum” laid in at the front of the book, which describes the book’s content and recounts the history of previous editions. Another fine press book, The Story of the Village Type (1933) by Frederic W. Goudy, printed by the Press of the Wooley Whale, includes a printed letter from the chairman of the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ Committee for Special Service to the membership describing this book as a keepsake sent “in celebration of Mr. Goudy’s birthday, which falls on March 8th.”
If errors or misprints are discovered during or after printing, errata slips may be laid in to indicate corrections. The 1901 edition of The Private Journal of Sarah Kemble Knight… from The Academy Press includes an Erratum slip laid in on page 77 correcting the spelling of “acordance” to “accordance.”
Certain types of publications, like catalogs, may come with price lists or order forms laid in, which readers are expected to use to purchase goods featured in the publication. Wards Room-tested Wallpapers (1938) includes an order blank and an envelope for mailing in the order.
Readers who correspond with authors frequently tuck letters or notes into their personal copies of books written by that author, as in the case of Julio Ortega’s Ayacucho, Goodbye; Moscow’s Gold in which former owner Bryce Milligan laid in a short letter addressed to him from the author. A copy of Feelings and Things (1916) by Edith Kingsley Wallace includes two short letters on cards written by the author to Mrs. Kellam, who appears to have been a close friend, judging both by the letters and the book inscription, which casts Mrs. Kellam in the role of godmother to Kingsley Wallace’s poems.
Often, readers add inserts meant to enhance or add to the book’s content. This seems to be the case with Rails Through the Hill Country (1973) about the establishment of railway service between San Antonio and Fredericksburg in the early 20th century, into which someone laid a 1918 time table for the Fredericksburg & Northern Railway Co. Along similar lines, a copy of Realms We Fashion (1923 by Frances Barber includes a newspaper clipping of book reviews.
However, readers also leave behind more generically related (or sometimes unrelated) items in their books. Religious works, unsurprisingly, often contain religious ephemera. A copy of Nueva Novena Dedicada al Milagrosisimo Niño de Nuestra Sra. De Atocha published in San Antonio in the early 20th century includes two prayer cards, as well as a handwritten list of prayers taped into the inside of the front cover.
Cookbooks are often used as a place to tuck newly-acquired or often-used recipes, whether handwritten or clipped from a newspaper. A copy of Manual de Cocina: Recetas (1905) by María Isla has several items laid in, including a handwritten recipe for Mamon de Natas, a printed prayer to the Virgin Mary dated Sept. 8, 1912, and a four leaf clover.
Locating copies with items laid in using library catalogs can be difficult, as the presence of such items is not always noted, and the wording used to describe such items may vary over time. Keyword search phrases that may be helpful include “laid in,” “inserted,” or “found in.” Sometimes, though, laid-in items are discovered simply through serendipity.
Please enjoy a selection of Thanksgiving imagery from our photograph collections.
Who knew that driving turkeys to their doom would draw droves of visitors to the tiny Texas town of Cuero beginning in the early 1900s. When a processing plant moved to the outskirts of Cuero in 1908, turkey ranchers began herding their flocks through the center of town on their way to the plant. The spectacle of thousands of fowl trotting through town drew spectators from far and wide. Cuero merchants capitalized on the attraction providing visitors with refreshments and rooms. Local leaders determined to reap the benefits of this annual poultry parade formalized the event in November 1912, declaring the first official Turkey Trot. Texas governor Oscar Colquitt and other dignitaries attended the festivities and enjoyed a parade of “floats festooned with turkey feathers” in addition to 18,000+ turkeys strutting down Main Street.
In 1913, a Turkish theme set the stage for the Turkey Trot as Sultan Yekrut (turkey spelled backwards) and Sultana Oreuc (Cuero reversed) reigned over the festivities. As the years progressed, the Turkish pageantry became more and more splendid. The royal couple became a royal court complete with attendants decked out in elaborate costumes. Cuero was thus transformed from tiny town amongst the mesquite trees and sagebrush to an exotic oasis replete with the splendor of a Turkish court.
 “The Cuero Turkey Trot,” [http://m.turkeyfest.org/p/About-Us/Cuero's-Turkey-History/195], accessed November 11, 2013.
- UA 99.0025 UTSA. Papers of Faculty and Staff: Clark, Ellen Riojas Clark, approximately 70 linear feet of faculty papers from professor of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies.
Rare Books: 99 items [October Title List]
- To Mexico by palace car: intended as a guide to her principal cities and capital, and generally as a tourist’s introduction to her life and people (1886) by James W. Steele. Provides extensive descriptions of Mexico, and Mexico City in particular, by an American tourist traveling via recently completed rail lines.
- Plumbing ordinance of the city of San Antonio, Tex.: passed and approved Dec. 21, ’08 and roster of the city government elected May 11, 1909. A brief but informative pamphlet discussing problems such as management of waste from saloons and packinghouses.
- Murieron a Mitad del Rio (1948) by Luis Spota. Drawing on the author’s own experiences, this novel explores life as a bracero in Texas.
Over 125,000 people came to see the President and First Lady during their two and one-half hour stay in the city on Thursday, November 21, 1963. U.S. Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez compared the downtown crowds to those seen during a Fiesta parade. San Antonio Police Chief George Bichsel said that it was the largest turnout for a V.I.P. that he had seen. The visit consisted of a motorcade through the city and the President’s delivery of an official address at the dedication of the new Aerospace Medical Division research complex at Brooks Air Force Base.
Air Force One arrived at San Antonio International Airport at 1:30. Accompanying the Kennedys from Washington were Texas Senator Ralph Yarborough, Air Force Secretary Eugene Zuckert, and most of the Texas Democratic Congressional delegation. Welcoming President and Mrs. Kennedy at the airport were Governor and Mrs. John Connally, their official hosts, and Vice-President and Mrs. Lyndon Johnson. Shortly after the arrival, the Democratic Party dignitaries and members of the press followed the presidential car in a motorcade to Brooks Air Force Base. The route took them down Broadway to Houston Street then south on St. Mary’s Street and Roosevelt Avenue to Military Drive. Following the ceremony at Brooks, the President and his entourage went to Kelly Air Force Base, where they left for Houston.
The San Antonio Express-News assigned four staff photographers to cover the President’s visit. The photographers–Jose Barrera, Joe Davenport, Hal Swiggett, and John Tarsikes–recorded the arrival, views of enthusiastic crowds from the motorcade, the ceremonies at Brooks AFB, and the departure from Kelly AFB. These are some of those photographs.
Continuing with our November feature of facial hair, today we highlight the styles of individuals at different points in their lives.
Some people find a style and stick with it, like photographer Louis de Planque of Corpus Christi. Pictured on the left with his family, de Planque has essentially the same beard in the second photograph that appears to be years later.
John William Schuwirth kept things pretty similar over the years – a full goatee on the left with it trimmed down and more of an unruly Van Dyke later on. Schuwirth was a professor at the German-English School in San Antonio.