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Peacock Military Academy Fiesta Dress Parade and Acrobatic Riding Exhibition

April 21, 2014

Schools have participated in Fiesta San Antonio since almost the beginning. By the early 1900s, students were regularly featured on floats in the Battle of Flowers Parade. Later, a few schools organized their own events. One of them was Peacock Military Academy, established in 1894. The impetus for the event was the academy’s “Monkey Drill Team” that was drawing enthusiastic fans during public appearances in the late 1930s. Fiesta was a logical occasion to demonstrate the horsemanship of the cadets. In 1946, Peacock’s parade and riding exhibition was added to the official Fiesta calendar. It was held on Thursday afternoon of Fiesta week at the academy parade grounds at 1800 Cincinnati Avenue. The event, featuring a dress parade and performances of the school’s drill teams, was held annually until the academy closed in 1973.

These photographs, taken on April 22, 1948, are from the San Antonio Light Collection.

 

A member of the Peacock Monkey Drill Team demonstrates Roman riding. (MS 359: L-3560-I-11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

King Antonio XXVI and other guests of honor on the reviewing stand.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-l)

King Antonio XXVI and other guests of honor on the reviewing stand. (MS 359: L-3560-I-1)

 

The Peacock Drum Corp passes in review.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-3)

The Peacock Drum Corp passes in review. (MS 359: L-3560-I-3)

 

Cadet Charles Ritchie leads the McKinnon Rifles.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-2)

Cadet Charles Ritchie leads the McKinnon Rifles. (MS 359: L-3560-I-2)

 

The Peacock Lancers, the academy’s cavalry troop.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-4)

The Peacock Lancers, the academy’s cavalry troop. (MS 359: L-3560-I-4)

 

Cadet Staff Sgt. Bill Edwards leads the Peacock Monkey Drillers through a bareback acrobatic riding exhibition in front of a crowd of about 5,000 spectators.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-13)

Cadet Staff Sgt. Bill Edwards leads the Peacock Monkey Drillers through a bareback acrobatic riding exhibition in front of a crowd of about 5,000 spectators. (MS 359: L-3560-I-13)

 

Cadet First Captain Carroll Womack leads the Peacock Zouaves in a fast-cadence precision drill.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-14)

Cadet First Captain Carroll Womack leads the Peacock Zouaves in a fast-cadence precision drill. (MS 359: L-3560-I-14)

 

The Zouaves scale a 12 foot wall in 49 seconds.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-15)

The Zouaves scale a 12 foot wall in 49 seconds. (MS 359: L-3560-I-15)

 

Ten-year old Bill McCandless, mascot, puts the academy’s five-gated horse through his paces.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-10)

Ten-year old Bill McCandless, mascot, puts the academy’s five-gated horse through his paces. (MS 359: L-3560-I-10)

 

King Antonio XXVI (Park Street) visits with cadets following the event.  (MS 359: L-3560-I-6)

King Antonio XXVI (Park Street) visits with cadets following the event. (MS 359: L-3560-I-6)

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Acquisitions for March 2014

April 17, 2014
San Antonio Transit System Bus Routes, 1971, MS 424

San Antonio Transit System Bus Routes, 1971, MS 424

Manuscript Collections

New:

  • MS 424 John Howard collection of San Antonio transportation ephemera, 3 boxes (2.5 linear feet)

University Archives

Additions:

  • UA 19.01 UTSA. University Center, 16 (posters) items documenting special events and homecoming, five of Fiesta from the 1990s
  • UA 14.01 UTSA. Center for Archaeological Research publications collection, 2 cds and 2 reports

Rare Books: 1 Title

The earth, the temple, and the gods : Greek sacred architecture / Vincent Scully

“When The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods first appeared in 1962, it was hailed by the critics for it erudition, historical imagination and boldness. Subsequently, this comprehensive study of Greek temples and site-planning has been widely accepted as a landmark of architectural history, for it offers an inspired and arresting insight into nature and function of Greek sacred architecture. Vincent Scully, one of America’s most brilliant and articulate scholars, understands the temples as physical embodiment of the gods in landscapes that had for the Greeks divine attributes and sacred connotations. He explores the meanings inherent in the calculated interaction between man-made sculptural forces and the natural landscape, and he relates this interaction to our understanding of Greek culture from the pre-Greek Aegean to the Hellenistic period. Years of research and travel were devoted to The Earth, the Temple, and the Gods. Scores of sites were restudied on the spot, including many lesser-known sanctuaries throughout the Hellenic world. The study includes reconstruction drawings, plans, and maps along with its richly illustrated, detailed discussions of major sites” [description provided by publisher]

The Pals Social Club collection

April 14, 2014
Pals Social Club 80th Anniversary booklet, MS 422

Pals Social Club 80th Anniversary booklet, MS 422

At a bridge club meeting in 1925 Vivian Lowery Vincent suggested that the members organize a club, The Pals. With the motto “Pleasant Attitude Toward Life,” the club members believed that the social life of young Black women would be more secure by having the backing of older, caring and dynamic women. The Pals selected and sponsored debutantes to develop and promote social and civic awareness, cultural dignity, pride and sense of self. In 1928 the Pals hosted their first Debutante Ball, which has continued annually.

Each Pals member choses a potential debutante to sponsor, and the coterie is selected by a vote. The debutantes must be 18 years old and enrolled in college. Once the coterie is selected, the girls attend workshops where they are mentored on proper etiquette and social graces. The African American women selected for the debutante coterie of the Pals Social Club are college students and leaders who represent the club’s moral and ethical standards.

From 1947-1992 the Pals entered into an arrangement with the Van Courtlandt Club, a men’s social club, with the Van Courtlandt’s opening the season with a Debutante Ball and The Pals Club gala closing the season in the spring. After 1992 the Pals resumed their Debutante Presentation Ball, which is held during the Christmas season.

Gwendolyn Elam Easter and Wendolyn Elam Easter, nieces of Hattie Elam Briscoe, 1963-1964 Coterie, MS 422

Gwendolyn Elam Easter and Wendolyn Elam Easter, nieces of Hattie Elam Briscoe, 1963-1964 Coterie, MS 422

In 1979, the Pals were honored by the United Negro College Fund and presented the Fred D. Patterson Award. In 1992, the National Council of Negro Women honored the Pals for the organization’s outstanding leadership toward the growth and development of the minority community of San Antonio.

Special Collections is pleased to add a small collection of materials from the Pals Club to our holdings. The bulk of the collection consists of newspaper clippings and photographs, which were arranged chronologically by decade prior to donation. Also included is an 80th anniversary book, which has been digitized, in the Historical Information folder. The collection is available to researchers and an online guide has been prepared.

Sources:

  • 80th Anniversary booklet, Pals Social Club collection, MS 422, UTSA Libraries Special Collections
  • “Pleasant and Poised,” Stefanie Arias, San Antonio Express-News, March 22, 2013 (retrieved January 30, 2014)

San Antonio Black History Collection now available online

April 7, 2014

The San Antonio Black History Collection was brought together by Lewis Fisher while conducting research on San Antonio history. Lewis F. Fisher, author and publisher, formed Maverick Publishing in San Antonio, Texas, in 1996. He has written Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage and Crown Jewel of Texas: The Story of San Antonio’s River. The collection is made up of printed materials that reflect African-American life in San Antonio in the 20th century. San Antonio funeral homes, schools, and churches are the major subjects in this material. The collection has been arranged into the following categories: businesses, churches, clubs and organizations, education, history, military, newspapers and magazines, and photographs. Many of the items in the collection have been digitized and can now be viewed online.

Highlights of the collection include paper fans (or church fans), several African-American church records, and an incomplete run of Snap magazine.

Sutton-Sutton Mortuary paper fan, undated

Sutton-Sutton Mortuary paper fan, undated

The paper fans are undated, but reflect advertising for several San Antonio, Texas, mortuaries and funeral homes. Church materials include programs for Sunday services, yearbooks, and newsletters. Of note is a ledger for Ephesus Church of Seventh-Day Adventists (1873-1928) that lists church members names and addresses, and in some cases, the dates of death (bulk dates for the records are 1923-1928). This ledger also contains brief synopses of meetings among the reverend, church staff, and elders for the years spanning 1923-1928. A large but incomplete run of Snap magazine covers the years 1955-1966. Snap was a weekly local publication that covered San Antonio politics, social events, and current events in Civil Rights-era San Antonio from an African-American perspective.

 

Ephesus Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, church record, 1873-1928

Ephesus Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, church record, 1873-1928

 

Two unidentified photographs; an invitation and a program from local social groups; invitations for commencement ceremonies at Douglass and Harlandale High Schools; an annual bulletin for St. Philip’s Junior College (1946); and a fan advertising Hicks Beauty School round out the collection.

Hick's Beauty School fan, 1963

Hicks Beauty School fan, 1963

 

 

 

Introducing our new Head of Special Collections, Amy Rushing

March 31, 2014

If my name sounds familiar, it’s because you may remember this post from September 30, 2013, where I introduced myself as the new Digital Archivist. Well, I am pleased to announce that I am now the new Head of Special Collections. I am proud and honored to take on this role, and I am excited about shaping the direction and growth of special collections at an emerging Tier One University.

I look forward to getting acquainted with the faculty, students, staff, and researchers that are part of the UTSA community. I am also very excited about working with donors and the community in new and creative ways. Building upon our collectinheadshotg strengths, one of my goals is to ensure that Special Collections documents all aspects of the rich history of San Antonio and South Texas, including communities and groups traditionally underrepresented in the historical record. Through outreach and collaboration I want researchers in San Antonio, across Texas, and beyond to be aware of and utilize the resources in Special Collections.

I am proud of Special Collections’ accomplishments thus far; to name just a few: we have a robust and long-standing web archiving program; we have an active digitization program; we provided reference assistance to over 1500 patrons last year; we provide instruction on archival resources and research to UTSA students; and we curate quarterly exhibits to highlight our collections. All of this, of course, has been accomplished by the fantastic staff of Special Collections. I’m honored to be working with such a dedicated, hard-working crew.

If there is one thing I have learned since coming to UTSA, it is that I am more committed than ever to the goal of making our institution into a world-class teaching and research facility.

Adventures in ephemera: University Center Event Posters

March 24, 2014

When walking down the Paseo, through building corridors, and in the various assembly areas at UTSA, you might catch a glimpse of a wall of brightly-colored flyers and ornate posters advertising upcoming events.  Like the flow of people walking past, these signs are ever-changing: they go up, come down, and are replaced with others meant to draw in the eye of the passer-by.

Women in the 1980s, Lecture by Sarah Weddington, 1981-09-18, UTSA University Center Records

Women in the 1980s, Lecture by Sarah Weddington, 1981-09-18, UTSA University Center Records

A lot of effort can go into designing posters for maximum visual impact with a significant amount of thought put into reaching a target audience.  Posters are designed to grab your attention, lure you in for a closer look, and provide you with needed detail, all bundled into one sign.

In archives, this type of material is referred to as ephemera, or something that is short-lived.  Collecting wall postings is a great way to record the happenings at UTSA, where the content, names, and artistic design can document the changes taking place on campus in a visual way.  Tracking these changes can also be an interesting way to see the evolution of things like logos and decals (see this previous post on the progression of the UTSA logo).

Special Collections recently acquired new additions to the University Center Records collection of event posters, spanning the years 1980-2007. We hope to continue building this collection, so if you have ephemera you would like to donate, let us know!

Poster titles in the recent additions:

  • You Are There! 1984: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1984-04-05You Are There! 1984: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1984-04-05
  • Hightail It Home, UTSA’s First Annual Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1985-02-07
  • Celebrating Creativity: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1985-02-22
  • The Renaissance, Age of Adventure: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1986-02-22 [signed by artist]
  • Hats off to Texas! Texas Sesquicentennial, Second Annual UTSA Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1986-02-27
  • The Place To Be! UTSA’s University Center, Awareness Week, 1986-09-15
  • Puttin’ On the Ritz! Third Annual UTSA Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1987-02-21
  • The Ancient Age of Greece: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1987-03-06
  • Homecoming Week, Celebrating UTSA’s Fifteenth Anniversary, “An International Affair,” Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1988-02-25
  • Here’s To the Winners! Fifth Annual UTSA Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1989-02-10
  • Age of Acceleration: The 60’s: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1989-02-17
  • Catch the Magic!! Homecoming 1990 Schedule of Events, Sponsored by the University Center Program Council & the UTSA Alumni Association, 1990-03-02
  • Homecoming ’91 The Sequel: Discover It Again, Produced by the Office of Student Life, the Office of Student Activities, and the UTSA Alumni Association, 1991-11-11
  • Mardi Gras / Homecoming 1994: 1994 UTSA Homecoming Calendar of Events, 1994-02-14
  • Viva San Antonio! A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1994-03-04
  • The Hidden Persuaders: 1995 Spring Honors Conference, Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1995-03-03
  • Into the Unknown… Obstacles? Opportunities? A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1996-03-01Taste the Culture: Fiesta UTSA, Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, UTSA Student Government, Campus South Bookstore and Fiesta, 1996-04-10
  • Taste the Culture: Fiesta UTSA, Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, UTSA Student Government, Campus South Bookstore and Fiesta, 1996-04-10
  • How do you know? A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1997-02-28
  • Homecoming 2006: Tradition, Spirit, Pride: Homecoming 2006, 2006-02-09
  • Homecoming 2007: Tradition, Spirit, Pride: Homecoming Event Schedule, 2007-02-15 [signed by artist]
  • Are You the Master of Your Game?  A Conference Sponsored by the Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, undated
  • Let’s Celebrate Because…We’re Fixin’ to be Way Bigger!!! [University Center poster], undated

New Acquisitions for February 2014

March 20, 2014
Mitchell Lake Wildlife Refuge: an Illustrated History, MS 423

Mitchell Lake Wildlife Refuge: an Illustrated History, MS 423

Manuscript Collections

New:

  • MS 423 Mitchell Lake Wetlands Society records, 5 linear feet of records that document the activities of the Mitchell Lake Wetlands Society, which has worked to protect and develop Mitchell Lake as a wildlife and bird refuge since 1994

University Archives

New:

  • UA 99.026 Papers of Dwight Henderson, 4.5 linear feet

Additions:

  • UA 01.01 UTSA General Information and University History, .2 linear feet
  • UA 04.01 Office of the President, 126 linear feet

Rare Books: 10 Titles [February Title List]

Highlight:

feb-14-quesoQuesos mexicanos / Carlos Yescas ; con recetas de Josephina Santacruz ; [dirección editorial, Tomás García Cerezo].
Features description of fourteen Mexican cheeses from all regions of Mexico and includes 31 recipes from Chef Josefina Santacruz ranging the traditional quesadilla to fruit tarts with goat cheese. Photography by Fernando Gómez Carbajal.

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