- MS 420 Giles (Robert and J.A.) Family papers, .4 linear feet containing scrapbook of Robert Giles, business papers and correspondence from J.A. Giles (from estate sale)
- MS 419Pan American League records, 1 box and 1 photograph album
- MS 22 Women’s Overseas Service League records, .33 linear feet of materials related to Edith Stout
Rare Books: 25 items [December Title List]
Héctor la Novela de Ambiente Mexico (1930) by Jorge Gram.
This Spanish-language novel with an imprint in Marpha, Texas was written by Mexican priest David G. Ramirez. Born in Oaxaca in 1889, Fr. Ramirez attended school in Mexico City, Durango, and, after being ordained in 1918, the Gregorian University in Rome. He returned to Mexico in 1924, shortly before the beginning of the Cristero War (1926-2929).. Relocating to Texas during the war, Ramirez continued to support the Cristeros through the literary works he wrote under the pseudonym Jorge Gram: Héctor, Jabel, La Guerra Sintética, La Trinchera Sagrada, Rebelde, and He Vendido mi Túnica. 
 Diccionario Porrúa: Historia, Biografía, y Geografía de México, 6th ed., s.v. “Gram, Jorge.”
This collection of 79 hymns featured on San Antonio radio station WOAI’s Dial-A-Smile program includes a photograph of the station (including the then-new 425′ antenna) and another featuring the program’s master of ceremonies, organist, and “sportscaster who sings the hymns.” This item complements other UTSA WOAI holdings, such as Before “30″ : being an assembly of certain radio editorials written and broadcast by Kendall (Ken) B. McClure… (1938) and WOAI personalities, San Antonio (1940).
In the 1960s, John C. Kight purchased a small collection of glass plate negatives at an estate sale in the Alamo Heights area of San Antonio. While the photographer is unknown, the images appear to have been taken in and around San Antonio with a few taken n New Braunfels. Mr. Kight recently gifted Special Collections with the negatives. All 39 photographs in the the collection have been digitized and are available online. If you have additional identifying information about any of the people or places in the photographs, please contact Special Collections.
Or this baby:
Or these images which may have been taken in New Braunfels:
Printing is most often thought of as a black and white art, but there is a long history of the use of color in printmaking in both East and West. Chromoxylography, or color wood block printing, developed to particular heights of artistry and craftsmanship in China and Japan during the 17th – 19th centuries. While a print involving five or six colors was considered impressive in Europe, Japanese prints of the latter half of the 19th century frequently involved as many as a dozen colors.
There are two basic methods of printing with wood; to make a wood cut, the artisan cuts with a knife along a plank of wood, while for a wood engraving, he or she uses a burin on the end grain. Despite distinct differences, the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, causing much confusion. Both methods, however, are printed in relief – that is, the un-carved portions are the highest points of the block, and thus produce the printed image.
Printing wood cuts in color requires a separate block for each color or shade and in order to achieve the desired effect, the paper and block must be perfectly aligned each time. Japanese print makers developed a highly effective registering technique called the kentō method. The first block is carved with two raised notches to indicate paper placement. These raised notches can then be inked and printed onto subsequent blocks, which are then carved with identically-placed notches.
The Process of Color-Block Printing = Mokuhanga Junjozuri (1949) by Shōzaburō Watanabe illustrates the process of color block printing step-by-step. In the series of images below, you can see the rich tone and shading of the finished product slowly come into being as printing begins with the finely-carved outline block (in this case in black) and is followed by each additional color.
To see the texture of printing on kozo (mulberry) paper in more detail and corresponding plates showing the shape of each color block, make an appointment with Special Collections in the John Peace Library Reading Room to request The Process of Color-Block Printing = Mokuhanga Junjozuri [NE1310 .P76 1949].
For more information on Japanese block prints in general, consider checking out one of several books on the topic from the Libraries’ stacks, such as Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints (2012), Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers, and Masterworks 1680-1900 (2010), or Color Woodcut International: Japan, Britain, and America in the Early 20th Century (2006).
 “Introduction,” in Color Woodcut International: Japan, Britain, and America in the Early Twentieth Century (Madison : Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006): 10.
 John Carter and Nicolas Barker, ABC for Book Collectors (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press, The British Library, 2006): 231-232.
 Andrew Stevens, “The Spread of Style: Americans and the Color Woodcut of the Early Twentieth Century” In Color Woodcut International: Japan, Britain, and America in the Early Twentieth Century (Madison : Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006): 49.
Hello The TopShelf! I’m quite pleased to introduce myself as the newest addition to UTSA Libraries Special Collections as the University Archivist. I’m thrilled to be working with my new colleagues as the third person to hold this title in UTSA’s history. My duties will build upon the work of previous University Archivists Angela McClendon Ossar and Sean Heyliger, where I’ll be leading efforts to collect, preserve, and make accessible records documenting the administrative and cultural history of our University.
I join the Special Collections team as the third member with a background in Anthropology (birds of a feather?) and like them, I succumbed to the archives bug. While completing my MSI at the University of Michigan I got to work on a number of amazing collections at the Bentley Historical Library (my favorite: I digitized records for the Polar Bear Expedition Digital Collection) and the Smithsonian Institution Archives (where I processed the electronic research legacy of Dr. Devra Kleiman). My love for things archival goes beyond collecting and preserving records—I’m also passionate about promoting and providing access to archival collections and data. I recently completed a fellowship at OCLC Research, where I took part in projects studying how users search for information on the web (through the JISC-funded Visitors and Residents project) and how to preserve contextual metadata with research data for reuse among academic researchers (through the IMLS-funded DIPIR project).
I’m extremely excited to be involved in managing and cultivating the already sizeable University Archives collections, which include paper records, digital collections, oral histories and web archives documenting the history of UTSA. I’m very much looking forward to engaging with users to both grow and promote our collections. Stay tuned for posts on how it’s going!
Dreaming of a white Christmas in San Antonio? Enjoy these images of the San Antonio Riverwalk during the 1985 snowstorm.
Photographs are from the San Antonio River Authority records, MS 331 http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utsa/00272/utsa-00272.html.
- MS 417, Kight (John C.) photograph collection, 39 glass plate negatives of scenes of San Antonio and 3 tintypes of unidentified males
- UA 04.02.02, UTSA. Facilities, Office of, 46 photographs
Rare Books: 11 items [November Title List]
The combination plate is delicious and deservedly beloved, but Mexican cuisine includes an incredible variety of ingredients and preparation methods beyond the staples of Tex-Mex. This month’s new acquisitions include cookbooks that focus on culinary areas many Americans may not automatically associate with Mexican food such as herbal tea, vegetarian specialties, sprouts, and African-inspired cuisine from Guerrero, Mexico.
Té Maravilla: Medicos Tradicionales (2009) by Alicia Ahumada.
Delicias Vegetarianas de México (2007) by Gloria Cardona.
Los Quelites, un Tesoro Culinario (2009) by Edelmira Linares Mazari and Judith Aguirre.
Sazón de la Cocina Afromestiza de Guerrero (2007) by Francisca Aparicio Prudente.
Each December San Antonio residents step forward to help the needy during the holiday season. Numerous groups and individuals donate gift items and perform acts of kindness in order to bring cheer to the less fortunate.
These images in the San Antonio Light Collection, dating from the 1920s to the 1990s, illustrate the long tradition of holiday giving in San Antonio.