This month we resurrect “Names and Places of UTSA,” a blog series on university history, with a post by archives student assistant, Marissa Del Toro.
As you make your way to your first class for the day you drive up Bauerle Road. Since you are already five minutes late, you decide to park in the Bauerle Road Garage. You head to class, quietly repeating the name Bauerle in your mind, trying to figure out its correct pronunciation while you prepare for the upcoming day full of more questions and sometimes less answers. Well, have no fear we can answer one of your unrelenting questions, at least about the pronunciation of Bauerle and the man behind the confounding name.
The road you travel almost on a daily basis and the garage, which opened in August 2012, that you provide awkward directions for was named after James E. Bauerle, D.D.S., possibly pronounced as “bow-er-lee.” Appointed by Governor Preston Smith, he served as a member of the UT System Board of Regents from January 1973 to January 1979. Originally from Travis County, Bauerle received his undergraduate degree at UT Austin and later received his graduate dental degrees in St. Louis and Pittsburgh. In 1952 he established his oral surgery practice here in San Antonio, where he continued to practice until his death in 2007 at the age of 83. In a 2005 Express-News article, Bauerle described his choice for oral surgery: “I decided that I didn’t want to be a surveyor like a regular dentist or orthodontist, but I would take on the heavy construction of oral surgery.”
At his oral surgery practice he treated the severe cases of disease, injuries, and defects to the mouth, jaws and facial regions. Devoted to his profession, he gained numerous awards and accolades within the world of professional dentistry but he also understood the value of education. He was one of the influential and founding members to the University of Texas Health Science Center Dental School in 1969. As mentioned in his obituary, Bauerle taught as a full time professor of oral surgery and dentistry, training and mentoring several generations of dental students here in the San Antonio region and the State of Texas. Bauerle told the Express-News of his interest and passion for his practice: “A lot of people used to die from dental problems not very long ago. Dental conditions and infections can become deadly serious, I like that I help relieve patients from one of the most painful conditions that exists.”
Besides his passion for dentistry, Bauerle was also known for his varied and wide collection of Western memorabilia and Asian décor that littered the walls of his Castle Hills office. According to the Express-News, his interest in all things Western related to his personal history of raising buffalo on his family’s ranch in Johnson City. His eclectic collection of buffalo paintings, jawbones, and taxidermy heads were part of his homage to his favorite livestock that floated throughout his office.
Here at UTSA, Bauerle was an influential figure during the early days. Several photos from the Gil Barrera Photographs Collection show Bauerle’s considerable involvement in the development plans of campus, from reviewing the schematics to visiting the construction site of the then-nascent UTSA with fellow Board of Regents members. His role as a Regent included his attendance at graduations and the conferring of degrees, including the 245 Master’s degrees awarded at the second commencement in August 1975.
The next time your take a drive on Bauerle Road, relish in the fact that you now know how to pronounce Bauerle (remember: “bow-er-lee”) and give a little appreciation to the man who contributed to UTSA’s development.
Doug Lipscomb, “Changing face of UTSA Main Campus: Roundabout to be built at north side,” UTSA Today (http://www.utsa.edu/today/2012/01/roundabout.html), accessed November 20, 2015. Originally published by UTSA Today on January 9, 2012.
Amanda Reimherr Express-News staff writer, “Dentist says age never an obstacle for career,” Former Regents the University of Texas System (http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/former_regents/regents/Bauerle/article.htm), accessed November 17, 2015. Originally published by the San Antonio Express-News online on June 22, 2005.
“James E. Bauerle,” Porter Loring Funeral Home (http://www.porterloring.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=459739), accessed November 17, 2015.
“James E. Bauerle,” Former Regents the University of Texas System (http://www.utsystem.edu/bor/former_regents/regents/Bauerle/), accessed November 17, 2015.
“245 Master’s Degrees Awarded,” UTSA Bulletin: The Discourse Vol. 3, No. 8, originally published by The University of Texas at San Antonio in August, 1975 (http://digital.utsa.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15125coll7/id/2243/rec/1), accessed November 20, 2015.
Gil Barrera Photographs of the University of Texas at San Antonio, 1972-1978, MS 27, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.
The Pan American Goodwill Flight of 1926 and 27 was a public relations goodwill mission to promote U.S. aviation in Central and South America. It was proposed by Maj. Gen. Mason Patrick, chief of the Army Air Corp. Ten distinguished military pilots, with good mechanical skills, were selected to fly the five Loening amphibian airplanes, each named for a city in the United States. Because of its geographical location and prominent connection to military aviation, San Antonio was designated as the starting point and base of operations. On December 21, 1926 the aircraft left Kelly Field on a 22,000 mile journey through Mexico, Central America, South America, and up to Washington, DC. The flight concluded on May 2, 1927 at Bolling Field with thousands of spectators waiting at the flight line. President Calvin Coolidge was there to award the pilots the first Distinguished Flying Crosses.
The San Antonio Light began regular coverage of the flight in November 1926. By the end of the month, the pilots had arrived in San Antonio. Jack Specht, the paper’s staff photographer, was sent to take a group portrait of the men. He would accompany reporters on subsequent trips to take additional photographs of the airmen, their aircraft, and the christening ceremony. News articles that December describe the hectic schedule of the pilots and the aircraft mechanics during those three weeks of preparations at Duncan Field. The mechanics worked long hours assembling the biplanes and making mechanical adjustments. The pilots attended lectures, assisted the mechanics, and tested the planes. During their spare moments, the pilots were honored at luncheons and dinners by an enthusiastic local population.
Fifty two 4×5 glass plate negatives related to the departure of the Pan American Goodwill Flight are preserved in our collection. These are some of those images made by Jack Specht.
UTSA Special Collections San Antonio River Authority Collection Internships (Summer 2016)
The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections is currently seeking applications for two San Antonio River Authority (SARA) interns for summer 2016. Each internship position pays $21.00/hour.
The San Antonio River Authority records consists of reports, project materials, correspondence, maps, surveys, minutes, and photographs. Historical research materials in the collection include photographs and documentation of the flood of 1921 as well as photographs of activity of the San Antonio River during the early part of the twentieth century.
The two interns will work together to: arrange, rehouse, and describe additions to the collection from 2011 and 2014 (approximately 170 linear feet); update finding aid in EAD; and digitize negatives if time permits.
The positions begin June 1, 2016 and ends August 15, 2016. Each position will work 35 hours per week. There are no benefits with this position and the successful candidates will be expected to cover travel to San Antonio. Housing is not provided as part of the award and must be arranged by the successful candidates.
Candidates must be enrolled in a master’s program in library and information science with an emphasis in archives or a master’s program in information science with an emphasis in archives. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed coursework in arrangement and description. The successful applicants must be able to show proof of enrollment in Fall 2016 classes before internship begins.
Application deadline is February 1, 2016. Applications should be sent to email@example.com and should include:
- Statement not to exceed 500 words explaining how the SARA internship fits the applicant’s educational program and career goals;
- Current resume; and
- Letter of recommendation from archives professor or other professor familiar with applicant’s career goals and coursework.
During October and November, UTSA Special Collections at the John Peace Library is featuring exhibits on two San Antonio artists, Gene Elder and John Shown. The exhibits showcase elements of two extraordinarily creative men’s lives, including: personal journals, original works of art, and newsworthy moments. The exhibits can be viewed in the JPL Special Collections reading room (located on the fourth floor of the library), Monday through Wednesday from 10-3.
With a passion for art and activism, Gene Elder has become an integral part of San Antonio community and culture. Merging these two interests, Elder identifies himself as artist-activist through original artwork, exhibits, written work, performance pieces, and involvement with the local art community.
A steadfast supporter of local artists, Elder has created many venues for art, first at his MUD gallery in the mid-1970s, and then in his promotion of multi-artist exhibits during the 1980s.
Equal in measure to the significant role Elder played (and still plays) in the art scene, is the part he assumes in advocating for gay rights. In 1979, Elder ran for mayor of San Antonio under the “Party Party” banner-he spoke up about not only the importance of art, but also about society’s infringement on gay rights. Materials from Elder’s mayoral bid include hand-painted campaign fliers, an election ballot, and news articles documenting Elder’s race for the mayor’s chair.
In addition to materials highlighting Elder’s run for mayor, on display are several personal journals, hand-made paper fans, and photographs. An online guide to the Gene Elder Papers provides more in-depth information about items in the collection.
A man of many talents, John Shown donned the caps of artist, gallery co-owner, writer, editor-in-chief, lighting and scenic designer, and photographer. Shown spent many years in San Antonio, but his creative style was known throughout the nation and even abroad, with his works of art finding glamorous homes in such places as the Boatman Gallery in New York and the homes of Rex Reed and Geoffrey Holder.
Shown graced the San Antonio art scene with his eclectic collages and wall-hanging stitchery, and quickly came to hold an important role in the art community not just for his contributions, but also for the support he gave other artists.
In 1981, Shown ,along with Don Davenport, created the Shown-Davenport Gallery, a censorship free zone for artists. Knowing all too well the difficulties of living a life dedicated to one’s art, the Shown-Davenport Gallery only charged a nominal fee, allowing several struggling artists the opportunity to gain exposure.
Shown later went on to provide another medium for artists with his creation of Forum, an Artists Forum of Texas publication, where Shown paid tribute to the San Antonio art scene.
One of the events featured in Forum was Cornyation, a wonderful parody on the San Antonio tradition of coronation during Fiesta week, where creative expression and satire were encouraged.
The John Shown exhibit displays Cornyation photographs, exhibit posters, personal journals, and snapshots of some of Shown’s original work, including his stitchery and “Lost Collages, 1969.” More information about John Shown and the items in his collection can be found in the online guide for the John Shown Collection.
Though the celebration of Halloween in San Antonio was common during most of the last century, there are few photographs related to it prior to the 1930s. Numerous articles describing Halloween parties are found in local newspapers in the 1910s and 1920s. But none were accompanied with an illustration. The earliest Halloween images in our San Antonio Light Collection date from the late 1930s. By then, Halloween was celebrated with a variety of activities, including trick-or-treating by children wearing mass-produced costumes.
These Halloween photographs, from our collections, were taken by newspaper and commercial photographers.
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself as the new Library Assistant II at the UTSA Special Collections.
I am a Fightin’ Texas Aggie, Class of 2014 and graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Communications and Journalism, and a B.A. in English. I am also a self-proclaimed (and unashamed) bookworm. Literature has always held a very special place in my heart, and I cannot wait to learn all about the wealth of materials held here in the Special Collections.
I look forward to working with our patron community and helping with all of their research endeavors.
Elena Guajardo Papers and Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio Records donated to UTSA Special Collections
Earlier in 2015, UTSA Libraries Special Collections received several collections from individuals and organizations that are a part of San Antonio’s LGBT community. In this post, I will highlight one of the collections: the Elena Guajardo Papers.
The Elena Guajardo Papers document Guajardo’s campaign to win the District 7 seat on San Antonio’s City Council in 2005 and subsequent re-election campaigns. The collection contains materials from her time on City Council as well as items that document Guajardo’s involvement in community projects.
Elena Guajardo became the first openly gay candidate to run for and be elected to San Antonio’s City Council. In 2005, While serving as District 7 Councilwoman , Guajardo advocated for working families and protecting the environment. Guajardo’s dedication to these causes earned her the Sierra Club “Environmental Hero” award and she was selected as the “Elected Public Official of the Year” by the Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Guajardo served only one term on San Antonio City Council despite several re-election attempts.
Prior to serving on San Antonio City Council, Guajardo served her community through numerous organizations and agencies. She was on the boards of the Bexar County Tejano Democrats, the City of San Antonio Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, the Human Rights Campaign, the League of Women Voters, the National Association of Social Workers, and Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio.
After completing her term on San Antonio City Council, Guajardo was invited by the San Antonio Chief of Police to be on a citizen’s advisory council. Committed to making sure all women have access to safe and affordable health care, Guajardo accepted a place on the board of Planned Parenthood. She also joined the board of the Children’s Association for Maximum Potential (CAMP), a camp for children with disabilities that provides a week-long summer camp experience to the children and provides respite for their families.
The Elena Guajardo Papers are housed on UTSA’s Main Campus and must be accessed through the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form. Included in the collection are campaign plans, brochures, circulars, flyers, correspondence, clippings, speeches, and voting results as well as other print materials.
About Elena Guajardo-Active Citizen at https://activecitizen.wordpress.com/about-elena-guajardo/, accessed June 12, 2015.