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Women’s History Month: Personal Papers of Women

March 20, 2009

Welcome to the third installment of our Women’s History Month series. This week we’re highlighting just a few of the collections of women’s personal papers that the Archives maintains.

Rosita Fernandez
Rosita Fernandez, a long time San Antonian and pioneer of Tejano music, gained international fame as a recording artist and movie star. In over sixty years of entertaining, Rosita performed Mexican ballads for foreign and U.S. dignitaries including Pope John Paul II, Prince Charles, and five U.S. presidents. Rosita performed at President Carter’s inauguration, and often sang for guests of President and Lady Bird Johnson.
Mary Carolyn Hollers George
Mary Carolyn Hollers George is a writer and architectural historian. George’s published works focus on architectural history in Texas especially in and around San Antonio and Mexico. Ms. George also conducted research concerning the Koehler Family, founders of the Pearl Brewery, in San Antonio and their home now called the Koehler Cultural Center as well as the Anglo-Texan Society.
Ernestine Glossbrenner
Ernestine Glossbrenner served 16 years as Texas State Representative from 1977 until her retirement in 1993. Glossbrenner was heavily involved with local and national women’s organizations during her time in office. She remained affiliated with such organizations after her retirement from office, and continues to dedicate herself to women’s issues and causes.
Lollie Johnson
Lollie Johnson was a successful bartender and nightclub owner in San Antonio. The success of her nightclub businesses was credited to her commitment to the San Antonio GLBT community, which made up the majority of her customer base. Lollie was also active in local community groups, including Alamo Human Rights Committee, Lavender Alcade, San Antonio AIDS foundation and the San Antonio Tavern Guild.
Cyndi Taylor Krier
Cyndi Taylor Krier represented Bexar County in the Texas Senate for two terms from 1984 through 1992. In 1992, Krier was the first woman and first Republican elected as Bexar County Judge. In 2001 Krier retired as a judge and was appointed to a six-year term on The University of Texas System Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry.
Esther Vexler
Esther Vexler, a native of San Antonio, is a yoga instructor, and community volunteer.Esther Vexler did volunteer work with Jewish charities and was the first female president of the Jewish Federation of San Antonio. She also worked with the League of Women Voters and the Child Guidance Clinic. Teaching yoga since 1968, she is a Founding Partner at San Antonio Yoga Synergy studio.
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