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Farewell to Angela

August 27, 2009

Today we bid farewell to an integral part of the UTSA Archives and Special Collections staff, Angela McClendon Ossar. Angela has been an invaluable asset to the department and the library in her two years at UTSA, first as a temporary Manuscripts Archivist and more recently as University Archivist. In both positions Angela has had a hand in all aspects of the Archives: wrangled tables and cells to create a relational database to track archival functions, including accessions, processing, cataloging, locations and more; provided bibliographic instruction to hundreds of eager and not-so-eager students; cataloged and encoded over a hundred catalog records and EAD finding aids, been the go-to person in the department for cataloging questions; served as our resident “HemisFair ’68 Expert;” served as a the unofficial department copy editor; and kept the rest of us organized.

Angela has been a vocal proponent of the University Archives from the beginning, participating in numerous outreach efforts like the UTSA Yesterday Twitter account, the creation of multiple outreach brochures, launching the successful Records Retention Geek Squad program, and contributing to Records Retention training. Her exemplary bibliographic reference abilities have led to the some surprising discoveries: the past-existence of a bar on the UTSA campus, that the Tower of Americas was named during a 1967 contest hosted by the San Antonio Express-News, and the fact that the university library was at one time housed in the Physical Education Building gym.

While we understand her need to move on, and northeast to Austin, we will miss her in the Mission City.

For additional biographical information about Angela Ossar, please see her Meet the Staff blog post

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