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UTSA Special Collections Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

September 23, 2011

Real cedula anunciando el nacimiento el dia 16 de febrero de 1791 de la Infanta Maria Teresa.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15), UTSA Special Collections announces an initiative to digitize the Sons of the Republic of Texas Kathryn Stoner O’Connor Mexican Manuscript Collection.

The collection, which documents over four centuries of Hispanic history in Mexico and the U.S. Southwest between 1555-1987, is comprised of over 5,400 printed and manuscript documents, periodicals, pamphlets, and broadsides, predominantly written in Spanish. The collection is organized into seven series and includes government documents, financial records, legal petitions, political and ecclesiastical decrees, wills and legal testaments, and personal and business letters. Highlights from the collection include:

  • 1555 civil suit, concerning the distribution of land in Tulancingo
  • 1737 manuscript copy of a 1594 document regarding a gift to the Barefoot Fathers of the Seraphic Order of San Francisco
  • Contemporary manuscript copy of the 1836 Articles of Surrender signed by James Fannin at the Battle of Coleto

Many of the documents are related to religious and political life in the municipal district of Tulancingo, in the city of the same name, which is located in the Mexican state of Hidalgo, northeast of the Federal District of México.

Beginning this fall, UTSA Special Collections will begin digitizing the collection and will provide access to the digitized manuscripts through the collection’s digital landing page.  An exhibit showcasing manuscripts from the collection will be on display in the Reading Room at John Peace Library through October 8th.

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