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Now Online: El Pueblo, Bexar Tracks, and Manuscript Cookbooks

May 24, 2012

Several new items were added to the UTSA Libraries Digital Collections website in May:

Issue of El Pueblo

Vol. 2, No. 8 (Dec. 1981) of El Pueblo.

El Pueblo

El Pueblo is an independent, bilingual community-based newspaper that was published in the late 1970s and early 1980s by a team of volunteers and distributed in the economically poor sectors of San Antonio, Texas.  22 issues of El Pueble dating from 1979 to 1982 are now available online.  A few of the topics addressed in articles include the impact the Reagan administration’s policies; local strikes against Gaylord’s Container Division, Handy Andy, and others; and ongoing debates surrounding immigration, both documented and undocumented. In sixteen issues, a special column entitled Perspectiva Femenil addresses women’s perspectives on issues such as undocumented immigration, domestic violence, and the movement of factories to countries with low labor costs.  Also included is an interview with San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros following his election as the first Mexican-American Mayor of a major U.S. metropolitan city in 1981.  El Pueblo editor Antonio C. Cabral invites researchers to contact him at

Issue of Bexar Tracks

Vol. 4, No. 5 (May 1986) of Bexar Tracks.

Bexar Tracks: the Newsletter of the Bexar Audubon Society.

Bexar Audbon Society (BAS) is the local chapter of the National Audubon Society and focuses on advocacy and on educating the public about local conservation issues.  144 issues from 1983 to the present are now online and additional issues will be added over time. Since 1983, BAS’ newsletter has highlighted environmental issues on the local, state, and national level, as well as BAS fieldtrips and events. A few highlights include information about BAS’ initial establishment in 1983; the development and protection of the Edwards Aquifer; and other local environmental issues, such as tree ordinances and habitat restoration.

Title page of Libreta de Cocina (1939) by Socorro Rubio.

Title page of Libreta de Cocina (1939) by Socorro Rubio.

Manuscript Recipe Books

Seven manuscript recipe books from the Mexican Cookbook Collection are now available online.  Six of these are volumes written by a family of related women in Durango, Mexico from shortly before to shortly after the Mexican Revolution:

[v. 1]. Libro de resetas [sic] (1907) / Susana Irazoqui Palacio
[v. 2]. Libro de cocina [no date] / Josefa Dammi Ortigosa, Susana I. de Sanches Torres
[v. 3]. Libro para recetas (1914) / Susana Irazoqui de Sánchez
[v. 4]. Libro de recetas (1912) / Susana Irazoqui
[v. 5]. Libro para recetas (1914) / Susana Irazoqui de Sanchez
[v. 6]. [Without title] (1915) / Susana I. de Sanchez.

One additional manuscript recipe book from 1939 entitled Libreta de Cocina, which was written by Socorro Rubio, has also been uploaded.  It includes recipes for breads, cakes, desserts, salads, tacos, and other traditional Mexican recipes.  Rubio (or perhaps a later owner) illustrated many of the recipes with pictures cut and pasted from newspapers.  Additional manuscript cookbooks will be added to the collection during the coming year.

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