Collection Highlights on Display
Special Collections invites visitors to get a taste of the wide variety of materials and subjects available for research here at UTSA through an exhibition of Collection Highlights from January-July 2013.
Prints of Bexar County show the breadth of the General Photograph Collection. This collection depicts Texas people, places, and events from the mid-19th century to 2000. Or special note in the exhibition are photographs of a couple touring Mission San Jose by automobile in 1910, two army pilots from Fort Sam Houston with an aerial bomb in 1910, and the Texas Open Golf Tournament in Brackenridge Park in 1927.Materials from the Rare Books Collection illustrate Texas’ involvement in the Civil War. Among the items on display are a published volume containing the ammended 1861 Texas constitution and the Constitution of the Confederate States of America, an 1862 Almanac published in Houston, Texas, and a handwritten diary that provides a view of the war from the perspective of a soldier in Hood’s Texas Brigade.
Materials on display from the Manuscript Collection showcase the literary, civic, and corporate history of San Antonio. Highlights include a 1913 diary kept by Texas Poet Laureate (1947-1949) Aline B. Carter, a scrapbook documenting a Corpus Christi troop’s trip to Idaho for the 1965 Girl Scout Senior Roundup, and a label for canned tamales from San Antonio’s Gebhardt Chili Powder Company.
Documents and memorabilia from the University Archives provide insight into UTSA’s history and development. A few of the materials on view include a rendering and site plan of the Institute of Texan Cultures prior to its 1965 establishment, a bulletin welcoming UTSA’s very first student in 1973, and a 1975 UTSA button, complete with the University’s roadrunner mascot.
Visit the exhibition in the Special Collections Reading Room on the 4th floor of the John Peace Library 10am-3pm, Monday-Wednesday.
This exhibition was curated by Tom Shelton, Photo Curator; Juli McLoone, Rare Books Librarian; Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Curator; and Melissa Gohlke, Library Assistant.