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New Acquisitions for February 2013

March 21, 2013
Lemon Extract Box. MS 403 Adams Extract and Spice LLC records. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Lemon Extract Box. MS 403 Adams Extract and Spice LLC records. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Manuscript Collections:


  • MS 406 Van de Putte (Leticia) Papers, 14 feet of campaign materials, photograph albums, scrapbooks, and oversized materials.
  • MS 403 Adams Extract and Spice LLC records, 1.5 linear feet of Adams photographs, correspondence, labels and products materials, and items related to their 125th anniversary.
  • MS 405 Chapa (Francisco A.) Family papers consisting of 7 boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 1 file carrier of photographs, letters and other materials related to Francisco A. Chapa and his extended family, including son Frank L. Chapa, Bea and Bella Chapa, and members of the Rivas and Laborde families.


  • MS 016 San Antonio 100 records, one record carton and three envelopes of board materials, reports, minutes, membership information, and budgets, 2008-2010.
  • MS 321 Gonzalez (Barbara Renaud) Papers, 4 boxes of writings, correspondence and other materials of this author.

Rare Books: 46 titles [February Title List]


The 1920s was a decade of expansive construction that saw corresponding sales in materials for interior design.  Many of the available options were influenced by the art deco style, which began to emerge before World War I, but was made famous by the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels in Paris. Characterized by formalized flowers, geometric patterns, and vivid colors, art deco “delight[s] in ornament for its own sake.”[1] Modernism, with its clean lines and “emphasis on the machine as a source of inspiration,” had its roots in 1920s European design such as Bauhaus.[2] However, as an avant garde movement, its influence is less evident in the mass market design options in these catalogs.

[1] Battersby, Martin. The Decorative Thirties (New York: Walker and Company, 1971): 10-12.

[2] sic.: 20, 23.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2013 6:07 pm

    Are the Chapa papers available yet? Is there much from the early 19-teens? Thanks so much.

    • Nikki Lynn Thomas permalink
      March 25, 2013 9:49 am

      The Francisco A.Chapa Family papers (MS 405) are currently being processed by Special Collections staff. An announcement that the collection is available for research will likely appear on this blog within the next several months.

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