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Institute of Texan Cultures Student Intern Research Project

May 6, 2013

UTSA Special Collections recently received records that document the Institute of Texan Cultures’ Student Intern Research Project. Also known as Field Work Internship Program, the Student Intern Research Project was chaired by James C. McNutt, the Director of Research and Collections for the Institute of Texan Cultures. From 1983-1992, interns at the Institute worked on folklife projects that documented life among different cultural and ethnic groups in  Texas. Each intern took summer fieldwork with the Institute of Texan Cultures to further cultural understanding of different traditions, ceremonies, and customs in Texas that inspired each intern to design an independent research proposal.

Carmela Rodriguez intern files, Amistad Sin Frontera mural in Del Rio, Texas, 1993

Carmela Rodriguez intern files, Amistad Sin Frontera mural in Del Rio, Texas, 1993

Carmela Rodriguez intern files, Untitled mural at Holly St. power plant, San Antonio, Texas, 1993

Carmela Rodriguez intern files, Untitled mural at Holly St. power plant, San Antonio, Texas, 1993

The research conducted by interns eventually became the basis for content in many of the Institute’s productions, publications, exhibits, educational activities and audiovisuals. For example, Tim Davis, Dan Gelo, and Michael Stone’s research aided the Institute of Texan Cultures’ reconstruction of a turn of the century adobe house on the Institute’s grounds. Other notable intern projects included field studies of Vietnamese refugees in Texas, Tejano and Conjunto music in South Texas, Hill Country dance halls, and Trinidadian culture in Houston.

Shari Powell intern files, Crider, Texas rodeo, 1984

Shari Powell intern files, Crider, Texas rodeo, 1984

Shari Powell intern files, Crider Cafe, Crider, Texas, 1984

Shari Powell intern files, Crider Cafe, Crider, Texas, 1984

The Student Intern Research Collection includes 11 linear feet of memoranda, personal and administrative correspondence, oral history recordings and transcripts, research files, research reports and photographic materials pertaining to independent student research conducted for the Institute of Texan Cultures from 1983-1992.

A finding aid for the collection  is now available on line.

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