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Selections from General Photograph Collection on Historypin

June 3, 2013

Have you ever wondered what the Main Plaza in front of San Fernando Cathedral looked like in the mid-19th century? Or what businesses surrounded Military Plaza in the early 20th century?

Through UTSA Libraries Special Collections’ Historypin channel, researchers can now browse a small selection of San Antonio photographs geographically and chronologically. Over the past several months, Special Collections has uploaded 284 photographs from the Institute of Texan Cultures General Photograph Collection. Most of these images depict San Antonio’s plazas and downtown intersections.

History Pin Map

The General Photograph Collection as a whole consists of approximately 40,000 images dating from the mid-19th century to the present and documents Texas people, places, and events.  Most photographs in this collection are copy negatives from originals owned by families, businesses, and organizations. The collection also includes photographic copies of drawings, engravings, printed materials, and paintings.

Images available through Historypin represent only a small portion of the photographs from this collection that have been digitized. More than 10,000 images may be viewed in the UTSA Libraries Digital Collections.  However, Historypin’s google maps interface provides a uniquely visual browsing experience through San Antonio’s past.

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