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New Exhibits in Special Collections for Fall 2013

September 23, 2013

During the fall semester of 2013, UTSA Special Collections has four new exhibits in the John Peace Library reading room. Each exhibit represents a different unit within Special Collections:  Rare Books, Manuscripts, University Archives, and Photograph Collections.

Rare Books

Texas writers and artists played a central role in the Chicano Literary Renaissance of the 1960s and 70s. On display this fall are works from the Rare Books Collection by Tejana poets, essayists, and playwrights who began their careers during this period of rich cultural ferment,  including Angela de Hoyos, Carmen Tafolla, Evangelina Vigil-Piñón, and others. Many of these women not only continued to create literary works in subsequent decades, but also became influential in the fields of education and arts administration.

Sor Juana (1983) by Estela Portillo Trambley and Curandera (1983) by Carmen Tafolla

Sor Juana (1983) by Estela Portillo Trambley and Curandera (1983) by Carmen Tafolla

Manuscripts

This fall we highlight the Francisco A. Chapa Family Papers, MS 405. The collection documents the lives of the Chapa, Laborde, and Rivas families as well as other extended family members. Photographs, artifacts, and documents in the exhibit offer glimpses into the lives of Chapa family members as well as life in San Antonio and the surrounding area during the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

Francisco A. Chapa and Adelaida Rivas marriage license and portrait, 1888

Francisco A. Chapa and Adelaida Rivas marriage license and portrait, 1888

University Archives

Imagine an armadillo as UTSA’s mascot. In 1977, as the university tried to decide what to name its athletics team, a naming contest pitted Roadrunners against Armadillos. Roadrunners won the contest and eventually students named the school mascot “Rowdy the Roadrunner.” Roadrunners and Rowdy are well-represented in University Archives materials. Special Collections pays homage to roadrunners and Rowdy (and the defeated Dillos) in our exhibit featuring university artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs.

Rowdy, undated, University Communications photographs, UA 16.01.01

Rowdy, undated, University Communications Photographs, UA 16.01.01

UTSA Dillos poster, 1977, University Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection, UA 98

UTSA Dillos poster, 1977, University Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection, UA 98

Photograph Collections

In the days before Photoshop, photographers at the San Antonio Light used photo fakery to create illusions on the pages of the paper. Images in this Special Collections exhibit capture photographs before they were manipulated to include objects not found in the original pictures. Newspaper pages show the final product.

William Ochse holding an empty scale, 1929

William Ochse holding an empty scale, 1929

San Antonio Light image of Ochse

The image of Ochse is published in the San Antonio Light on July 20, 1929 with a miniature boy scout perched on the scale. Ochse donated the scale to the Boy Scouts to promote healthy eating.

We invite you to stop by and view our exhibits. UTSA Special Collections is on the fourth floor of the John Peace Library. Reading room regular hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm, other hours by appointment and closed Fridays. For more information about UTSA Special Collections, please visit our homepage.

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