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New Acquisitions for December 2013

January 16, 2014
Hector : La Novela del Ambiente Mexicano (1930) by Jorge Gram. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Hector : La Novela del Ambiente Mexicano (1930) by Jorge Gram. UTSA Libraries Special Collections.

Manuscript Collections:


  • MS 420 Giles (Robert and J.A.) Family papers, .4 linear feet containing scrapbook of Robert Giles, business papers and correspondence from J.A. Giles (from estate sale)


  • MS 419Pan American League records, 1 box and 1 photograph album
  • MS 22 Women’s Overseas Service League records, .33 linear feet of materials related to Edith Stout

Rare Books: 25 items [December Title List]


Héctor la Novela de Ambiente Mexico (1930) by Jorge Gram.

This Spanish-language novel with an imprint in Marpha, Texas was written by Mexican priest David G. Ramirez. Born in Oaxaca in 1889, Fr. Ramirez attended school in Mexico City, Durango, and, after being ordained in 1918, the Gregorian University in Rome.  He returned to Mexico in 1924, shortly before the beginning of the Cristero War (1926-2929).. Relocating to Texas during the war, Ramirez continued to support the Cristeros through the literary works he wrote under the pseudonym Jorge Gram: Héctor, Jabel, La Guerra Sintética, La Trinchera Sagrada, Rebelde, and He Vendido mi Túnica. [1]

[1] Diccionario Porrúa: Historia, Biografía, y Geografía de México, 6th ed., s.v. “Gram, Jorge.”

Dial a Smile Hymn Book: Official Hymn Book of the Dial a Smile Program Radio Station WOAI (1930s). 

This collection of 79 hymns featured on San Antonio radio station WOAI’s Dial-A-Smile program includes a photograph of the station (including the then-new 425′ antenna) and another featuring the program’s master of ceremonies, organist, and “sportscaster who sings the hymns.” This item complements other UTSA WOAI holdings, such as Before “30” : being an assembly of certain radio editorials written and broadcast by Kendall (Ken) B. McClure… (1938) and WOAI personalities, San Antonio (1940).

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