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Adventures in ephemera: University Center Event Posters

March 24, 2014

When walking down the Paseo, through building corridors, and in the various assembly areas at UTSA, you might catch a glimpse of a wall of brightly-colored flyers and ornate posters advertising upcoming events.  Like the flow of people walking past, these signs are ever-changing: they go up, come down, and are replaced with others meant to draw in the eye of the passer-by.

Women in the 1980s, Lecture by Sarah Weddington, 1981-09-18, UTSA University Center Records

Women in the 1980s, Lecture by Sarah Weddington, 1981-09-18, UTSA University Center Records

A lot of effort can go into designing posters for maximum visual impact with a significant amount of thought put into reaching a target audience.  Posters are designed to grab your attention, lure you in for a closer look, and provide you with needed detail, all bundled into one sign.

In archives, this type of material is referred to as ephemera, or something that is short-lived.  Collecting wall postings is a great way to record the happenings at UTSA, where the content, names, and artistic design can document the changes taking place on campus in a visual way.  Tracking these changes can also be an interesting way to see the evolution of things like logos and decals (see this previous post on the progression of the UTSA logo).

Special Collections recently acquired new additions to the University Center Records collection of event posters, spanning the years 1980-2007. We hope to continue building this collection, so if you have ephemera you would like to donate, let us know!

Poster titles in the recent additions:

  • You Are There! 1984: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1984-04-05You Are There! 1984: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1984-04-05
  • Hightail It Home, UTSA’s First Annual Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1985-02-07
  • Celebrating Creativity: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1985-02-22
  • The Renaissance, Age of Adventure: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1986-02-22 [signed by artist]
  • Hats off to Texas! Texas Sesquicentennial, Second Annual UTSA Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1986-02-27
  • The Place To Be! UTSA’s University Center, Awareness Week, 1986-09-15
  • Puttin’ On the Ritz! Third Annual UTSA Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1987-02-21
  • The Ancient Age of Greece: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1987-03-06
  • Homecoming Week, Celebrating UTSA’s Fifteenth Anniversary, “An International Affair,” Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1988-02-25
  • Here’s To the Winners! Fifth Annual UTSA Homecoming, Sponsored by the UTSA Alumni Association, 1989-02-10
  • Age of Acceleration: The 60’s: A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1989-02-17
  • Catch the Magic!! Homecoming 1990 Schedule of Events, Sponsored by the University Center Program Council & the UTSA Alumni Association, 1990-03-02
  • Homecoming ’91 The Sequel: Discover It Again, Produced by the Office of Student Life, the Office of Student Activities, and the UTSA Alumni Association, 1991-11-11
  • Mardi Gras / Homecoming 1994: 1994 UTSA Homecoming Calendar of Events, 1994-02-14
  • Viva San Antonio! A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1994-03-04
  • The Hidden Persuaders: 1995 Spring Honors Conference, Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1995-03-03
  • Into the Unknown… Obstacles? Opportunities? A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1996-03-01Taste the Culture: Fiesta UTSA, Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, UTSA Student Government, Campus South Bookstore and Fiesta, 1996-04-10
  • Taste the Culture: Fiesta UTSA, Sponsored by the Campus Activities Board, UTSA Student Government, Campus South Bookstore and Fiesta, 1996-04-10
  • How do you know? A Conference Sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, 1997-02-28
  • Homecoming 2006: Tradition, Spirit, Pride: Homecoming 2006, 2006-02-09
  • Homecoming 2007: Tradition, Spirit, Pride: Homecoming Event Schedule, 2007-02-15 [signed by artist]
  • Are You the Master of Your Game?  A Conference Sponsored by the Alpha Lambda Delta & Alpha Chi Honor Societies, undated
  • Let’s Celebrate Because…We’re Fixin’ to be Way Bigger!!! [University Center poster], undated
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