Introducing Carlos Cortéz
Carlos Cortéz has been working at Special Collections for eight months. Before working at UTSA Libraries Special Collections, he began his academic career at Palo Alto College and then transferred to UTSA where he double majored in History and Physics. Carlos decided to work on his History degree first and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UTSA where he concentrated on European history, particularly the history of Spain. As an undergraduate his research seminar paper was on Late Roman/Medieval Spain and as graduate student focused on the Spanish Civil War. He did support work in Anthropology with an emphasis on Mayan archaeology. Carlos’ studies in Spanish history lead him to study the history of the Spanish language and the history of colonial Texas and San Antonio. Fascination with Spanish history and culture motivated Carlos to travel to Spain where he visited Madrid and Toledo.
Carlos’ experience at Special Collections began as a graduate student. As a work-study, he had the opportunity to learn from the rare books librarian, university archivist, and photo curator, Tom Shelton. It was during this time he learned how archives worked. Carlos was involved on various projects, such as digitization, basic preservation, translation, and organizing the Zintgraff and The Texas Folk Life Festival collections.
As a Library Assistant II, Carlos works mostly with the massive photograph collection processing photo orders for customers and helping patrons with their research in the Special Collections reading room located at the Institute of Texan Cultures. When not at Special Collections, Carlos can be found working out at the gym. He enjoys watching movies, painting, reading, traveling, sports and taking selfies. He writes short stories and is currently working on a novel and hopes to become a published author.