Coming Soon: Addition to the Jacinto Quirarte Papers
Last week I had my first opportunity as University Archivist to pick up a collection of records from a donor. Amy Rushing and I visited with Mrs. Sara Quirarte, wife of the late Dr. Jacinto Quirarte. We gathered up 16 boxes of materials. Once the files in these boxes have been processed and described, they will comprise a new addition to the existing Jacinto Quirarte Papers collection.
As the University Archives, our purpose is to acquire, preserve, and provide access to records of enduring value related to the history of UTSA. One rich source of information is papers from former presidents, deans, and other university officials. Dr. Quirarte was a leading scholar of pre-Columbian and Latin American art history. In 1972 he became Dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts, serving as one of the first academic officers and tasked with building the new university. He continued as dean until the late 1970s, when he became the full-time director of the Research Center for the Arts at UTSA. Although he retired in 1999, he continued to teach seminar classes until 2008. He passed away in 2012.
The Jacinto Quirarte Papers collection stretches back to 1966 and includes correspondence, papers, speeches, articles, manuscripts for publication, photographs, and related materials that document his long and distinguished career.
Although I have only been here at UTSA for a short time, I can already see the impact that Dr. Quirarte had on the curriculum and on the campus as a whole. It seems appropriate that his collection is the first that I’ve gotten to work with from the beginning of the accessioning process. Within these new-to-us boxes, I appreciate seeing traces of Dr. Quirarte’s life, as evident in his tidy handwriting and method of naming folders. It makes our jobs in Special Collections that much easier when the creator of the records was organized and had legible handwriting.
If you would you like to know more about Dr. Quirarte’s life and career, there was an excellent profile of him in the Summer 2003 issue of Sombrilla Magazine, highlighting the publication of his book The Art and Architecture of the Texas Missions. Please also take a look at the collection guide to his papers that we hold here in Special Collections.