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Special Collections Photographs in new Elections and Purchasing Building

July 16, 2015

On July 10th the Bexar County Commissioners Court hosted a grand opening celebration for the new Bexar County Elections and Purchasing Building.  The $8 million building, located a short distance south of UTSA’s downtown campus, has separate areas for the county elections and purchasing departments.  Guests viewed murals of historic images and interpretive panels relating to local political campaigns and elections that are on display in the elections department.

Thirty four images from Special Collections are among those in the permanent exhibit, curated and designed by Toxey/McMillan Design Associates.  Many are from the San Antonio Light Photograph Collection and include views illustrating the electoral process from the 1920s to the 1970s.

These photographs, by Special Collections volunteer Judy Sauter, were taken during the grand opening.

 

Panel showing photographs of Pappy Lee O’Daniel and Maury Maverick campaigning in San Antonio during the 1930s.

Interpretive panel with photographs of Pappy Lee O’Daniel and Maury Maverick campaigning in the 1930s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visitor looks at murals and interpretive panels in corridor of purchasing department.

Visitor looks at murals and interpretive panels in corridor of the elections department.

Crowd gathers for the grand opening.

Guests arrive for the opening program.

Exhibit designers Dr. Anne Toxey and Patrick McMillan of Toxey /McMillan Design Associates.

Exhibit designers Dr. Anne Toxey and Patrick McMillan stand in front of a San Antonio Light Photograph of a rally in Alamo Plaza during the 1952 presidential campaign.

Margo Millard, author of the historical text panels.

Margo Millard, who wrote the text for the panels.

Entrance to the Elections Department, 1103 S. Frio Street.

Entrance to the Elections Department, 1103 S. Frio Street, shortly before the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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