Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) records now available online through UTSA Libraries Special Collections
The Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) was formed in 2012 as a nonpartisan coalition of groups and individuals whose aim is to promote nondiscrimination laws and policies within the City of San Antonio and Bexar County. It does so by engaging in strategic advocacy, community organizing, and relationship building. CAUSA strategically advocated with City Council and staff to pass a fully inclusive citywide Human Rights Ordinance, an effort that culminated in the passage of San Antonio’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance on September 5, 2013.
In the fall of 2014, members of CAUSA decided that UTSA Libraries Special Collections was the perfect repository to house the records of the Alliance. The records, which exist primarily in electronic form, were transferred via file sharing platforms to UTSA Special Collections in January 2015. While some physical materials exist in the collection, most are print copies of digital content.
Making this hybrid collection accessible to patrons provided Special Collections staff with a new challenge. Months were spent working out strategies to deliver the electronic content online-with the two year anniversary of the passage of San Antonio’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance fast approaching, staff worked to make the collection accessible by September 2015.
Electronic content can now be viewed through links in the Guide to the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio Records.
The collection documents the efforts of the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) to advocate for an inclusive Human Rights Ordinance for the city of San Antonio. Documentation includes meeting notes, agendas, and handouts, petitions, planning materials, photographs, surveys, and timelines. The collection is organized into the following series: Electronic Records, Print Materials, Audio Visual Materials, and Artifacts.