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UTSA Libraries Special Collections exhibits celebrate LGBTQ Pride month

June 6, 2016

To commemorate LGBTQ Pride month during June 2016, UTSA Special Collections staff have created two exhibits that give patrons a glimpse into some of the amazing LGBTQ collections held by the repository and offer a portal to San Antonio Pride celebrations of the past.

DTL exhibit June Pride 2016

LGBTQ Pride Special Collections exhibit at the UTSA Downtown Library

Located in the UTSA Downtown library and the John Peace Library Faculty Center, the exhibits highlight t-shirts with Pride motifs, local queer publications, and images from San Antonio Pride events of the 1990s.

T-shirts as Historical Objects

Ever think that well-worn t-shirt stuffed in the bottom of a drawer should be thrown out one day? Think again! Some t-shirts and textiles shine light on cultural trends and local history! The t-shirts on exhibit for Pride 2016 were donated along with more traditional archival materials such as photographs and organization records. Fortunately, donors had the foresight to recognize the historical value of these textiles. In 2015, UTSA Special Collections participated in a project named Wearing Gay History, a digital archive of historical LGBT t-shirts. UTSA Special Collections contributed digital images of 16 t-shirts, caps, and other wearables.

In addition to textiles and print materials, the JPL Faculty Center exhibit features items from the Sterling Houston Papers. Houston, a native son of San Antonio, had a thirty-year career in professional theater as an actor, musician and writer in San Antonio, New York and San Francisco. The Sterling Houston Papers primarily document Houston’s involvement in San Antonio theater through scripts, screenplays, programs, and press materials. Also included are correspondence, research materials, project files, photographs, and audiovisual materials. The bulk of the collection has been digitized and can be accessed online.

Sterling Houston and the Fleshtones, circa 1970s

Sterling Houston and the Fleshtones, circa 1970s

For more on the history of Pride in San Antonio, check out these related posts:

LGBTQ Pride Month-Remembering Queer Activism in SA-1978

Out and Proud in San Antonio-Retracing the History of Pride Celebrations in the Alamo City

San Antonio Lesbian Gay Assembly Records 1990-1998: a glimpse into LGBTQ community dynamics now available digitally

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  1. June 10, 2016 12:54 pm

    Reblogged this on stillness of heart and commented:
    An amazing collection

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