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A Year in Review — Special Collections in 2018

January 7, 2019

2018 was an eventful year for Special Collections! In looking back at this last year I was overwhelmed by our accomplishments. Listing them all would make for a very long blog post, so here are just some of the highlights.

San Antonio celebrated two major milestones in 2018: San Antonio’s 300th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the 1968 World’s Fair, Hemisfair. We took advantage of these anniversaries to showcase material from our archives through exhibits.

To celebrate Pride month, we were invited to install an exhibit at the San Antonio Public Library Central Branch highlighting San Antonio’s LGBTQ history. Queer Collections: A Portal to San Antonio’s LGBTQ Past showcased materials from the Lollie Johnson Papers. Johnson, a local business entrepreneur, owned and operated several queer clubs from the 1970s to the 1990s in San Antonio.

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2018 was a stellar year for instruction thanks to the hard work and dedication of Special Collections librarian Agnes Czeblakow. By working closely with faculty to integrate primary source assignments into the curriculum, Agnes taught a whopping 70 classes to 1,218 students!

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Community Outreach

We attended many events where we brought material out into the community.

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Founders Day
Dia de la Raza
50th Anniversary Civil Rights Hearing
History and Genealogy Day at Mission San Jose
Graduate Student Appreciation Week Night at the Archives

The Conference Circuit

We participated in a variety of conferences, giving presentations, networking with and learning from colleagues, and helping the regional archivists conference be successful.

gemini_ink_logo_swish-1At the Gemini Ink Writers Conference, Agnieszka Czeblakow, Julianna Barrera-Gomez, and Kristin Law presented Archiving the New Century: Strategies for Preserving Self-Taught, Local, and Regional Writers’ Archives

ssa_2018_papel_600x800Kristin Law and Katie Rojas were members of the Society of Southwest Archivists Conference Local Arrangements Committee, and during the conference, Julianna Barrera-Gomez presented on processing and providing access to hybrid collections.


ven-a-comer340We held our second annual Ven a Comer fundraising dinner at the Hotel Emma. Proceeds from Ven a Comer support the development and preservation of our Mexican Cookbook Collection.



We did all of this and SO MUCH MORE and it could not have been done without the amazing folks in Special Collections. I’d like to thank them all for their continued hard work, dedication, and commitment to preserving and providing access to our collections.

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