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Stress Reduction with Special Collections

June 1, 2020

There is no shortage of stressors these days and folks are finding all sorts of ways to reduce tension. Some people are baking up a storm while others are decluttering their homes. Other popular de-stressing activities include coloring and puzzles.

Header from our now-defunct blog, La Cocina Histórica.

No matter how you choose to reduce stress, Special Collections will try to be there for you, even when we are working from home. For the cooks: though much of the collection is locked up tight on campus, there are still a few ways to access our cookbooks. First, check out our digitized cookbooks! These are mostly handwritten recipes with some typed options and even a few recipes in English. Also be sure to check out our now-defunct blog La Cocina Histórica for plenty of recipe ideas! Our previous rare books librarian, Juli McLoone transcribed, translated, and tested dozens of recipes and wrote all about her experiences on the blog, so there are plenty of options.

For the declutterers: as you tidy up your home, keep an eye out for materials you could donate to us! Typical items of interest to our researchers include letters, diaries, scrapbooks, legal documents, meeting minutes, brochures/fliers, and videos/audio. Our department is especially interested in materials that document the diverse histories and development of San Antonio and South Texas, with a particular emphasis on Mexican Americans, African Americans, LGBTQ communities, San Antonio authors, women’s groups, and activism/activists. Though we are not able to accept physical materials while we are working from home, we would love it if you could set those materials aside for when we are back on campus. If you have any questions, email us.

This 1993 image of Dolores Huerta is our most popular puzzle thus far.

Our staff have also come up with a few activities using our collections and we hope you enjoy them. First, we have digital puzzles! Head on over to our Jigsaw Planet page to put together digital puzzles featuring images from our archives. If coloring is more your speed, we have a few printable coloring pages for you. Download them by clicking the links at the bottom of this article.

No matter what, we hope you are staying safe and healthy and we look forward to seeing our patrons again in person when campus opens back up. For information on when that might be, keep an eye on the UTSA Coronavirus Updates page.

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