The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries preserve the legacies of San Antonio and South Texas through Special Collections featuring a rich array of primary resources.
Strengths of the collections—which are open to academic and casual researchers alike—include San Antonio history, urban development and architecture, regional authors, Mexican cookery, women and women’s history, and the Texas-Mexico border region.
Supporting the university's ascent to premier research university status, Special Collections sustains the university's teaching, research and outreach mission by acquiring, preserving and digitizing primary resources for use by students and scholars at UTSA and from around the world.
This channel primarily consists of selected images from the General Photograph Collection, which contains more than 40,000 images from across Texas that were collected by Institute of Texan Cultures Staff. The fifty-ninth Texas Legislature established the Institute of Texan Cultures on May 27, 1965. It was charged with developing and implementing an exhibit plan for the state's participation in the 1968 World’s Fair in San Antonio known as HemisFair ’68. Images in the General Photograph Collection were collected as part of preparations for the opening of the Fair.
A small number of images are also featured from the San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, previously curated by the Institute of Texan Cultures. This collection includes approximately 1,500,000 original glass and film negatives made by the newspaper's staff photographers. The photographs depict people and events in San Antonio from 1924 to 1993.
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