UTSA Special Collections

UTSA Special Collections

UTSA Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to printed material, personal papers, and organizational/business records that document the diverse histories and development of San Antonio and South Texas. We currently hold over 7,700 linear feet of personal papers and organizational/business records. These primary sources provide first-hand documentation and evidence of the events, decisions, ideas, and actions that have shaped the development of San Antonio and South Texas. Our collecting priorities include the history of the African-American and LGBTQ communities in our region, the history of women and gender in Texas, Mexican-American activism, the Tex-Mex food industry, and urban planning. Learn more on their website.

About the featured image: The Rio Grande Valley Farm Workers March (“La Marcha”) was among the major events in the Latino movement for economic justice in Texas during the 1960s.  The impetus for the march developed after efforts to gain decent wages for farm laborers in Starr County had failed in 1966. Rev. James Novarro, pastor of Kashmere Baptist Temple in Houston and co-chairman of the march, leads the marchers – who are on their way to the capitol in Austin — along U. S. Highway 181 near Floresville, August 24, 1966. Image # E-0012-187-B-02, MS 360, UTSA Special Collections.

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