UTSA Libraries Special Collections serves as the library’s repository for the university’s primary source materials, including manuscripts, rare books, historic photographs, and university archives.
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 providing access to primary resources for use by students and scholars at UTSA and from around the world.
Our mission is to preserve and provide access to a clearly-defined set of primary sources, emphasizing the history and development of the Texas-Mexico border region, and in particular, the people, history, art, life, and literature of San Antonio and South Texas.
Collecting areas include:
-San Antonio history
-Mexican cookery and culinary history
-Women and women’s history
-Urban development and growth