UTSA Libraries Special Collections

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
-UTSA history
-Mexican cookery and culinary history
-Women and women’s history
-LGBTQ resources
-Urban development and growth
-Mexican Americans
-Activists/Activism

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, San Antonio Express-News Photograph collection, MS 360, University of Texas San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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, San Antonio Express-News Photograph collection, MS 360, University of Texas San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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