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Historical Collections

These collections, comprised of unique materials of enduring value, document the history of UTSA but are not official records of UTSA.

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UTSA under construction, September 18, 1974, Gil Barrera Photographs of UTSA, 1972-1978, MS 27, Special Collections, UTSA Library.

Gil Barrera Photographs of UTSA, 1972-1978

This collection consists of photographic negatives and contact sheets created by Gil Barrera from 1972 through 1978 while employed to photograph UTSA's physical complex and activities. Subjects include construction projects, ceremonies, graduating classes, concerts, distinguished visitors, conference participants, students, professors, and members of the UT administration and Board of Regents.

Flyer for Phi Sigma event (a demo of the AEC Analog Computer), 1974, Phi Sigma Society: Beta Upsilon Chapter Records, UA 2.01.01, Special Collections, UTSA Library.

Phi Sigma Society: Beta Upsilon Chapter Records, 1974-1975

The Beta Upsilon Chapter of the Phi Sigma Society, a national honorary science fraternity, was established at UTSA in October 1974. The chapter was UTSA's first registered student organization and included 36 faculty members and students. The collection includes the records of the establishment, development, and first activities of the chapter from 1974 to 1975.

Thumbnail image of History 3063 syllabus of Dr. Felix Almaraz, 1975, Felix Almaraz Papers, UA 99.0009, Special Collections, UTSA Library.

Felix D. Almaraz Papers, 1963-2002

Dr. Felix Diaz Almaraz, Jr., is a professor of history at UTSA. He began teaching at UTSA in 1973, the first year the university offered classes. The collection documents Almaraz's teaching, research, writing, and service. Materials documenting Almaraz's teaching career include syllabi, exams, notes, and teaching aids. Research and writing materials include corrected typescripts, research notes, and other materials.

Frank Lombardino with Dolph Briscoe and unidentified man, undated, Frank Lombardino Papers, MS 122, Special Collections, UTSA Library.

Frank Lombardino Papers, 1967-1978

Frank Lombardino (1929-1992), conservative Democrat and the self-proclaimed "father of the University of Texas at San Antonio," served in the Texas State House of Representatives from 1967-1975 and in the Texas State Senate from 1975-1979. When Governor Preston Smith signed the bill that made UTSA an official institution, he did so using Lombardino's back as a platform (June 5, 1969). House and Senate bills supported or initiated by, or of interest to, Frank Lombardino are at the core of this collection.

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