Our vision is to bring national recognition to the university for distinctive research collections documenting the diverse histories and development of San Antonio and South Texas.
Our mission is to build, preserve, and provide access to distinctive archival, photographic, and printed materials, with a particular commitment to collections with significance to our region. We embrace the changing digital landscape by actively exploring new ways to enhance access to our collections. We support the university’s ascent to become a great public research university by building nationally recognized collections that inspire new knowledge, serving researchers at UTSA and from around the world.
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 and advertising, the Tex-Mex food industry, and urban planning.