The UTSA Libraries Special Collections bring national recognition to the university for distinctive research materials documenting the diverse histories and development of San Antonio and South Texas. 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.
The UTSALibraries are on the forefront of reimagining the 21st century academic library. With four locations across three campuses, the libraries are fueling UTSA’s ascent to becoming a premier public research university by providing students and faculty with seamless, comprehensive access to information and learning resources as well as innovative spaces for active learning and interdisciplinary scholarship.
We wish to express our thanks to Tara Zachary-Laver and the SAA Manuscripts Section for their support of this project. We also thank the following people for their time and assistance with answering detailed questions and providing general advice:
Ricky Erway, OCLC
Paula Jabloner and Andrew Berger, Computer History Museum
Joshua Harris, University of Illinois Libraries
Chris Lacinak, AVPreserve
The UTSA Libraries would like to thank the following individuals who contributed to this resource:
Research and Content
- Amy Rushing, Head of Special Collections
- Julianna Barrera-Gomez, Digital Archivist
- Angelique Kelley, Digital Curation Intern
- Anne Peters, Director of Library Communications
- George Marez, Web Designer/Developer
Note about A/V Removeable Media
This project sought to provide quick reference information for types of media used to store digital material created in computing environments. Due to the more specialized nature of audio-visual (A/V) media, and the more complex methods required to digitize or convert digital signals into a computer-readable format, the decision was made to not include these media in this resource. Below are links to guides developed to aid in identifying common A/V media.
Videotape Identification and Assessment Guide, Texas Commission on the Arts, 2004:
Audiovisual Formats, A guide to identification, California Audiovisual Preservation Project, 2013: