The UTSA Special Collections photograph collection is one of the largest and most-frequently explored resources within the department. With over three million photographs, the collection originates from commercial photographers, personal papers, organizational records and archives. Photographic holdings include two large collections from area newspapers, San Antonio Express-News and San Antonio Light, covering topics such as: historic views of San Antonio, small towns in South Central Texas, communities and culture, daily life, street scenes, family photographs, portraits, events and architecture.
Volunteer Shirley Bass re-sleeves negatives from the photographer’s original assignment sheets while precisely transcribing descriptive information onto new, acid-free enclosures.
UTSA Libraries Special Collections brings national recognition to the university for distinctive research materials documenting the diverse histories and development of San Antonio and South Texas. UTSA Special Collections acquires, preserves, and provides access to rare and unique books, photographs and archives. Collecting priorities include the history of the Mexican American, African American and LGBTQ communities in our region, the history of women and gender in Texas, activism, the Tex-Mex food industry, UTSA history, San Antonio authors and artists, and urban planning.
The UTSA Libraries advance research and education, stimulate discovery and creativity, and engage and transform our diverse communities by providing distinctive expertise, high quality information resources, inspirational spaces and innovative and responsive services.