Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Claude B. Aniol Subject Files, 1893-1978



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Aniol, Claude B., 1900-1980
Title: Claude B. Aniol Subject Files
Dates: 1893-1978
Creator Abstract: A native of San Antonio, Texas, Claude B. Aniol (1900-1980) was involved in advertising in his home town for much of his life, owning and operating an advertising agency from 1936 until 1967.
Content Abstract: Reflecting a personal interest in Texas history and the use of historical information in promotional publications, the Claude B. Aniol collection is made up of subject files that gather material on a variety of Texas topics. The contents of the files vary, but they commonly include clippings, pamphlets, brochures, printed ephemera, and photocopies. Many files are related to general Texas subjects or to specific cities and towns, but over half are entirely or in part associated with San Antonio history. Of note are files related to San Antonio cultural institutions, clubs, financial institutions, military bases, missions, and churches.
Identification: Col 1265
Extent: 1.67 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Born in 1900 in San Antonio, Texas, Claude B. Aniol spent his entire life in the city of his birth, working in a number of media-related positions. Aniol began his career in advertising as a young man and worked as general manager of radio station KTSA before establishing an advertising agency, Claude Aniol and Associates, in 1936.

Aniol’s firm was active in the promotion of tourism in San Antonio, producing brochures, pamphlets, and ad campaigns aimed at bringing visitors and investors to south Texas. In 1928 he married another San Antonio native, Ruth Seele, a collaborator in his research for the agency’s publications. Aniol was active in many business and civic organizations and continued his involvement after his retirement in 1967. He died in San Antonio in 1980. Mrs. Aniol died in Dallas in 1988.


Scope and Content Note

Reflecting a personal interest in Texas history and the use of historical information in promotional publications, the Claude B. Aniol collection is made up of subject files that gather material on a variety of Texas topics.

The files are arranged alphabetically, using the folder titles supplied by Aniol. Cross-references from the original folders have also been transcribed and included in the inventory. The contents of the files vary, but they commonly include clippings from newspapers and periodicals, pamphlets, brochures, printed ephemera, and photocopies. Some notes and typescripts produced by the Aniols or obtained from other authors are found throughout.

Topics covered in the files include individuals, institutions, and localities. Many are related to Texas in general or to specific cities and towns, but over half of the files are related in their entirety or in part to San Antonio history. Of note are files on San Antonio cultural institutions, clubs, financial institutions, military bases, missions, and churches.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Aniol, Claude B.
Subjects
Banks and banking--Texas--San Antonio.
Churches--Texas--San Antonio.
Military base--Texas--San Antonio.
Missions--Texas.
Locations
Texas--History.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Brochures.
Clippings.
Pamphlets.
Printed ephemera.

Related Material

The files in this collection represent only a portion of the material donated to the DRT Library by Claude and Ruth Aniol. The Aniol’s photograph collection is housed and described separately, and various books, periodicals, newspapers, clippings and other printed items, and artifacts are housed in the library’s general collections. Several of the publications produced by Aniol’s advertising agency may be found in DRT 6, San Antonio Guidebook Collection.


Separated Material

Two newspapers - Section 7 of the Cuero Record from 1946 November 20 and one section from the San Antonio Evening News from 1946 September 27 - have been separated from the collection. These items are housed in the Newspaper Collection; see the DRT Library's online catalog for their location.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Claude B. Aniol Subject Files, 1893-1978, Col 1265, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Aniol, 1983.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1999 December.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2010 December.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Claude B. Aniol Subject Files, 1893-1978

Box
1 Acequias
Alamo Heights; see also Homes (Old)
Archives
Art and Artists
Austin
Balloons
Bandera
Barbed Wire
Roy Bean
Bexar County
Big Bend
Boerne
Brackenridge, Geo. W.
Buildings
Business and Industry
Camel Experiment
Castroville
Chronology—Thru Years
City Advertising and Promotion, Chamber of Commerce
Clubs—Social Organizations—Fraternal—Civic; see also Culture
Commerce St.
Communications: Telephone—Radio—TV—Postal Services
Confederate States, Civil War
Conservation Society
Counties of Texas, Histories
Culture: Art—Music—Theatre—Writers—Social Life—Museums—Little Th.—Symphony—Library; see also Art and Artists
Box
2 Education—Schools
Ethnic Groups; see also Mexican-Spanish
Explorers, Early
Fairs/Expositions/Livestock Show
Fiesta/Battle of Flowers
Financial—Banks
Fire Dept.
Floods and Disasters
Food and Dining
Fredericksburg
Galveston
German Immigration and Settlements; see also New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Seguin, Castroville
Goliad
Gonzales
Government: Early Spanish—Civil—City—County
Hemisfair
Hertzberg Circus Museum
Holidays in Texas
Hotels; see also Menger
Houston and Environs
Houston, Sam; see also Heroes
Indianola
Indians of Texas
King William Street
La Villita
Laredo
Box
3 Laws/Law Enforcement—Police—Rangers; see also Government
Legends
Library
Life and Activities in Early San Antonio
Maps
Maverick, Maury
Medical and Hospitals
Menger Hotel
Mexicans and Spanish Colonists
Military
Arsenal
Battles
Brooks AFB
Ft. Sam Houston and Brooke Hosp. and other Military
Forts
Kelly AFB; see also Aviation
Lackland; see also Aviation
Randolph AFB; see also Aviation
Missions
Navy, Texas Navy
Oil
Old Homes/Texas
Panna Maria—Polish Colony
Parks and Plazas
Box
4 Personalities—Characters—Visiting Celebrities
Post Office—Mail
Presidential Visits to San Antonio
Public Buildings: Auditorium—Theatre Perf. Arts—Coliseum—Arena; see also Culture
Publications and Media
Ranches and Ranch Life; see also Barbed Wire
Rangers
Recollections of Old Timers
Recreation/Athletics, Sports
Religion—Churches; see also Missions, San Fernando, St. Marks Ep. Ch.
River and River Development; see also Floods
St. Mary’s College
San Antonio Historical Material from the San Antonio Times
San Antonio Stories in National Magazines
San Fernando
Seguin
Spanish Governors Palace
Streets and Street Names
Town Histories
Towns (Old)
Transportation—Stage—Train—Street Cars—Bus—Air
Unfiled
Ursuline Acdy.
Utilities (Gas, Lights); see also Water
Veramendi Palace
Washington on the Brazos
Water
Weather
Witte Museum