A Guide to the Kay Hart Papers, 1895-1972
Kay Louise Nagel was born in Texas on 1897 March 16 to Rudolph H. (1869-1949) and Clara Long (1878-1966) Nagel, both natives of Missouri. She married Aladin James Hart in 1920; the couple later divorced.
Hart was instrumental in the San Antonio Conservation Society’s establishment of the Old San Antonio Museum (also called the Old San Antonio Exhibit), which began as a sidebar feature of the 1957 "Night in Old San Antonio" (NIOSA). The museum contains dioramas depicting heroes of Texas history and scenes of daily life in historic San Antonio. Originally organized and housed in the Society’s offices at 511 Villita Street, the exhibit moved to Bolivar Hall, its present location, in 1966. An artist and historian, Hart worked as a curator and guide at the museum for several years.
Kay Hart died in San Antonio, Texas, on 1973 June 20.
Old San Antonio Museum vertical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Research notes, writings, and museum records make up the bulk of the papers, reflecting Hart's interest in the history of San Antonio. Notes, recorded in notebooks and on loose papers, gather information from various sources on San Antonio history, particularly its residents, events, and historic sites. Notes also detail plans for the commemoration of the centennial of the Civil War in San Antonio. The information was used in connection with tours of San Antonio historic sites and for interpretive displays at the Old San Antonio Museum. Records from the museum consist of notes on visitors, visitor totals, and donations. Some short articles on historical subjects and miscellaneous printed items are also included.
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[Identification of item], Kay Hart Papers, 1895-1972, Col 936, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
Gift of Helena K. Evans, San Antonio Conservation Society, circa 1975.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 1999 January.
Finding aid edited by Tom D'Amore, 2011 January.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 January.
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