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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Research material

Series 2: Writings

Series 3: Old San Antonio Museum records

Series 4: Miscellaneous material

Series 5: Separated material

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Kay Hart Papers, 1895-1972



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hart, Kay, 1897-1973
Title: Kay Hart Papers
Dates: 1895-1972
Creator Abstract: An artist and historian, Kay Louise Nagel Hart (1897-1973) was instrumental in the San Antonio Conservation Society’s establishment of the Old San Antonio Museum and worked as a curator and guide there.
Content Abstract: Research notes, writings, and museum records make up the bulk of the papers, reflecting Hart's interest in the history of San Antonio.
Identification: Col 936
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

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.

References

Old San Antonio Museum vertical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

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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Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into five series.
Series 1: Research material
Series 2: Writings
Series 3: Old San Antonio Museum records
Series 4: Miscellaneous material
Series 5: Separated material

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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.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Hart, Kay, 1897-1973.
Organizations
Old San Antonio Museum (San Antonio, Tex.)
San Antonio Conservation Society.
Subjects
Historical museums--Texas--San Antonio.
Museum curators--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
Texas--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Genres/Formats
Personal papers.
Correspondence.
Notebooks.
Notes.
Printed ephemera.
Sketches.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kay Hart Papers, 1895-1972, Col 936, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Helena K. Evans, San Antonio Conservation Society, circa 1975.

Processing Information

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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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1: Research material

Box Folder
1 1-3 Notebooks
Notes
4 Civil War centennial
5 Historic tours
6 José Antonio Navarro
7 Women of Texas
8-10 Miscellaneous
11 Index cards
12 Sketches

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Series 2: Writings

Box Folder
1 Kay Hart
13 Why San Antonio? Its Beginnings and Underlying Causes
14 Organizations and Activities: The Past and Present Texas Ranger Force
15 Other authors: San Antonio pioneers

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Series 3: Old San Antonio Museum records

Box Folder
2 16 Correspondence, 1957-1966
Notebooks
17 1967-1970
18 Loose material from notebook
19 1967-1972
20 Loose material from notebook
Sketches
21 Museum floor plan
22 Museum displays
23 Spanish Governor’s Palace door
24 Display label
25 Artifacts: spills

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Series 4: Miscellaneous material

Box Folder
2 26 Playbills
27 Clippings
28 Report card: Theodore Muegge, St. Mary’s College, 1895
Envelope

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Series 5: Separated material

Collection
Ephemera Collection Broadside: “Southern Personalities: Adina De Zavala…Texas Patriot-Historian"
Collection
Postage Stamp Collection Stamp: Mexican Independence, 1960
Stamp: Project Mercury, 1962

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