A Guide to the San Antonio Historical Association Records, 1940-1985
The San Antonio Historical Association was formed in 1940 when Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon organized a meeting of San Antonio residents interested in the study of Texas history. A charter and by-laws were approved and Joseph W. Schmitz, S.M. was elected as the first president, presiding over an organization of fifty-two charter members.
The Historical Association began holding six meetings each year (eventually increased to seven), at which a speaker would address a Texas history topic. The January meeting consisted of a dinner, at which the retiring president would act as the featured speaker. Speakers appearing at regular Association meetings over its history have included such distinguished members and guests as Walter P. Webb, Carlos E. Castañeda, J. Evetts Haley, Joseph W. Schmitz, Martin L. Crimmins, Chris Emmett, C. L. Sonnichsen, H. Bailey Carroll, P. I. Nixon, C. Stanley Banks, Carl Hertzog, Hobart Huson, Maury Maverick, Guido Ransleben, Frank Wardlaw, Joe B. Frantz, Sue Flanagan, T. R. Fehrenbach, Henry Guerra, and Félix D. Almaráz, among others.
In addition to its research and study activities, the Association has frequently taken public stands on the preservation of historic sites and documents, historical markers, and other issues concerning the historical community.
Minutes, correspondence, printed material, and literary productions are part of the San Antonio Historical Association Records, documenting the organization’s activities from its founding in 1940 through 1985.
The most significant portion of the records is the minutes, which detail activities at the regular meetings of the organization. These are most detailed for the years 1940-1965; these minutes have been bound into two volumes and also include membership lists, correspondence, financial reports, ephemera, and clippings. The contents of each volume have also been photocopied and bound as a duplicate copy. Later minutes are less complete and are missing for 1977-1980 and 1984-1985.
Other types of material are also less complete after 1965, but include a number of the papers presented by the outgoing presidents at the annual dinner meeting, programs from those meetings, some membership lists, and notices of upcoming meetings mailed to members.
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[Identification of item], San Antonio Historical Association Records, 1940-1985, Col 927, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.
The donor of the collection and the date of acquisition are unknown.
Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 February.
Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 March.
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