Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the San Antonio Guidebook Collection, 1890-circa 1979



Descriptive Summary

Title: San Antonio Guidebook Collection
Dates: 1890-circa 1979
Content Abstract: The San Antonio Guidebook Collection was created by the library to gather together printed pamphlets and leaflets with descriptive content on the city of San Antonio, Texas, presented in textual or pictorial form. Most of the items were aimed at the tourist market and emphasized the historic, cultural, and scenic landmarks of the city. A lesser number were produced for economic development purposes, promoting local businesses or business opportunities. Some works, mostly pictorial in nature, were intended as souvenirs. Also included are reports from the Municipal Advertising Commission, on promotional efforts on behalf of the city.
Identification: DRT 6
Extent: 0.63 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language: Materials are primarily in English; two guidebooks are in Spanish.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Scope and Content Note

The San Antonio Guidebook Collection was created by the DRT Library to gather together printed pamphlets and leaflets with descriptive content on the city of San Antonio, Texas, presented in textual or pictorial form. Most of the items were aimed at the tourist market and emphasized the historic, cultural, and scenic landmarks of the city. A lesser number were produced for economic development purposes, promoting local businesses or business opportunities. Some works, mostly pictorial in nature, were intended as souvenirs and often contained scenes of local landmarks, particularly historic sites and buildings and views of parks or nearby natural areas.

The items were usually brief and infrequently included an authorial credit. Those aimed at visitors to the city often contained a map with significant locations marked or suggested itineraries for touring area attractions. Most contained some historical background of varying length and accuracy, usually emphasizing the Spanish colonial period and events of the Texas Revolution. Promotional items often contained statistics on population, climate, economic activity, and other measures of growth and prosperity. In addition to summaries of notable businesses, information on government, transportation, agriculture, education, churches, and recreation was frequently included. Some promotional material was aimed at developing a particular sector of the economy, such as agriculture and, later, manufacturing and technology.

Almost all items were heavily illustrated, usually with photographs, though some included artistic works. Commonly, the Alamo and the other missions appeared, and the earlier items usually included other buildings representative of the city’s civic and commercial aspirations, such as city hall, the county courthouse, banks, hotels, schools, military facilities, and the larger and more lavish residences. The illustrations in later items placed more stress on the visitor to the city in their images, featuring photographs of attractions in a more informal, tourist-oriented context.

A number of organizations published such guides, including business and civic groups like the Chamber of Commerce, Business Men’s Club, Municipal Information Bureau, and Municipal Advertising Commission. Some guidebooks were produced for sale by authors or publishers. Businesses, particularly railroads, produced promotional material aimed at tourists and business travelers.

The guidebook collection is arranged chronologically, though dates for many items are estimated. Noted separately are periodical guidebooks, which are weekly or monthly products usually containing a mix of dated information and general material. Leaflets are also separated within the chronological arrangement. Reports produced by the Municipal Advertising Commission, the agency responsible for producing promotional material for the city, are also part of the collection.

A significant number of the items in the collection were produced by advertising executive Claude B. Aniol, whose San Antonio agency produced advertising material for government agencies and businesses for over thirty years.


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.
Organizations
San Antonio (Tex.). Municipal Advertising Commission.
Subjects
Advertising--Tourism--Texas--San Antonio.
Souvenirs (Keepsakes)--Texas--San Antonio.
Tourism--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--Description and travel.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Guidebooks.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Tours.
Genres/Formats
Guidebooks.
Leaflets.
Reports.

Related Material

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

The DRT Library has a number of other guidebooks about San Antonio that date from around 1876 to 1992. These materials have been cataloged individually and placed in the general collection. See the Library's online catalog for more information about these items.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Antonio Guidebook Collection, 1890-circa 1979, DRT 6, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Materials were donated by various individuals and gathered by staff at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library. Many of the items came with material donated by Mr. and Mrs. Claude B. Aniol. This is an artificial collection.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 October.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 March.

Accruals

Further accruals are expected.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Guidebooks, 1890-circa 1979

The items are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1890-1899
1 San Antonio Scenery circa 1890 [facsimile, 2 copies].
1900-1909
2 San Antonio: The Metropolis of Texas. San Antonio: San Antonio Business Men’s Club, 1903.
Beautiful San Antonio. San Antonio: Maverick-Clarke Litho. Co., 1906.
1910-1919
3 Kelly, L. F., and S. Williamson, comps. Beautiful San Antonio, circa 1910.
San Antonio. San Antonio: San Antonio Printing Co., circa 1912.
San Antonio. San Antonio: San Antonio Printing Co., circa 1914.
San Antonio. San Antonio: San Antonio Printing Co., circa 1915.
1920-1929
4 San Antonio, circa 1920.
Under Sapphire Skies in San Antonio, circa 1926.
San Antonio. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1928 [2 copies, one damaged].
Under Sapphire Skies in San Antonio, circa 1929.
5 Periodical guidebook: Official Information Guide, 1928 August 18-24.
1930-1939
6 Sunny San Antonio: The Winter Playground of America. San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, circa 1930 [2 copies].
Farming: A Successful Year 'round Business in South and West Texas. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1930.
San Antonio: As Seen by a Northern Visitor. Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, circa 1931.
San Antonio: Land of Romance. San Antonio: San Antonians, Incorporated, circa 1932 [4 copies].
Smith, Harvey Partridge. Romantic San Antonio. San Antonio: Naylor, 1936.
More Profits per Acre in San Antonio's Agricultural Area. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1938.
7 Picturesque San Antonio: Where Life is Different. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1938 [2 copies].
‘Neath Sapphire Skies in San Antonio. Missouri Pacific Lines, circa 1930-1939.
San Antonio, circa 1930-1939.
San Antonio. Possibly Missouri-Kansas-Texas Lines, circa 1930-1939.
See San Antonio. San Antonio: San Antonio Advertising Commission, circa 1930-1939 [2 copies].
San Antonio. San Antonio: Courtesy Welcome Service, circa 1930-1939.
8 Periodical guidebooks, 1931 and 1938
San Antonio Greeter’s Guide, 1931 October 11.
Official Hotel Greeter’s Guide, 1938 August 21.
9 Leaflets
1940-1949
10 Profits Grow in the Sun: San Antonio Agricultural Area, circa 1947.
Romantic San Antonio: Texas' Friendly City. San Antonio: Municipal Advertising Commission, circa 1948.
San Antonio: Where Life is Different. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1949 [2 copies].
Soldier's Guide to San Antonio. Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., circa 1940-1949.
San Antonio: Where Life is Different. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1940-1949.
San Antonio in Pictures. San Antonio: Rose Reddick Cody, circa 1940-1949.
Picturesque Souvenir Book of San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio: San Antonio Card Co., circa 1940-1949.
11 Periodical guidebook: Official Hotel Greeter’s Guide, 1942 August 2.
12 Leaflets
1950-1959
13 San Antonio: Where Life is Different. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1950 [3 copies].
Petry, T. J. Historic San Antonio. San Antonio: The Naylor Co., 1953.
San Antonio Welcome: Products, Services, Markets and Transportation. No. 1 in a series. San Antonio: Municipal Industrial and Development Bureau, circa 1955.
San Antonio Welcome: Labor-Training-Research-Government. No. 2 in a series. San Antonio: Municipal Advertising Commission, circa 1955.
San Antonio Welcome: Utilities--Electric Power, Natural Gas and Water. No. 3 in a series. San Antonio: Municipal Advertising Commission, circa 1955.
San Antonio Welcome: Living Conditions. No. 4 in a series. San Antonio: Municipal Advertising Commission, circa 1955.
14 Periodical guidebook: Events in San Antonio, 1956 December.
15 Leaflets
Box Folder
2 1960-1969
16 South Texas Vacationland Guide. San Antonio: South Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1960.
Guia Turistica de San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio: U.S.A.-Mex Advertising Co., 1965.
San Antonio: Deep in the Heart of South and Southwest Texas [cover title: San Antonio in Pictures] San Antonio: Edward I. Vogt, 1965.
San Antonio: Historic Fiestaland. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1967.
Souvenir Book of Hemisfair ’68. Boston: Colourpicture Publishers, Inc., 1967.
Dilworth, Bonnie Sue. Purchase and Perception: Guidebook to San Antonio and South Texas. Bonnie Sue Dilworth, 1968.
When You See San Antonio, You See Texas. San Antonio: Civic Advertising Department, circa 1960-1969.
Having a Wonderful Time in San Antonio. San Antonio: Civic Advertising Department, circa 1960-1969 [2 copies].
San Antonio for Electronics. San Antonio: Civic Advertising Department, circa 1960-1969.
San Antonio for Pharmaceuticals. San Antonio: Greater San Antonio Development Committee, circa 1960-1969.
South Texas Vacationland Guide. San Antonio: South Texas Chamber of Commerce, circa 1960-1969.
17 Periodical guidebooks, 1961-1967
The Shamrock, 1961 Summer.
This Month in San Antonio, 1962 April.
San Antonio in the Fall, 1965.
Pontiac Safari, 1966 January-February.
San Antonio Scene, 1967 March.
18 Leaflets
1970-1979
19 Guia de San Antonio. San Antonio: Municipal Information Bureau, circa 1970-1979.
Pictorial Guide of San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio: Weiner News Co., circa 1970-1979.
20 Periodical guidebook: San Antonio Conventioneer, 1978 July-August.



 

Reports, 1939-1954

The items are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
2 21 Building Greater San Antonio by Advertising: A Report of the Activities of the Municipal Advertising Commission of San Antonio, Texas for Period January, 1938 thru May, 1939. San Antonio: Municipal Advertising Commission, 1939.
Report of the Municipal Advertising Commission, City of San Antonio. Municipal Advertising Commission, 1950.
The San Antonio Story: A Report of the Activities of the Municipal Information Bureau—San Antonio. Municipal Information Bureau, 1950.
Report of Municipal Advertising Commission, City of San Antonio, June 1949 thru May 1951. Municipal Advertising Commission, 1951.
A Report of the Municipal Advertising Commission, City of San Antonio, August 1, 1953-July 1, 1954. San Antonio: Municipal Advertising Commission, 1954.