San Antonio Municipal Archives

A Guide to the Beautify San Antonio Association Records, 1951-2004



Title: Beautify San Antonio Association Records, 1951-2004
Dates: 1951-2004
Abstract: Organized in 1951 as an arm of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the mission of the Beautify San Antonio Association was to "clean, repair, plant, and freshen" the city of San Antonio by implementing public anti-litter awareness programs, coordinating annual Clean-Up, Paint-Up, and Fix-Up days, hosting various clean-up projects around San Antonio, and awarding monthly Beautification Awards to area businesses and individuals. Scrapbooks, administrative files, photographs, and an audio tape that document the activities of the Beautify San Antonio Association from its inception in 1951 through 2004.
Identification: 2008-04
Quantity: 48 bound scrapbooks; 4 ft. 4 in. of printed material; 1 audio reel
Language: English

Administrative History

Organized in 1951 as an arm of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the mission of the Beautify San Antonio Association was to "clean, repair, plant, and freshen" the city of San Antonio by implementing public anti-litter awareness programs, coordinating annual Clean-Up, Paint-Up, and Fix-Up days, hosting various clean-up projects around San Antonio, and awarding monthly Beautification Awards to area businesses and individuals. From 1951 through 1969, the association also participated in the National Cleanest Town Competition, winning seven first prizes for cleanest town within its population bracket. The organization was largely the brainchild of its founding member, O.P. Schnabel (1896-1987), an insurance salesman with the Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. After returning from a trip to Switzerland in 1948 where he was struck by the cleanliness of Swiss cities, Schnabel began the first San Antonio Clean-Up, Paint-Up, and Fix-Up day. Schnabel continued to be the organization's most visible and vocal member, known affectionately as "Old Push Broom" for his passionate stance against litter and littering. Schnabel subsequently became involved in larger state and national programs against littering, acting a consultant for both Keep Texas Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful organizations.


Scope and Content

Scrapbooks, administrative files, photographs, and an audio tape that document the activities of the Beautify San Antonio Association from its inception in 1951 through 2004. A large part of the collection is comprised of scrapbooks created by the organization as part of the National Cleanest Town in America Competition from 1951 through 1969. Each scrapbook contains correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, promotional materials, broadsides, and photographs that document various clean-up projects around the city of San Antonio, and public anti-litter campaigns spearheaded by the organization. There are also meeting minutes, bylaws, charter and newsletters that illuminate the administration of the Beautify San Antonio Association from the 1950s through the 1990s.


 

Arrangement of the Papers

Records are organized into three series: scrapbooks, administrative files, and assorted files. Some of the original scrapbooks were unbound and the contents re-organized into correspondence, newspaper clippings, printed material, and photographic subseries.

Restrictions

Some materials may be restricted for conservation. Please see archivist for more information.


Index Terms

Persons
Schnabel, O.P. (Otto Phillip).
Organizations
Beautify San Antonio Association.
Keep Texas Beautiful.
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.
Subjects
Landscape protection – Texas –San Antonio.
Urban beautification –Texas –San Antonio.
Places
San Antonio (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[ #, Folder title], Beautify San Antonio Association Records, 1951-2004, San Antonio Municipal Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Scrapbooks

BOX
7 Volume 1, 1951 [unbound]
Correspondence, 1950-1951
Newspaper clippings, 1950-1951
Photographs and promotional material, 1951
BOX
8 Volume 1, 1953
BOX
9 Volume 2, 1953
BOX
1 Volume 1 [Unbound], 1954
BOX
2 Volume 1, 1955
BOX
10 Volume 2, 1955
BOX
11 Volume 1, part 1, 1956
BOX
12 Volume 1, part 2, 1956
BOX
13 Volume 2, part 1, 1956
BOX
14 Volume 2, part 2, 1956
BOX
15 Volume 1, 1957
BOX
16 Volume 2, 1957
BOX
17 Volume 1, 1958
BOX
18 Volume 2, 1958
BOX
19 Volume 1, part 1, 1959
BOX
20 Volume 1, part 2, 1959
BOX
22 Volume 2, part 1, 1959
BOX
23 Volume 2, part 2, 1959
BOX
24 Volume 1, part 1, 1960
BOX
25 Volume 1, part 2, 1960
BOX
26 Volume 1, part 1, 1960
BOX
27 Volume 1, part 2, 1961
BOX
28 Volume 2, 1961
BOX
29 Volume 1, part 2, 1961
BOX
3 Volume 1, 1962
BOX
4 Volume 2, 1962
BOX
30 Volume 1, part 1, 1963
BOX
32 Volume 1, part 1, 1963
BOX
31 Volume 2, part 1, 1963
BOX
33 Volume 2, part 1, 1964
Volume 2, part 2, 1964
BOX
34 Volume 1, part 1, 1965
BOX
35 Volume 1, part 2, 1965
BOX
36 Volume 2, part 1, 1965
BOX
F01-A55-U12-S05 Volume 1, 1966
Volume 2, 1966
Volume 1, 1968
Volume 2, 1968
Volume 3, 1968
Volume 1, 1969
BOX
5 Section 1, 1973
BOX
38 Sections 2-6, 1973
BOX
40 Volume 1 1985-1986
Volume 1 1988
BOX
6 Unbound scrapbook material
Photographs, 1988
Newspaper clippings, 1988
Brochures, 1988
Photographs, 1989
Newspaper clippings
1989
1989-1990
Brochures, 1989
Supplemental material, 1990
Governor's Community Achievement Awards entry, 1991-1992
Newspaper clippings, 1990-1991
Photographs, 1990-1991
Printed material, 1990-1991
Bulletins, 1991-1992
Newspaper clippings, 1991-1992
Photographs, 1991-1992
BOX
40 1992
1993-1994
1994-1995
1995-1996
BOX
6 Unbound scrapbooks
Newspaper clippings, 1996-1997
Photographs, 1996-1997
BOX
7 Assorted printed material, 1996-1997
Newspaper clippings, 1998-1999
Assorted printed material, 1998-1999
Photographs, 1998-1999
BOX
41 1999-2000
2000-2001
2001-2002
2003-2004



 

Administrative files

BOX
7 Bylaws, 1994
Monthly newsletters
1974-1976 [The Beautifier]
1977-1979
1980-1985
1988
1989-1992
1994-1998 [The Brush Broom Report]
General membership meeting minutes
1975-1979
1980-1984
1985-1989
1990-1991
1995-1998
Board of Directors meeting minutes, 1973-1990
Executive Committee
Meeting minutes, 1979-1991
Membership roster, 1994



 

Assorted materials

BOX
7 Keep America Beautiful Day, 1973
Photographs of Patio of States construction, 1976
Awards
BOX
8 Governor's Achievement Award Contests, 1985, 1989-1992
Awards program, 1980-1985
Shirley Jones, 1984-1999
Photographs
BOX
8 1978-1980
1984
1998-1999
Undated
O.P. Schnabel, 1971-1999
Radio Advertisements—GSD&M, State Department of Highways
BOX
8 Cut #1: Johnny Dee w/out tag [1/4 in. reel-to-reel audio tape], undated
Cut #2: Johnny Rodriguez/Spanish w/out tag [1/4 in. reel-to-reel audio tape], undated
Cut #3: Johnny Rodriguez/English w/out tag [1/4 in. reel- to-reel audio tape], undated