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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the San Antonio (Texas) Papers, 1685-1942



Descriptive Summary

Creator: San Antonio (Tex.)
Title: San Antonio (Texas), Papers
Dates: 1685-1942
Abstract: Comprising transcripts of historical sketches and papers, newspapers and clippings, city guides, a genealogical register, and city government records, the San Antonio (Texas) Papers, 1685-1942, document various events and activities of the city and its residents from its founding through the 20th century.
Extent: 1 ft., 2 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The city of San Antonio grew out of San Antonio de Béxar Presidio, founded 1718, which included five Spanish missions located along the San Antonio River. In 1773, San Antonio de Béxar became the capital of Spanish Texas and by 1778 had a population of 2,060. The town supported Mexican independence in 1813 but was recaptured by Royalist forces after the battles of Alazán Creek and Medina. During the Texas Revolution, San Antonio was the site of several battles, including the siege of Bexar (1835) and the battle of the Alamo (1836). After the evacuation of Mexican forces, the Republic of Texas organized Bexar County in December 1836, and San Antonio was chartered as its seat. When Texas entered the Union in 1845, the city grew rapidly, becoming a service and distribution center for the western movement of the United States. By 1860, San Antonio had become the largest town in Texas, with Germans immigrants contributing largely to the population growth. The city served as a Confederate depot during the Civil War, and afterwards prospered as a cattle, distribution, mercantile, and military center for the border region and the Southwest.

Source:

Fehrenbach, T. R. “San Antonio, TX.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed February 23, 2011.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising transcripts of historical sketches and papers, newspapers and clippings, city guides, a genealogical register, and city government records, the San Antonio (Texas) Papers, 1685-1942, document various events and activities of the city and its residents from its founding through the 20th century. City records include correspondence and notes on an 1819 flood, a calendar of the probate court’s records (1837-1878), a list of city officials and a calendar of city hall records (1870-1875), and a report to the city government on flood prevention (1920). Historical sketches and papers concern San Antonio newspapers, such as the Jewish Record, and postal service in Texas and San Antonio. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas of San Antonio created the genealogical register during the state’s centennial celebration in 1936. Newspaper clippings chronicle a strike of the city’s pecan workers in 1938 and the destruction of the San Jose Bell, while city guidebooks (1940, 1942) relate to San Antonio tourism in the 1940s. Additionally, the collection includes a 1908 letter related to the Texas division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
United Daughters of the Confederacy. Texas Division.
Subjects
Courts -- Texas -- San Antonio.
Floods -- Texas -- San Antonio.
Postal service -- Texas
Postal service -- Texas -- San Antonio
Pecan industry -- Texas -- San Antonio
Strikes and lockouts -- Agricultural laborers -- Texas
Tourism -- Texas -- San Antonio -- 20th century
Places
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
San Antonio (Tex.) -- Politics and government -- 19th century
San Antonio (Tex.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century
San Antonio (Tex.) -- Newspapers
San Antonio (Tex.) -- Archives
Texas -- Genealogy -- Index

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

San Antonio (Texas) Papers, 1685-1942, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2R170 Sketch of the Jewish Record, San Antonio CWA Project, 1934
"Report to City upon Flood Prevention," Metcalf and Eddy, consulting engineers, 1920
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2R171 Calendar of the records of the Probate Court, 1837-1878
A list of city officials and a calendar of the City Hall records, 1870-1875
Servicemen's Recreational Guide to the San Antonio area, 1942
“The Romance of San Antonio's Street Corners and Plazas,” American Guide series, 1940
San Antonio newspapers, compiled by Frederik C. Chabot
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2R172 Newspaper clippings on the San Antonio Pecan Worker's Strike, March-April, 1938
Genealogical Register, kept by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas of San Antonio during the Centennial Year
Serviceman's Recreational Guide to the San Antonio area, master copy
Texas Mail Service and the San Antonio Post Office, by Frederik C. Chabot:
Part I
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2R173 Part II
Part III
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2G39 Transcript and translation of correspondence and notes pertaining to 1819 flood, 1819
Newspaper on San Jose Bell, 1928
Letter related to Texas division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1908

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