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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative

Development Projects

Organizations

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the San Antonio River Walk Commission. David Straus Papers, 1960-1994



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Straus, David
Title: San Antonio River Walk Commission. David Straus Papers
Dates: 1960-1994
Creator Abstract: The San Antonio River Walk Commission was created to review and regulate development along the River Walk (Paseo Del Rio) and La Villita.
Content Abstract: The San Antonio River Walk Commission. David Straus Papers include meeting minutes for the San Antonio River Walk Commission, information about development projects, and history of the River Walk. An item of note in this collection is the Master plan for the creation of the River Walk and its expansion for HemisFair, the 1968 World's Fair.
Identification: MS 47
Extent: 2.1 linear feet (approximately 1,600 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

David Straus was a prominent and active member of the San Antonio River Walk Commission of San Antonio. The Commission, a board appointed by the City Council of San Antonio, was formed in May 1962 and dissolved in November 1992. Other members of the Commission included Jimmy Gause, Walter Mathis, and Arthur “Hap” Veltman.

The job of the Commission was to review development plans along the River Walk (Paseo Del Rio) and La Villita. Some people feared that if there was no effort to regulate development the River Walk could begin to resemble the French Quarter in New Orleans. The Commission worked with the Tourist Attractions Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects to create a master plan for the development of the River Walk area. The provisions of the master plan called for a pedestrian link between Alamo Plaza, La Villita and Main Plaza. The commission also helped to implement improvements to the River Walk for HemisFair in 1968, including expansion to the convention center and a system of lights along the River Walk.

The Commission also worked to protect the River Walk from overdevelopment. The designs of buildings as well as the atmosphere of restaurants and other businesses along the River Walk were scrutinized. Development plans were sometimes stopped or major adjustments made due to the objections of the Commission.

The responsibilities of the Commission, as well as those of the Historic Review Board and the Fine Arts Commission, were assumed by a newly created Historic and Design Review Commission.

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Scope and Content Note

The San Antonio River Walk Commission. David Straus Papers, 1960-1994, document the work and projects of the San Antonio River Walk Commission through minutes, correspondence, ordinances and reports. The material in the Administrative series includes a complete set of meeting minutes (1962-1992) that provide excellent information on the types of issues that were brought before the Commission and a large number of press clippings with stories about the River Walk. The Development series contains information about individual projects considered by the commission including the Paseo Del Rio Project Master Plan. Various other groups shared jurisdiction or interests with the Commission; information regarding these groups can be found in the Organizations series.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish from the San Antonio River Walk Commission. David Straus Papers, 1960-1994 must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Persons
Straus, David.
Organizations
Paseo del Rio (San Antonio, Tex.)
San Antonio River Walk (San Antonio, Tex.)
Topics
Real estate development--Texas--San Antonio.
Tourism and city planning--Texas--San Antonio.
Urban renewal--Texas--San Antonio--History.
Waterfronts--Recreational use--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
San Antonio River (Tex.)--History.
Genres/Formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Minutes.
Ordinances.
Reports.
Local Subjects
HemisFair '68 (The 1968 World's Fair)
San Antonio History
Travel and Tourism
Urban Development and Growth

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Antonio River Walk Commission. David Straus Papers, 1960-1994, MS 47, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

All the materials in this collection were donated by David Straus in 1994 (Acc. 1995-02).

Processing Information

Processed by Eric Hartmann, Processing Archivist, March 1998.

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Arrangement

 

Administrative

Series Abstract
Minutes of meetings, correspondence, city ordinances and Commission reports and policy manuals. Also included are publicity files consisting of clippings about the River Walk.
Arranged by type of material, and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1960-1976
2 Correspondence, 1977-1992
3 Membership, 1965-1977
4 History, 1964-1992
Minutes
5 1962-1965
6 1966-1969
7 1970-1972
8 1973-1975
9 1976-1977
Box Folder
2 1 1978-1979
2 1980-1981
3 1982-1984
4 1985-1986
5 1987-1989
6 1990-1992
Ordinances
7 Flood Plain, 1977-1978
8 Nudity, 1975-1977
Box Folder
3 1 River Walk Commission, 1961-1974 and n.d.
2 Signs, 1964-1972
3 Soliciting, 1977
4 Zoning, 1973-1976
Policy Manuals
5 1961-1964
6 1976-1989
7 Preliminary Report, 1986
Publicity
8 1962-1964
9 1965-1967
10 1968-1970
Box Folder
4 1 1971-1984

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Development Projects

Series Abstract
Correspondence, press clippings, reports describing various projects that were brought before the commission. Included is Master Plan for the Paseo Del Rio submitted to the commission by the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1963.
Arranged by development project and organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
4 2 200 Block Alamo, 1964-1967
3 Boat Concessions, 1961-1981
4 Bridges, 1968-1971
5 Capital Improvements, 1976-1977
6 Garage, 1976
7 Hotels, 1967
8 LaVillita, 1966-1967
9 Miscellaneous, 1965-1984
10 Photographs, n.d.
Paseo Del Rio
11 Planning, 1960-1975
12 Project Master Plan, 1963
13 Property Owners, 1961-1977
14 Prospective Tenants, 1961-1963

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Organizations

Series Abstract
Material including correspondence and press clippings that help to document the relations between the River Walk Commission and other groups with interests in the River Walk and the San Antonio River. These groups include the Paseo Del Rio Association, The Paseo Del Rio Project Committee, The San Antonio River Authority and the Chamber of Commerce including its' Tourist Attractions Division.
Arranged by organization and organized alphabetically.
Box Folder
5 1 Parks and Recreation Committee
Paseo Del Rio Association
2 1963-1970
3 1971-1994
4 Paseo Del Rio Project Committee, 1963-1966
5 San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, 1964-1971
6 San Antonio River Authority, 1981
Tourists Attractions Division
7 1960-1965
8 1966-1975

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