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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1. San Antonio Black History Collection

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the San Antonio Black History Collection, 1873-1996 (bulk 1950-1963)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fisher, Lewis F.
Title: San Antonio Black History Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1873, 1923-1996
Bulk Dates: 1950-1963
Creator Abstract: Lewis F. Fisher, author and publisher, formed Maverick Publishing in San Antonio, Texas, in 1996. He has written Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage and Crown Jewel of Texas: The Story of San Antonio's River. In 2002, he received the Arts and Letters Award of the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library. He is also a past recipient of the Texas Society of Architects John G. Flowers Award for books highlighting quality in the built environment.
Content Abstract: The San Antonio Black History Collection was brought together by Lewis Fisher while conducting research on San Antonio history. The collection is made up of printed materials that reflect African-American life in San Antonio in the 20th century. San Antonio funeral homes, schools, and churches are the major subjects in this material. The collection has been arranged into the following categories: businesses, churches, clubs and organizations, education, history, military, newspapers and magazines, and photographs.
Identification: MS 139
Extent: 1.1 linear feet (about 800 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Lewis F. Fisher, author and publisher, formed Maverick Publishing in San Antonio, Texas, in 1996. He has written Saving San Antonio: The Precarious Preservation of a Heritage and Crown Jewel of Texas: The Story of San Antonio's River. In 2002, he received the Arts and Letters Award of the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library. He is also a past recipient of the Texas Society of Architects John G. Flowers Award for books highlighting quality in the built environment.

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Scope and Content Note

The San Antonio Black History Collection was brought together by Lewis Fisher while conducting research on San Antonio history. The collection is made up of printed materials that reflect African-American life in San Antonio in the 20th century. San Antonio funeral homes, schools, and churches are the major subjects in this material. The collection has been arranged into the following categories: businesses, churches, clubs and organizations, education, history, military, newspapers and magazines, and photographs.

Highlights of the collection include paper fans (or church fans), several African-American church records, and an incomplete run of Snap magazine. The paper fans are undated, but reflect advertising for several San Antonio, Texas, mortuaries and funeral homes. Church materials include programs for Sunday services, yearbooks, and newsletters. Of note is a ledger for Ephesus Church of Seventh-Day Adventists (1873-1928) that lists church members names and addresses, and in some cases, the dates of death (bulk dates for the records are 1923-1928). This ledger also contains brief synopses of meetings among the reverend, church staff, and elders for the years spanning 1923-1928. A large but incomplete run of Snap magazine covers the years 1955-1966. Snap was a weekly local publication that covered San Antonio politics, social events, and current events in Civil Rights-era San Antonio from an African-American perspective.

Two unidentified photographs; an invitation and a program from local social groups; invitations for commencement ceremonies at Douglass and Harlandale High Schools; an annual bulletin for St. Philip's Junior College (1946); and a fan advertising Hicks Beauty School round out the collection.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. San Antonio Black History Collection
1.1. Businesses
1.2. Churches
1.3. Clubs and organizations
1.4. Education
1.5. History
1.6. Military
1.7. Newspapers and magazines
1.8. Photographs

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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 material from the San Antonio Black History Collection must be obtained from the UTSA Library, Archives and Special Collections Department, with the exception of Snap, in which case, permission must be obtained from the original copyright holders.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Fisher, Lewis F.
Organizations
St. Philip's Junior College.
Subjects
African American churches-- Texas--History.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio--History.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio-- Periodicals.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio--Social conditions.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio--Social life and customs.
Public schools-- Texas-- San Antonio.
Small business-- Texas-- San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
Genres/Formats
Ephemera.
Magazines.
Newspapers.
Photographs.
Programs.
Local Subjects
African Americans
San Antonio History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Antonio Black History Collection, 1873-1996, MS 139, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a purchase from Lewis F. Fisher by University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections in December 2003 (Acc. 2003-087).

Processing Information

Processed by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, Archivist, November 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1. San Antonio Black History Collection

1.1. Businesses
Box Folder
1 1 Carter-Taylor Mortuary, Paper fans, undated
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2 Carter Undertaking Co., Paper fans, undated
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3 Frank E. Lewis, Funeral Directors, Paper fans, undated
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4 Hardy's Mortuary, Paper fans, undated
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5 Lewis Funeral Home, Paper fan, undated
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6 Sutton-Sutton Mortuary, Paper fans, undated
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1.2. Churches
Box Folder
1 7 Antioch Baptist Church, Funeral program for Ronnie Claude Minor, 1990
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8 Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ, Dedication program, 1964
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9 Ephesus Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, Church record, 1873-1928
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10 Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist, Tithing envelope, Receipt and Baptist form, 1930 and undated
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11 Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist, Treasurer's report, June 30, 1945
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12 First Baptist Church, First Baptist Messenger, published weekly (5 issues), 1948
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13 First Baptist Church, Program for pastor's twelfth anniversary, Dr. D. Manning Jackson, 1948
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14 First Baptist Church, School Easter program, undated
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15 First Baptist Church, Sermon held with the Inter-Racial Bible Institute, 1942
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16 First Baptist Church, Yearbook, 1952
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17 Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, Hymn of the Month, undated
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18 Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, Mt. Zion First Baptist Messenger, August 11, 1963
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19 Negro Baptist Church of America, Bicentennial program, 1973
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20 New Light Baptist Church, Program for New Light Village apartments, handwritten speech included, 1964
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1.3. Clubs and organizations
Box Folder
1 21 American Woodmen, Fifth regional conference program, San Antonio, TX, 1940
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22 NAACP, San Antonio branch, Freedom Fund Banquet program, 1995
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23 Rainbow Social Club, Invitation to spring dance, 1931
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24 Yoakum Burial Association of Texas membership cards, 1930s
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25 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 2nd annual Blue Revue: Intercontinental Capers, 1960
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1.4. Education
Box Folder
1 26 Douglass High School, Invitation to commencement exercises, 1923
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27 Douglass High School, Invitation to graduation exercises, 1924
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28 Harlandale High School, Invitation to commencement exercises, 1946
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29 Hicks Beauty School, Paper fan, 1963
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30 St. Philip's Junior College, Bulletin, 1946-1947
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1.5. History
Box Folder
1 31 The East Side Story by Davis, Lieberman & Puckett, 1993
32 San Antonio Freedom Trail Guide, 1988
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1.6. Military
Box Folder
1 33 The Houston Riot and Court-Martial of 1917, researched by John Minton, undated
1.7. Newspapers and Magazines
Box Folder
1 34 Nubian Notes, August 1996
35 San Antonio Register supplement, 1949-1950
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  • May 13, 1949
  • July 8, 1949
  • July 29, 1949
  • September 2, 1949
  • September 23, 1949
  • October 28, 1949
  • May 5, 1950
36 Snap, September 5, 1955
37 Snap, March 16, 1956
Box Folder
2 1 Snap, 1957
  • April 10
  • May 24
  • September 6
  • September 13
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 11
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • 5 undated copies from 1957
2 Snap, 1958
  • January 17
  • February 7
  • February 21
  • February 28
  • March 7
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16
  • May 23
  • June 6
  • June 13
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • August 15
  • September 26
  • December 12
  • December 26
  • 3 undated copies from 1958
3 Snap, 1959
  • January 16
  • March 6
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 8
  • September 12
  • November 6
  • 2 undated copies from 1959
4 Snap, 1960
  • February 19
  • May 20
  • June 10
  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • November 25
  • December 2
  • December 10
  • December 16
  • 3 undated issues from 1960
Box Folder
3 Snap (oversize materials), 1961
  • April 14
  • May 26
  • June 2
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • August 4
  • August 11
  • August 18
  • August 25
  • September 29
  • October 27
  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15
  • December 22
  • December 29
Snap (oversize materials), 1962
  • January 5
  • January 12
  • January 19
  • January 26
  • February 2
  • February 9
  • February 16
  • February 23
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 15
  • March 23
  • April 6
  • April 20
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 9
  • June 15
  • June 25
  • June 29
  • July 6
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31
  • November 2
  • November 9
Snap (oversize materials), 1963
  • January 18
  • April 12
  • November 29
  • December 13
  • December 20
  • December 24
Snap (oversize materials), September 30, 1966
Trojan Times, St. Peter Claver Academy (oversize material), November 27, 1963
1.8. Photographs
Box Folder
2 5 Photograph of a gentleman, Delfraisse Studio, undated
6 Photograph of unidentified group, 1926

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