University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Main Avenue High School Alumni Association Records, 1921-1999



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Main Avenue High School Alumni Association
Title: Main Avenue High School Alumni Association Records
Dates: 1921-1938, 1979-1999
Creator Abstract: The Main Avenue High School Alumni Association was organized around 1979 to plan the 50th Anniversary reunions of the graduating classes of 1930-1932. Mary Carr-Paschal (Class of 1930) and Ben Shaver (Class of 1931) were the founders of the Main Avenue High School Alumni Association and Carr-Paschal served as one of the principal officers of the Association.
Content Abstract: The collection includes information about the school alumni associations and people connected to the Main Avenue High School Alumni Association. Items include correspondence, news clippings, yearbooks, alumni catalogs, alumni lists and addresses, flyers, photographs, newsletters, newspapers, meeting minutes and memoranda, programs and invitations, reports, song lyrics, cheers, and original poems and essays.
Identification: MS 145
Extent: 3.1 linear feet (about 2,300 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Main Avenue High School Alumni Association was organized around 1979 to plan the 50th Anniversary reunions of the graduating classes of 1930-1932. Main Avenue High, originally San Antonio High School, was established in 1882 to accommodate the growing number of school-age children in San Antonio, Texas. The school was rebuilt and renamed Main Avenue High (to reflect its street name) in 1917. The only other secondary school in the city at that time was Brackenridge High. Main Avenue and Brackenridge formed an intense rivalry, which later turned into friendship when both schools' alumni associations cooperated on alumni events for students from the graduating classes of 1929-1932. The alumni association of Brackenridge High was called the Mid-Thirties Alumni Association, which sometimes worked with Main Avenue on alumni events. In 1932, Main Avenue High became Fox Technical High School, the city's first vocational school; the newly opened Thomas Jefferson High School offered an academic curriculum to former Main Avenue students.

Mary Carr-Paschal (Class of 1930) and Ben Shaver (Class of 1931) were the founders of the Main Avenue High School Alumni Association and Carr-Paschal served as one of the principal officers of the Association. She was the Association's Newsletter Editor and also Alumni Historian. Carr-Paschal was primarily responsible for establishing contact with alumni and orchestrating alumni events.


Scope and Content Note

The Main Avenue High School Alumni Association Records document the efforts of two alumni to reconnect with classmates from the graduating classes of 1930, 1931 and 1932. The collection includes information about the school alumni associations and people connected to the Main Avenue High School Alumni Association. Items include correspondence, news clippings, yearbooks, alumni catalogs, alumni lists and addresses, flyers, photographs, newsletters, newspapers, meeting minutes and memoranda, programs and invitations, sign-up and reservation forms, reports, song lyrics, cheers and original poems and essays.

Noteworthy items include Main Avenue High commencement programs from 1921, 1925, 1928 and 1930, yearbooks for Main Avenue and Brackenridge, two unique newspaper publications of Main Avenue's El Huisache, a panoramic reunion photograph by local photographer E.O. Goldbeck, and extensive obituary documentation. Main Avenue High School Alumni Association correspondence includes notes and letters from alumni detailing the lives and deaths of former students, information which was later summarized in the alumni newsletters. There are also biographical materials, notes and certificates that belonged to Mary Carr Paschal.


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 Main Avenue High School Alumni Association Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections or the appropriate holder of copyright.


Index Terms

Organizations
Main Avenue High School (San Antonio, Tex.)
Main Avenue High School (San Antonio, Tex.)--Students--Yearbooks.
Subjects
Alumni and alumnae.
High schools--Texas--20th century.
School yearbooks--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Minutes.
Newsletters.
Yearbooks.
Photographs.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
Education/Educators
San Antonio History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Main Avenue High School Alumni Association, 1921-1999, MS 145, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Mary Carr-Paschal and Ben Shaver, 2003 and 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by Ancelyn Krivak and Heather Kuhn, Interns, July 2006.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Ben Shaver

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1980



 

Brackenridge High School

Box Folder
1 2 News Clippings, 1990-1991
Yearbooks
3 La Retama, 1937
4 La Retama, 1938



 

George Cox

Box Folder
1 5 Correspondence, 1986



 

Fox Technical High School

Box Folder
1 6 Catalog, Fox Tech Archives, 1983



 

Main Avenue High School

Box Folder
1 7 Alumni Catalogs, 1979-1991
Box Folder
2 Alumni Lists
1 Alumni Sheet Lists with Addresses, 1994-1996 and undated
2 Alumni Sheet Lists without Addresses, 1980-1983 and undated
Box Folder
7 1 Alumni Index Cards with Addresses, undated
Box Folder
8 1 Alumni Index Cards with Addresses, undated
Box Folder
2 3 Association Letterhead
4 Correspondence, 1979-1982
5 Correspondence, 1984-1993
Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence, 1994-1997 and undated
2 Event Coordination, 1980-1982, 1993-1995
3 Flyers, 1990
4 Meeting Attendance Sheets, 1982-1999
5 Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1979-1994
6 News Clippings, 1979-1996 and undated
7 Newsletter Drafts and Mock-ups, 1980-1991 and undated
Box Folder
4 1 Newsletter Drafts and Mock-ups, 1980-1997 and undated
2 Newsletters, 1980-1988
3 Newsletters, 1988-1998
4 Newspapers- El Huisache, 1925-1928
5 Obituaries, 1984-1999 and undated
6 Officers and Bylaws, 1982-1989 and undated
Photographs
7 50th Reunion Committee, 1980-1981
8 Black and White Annual Reunion Photographs, undated
Box Box
5 1 Color Reunion Photographs, undated
2 Color Reunion Photographs, undated
3 Mary Carr-Paschal and Friends, 1978-1991 and undated
4 Photograph Album, 1980
5 Programs and Invitations, 1921-1933, 1985-1990
6 Reunion Sign-Up and Reservation Forms, 1981-1993
7 Songs, Cheers, Poems and Essays, 1989-1990 and undated
8 Treasurer's Reports, 1981-1992
9 Yearbooks- El Sombrero, 1931



 

Mary Carr-Paschal

Box Folder
6 1 Biography and Notes, 1981-1982, 1995-1996, and undated
2 Certificates, 1963, 1982
3 Correspondence, 1980-1997
4 Correspondence, 1979-1997 and undated
5 News Clippings, 1979-1989



 

Mid-Thirties Alumni Association

Box Folder
6 6 Correspondence, 1982, 1986
7 Newsletters, 1984-1987



 

Thomas Jefferson High School

Box Folder
6 8 Class of 1932 50th Reunion Alumni Catalog, 1982