University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the University of Texas at San Antonio. Office of University Communications Photographs, 1972-2001



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio. Office of University Communications
Title: University of Texas at San Antonio. Office of University Communications Photographs
Dates: 1972-2001
Creator Abstract: The Office of University Communications at the University of Texas at San Antonio was formed following the dissolution of the News and Information Office circa 1988. The News and Information Office, and later the Office of University Communications, was responsible for all official UTSA photography, with contract photographer Gil Barrera also taking photographs for the University from 1972-1978. University photographers from 1973-2008 were John R. Poindexter, Mark McClendon, and Patrick R. Dunn. As of February 2008, University Communications is overseen by the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement and comprises three departments: University Publications, Public Affairs, and Web and Multimedia Services.
Content Abstract: This collection spans the years 1972 through 2001 and includes photographs, negatives, contact prints, and slides depicting the University of Texas at San Antonio. Included in the collection are photographs of people (students, faculty, and staff), buildings and campus grounds, colleges, events, and objects.
Identification: UA 16.01.01
Extent: 29.3 linear feet (about 22,000 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Office of University Communications at the University of Texas at San Antonio was formed following the dissolution of the News and Information Office circa 1988. The News and Information Office was responsible for all official UTSA photography, with contract photographer Gil Barrera also taking photographs for the University from 1972-1978. Additionally, contract photographer Tommy Hultgren took photographs of "campus life" (students, student activities, and other subjects) for the University in 1996. See below for a list of official university photographers.

As of February 2008, University Communications is overseen by the Office of the Vice President for University Advancement and comprises three departments: University Publications (responsible for publishing the UTSA magazine Sombrilla), Public Affairs (responsible for publishing UTSA Today, http://www.utsa.edu/today/), and Web and Multimedia Services.

List of University Photographers, 1973-2008


  • 1973-2003: John R. Poindexter
  • 1994-1997: John R. Poindexter and Mark McClendon
  • 1997-2003: Mark McClendon
  • 2003-2008: Mark McClendon (Office of Public Affairs) and Patrick R. Dunn (University Publications)


Scope and Content Note

This collection spans the years 1972 through 2001 and includes photographs, negatives, contact prints, and slides depicting the University of Texas at San Antonio. Included in the collection are photographs of people (students, faculty, and staff), buildings, campus grounds of UTSA's three campuses (1604, Downtown, and the Institute of Texan Cultures), colleges, events, and objects. The collection was transferred to the UTSA Archives in 2003, about three years after the Office of University Communications (including Public Affairs and University Publications) began taking strictly digital photographs.

The collection is divided into six series: News and Information Office, Public Affairs Office, Office of University Communications, Portraits, Subjects (including the subseries Athletics, Campus File, Campus Life, Offices, Special Events, and University Center), and Assorted Photographs.


 

Organization of Collection

   Series 1. News and Information Office, 1974-1988
1.1. Contact Sheets and Prints
1.1. Negatives
   Series 2. Public Affairs Office, 1988-1990
2.1. Contact Sheets
2.2. Negatives
   Series 3. Office of University Communications, 1990-2001
3.1. General, 1990-2000
3.1.1. Contact Sheets
3.1.2. Negatives
3.2. Special Projects, 2000-2001
   Series 4. Portraits, 1976-2000
   Series 5. Subjects, 1972-2000
5.1. Athletics, 1982-2001
5.2. Campus File, 1975-2001
5.2.1. General, 1975-2000
5.2.2. Aerial Photographs, 1976-1998
5.2.3. University Center (1604 Campus), 1995-1997
5.2.4. Downtown Campus, 1993-2001
5.2.5. Institute of Texan Cultures, 1976-2000
5.3. Campus Life, 1980, 1990-2000
5.4. Colleges and Other Academic Programs, 1977-2000
5.4.1. Colleges, 1984-2000
5.4.1.1. College of Business (COB), 1984-2000
5.4.1.2. College of Fine Arts and Humanities (CoFAH), 1989-2000
5.4.1.3. College of Sciences and Engineering (CoSaE), 1984-2000
5.4.1.4. College of Social and Behavioral Science (CSBS or CoSaBS), 1992-2000
5.4.2. Other Academic Programs
5.5. Offices, 1972-2000
5.5.1. Administrative Offices, 1978-1998
5.5.2. Other Offices and Non-Academic Programs, 1976-2000
5.5.3. Office Pictures, 1972-1992
5.6. Special Events, 1987-2000
5.6.1. General, 1990-2000
5.6.2. Commencement, 1987-2000
5.6.3. Fiesta at UTSA, 1991-1998
5.6.4. Homecoming, 1991-2000
5.7. University Center, 1985-1986, 1996
   Series 6. Assorted Photographs, 1973-2001

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.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish items from this collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Dunn, Patrick R.
McClendon, Mark.
Poindexter, John R.
Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio. Office of University Communications.
University of Texas at San Antonio. Downtown Campus.
University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures.
University of Texas at San Antonio--Buildings.
University of Texas at San Antonio--Faculty.
University of Texas at San Antonio--History.
University of Texas at San Antonio--Students.
Subjects
Photographs--20th century.
Universities and colleges--History.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Social life and customs--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Black-and-white negatives.
Black-and-white photographs.
Color negatives.
Color photographs.
Contact sheets.
Slides.
Local Subjects
Photographs/Photography
UTSA History
UTSA Records

Related Material

Materials related to this collection may be found in the Gil Barrera Photographs of the University of Texas at San Antonio (MS 27).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University of Texas at San Antonio: Office of University Communications Photographs, UA 16.01.01, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from the Office of University Communications in 2003 (Acc. 2003-66).

Processing Information

Processed by University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections staff, 2005, and Angela McClendon, Manuscripts Archivist, February 2008.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1. News and Information Office, 1974-1988

Includes photographs produced by the News and Information Office. The News and Office was the original office of photography at UTSA, with a staff of writers and photographers. Photographs were originally taken only for educational purposes, such as slideshows for faculty presentation, but branched out into other areas in later years.
Arranged into two subseries by format: Contact Sheets and Prints and Negatives, and chronologically therein.
1.1. Contact Sheets and Prints
Box Folder
1 1-9 1974 March-1980 September
Box Folder
2 1-9 1980 October-1983 November
Box Folder
3 1-12 1983 November-1988 January and undated
1.2. Negatives
Box
47 News and Information negatives, 1974-1978 and undated
Box
48 News and Information negatives, 1979
Box
49 News and Information negatives, 1980
Box
50 News and Information negatives, 1981
Box
51 News and Information negatives, 1982-1984
Box
52 News and Information negatives, 1985-1988



 

2. Public Affairs Office, 1988-1990

Includes photographs produced by the Public Affairs Office, a branch of the Office of University Communications.
Arranged into two subseries by format: Contact Sheets and Negatives, and chronologically therein.
An item-level paper inventory of the photographs in this series was included with the deposit of the photographs and is available at the UTSA Archives.
2.1. Contact Sheets
Box Folder
3 13-19 1988 March-1989 September
Box Folder
4 1-4 1989 September-1990 July
2.2. Negatives
Box
53 Public Affairs negatives, 1988-1990



 

3. Office of University Communications, 1990-2001

Arranged into two subseries: General and Special Projects, thereafter by format, and chronologically therein.
3.1. General
3.1.1. Contact Sheets
Box Folder
4 5-19 1990 August-1994 November
Box Folder
5 1-8 1994 November-2000 June and undated
3.1.2. Negatives
Box
54 University Communications negatives, 1990-1992
Box
55 University Communications negatives, 1992-2000
Box Folder
5 9 3.2. Special Projects, 2000-2001
Special Projects was the designation given to photographs formerly classified as "Special Events." See subseries 5.6, Special Events, for related materials dating from 1987 to 2000.



 

4. Portraits, 1976-2000

Predominantly photographs of UTSA faculty and staff, portraits were commissioned by individual departments for a variety of purposes, often upon the arrival of new faculty members. Some photographs of students, primarily graduate students, are included here; however, student photographs were most often classified under "Campus Life" (see: subseries 5.3). Note that many photographs of coaches and athletes are classified under "Athletics" (subseries 5.1).
Arranged alphabetically by last name of portrait subject, and chronologically thereafter.
Box Folder
6 1-13 Acosta-Burkholder
Box Folder
7 1-12 Burr-Eisenberg
Box Folder
8 1-11 Ekard-Guajardo
Box Folder
9 1-11 Guentzel-Jordon
Box Folder
10 1-12 Kadapakkam-McGiffert
Box Folder
11 1-12 McIntyre-Riley
Box Folder
12 1-12 Rine-Spruce
Box Folder
13 1-12 Staffel-Whittier
Box Folder
14 1-4 Wickam-Williams



 

5. Subjects, 1972-2000

Photographs in this series span across multiple incarnations of University Communications (News and Information, Public Affairs, and general Office of University Communications).
Arranged into seven subseries, alphabetical by subject: Athletics, Campus File, Campus Life, Colleges and Academic Programs, Offices, Special Events, and University Center.
5.1. Athletics, 1982-2001
Includes photographs of athletes, sporting events, and other subjects related to athletics. "Athletics: General" folders contain photographs of "Athlete Mug Shots" (individual athletes), coaches, and trainers, as well as photographs of UTSA mascot Rowdy the Roadrunner, press conferences, Roadrunner Club plaques and meetings, awards banquets, halftime presentations, signage, the training room, and a conference trophy and championship rings. Photographs in which two or more sports are combined (e.g., baseball and softball), are also filed under "General." Sports in this series include, but are not limited to, baseball, men's and women's basketball, cheerleaders, dance team, golf, Roadrunner Band, soccer, softball, tennis, track and cross country, and volleyball. Also includes photographs from the annual UTSA Women's Walk (also referred to as the UTSA Walk for Women's Athletics).
Arranged alphabetically by sport, and chronologically thereafter.
Processing Note: while housed in University Communications (and the N and I Office before it), Basketball was the only sport to be housed separately from other Athletics photographs. They have been divided by the UTSA Archives into the aforementioned sports.
Box Folder
14 5-16 Athletics: General, 1982-1991 September
Box Folder
15 1-19 Athletics: General, 1991 November-2000 and undated
20 Baseball, 1992
Box Folder
16 1-8 Baseball, 1993-2000
Box Folder
Basketball, 1981-2000
Box Folder
16 9 General, 1984-2001 and undated
10-16 Men's Basketball, 1982-1984 February
Box Folder
17 1-13 Men's Basketball, 1984 October-1988 October
Box Folder
18 1-11 Men's Basketball, 1988 December-1993 January
Box Folder
19 1-11 Men's Basketball, 1993 January-2000 October and undated
Box Folder
20 1-10 Women's Basketball, 1981-1988 January
Box Folder
21 1-13 Women's Basketball, 1988 February-2000 October and undated
14-15 Cheerleaders and Dance Team, 1985-1999
Box Folder
22 1-5 Golf, 1985-1999 and undated
6 Roadrunner Band, 1992-1997
7-9 Soccer, 1986-1990
10-18 Softball, 1992-2000
19-22 Tennis, 1982-1987
Box Folder
23 1-6 Tennis, 1988-1999
7-23 Track and Cross Country, 1982-1997
Box Folder
24 1-2 Track and Cross Country, 1998-2000 and undated
3-19 Volleyball, 1983-2000
20-24 UTSA Women's Walk, 1989-1996
Box Folder
25 1-2 UTSA Women's Walk, 1997-2000
5.2. Campus File, 1975-2001
Includes photographs of campus buildings, building construction, and other aspects of the physical UTSA campus.
Arranged into five subseries: General (all locations), University Center (at 1604 Campus), Aerial Photographs, Downtown Campus, and Institute of Texan Cultures.
Box Folder
5.2.1. General, 1975-2000
Primarily includes photos of the 1604 (main) campus, but could also include photos from other campuses.
Box Folder
25 3-21 1975-1993 April
Box Folder
26 1-20 1993 April-2000 and undated
Box Folder
27 1 Slides, undated
Box Folder
5.2.2. Aerial Photographs, 1976-1998
Box Folder
27 2-8 1976-1998 and undated
Box Folder
5.2.3. University Center (1604 Campus), 1995-1997
Box Folder
27 9-12 1995-1997
Box Folder
5.2.4. Downtown Campus, 1993-2001
Box Folder
27 13 Architectural renderings, undated
14-19 1993-1997
Box Folder
28 1-5 1997-2001
Box Folder
5.2.5. Institute of Texan Cultures, 1976-2000
Box Folder
28 6-7 1976, 1990-2000
8 Slides, Exterior and Back 40, undated
5.3. Campus Life, 1980, 1990-2000
Campus Life photographs depict a range of student activities and events, occasionally serving, according to University Communications, as a "catch-all" for photographs that didn't fit into other categories. Some subjects depicted in Campus Life include Best Fest, Bonfire, Fish Camp, the campus bookstore, campus computer lab, student ambassadors giving tours, a political discussion under the UTSA Sombrilla, students in a lecture, students at an archaeological dig, Career Day, pep rallies, orientation, the annual Faculty/Staff Picnic, and classroom scenes. There is some overlap between Campus Life and Special Events (subseries 5.6), with Campus Life's depicting such events as Commencement, Fiesta, and Homecoming.
Photographs of special events were separated by the Office of University Communications into their own category and can be found in Special Events (subseries 5.6).
An item-level inventory of the photographs in Campus Life is available at the UTSA Archives.
Box Folder
28 9 General, 1980
10-21 General, 1990-1993 March
Box Folder
29 1-18 General, 1993 March-1995 April
Box Folder
30 1-20 General, 1995 May-1998 July
Box Folder
31 1-13 General, 1998 July-2000 August and undated
14-17 Student Faces, 1997-1998
Includes photographs labeled "Student Faces," from a single binder labeled "Undergrad Insert Portrait, 1998."
5.4. Colleges and Other Academic Programs, 1977-2000
Includes photographs of a variety of people and events, commissioned by various colleges and academic programs. Occasionally includes photographs of campus buildings and building construction.
Arranged into two subseries: Colleges and Other Academic Programs.
Box Folder
5.4.1. Colleges, 1984-2000
Arranged into 4 subseries, alphabetically by college: College of Business (COB), College of Fine Arts and Humanities (CoFAH), College of Sciences and Engineering (CoSaE), and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS or CoSaBS).
5.4.1.1. College of Business (COB) 1984-2000
Some subjects depicted in this subseries include the Leadership Challenge, visiting speakers (including Stephen Covey, Red McCombs, and Cyndi Taylor Krier), business classes in session, the Frost Lecture Series, Ethics Symposium, and various aspects of the collaboration between the College of Business and Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).
Box Folder
31 18-21 General, 1984-1991 June
Box Folder
32 1-19 General, 1991 July-1999 February
Box Folder
33 1-4 General, 1999 March-2000 July and undated
5-14 Center for Professional Excellence (CPE), 1993-2000
15-16 Tourism program, 1992-1999
Box Folder
5.4.1.2. College of Fine Arts and Humanities (CoFAH), 1989-2000
Some subjects depicted in this subseries include the Madrigal Dinner (see also: Music Department, Other Academic Programs (subseries 5.4.2.), scholarship presentation, and the Scholars/Donors Dinner.
Box Folder
33 17-20 1989-1996 August
Box Folder
34 1-7 1996 October-2000 and undated
Box Folder
5.4.1.3. College of Sciences and Engineering (CoSaE), 1984-2000
Box Folder
34 8-19 1984-1994
Box Folder
35 1-7 1995-2000 and undated
Box Folder
5.4.1.4. College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS or CoSaBS), 1992-2000
In addition to events related to Women's History Week (see folders 35:18-20), some subjects depicted include archaeological digs, a conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Women and Gender, and visiting speakers (including Judge Albert Pena and Joe Bernal).
Box Folder
35 8-17 General, 1992-2000
18-20 Women's History Week, 1993-1997
Box Folder
5.4.2. Other Academic Programs, 1977-2000
Includes academic programs that existed either independently or under various colleges. All offices, academic and non-academic, were filed alphabetically in a single file while housed at the Office of University Communications.
Arranged alphabetically by title of academic program and chronologically therein.
Box Folder
36 1 Alliance for Education, 1992-1993
2 Architecture, 1993, 2000
3 Behavioral and Cultural Science, 1986
4 Center for Archaeological Research (CAR), 1984, 1987
5 Center for Studies in Business, 1978
6 Education, 1987-1999
7 Environmental Studies, 1978-1979
8 Foreign Language, 1980-1987
9-11 Honors Program, 1988-1996 and undated
12-23 Music Department, 1977-1998 and undated
24-25 Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP), 1984-1989
26 Science and Mathematics, 1981, 1984
5.5. Offices, 1972-2000
Includes photographs of offices not classified as academic departments or programs, or offices whose status as academic or non-academic could not be determined.
Arranged into three subseries: Administrative Offices, Other Offices and Programs, and Office Pictures. Arranged alphabetically by the name of each office therein, and chronologically thereafter.
Box Folder
5.5.1. Administrative Offices, 1978-1998
Box Folder
37 1-3 Dean of Students, 1978-1985
4-8 President, 1986-1997 and undated
9 Provost, 1993-1998
10-12 Vice President of Academic Affairs, 1985-1991
13 Vice President of Administration, 1987
14 Vice President of Advancement, 1992, 1994
15-16 Vice President of Business Affairs, 1986-1996
17 Vice President of Downtown Affairs, 1992-1993
18-21 Vice President of Student Affairs, 1990-1997
22 Vice President of Student Development, 1990
Box Folder
5.5.2. Other Offices and Non-Academic Programs, 1976-2000
Box Folder
37 23 Academic Technology, 1996
24-25 Admissions, 1981-1999
26 Alumni Affairs, 1991-1993
Box Folder
38 1-12 Alumni Programs, 1992-2000 and undated
13 Center for Educational Development and Excellence (CEDE), 1996
14-15 Community Relations, 1994
16 Community Services: Center for Economic Development, 1985-1996
17 Community Services: Extended Education, 1992
18-20 Community Services: Minority Business Development Center, 1992-1998 and undated
21 Community Services: Small Business Development Center, 1990, 1996
22 Community Services: Upward Bound Program, 1990-1991
23 Conflict Resolution, 1997-1998
24 Continuing Education, 1976-1980
Box Folder
39 1-4 Development, 1985-1999
5 Employee Training and Development, 1982
6 FACTT Center, 1993
7-9 Gifted and Talented, 1980-1986
10 Historically Underutilized Business Office (HUB), 2000
11 Information Technology, 1993
12 Library, 1994-1996
13 Orientation, 1995-2000
14 Personnel Service, 1987-1990
15 Physical Plant, 1979-1987
16 Police Academy, 1987-1990
17-18 Police Department, 1978-1992
19 Research Development, 1992-2000
20 Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), 1979, 1990
21 Student Life: Campus Activities Board (CAB), 1992 and undated
22-27 Student Life: Student Activities, 1985-2000
28-29 Student Life: Student Affairs, 1991-1995
Box Folder
40 1-2 Student Life: Student Affairs, 1996-2000
3 Student Life: Student Government, 1997
4 Student Life: Student Representative Assembly (SRA), 1977-1992
5-6 Student Services: Career Services, 1993-1998
7 Student Services: Disability Services, 1992, 1999
8 Student Services: Health Services, 1987
9 Student Services: Minority Affairs, 1994
10 Student Services: Student Placement Center, 1989
Box Folder
5.5.3. Office Pictures, 1972-1992
Includes photographs of various campus offices and staff members, either in or outside of their offices. Also includes photographs of office equipment. There are a number of photographs of the Office of Media Resources in this subseries.
Box Folder
40 11-14 Contact Sheets, 1972-1992
Box Folder
56 Negatives, 1972-1992
5.6. Special Events, 1987-2000 and undated
Includes photographs of campus events not covered in Campus Life.
Contains four subseries: General, Commencement, Fiesta at UTSA, and Homecoming.
Box Folder
5.6.1. General, 1990-2000
Some events depicted in this subseries include the Student Leaders Luncheon, Mayor's Challenge Cup, building groundbreakings and dedication events, Honors Program reception, President's Speaker Series, Fall Lecture Series, Spring Lecture Series, Staff awards, Associates Dinner, various receptions and luncheons with visiting dignitaries (senators, governors' wives, one British ambassador), scholarship presentations, the Annual Family Picnic, Student Honors Dinner at Bluffgate, the UTSA Faculty/Staff Picnic (see also: Campus Life, subseries 5.3), Madrigal dinner and performance (see also: Music Department, under Other Academic Programs (subseries 5.4.2), the Final Four Event at the Alamodome (1998), new student reception, Balloon Fest opening ceremonies, Hispanic Mother/Daughter Reception, Silver Anniversary Gala (1995), tours of campus, Faculty Honors Convocation, Faculty Welcome Breakfast, President's Young Scholars reception, press conferences, Diez y Seis de Septiembre parade, several events at the home of UTSA President Samuel Kirkpatrick, and Women's History Week (see also: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, subseries 5.4.1.4).
Box Folder
40 15-24 1990-1992 February
Box Folder
41 1-17 1992 February-1994 September
Box Folder
42 1-18 1994 September-1997 February
Box Folder
43 1-17 1997 March-2000 June and undated
Box Folder
5.6.2. Commencement, 1987-2000
Box Folder
43 18 1987-1989
Box Folder
44 1-13 1990-2000
Box Folder
5.6.3. Fiesta at UTSA, 1991-1998
Box Folder
44 14 Fiesta (general), 1991
15 Fiesta Under the Stars reception, 1994, 1996
16 El Rey Feo, 1998
17-18 5.6.4. Homecoming, 1991-2000
5.7. University Center, 1985-1986, 1996
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
44 19-20 1985-1986
Box Folder
45 1-2 1986, 1996



 

6. Assorted Photographs, 1973-2001

Includes photographs with no category designation indicated on the negative sleeves or contact sheets.
Arranged into two subseries by type: General and Copy Negatives, and chronologically therein.
6.1. General
Box Folder
45 3-4 Photographer unknown, 1973-1975
5-20 1973-1999 March 16
Box Folder
46 1-4 1999 March 23-2000 and undated
6.2. Copy Negatives
Box Folder
46 5-7 1977-1996 and undated