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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

General Files, 1965-1994

, 1965-1968

, 1965-1968, 1981-1991

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Institute of Texan Cultures Library Collection of HemisFair '68 Materials, 1965-1994



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures. Library
Title: Institute of Texan Cultures Library Collection of HemisFair '68 Materials
Dates: 1965-1994
Creator Abstract: The Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC), a museum and campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, was established in 1965 by the 59th Texas Legislature. Originally housing the Texas Pavilion at HemisFair '68, it was designed to study the ethnic groups that settled in Texas. The ITC Library was established in 1965 as a repository for books and images of artifacts being collected by researchers preparing exhibits for the Texas Pavilion.
Content Abstract: This collection spans the years 1965 through 1994 and includes materials relating to HemisFair '68 that were collected by the ITC Library. Materials include photographs, transparencies, printed materials, newspaper clippings, souvenir items, essays, and other materials.
Identification: MS 292
Extent: 5 linear feet (7 Boxes + 2 oversize Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Historical Note

The Institute of Texan Cultures was established by the Fifty-ninth Legislature on May 27, 1965. The agency was directed to develop and implement an appropriate plan for the state's participation in HemisFair '68 to plan exhibits related to the history of Texas, its development, resources, and contributions; and to design and erect a building suited to housing these exhibits, giving due consideration to its utility for state purposes after the fair. The institute, a permanent state agency located on HemisFair grounds in San Antonio, was designed to study the ethnic groups that settled in Texas. While not a museum, the institute displayed relics, artifacts, and personal memorabilia, but only those that had a direct connection with telling the story of the people in each ethnic group. The exhibits made use of sound, color, movement, and atmospheric design. R. Henderson Shuffler guided the research projects and formed the original staff. (Source: Tiller, David C. "University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures," Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/UU/kcu25.html. Accessed 17 September 2008.)

The Institute of Texan Cultures Library was established in 1965 as a repository for books and images of artifacts being collected by researchers preparing exhibits for the Texas Pavilion.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection spans the years 1965 through 1994 and includes materials relating to HemisFair '68 that were collected by the Institute of Texan Cultures Library. Materials include photographs, transparencies, printed materials, newspaper clippings, souvenir items, essays, and other materials. These materials do not pertain specifically to the Institute of Texan Cultures, but rather the fair as a whole or other aspects of the fair and fair planning.

The General Files series includes essays, newspaper clippings, ephemera, booklets, a souvenir guidebook, and other materials pertaining to HemisFair '68.

The Photographic Materials series is comprised of photographic materials relating to the planning of HemisFair '68, particularly the architectural and physical features of the world's fair and park area. Materials are primarily architects' renderings of proposed sites and features of the HemisFair Park area, including many photographs of three-dimensional mock-ups and models dating from the earliest stages of the Park's development in 1965. Formats include black and white and color negatives and prints of various sizes, 35 millimeter transparencies, contact sheets, and mounted prints and drawings. Included are drawings depicting the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultures in conceptually different ways. There are also some photographs depicting people, pavilions, and events after the opening of HemisFair '68. The materials were transferred to the Institute of Texan Cultures Library from the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1998.

The Printed Materials series comprises copies of periodicals containing articles on HemisFair '68. Periodicals include the San Antonio Express and News, the New York Times, San Antonio Light, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express, Ford Times: The Ford Owner's Magazine, Chevron USA, and the San Antonio Express-News Magazine.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. General Files
Series 2. Photographic Materials
Series 3. Printed Materials

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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

Please contact University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections for further information about copyright issues and permission to publish items from this collection.

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Index Terms

Organizations and Conferences
University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures. Library.
University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio.
HemisFair (1968 : San Antonio, Tex.)
Subjects
Architecture--Texas--San Antonio.
Exhibitions--Texas--San Antonio--Planning.
HemisFair Park (San Antonio, Tex.)
Museum exhibits--Texas.
Museums--Educational aspects.
Museums--Texas.
Texas--History--Exhibitions.
Urban parks--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Photographs.
Newspapers.
Clippings.
Local Subjects
HemisFair '68 (The 1968 World's Fair)
San Antonio History
Travel and Tourism
Urban Development and Growth

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Related Material

San Antonio Fair, Inc. Records, 1962-1995, MS 31, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], ITC Library Collection of HemisFair '68 Materials, MS 292, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Institute of Texan Cultures Library in 2004 (Acc. 2004-023).

Processing Information

Processed by Angela McClendon, Manuscripts Archivist, November 2007.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

General Files, 1965-1994

Includes essays, newspaper clippings, ephemera, booklets, a souvenir guidebook, and other materials pertaining to HemisFair '68.
Box Folder
1 1 Attendance, 1968
Box Folder
2 1 Binder, 1965-1967 and undated
Box Folder
1 2 Booklets, 1968
3-5 Ephemera
6 Essay, "Recuerdos of HemisFair," by Mary Ann Noonan Guerra, undated
7 General and Special Rules and Regulations: International Exposition of 1968, 1965
Box Folder
2 1 News clippings, 1965-1968
2 News clippings, 1968-1969
3 News clippings, 1986-1988
4-6 Pavilions material, 1968
7 Planning, 1965-1968 and undated
Box Folder
3 1 "Sculpture, Murals, and Fountains at HemisFair '68" booklet, 1968
2 Souvenir guidebook, 1968
3 Student paper, "HemisFair '68: San Antonio World's Fair: Research Strategy," by T. Matthew DeWaelsche, 1994

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Photographic Materials, 1965-1968

Comprises photographic materials relating to the planning of HemisFair '68, particularly the architectural and physical features of the world's fair and park area. Materials are primarily architects' renderings of proposed sites and features of the HemisFair Park area, including many photographs of three-dimensional mock-ups and models dating from the earliest stages of the Park's development in 1965. Formats include black and white and color negatives and prints of various sizes, 35 millimeter transparencies, contact sheets, and mounted prints and drawings. Included are drawings depicting the Tower of the Americas and the Institute of Texan Cultures in conceptually different ways. There are also some photographs depicting people, pavilions, and events after the opening of HemisFair '68. The materials were transferred to the Institute of Texan Cultures Library from the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau in 1998.
Original folder titles have, for the most part, been retained.
Box Folder
3 4 Assorted HemisFair photographs [some items removed to Oversize Materials, Box OM1], 1968 and undated
5 The Business of Living, 1968
6 Complete [site plans], 1966
7 Construction sites [some items removed to Oversize Materials, Box OM1], circa 1967
8 Federal Pavilion plan view, circa 1966
9 First model, 1965
10 Folklore study model, contacts, black & white, 1966
11 ICASALS exhibit "Man's Thirst," circa 1966
12 IHT National Sector contacts, black & white, undated
13 International Sector and foreign nations modules, circa 1966
14 International Sector: Australia model, color and black & white, 1966
15 Isometric in color, 1965
16 Italy and Japan [Pavilions?], 1967
Box Folder
4 1 Letter from photographer Jerry Bragstad to HemisFair Site Development Department, 1965
2 Midway - crowd shots, [1968]
Box Folder
OM1 Organization chart, undated
Box Folder
4 3 "Our Cities," plans, circa 1966
4 Pavilion exhibits, circa 1966
5 Peery, Al [Allison Peery, architect] portrait, undated
6 Photographs for advertisements, undated
7 River drawings [Photostats] by Cy Wagner [some items removed to Oversize Materials, Box OM1], circa 1966
8 San Antonio character pictures, undated
9 San Antonio Little Theater, San Pedro Park: plans, undated
10 Site models, 1966
11 Site models (Robert Gersin), circa 1966
Box Folder
5 1 Site models (Robert Gersin): mounted photographs from slides, circa 1966
2 Site models: Science, transportation displays, circa 1966
3 Site models and plans, assorted, 1965 and undated
4 Slides (untitled), circa 1966
5 Study drawings on agricultural exhibits, undated
6 Study model full site, Winter 1965
7 Study model "5166," 1966
8 Study drawings on exhibit buildings, 1965
9 Tower model, 1965
10 Transparencies: buildings and sites, undated
11 Transparencies: figures, undated
12 Transparencies: logos and promotional materials [some items removed to Oversize Materials, Box OM1], undated
13 Untitled Photostat, undated
14 Westinghouse suggested model layout, undated

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Box
OM2 Printed Materials, 1965-1968, 1981-1991
Copies of periodicals containing articles on HemisFair '68. Periodicals include the San Antonio Express and News, the New York Times, San Antonio Light, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express, Ford Times: The Ford Owner's Magazine, Chevron USA, and the San Antonio Express-News Magazine.

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