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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1. Administrative Files, 1973-1980

2. Writings, 1975-1988

3. Photographs, 1977-1980

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Carmen Perry Papers, 1973-1988



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Perry, Carmen
Title: Carmen Perry Papers
Dates: 1973-1988
Creator Abstract: Carmen Perry was the first Special Collections Librarian in the Library of the University of Texas at San Antonio. She held this position from 1974 until her retirement in 1981. She was named a fellow by the Texas State Historical Association subsequent to the 1975 publication of With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution, her translation of the "De la Peña diary" (La Rebelión de Texas).
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1973 through 1988 and documents Perry's tenure as Special Collections Librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio Library, the publication of Perry's With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution, and subsequent primary source research in Spain. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, manuscripts for publication, photographs, clippings, and other materials.
Identification: UA 99.0012
Extent: 0.9 linear feet (2 Boxes)
Language: Materials are chiefly in English, with some materials in Spanish.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Carmen Perry was born in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, the daughter of a Spanish mother and German father. Her family fled to San Antonio, Texas at the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. She attended Our Lady of the Lake University, where she received a bachelor of arts degree. After college, she taught at John Page Junior High School. She left that position to work for the United States Office of Censorship during World War Two; Perry, who spoke French, Spanish, German, and Catalan, supervised 90 employees in the operation.

Following that position, Perry began her work in libraries, first in the San Antonio Public Library, where she organized the art and music department in the main library and the Landa branch. Before coming to the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), Perry worked in the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, the Archives and Rare Books Department at St. Mary's University, and the Documentary Research Center at San Antonio's San Jose Mission. When she began at UTSA in 1974, she was the Library's first Special Collections Librarian. She held this position from 1974 until her retirement in 1981.

She was named a fellow by the Texas State Historical Association subsequent to the 1975 publication of With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution, her translation of the "De la Peña diary" (La Rebelión de Texas). Other books she wrote, translated, or contributed to include Impossible Dream by the Rio Grande: A Documented Chronicle of the Establishment and Annihilation of San Jose de Palafox (St. Mary's University Press, 1971), Gentilz: Artist of the Old Southwest (University of Texas Press, 1974), and Charles Ramsdell's San Antonio: A Historical and Pictorial Guide (University of Texas Press, 1979).

Source:

  • Rigler, Judyth. "Battle of the Alamo: Translator Carmen Perry Finds Vindication Sweet After 15 Years of Debate." San Antonio Sunday Express-News 3 Apr. 1988: 1-G.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1973 through 1988 and documents Perry's tenure as Special Collections Librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio Library, the publication of Perry's With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution, and subsequent primary source research in Spain. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, minutes, manuscripts for publication, photographs, clippings, and other materials.

The collection is divided into three series: Administrative Files, Writings, and Photographs. The Administrative Files series pertains to Perry's position as Special Collections Librarian; the Writings series includes materials related to the publication of With Santa Anna in Texas, and the Photographs series comprises photographs of a 1977 research trip to Spain as well a 1980 photograph of Perry receiving an award from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

This collection is housed at UTSA's HemisFair Park Campus, though off-site access is also available at UTSA's John Peace Library.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. Administrative Files, 1973-1980
Series 2. Writings, 1975-1988
Series 3. Photographs, 1977-1980

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions on these materials.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Perry, Carmen.
Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio. Library. Special Collections.
Subjects
Academic librarians--Texas.
Special librarians--Texas.
Academic libraries--History--20th century.
Academic libraries--Texas--San Antonio.
Peña, Jose Enrique de la, 1807-1841 or 2--Diaries.
Peña, Jose Enrique de la, 1807-1841 or 2--La Rebelión de Texas: Manuscrito Inedito de 1836.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Texas--History--Revolution, 1835-1836.
Texas--History--1846-1950.
Mexico--History--19th century.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Memorandums.
Manuscripts for publication.
Minutes.
Photographs.
Local Subjects
Literary/Literature
UTSA History
Women
Writers

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Related Material

Peña, José Enrique de la. With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution. Translated and edited by Carmen Perry. College Station: Texas A&M Press, 1997.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carmen Perry Papers, UA 99.0012, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Angela McClendon Ossar, January 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1. Administrative Files, 1973-1980

This series comprises the office files of Carmen Perry during her tenure as Special Collections Librarian at the UTSA Library. Materials document the early days of the Library, including correspondence and memoranda from Director of Libraries (later the Library Dean) Michael Kelly. The correspondence also includes memoranda amongst staff, memoranda from the University and various departments such as Personnel, and letters Perry received from people outside the University. Other materials include minutes of library staff meetings, Perry's subject files and bibliographies on various subjects in Texas and Mexico history, and documentation of Perry's professional involvement in the Special Libraries Association, Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, Texas Library Association, Bexar County Library Association, and others.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 UTSA memoranda, non-Library, 1973-1980 and undated
2 Subject file and reference guides, 1970s-1980s
3 UTSA Library correspondence and memoranda, 1975-1980 and undated
4 Library staff meeting minutes, 1975-1980
5 UTSA Women's Club newsletter and constitution revisions, 1976 and undated
6 General UTSA and UTSA Library information, 1976-1979 and undated
7 College of Fine Arts and Humanities Research Center for the Arts - statement of purpose, circa 1977
8 Assorted correspondence, 1977-1979
9 Report on Special Collections department, 1978 August
10 Professional associations - Southwest Council of Latin American Studies (SCOLAS), 1978-1980
11 Professional associations - Special Libraries Association, 1978-1980
12 Professional associations - assorted, 1978-1980 and undated
13 Special collections projects and procedures - notes, undated

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2. Writings, 1975-1988

This series includes materials related to the publication of With Santa Anna in Texas: A Personal Narrative of the Revolution, Carmen Perry's translation of the "De la Peña diary" (La Rebelión de Texas). Also included is a 1988 newspaper article about Perry's life and the publication of the book.
Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 16 With Santa Anna in Texas - typescript with edits, undated
(1 of 2)
Box Folder
2 1 With Santa Anna in Texas - typescript with edits, undated
(2 of 2)
2-3 With Santa Anna in Texas - galley proof, circa 1975
4 La Rebelion de Texas - anexos or supplementary notes made by Mr. Sanchez Garza, undated
5-6 With Santa Anna in Texas - miscellaneous notes and papers, undated
7 With Santa Anna in Texas - master, circa 1975
8 San Antonio Sunday Express-News article about Perry and the book, 1988

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3. Photographs, 1977-1980

Arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 14 Carmen Perry conducting research in archives in Madrid and Simancas, 1977 and undated
15 Carmen Perry with Certificate of Appreciation from UTSA, 1980

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