University of Texas San Antonio

Inventory of the Félix D. Almaráz Papers, 1963-2002



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Almaráz, Félix D. (Félix Diaz), 1933-
Title: Félix D. Almaráz Papers
Dates: 1963-2002
Creator Abstract: Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, Jr., is a professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He began teaching at UTSA in 1973, the first year the university offered classes. Working in the UTSA History Department, Almaráz has taught classes on the Spanish Borderlands, Spanish Colonial Texas, Imperial Spain, Modern Spain, history of South Texas, Modern Texas history, and the cultural origins of San Antonio. Books published by Almaráz include Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958 and Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1963 through 2002 and documents the teaching, research, writing, and service of Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Materials documenting Almaráz's teaching career include syllabi, exams, notes, and teaching aids. Research and writing materials include corrected typescripts, research notes, and other materials. Service materials document Almaraz's relationship with the Texas State Historical Association and the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, among other professional societies.
Identification: UA 99.0009
Extent: 21.1 linear feet (22 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Félix Diaz Almaráz, Jr., was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1933. He earned his diploma from South San Antonio High School in 1952, an Associate of Arts degree from San Antonio College in 1957, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.) in 1959 and 1962, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1968. His doctoral work focused on the administration of Governor Manual Maria de Salcedo of Texas.

Almaráz began teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 1973, the first year the university offered classes. As of 2009, he remains a professor of history with UTSA. Before coming to UTSA, Almaraz held various positions in Texas and New Mexico. He taught at in the Harlandale Independent School District (San Antonio, Tex.) from 1960 to 1964 before pursuing doctoral studies. While studying at the University of New Mexico in 1966, Almaráz was employed as an Historical Information Analyst for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Following his doctoral work, Almaráz held teaching positions at St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.), Pan American College (now The University of Texas--Pan American, Edinburg, Tex.), and the University of Texas at Austin. Directly before joining the UTSA faculty, Almaraz was the director of the Bilingual Education Center of the South San Antonio Independent School District.

Working in the History Department, Almaraz has taught classes on the Spanish Borderlands, Spanish Colonial Texas, Imperial Spain, Modern Spain, history of South Texas, Modern Texas history, and the cultural origins of San Antonio.

Almaráz's most recent honors include a 1994 President's Distinguished Achievement Award, an Excellence in Research award in 1988, and a Senior Fulbright Lectureship in the Republic of Argentina. He has published numerous books including Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958 (Texas A&M University Press, 1999), Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813 (University of Texas Press, 1971), and Crossroad of Empire: The Church and State on the Rio Grande Frontier of Coahuila and Texas, 1700-1821 (University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Archaeological Research, 1979).

Sources


Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1963 through 2002 and documents the teaching, research, writing, and service of Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Materials pertaining to Almaraz's teaching career include syllabi, exams, notes, and teaching aids. Research and writing materials include corrected typescripts, research notes, and other materials. Service materials document Almaraz's relationship with the Texas State Historical Association and the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, among other professional societies.

This collection is housed at UTSA's HemisFair Park Campus and must be accessed via the Institute of Texan Cultures Special Collections Reading Room. To request access, please use our Collections Request Form.


 

Organization of Collection

Original Deposit of February 2001 (Acc. 2001-005) (3 Boxes)
Addition of September 2001 (Acc. 2001-033) (3 Boxes)
Addition of September 2001 (Acc. 2001-036) (1 Box)
Addition of November 2001 (Acc. 2001-047) (1 Box)
Addition of March 2002 (Acc. 2002-014) (10 Boxes)
Addition of April 2002 (Acc. 2002-018) (1 Box)
Addition of April 2006 (Acc. 2006-018) (3 Boxes)
Addition of February 2007 (Acc. 2007-022) (1 Box)

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

One envelope in Accession 2002-014 is closed until 1 January 2015. Otherwise, there are no access restrictions on the materials for research purposes, and the collection is open to the public.

Usage Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Personal Names
Almaráz, Félix D. (Félix Díaz), 1933-
Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio--Faculty.
University of Texas at San Antonio--History.
Subjects
Historians--Texas.
History--Study and teaching.
Mexican Americans--Texas--HIstory.
Universities and colleges--Faculty.
Mexican-American Border Region--Study and teaching.
Teaching--Aids and devices.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Memorandums.
Manuscripts for publication.
Syllabi.
Local Subjects
Education/Educators
Mexican Americans
UTSA History
Writers

Related Material

Félix D. Almaráz Collection, Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.)


Separated Material

University publications such as course catalogs, class schedules, and university-wide newsletters have been transferred to the UTSA Publications Collection (UA 01.02).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Félix D. Almaráz Papers, UA 99.0009, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Felix D. Almaraz in 2001-2007 (Acc. 2001-005, 2001-033, 2001-036, 2001-047, 2002-014, 2002-018, 2006-018, 2007-022).

Processing Information

The collection is in 8 accessions, and has been encoded by Angela McClendon Ossar, University Archivist.


Inventory of the Félix D. Almaráz Papers

 

Original Deposit of February 2001 (Acc. 2001-005)
(3 Boxes)

Includes teaching materials (syllabi, exams), manuscript material for books written by Almaraz, works by others, and other material.
Box
1 Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958: assorted materials
Revised index
Papers associated with permissions for illustrations and checklist of mailing addresses
Footnotes
Edited text and galley proofs
Box
2 Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958 - edited text and galley proofs
Box
3 Crossroad of Empire: The Church and State on the Rio Grande Frontier of Coahuila and Texas, 1700-1821 - typescript and final copy
Assorted papers
Canary Island materials
Historical Methods
Miscellaneous letter file, Historical Markers Committee, 1999
Marker inscriptions and correspondence
Jacinto Quirarte's San Antonio project, 1980
Part of a translation of a French manuscript
Draft, Not a True Partner: A Case Study of Jail Privatization and Official Corruption by Michael J. Gilbert, 1999
Community outreach awards
Paper, "Interlopers and Violence on the Northern Frontier: French Influence in the Dynamics of Technology and Horse Culture, 1700-1760" by Bill W. Love, 2000
Torch vol. 74, no. 1, 2000
Senior seminar papers, 1995
Sample materials for research seminar in history
Modern Spain exams
Modern Texas history final, 1996
Texas history exam file, Summer II, 1998
Texas history: outlines and syllabus
Comprehensive exams, 1992
Texas history: study guide for final exam
Assorted teaching materials, 1992-1999 and undated



 

Addition of September 2001 (Acc. 2001-033)
(3 Boxes)

Box
1 Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958
Miscellaneous Castañeda sources for closure to biography
Edited typescript, chapters 1-10
Unedited Chapter 11 of Castañeda
Chapters 1-12, revisions completed
Clean printout of Castañeda manuscript from TAMU Press, 1999
Box
2 Supplemental Castañeda research [envelope]
File copy of unedited Castañeda manuscript (for FDA [Félix D. Almaráz] Archives)
Castañeda manuscript sent to TAMU Press, 1999
Chautauqua Cultural Festival program, 1996
Director's Report to the Executive Council (Texas State Historical Association), 1996
Box
3 Article by Almaraz in San Antonio Express-News: "Argentina Has History Links, Parallels to United States," 1993 January 31
Photographs and text for exhibit
Appendix and bibliography for book
Madero manuscript from Corona Publishing Co., edited by Félix D. Almaráz, Jr.
"Vital Facts: A Chronology of the College of William & Mary," with letter, 1999
Photos for Castañeda biography, College of William and Mary Archives
Castañeda: Inventory of FEPC documents from National Archives
"New" Castañeda photos: not included in original set of illustrations for biography
Castañeda materials from the College of William and Mary
Abbreviations used in notes of the Castañeda biography
Castañeda: references: revised: 1-3
"New" Castañeda material to be incorporated into composition
Castañeda: revised text, chapters 1-6
Sister M. Agatha Sheehan letter file, Academy of the Incarnate Word, Houston. Non-current CEC
FEPC Records: National Archives folder, 1942
FEPC records already consulted and recorded in chapter 8, Castañeda: 1944
Chandler-Castañeda correspondence, College of William and Mary Archives
Papers relating to subvention grant proposal for publication of Castañeda biography
Miscellaneous Castañeda materials
Supplementary Castañeda materials: already used in manuscript
FEPC records: National Archives folder, 1943
FEPC records: consulted and/or cited in biography
FEPC records: National Archives folder, 1944
Inventory of Fair Employment Practice Committee records microfilmed: National Archives
Photo illustrations from the Barker Texas History Center, UT-Austin for Castañeda biography



 

Addition of September 2001 (Acc. 2001-036)
(1 Box)

Journals.
Box
1 Taipei Review, August 2001
Embassy of Spain Cultural Office, Spain: Boletin Cultural, numbers 211-215



 

Addition of November 2001 (Acc. 2001-047)
(1 Box)

Box
1 Borderlands by Jose Cisneros - page proof
Almaraz archival
(3 folders)
Witte Museum humanities project
Little Theatre manuscript file
Special salt correspondence file
1978 McAllen Conference, Texas Historical Commission
Bexar County Historical Survey Committee papers, 1975
Materials for Bexar County History Conference, 1976
Cultural Activities in Los Alamos (text/notes)
County records inventory project - the UTSA papers, 1975
Independent study: SS I, 1974: The Edwin W. Knippa papers
A Tragic Cavalier - manuscript by Félix D. Almaráz, Jr.
Preface and other materials for A Tragic Cavalier
1973 working papers for Mexican American History Reader
Papers relating to UTSA M.A. Program - History
The Thomas C. Greaves Papers, 1973-1978
1971 UT-Austin teaching evaluation
"An Indian Uprising in Camargo, 1812: A Military Report by Captain Pedro Lopez Prieto"



 

Addition of March 2002 (Acc. 2002-014)
(10 Boxes)

RESTRICTED: One folder of sensitive materials is closed until 1 January 2015.
Original Box descriptions and folder titles have been retained.
Box
1 Correspondence file, 1963-1974
Box
2 Correspondence file, 1975-1979
Box
3 Correspondence file, 1980-1983
Box
4 Miscellaneous files of manuscripts, essays, edited manuscript of Tragic Cavalier, 1980-1981
Webelos Scouts' records
San Antonio Committee CCL working papers, 1980-1981
Emeterio T. Padron Papers
Narrator's soliloquy for "Mision: A Way of Life"
Folder pertaining to Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Southern Lieutenancy of the United States
Untitled folder
Pre-Columbian cultures - MACC lecture
Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, Jr.
Jim Sutton's manuscripts on Juan N. Seguin for thesis
Handbook of Texas
Tejanos in the Texas Rangers - data interpolated into graphs and charts
Texas Humanities Project
Biblioteca Nacional de Antropologia e Historia
Untitled folder
THC Lubbock Conference
San Jose Acequia - Texas Antiquities Committee
Essay on Texas Historiography for Ellwyn Stoddard's Borderlands Source Book (1979)
Manuscripts of newspaper articles submitted to Today's Catholic and Express/News
"Aspects of Mexican Texas: A Focal Point in Southwest History" [FDA's copy]
Draft proposal prepared for St. Mary's University for an endowed chair in Borderlands History
Book reviews submitted for publication in 1982-1983
Book reviews submitted in 1981 for publication
Book reviews submitted for publication, 1983-1984
Crossroad of Empire: The Rio Grande Missions
Franciscan Missions on the Rio Grande SWSSA Meeting (Fort Worth, Texas), 1979
Manuscript - "The Little Theater in the Atomic Age: Los Alamos"
Correspondence to and from the Canary Islands: 1981 Observance
San Juan Bautista papers, 1975
Out-dated curriculum vitae
Texas and the Hispanic Southwest - SAISD social studies
New Mexico Humanities Conference - FDA's Paper (and copies)
Untitled folder - book reviews by Almaraz
MACC Humanities project
Photographs for Borderlands writers' visual-aids project
Script for La Historia pilot program - "The Execution of Justice" by Jason C. Johansen, 1979
Edited manuscript for Tragic Cavalier from UT Press, 1969-1970
Box
5
Correspondence file with miscellaneous materials, 1984-1985
Correspondence, 1984
Untitled folder
TSHA Executive Council
Jack Peterson's Ed. TV project papers, 1986
Jack Peterson's TV project
Christopher Columbus Commission papers
Cordona coat of arms
Hist-related back issues of Today's Catholic
A Picture Book of San Antonio
Untitled folder
Class rosters, grade worksheets, 1984
Class rosters: Fall 1974 (Southwest History and Seminar: American, State, and Local History)
Footnotes/references for seminar
Third annual meeting of Sociedad Historia Eclesiastica Mexicana
Untitled folder
Box
6 Correspondence file, 1986-1989
Box
7 Correspondence file, 1993
Box
8 Correspondence file, 1996-1997
Box
9 Correspondence file, 1998
Box
10 Book manuscripts and related materials
Late Colonial Texas lecture notes
American West lecture notes
End of Year Report for ECISD, 1979
Manuscript for ITC
KCET Seguin Community Supported Television
Antonio's Elementary
Resource materials for sequel - Mexican Americans, 1980
Manuscript for Fr. L. Stuebben
Article manuscripts submitted to Mas Alla
Cruz manuscripts - Spanish Town Patterns in the Borderlands
Almaraz 1977 promotion review, 1977
SCOLAS Monterrey conference
Alberto Moncada Papers, 1987-1988
Remarks delivered at Kelly Air Force Base, 1990
Hispanic Heritage in South Texas
1989 book review manuscrips
San Fernando Cathedral project
Diego de Gardogui papers
National Hispanic Quincentennial Commission
Saltillo Conference - Bexar County Historical Commission
Final Report Interpretive Revision of Land Tenure Study of the San Antonio Missions, 1982
Crown and Cross manuscript for Robert Sanchez Rockefeller project
"The Warp and the Weft"
Book reviews, 1985-1986
Lectures for MACC's seminar, 1981
"Tragic Cavalier" promotional flyers
Frontera
Numerical Breakdowns on Faculty Ranking, 1976-1983
Plaza de Las Islas
Memos from Thomas C. Greaves, 1979-1980
Texas Catholic Historical Society, 1983
C.B. Smith papers
Los Bexarenos Genealogical Registers, 1990
Correspondence A-F, 1989
Box
RM1 RESTRICTED: one folder of sensitive materials
Closed until 1 January 2015.



 

Addition of April 2002 (Acc. 2002-018)
(1 Box)

Box
1 Manuscript, "Recollections of a Hyphenated Man," by Dr. Ramon Eduardo Ruiz, 2001



 

Addition of April 2006 (Acc. 2006-018)
(4 Boxes)

Box
1 Souvenir programs in which Félix D. Almaráz, Jr. performed duties as Master of Ceremonies
University seal: for reference in printing
Letters of introduction or reference
New Mexico irrigation rights case / state engineer's office
Ashbel Smith professorship
Assorted papers
Box
2 Untitled folder
Miscellaneous news clippings for classroom use
UTSA Graduate History: Guidelines, 1973-1978
History 4953 - Colonial Origins of San Antonio: planning papers, 1977-1978
Manuscripts for UTSA Commencement used by the Master of Ceremonies [Almaraz]
UTSA Graduation Ceremonies Committee papers, 1978
UTSA Graduation Ceremonies Committee, 1978-1979
Transparencies of history references for use in historiographical instruction
Notes
Assorted teaching materials, 1973-1996
Graduate seminar papers
Memoranda to history instructors, 1993
The Shaping of the American Past - instructor's manual
Instructor-initiated drop forms
Undergraduate syllabi
Bibliography: Spanish Mexican Texas
Syllabus: Spanish Borderlands for graduates
Texas history teaching aids
Spanish Borderlands teaching aids
New Mexico - maps
"Hispanic Colonization Policies, 1810-1820" by German Valladares Alvarez, 1960
Major exams: American heritage, 1970
Modern Texas History - Civil War
Mexican-American printed materials
Syllabus for Contemporary Mexican-American Studies
Graduate History 5263 - The Spanish Borderlands - guidelines for final exam
Materials for slides, 1989
Course syllabus: History 2063: Survey of Texas Since 1836
Course syllabus: History 3123: Colonial Texas to 18396
Review guidelines for final examination - Modern Texas History 2053
UTSA student class cards [template]
Policy statement regarding rank of full professor
UTSA history study guides
Untitled folders
Law Institute papers
History 202 paper from St. Mary's University
United States History 201 examination copies, 1969
Exam file: History 202, 1968-1969
American heritage: exam file
History 201. European background
History 201. British colonization
History 201. Colonial government
The British American revolt
History 201. The confederation and the Constitution, 1783-89
History 201. Federalism
The Jeffersonians
Post-war nationalism: era of good feelings
Jacksonian democracy
Westward expansion
Manifest Destiny
Sectionalism and the South
Prelude to the Civil War
The Civil War
History 202. Reconstruction
Economic development: 1865-1900
The economic revolution: 1876-1890 (Degler)
History 202. Republican rule, 1869-1877
The American West after the Civil War
The Agrarian Revolution, 1870-1900
Intellectual and cultural aspects of the age of big business
Politics: 1877-1892
Progressive America (source) current
The emergence of neo-imperialism
The progressive movement
The aims of foreign policy
Woodrow Wilson and foreign affairs
Humanities proposal by Dr. Ann Fears Crawford, former student of Almaraz, 1978
Box
3 Assorted periodicals



 

Addition of February 2007 (Acc. 2007-022)
(1 Box)

Box
1 Summer of 1975: Schedule of Classes
Assorted loose materials
Miscellaneous items for teaching portfolio: 2005
Assorted loose materials
Teaching Portfolio of Félix D. Almaráz, Jr.
UT Health Sciences Office of Educational Resources Forms
Untitled folders
Borderlands slide lecture bibliography
Malcolm D. McLean's suggestion for an O'Connor Foundation grant application
"Reflections and Recommendations of Félix D. Almaráz, Jr. regarding UTSA Commencement: Past and Future "
Guidelines: Honors
Senior Fulbright Specialist papers