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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

1. Administrative Records, 1979-2000

2. Photographs, Slides, and Negatives, 1995-2004

University of Texas San Antonio

Inventory of the University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Office of Communications and Marketing Records, 1979-2004



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures. Office of Communications and Marketing
Title: University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Office of Communications and Marketing Records
Dates: 1979-2004
Creator Abstract: The Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC), a museum located on the HemisFair Park Campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio, was established in 1965 by the 59th Texas Legislature. The Office of Communications and Marketing was responsible for the publication of the ITC's newsletter The Texican as well as the creation of press releases reporting on news of the Institute of Texan Cultures museum.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1979 through 2004 and includes annual reports of the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC), ITC newsletter The Texican, press releases and publication files, and photographs, slides, and negatives of the ITC and its annual Texas Folklife Festival.
Identification: UA 15.01.04
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (3 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Office of Communications and Marketing at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures was responsible for the publication of the ITC's newsletter The Texican as well as the creation of press releases reporting on news of the Institute of Texan Cultures museum. The office additionally produced two other newsletters: Passages and ITC Happenings. As of April 2009, the office is known as the Office of Marketing and Community Relations.

The Institute of Texan Cultures was established by the Fifty-ninth Texas 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.

The institute's continued function is to bring together, on loan, fragments of Texas history collections from museums and archives throughout the state, to produce filmstrips and slide shows on segments of Texas history, and to publish historical pamphlets and books. The Institute of Texan Cultures was put under the University of Texas System effective June 5, 1969, and its official title became the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio. In February 1973 the institute became, more specifically, a part of the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Upon the death of Shuffler in 1975, Jack R. Maguire was named director. Rex H. Ball was director of the institute in 1995. He was advised by the institute's development board and reported directly to the president of UTSA, Samuel A. Kirkpatrick. In 1995 there were 100 regular staff members and 450 volunteer workers. The institute was funded by biennial legislative appropriations, grants, contributions, and funds generated by the sale of publications, audiovisuals, other products, and the rental of the institute's facilities. In addition to maintaining 50,000 square feet of exhibits featuring twenty-seven cultures and ethnic groups, the institute hosts the Texas Folklife Festival, the Asian Festival, and other events.

Source for Office of Communications and Marketing history: Telephone conversation with Carolyn Kellner, Institute of Texan Cultures Office of Marketing and Community Relations, 1 April 2009.

Source for Institute of Texan Cultures history: 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 1 April 2009).

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1979 through 2004 and includes annual reports of the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC), ITC newsletter The Texican, press releases and publication files, and photographs, slides, and negatives of the ITC and its annual Texas Folklife Festival.

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.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. Administrative Records, 1979-2000
Series 2. Photographs, Slides, and Negatives, 1995-2004

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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.

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Index Terms

Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures. Office of Communications and Marketing.
University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio.
Subjects
Museums--Texas.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Annual reports.
Newsletters.
Slides.
Photographs.
Negatives.
Press releases.
Local Subjects
UTSA History
UTSA Records

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures Office of Communications and Marketing at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Office of Communications and Marketing Records, UA 15.01.04, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Transferred from UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures Office of Communications and Marketing in 2005 (Acc. 2005-012 and 2005-101).

Processing Information

Processed by Angela McClendon Ossar, University Archivist, April 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

1. Administrative Records, 1979-2000

Includes annual reports, Institute of Texan Cultures newsletter The Texican, and press releases and publication files.
Box Folder
1 1-4 Annual reports, 1979-2000
5 Press releases and publication files, 1991-1994 and undated
5 ITC News: Old Newspapers Wanted for Sharecropper's Cabin, undated
5 ITC News: Queen Elizabeth's Visit, 1992
5 ITC News: Governor's Visit, July 1993
5 ITC News: Governor Ann Richards Visit, 1994
6 The Texican, May 1992-Spring/Fall 2000

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2. Photographs, Slides, and Negatives, 1995-2004

Includes photographs, slides, and negatives of the Institute of Texan Cultures and its annual Texas Folklife Festival.
Box
2 Texas Folklife Festival: color slides, 1995
Texas Folklife Festival: color slides, 1996
Texas Folklife Festival: color slides, 1997
CDs containing digital photographs:
Folklife Festival 2004 #608
Folklife Festival 2004 #609
Folklife Festival Disc #1
Folklife Festival Disc #2
2002 ITC-TFF Friday/Saturday #2
2002 ITC-TFF #5
Box
3 Texas Folklife Festival: color slides, 2000
Texas Folklife Festival: color slides, 2001
Institute of Texan Cultures: general color slides and black-and-white negatives, undated

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