University of Texas San Antonio

Inventory of the University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Exhibit Floor Task Group Records, 1992-1998



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures. Exhibit Floor Task Group
Title: University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Exhibit Floor Task Group Records
Dates: 1992-1998
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 Exhibit Floor Task Group formed circa 1993 and was a long range, cross-departmental planning committee charged with developing a master plan for the renovation of the ITC's Exhibit Floor. Their work involved benchmarking, developing a philosophy of exhibits, conducting research and user surveys, and visiting other museum sites.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1992 through 1998 and includes meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, notes, and electronic documents of the Institute of Texan Cultures Exhibit Floor Task Group. Also included are blueprints of the Institute of Texan Cultures exhibit floor and exhibits, as well as exhibits of other museums.
Identification: UA 15.01.05
Extent: 6.3 linear feet (1 Box + 3 oversize Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Exhibit Floor Task Group formed circa 1993 and was a long range, cross-departmental planning committee charged with developing a master plan for the renovation of the ITC's Exhibit Floor. Their work involved benchmarking, developing a philosophy of exhibits, conducting research and user surveys, and visiting other museum sites.

The ITC 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 ITC, 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 ITC 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 ITC'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 ITC 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 1986 the ITC 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 ITC in 1995. He was advised by the ITC'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 ITC was funded by biennial legislative appropriations, grants, contributions, and funds generated by the sale of publications, audiovisuals, other products, and the rental of the ITC's facilities. In addition to maintaining 50,000 square feet of exhibits featuring twenty-seven cultures and ethnic groups, the ITC hosts the Texas Folklife Festival, the Asian Festival, and other events.

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).


Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1992 through 1998 and includes meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, notes, and electronic documents of the Institute of Texan Cultures Exhibit Floor Task Group. Also included are blueprints of the Institute of Texan Cultures exhibit floor and exhibits, as well as exhibits of other museums.

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 July 2006 (Acc. 2006-038)

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.


Index Terms

Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures. Exhibit Floor Task Group.
University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio.
Subjects
Museums--Texas--San Antonio.
Museum exhibits.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Minutes.
Reports.
Correspondence.
Blueprints (reprographic copies).
Electronic documents.
Local Subjects
UTSA History
UTSA Records

Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Exhibit Floor Task Group at the date of accessioning.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Exhibit Floor Task Group Records, UA 15.01.05, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University Archives from Dave Garrison of the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Exhibit Floor Task Group in July 2006 (Acc. 2006-038).

Processing Information

The collection is in one accession, 2006-038, and has been encoded by Angela McClendon Ossar, University Archivist. More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.


Inventory of the University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Exhibit Floor Task Group Records

 

Original Deposit of July 2006 (Acc. 2006-038)

This accession includes meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, notes, and electronic documents of the Institute of Texan Cultures Exhibit Floor Task Group. Also included are blueprints of the Institute of Texan Cultures exhibit floor and exhibits, as well as exhibits of other museums.
Box
1 Accounts, 1997
Benchmarking
Box
1 Questions and checklist, undated
Site visit reports
Box
1 American Association of Museums, 1993-1994
Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, 1994
Colonial Williamsburg, 1994
Ellis Island Immigration Museum, 1994
Louisiana Children's Museum, undated
Minnesota Historical Center, 1990-1992
Museum at Warm Springs, undated
Museum of International Folk Art, 1991-1992
Museum of Modern Art, 1994
National Civil Rights Museum, undated
National Musuem of American History, undated
National Musuem of Natural History, undated
Oakland Museum, 1993
Valentine Museum, 1994
Western Museums Association Conference, 1994
Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerence, undated
U.S. Holocaust Museum, undated
Blueprints and related architectural materials
Box
OM1 Schoolhouse
Nuevo Santander (El Rancho) - original drawings, 90-913, 92-586
Globe Surround #98-0030
La Belle Exhibit #97-813, Build a Town Exhibit #98-268, Texas Weather Exhibit #98-197, Heritage of Stolen People #98-133
Tejano Relig. Case, Chinese Rail, Americanos, Tibet
Plains of Light, 96-171
Connor Museum - folk art exhibit 90-119
Diorama shells - Tejano area
V.P. Downtown Operations Wall 91-1175
Old Projects
Brooks AFB lobby montage #99-102
Brooks Heritage Found. display units #93-0067
Box
OM2 Abilene - shop drawings, history exhibit panels and layouts, 90-1061
UTMB Galveston exhibit, 90-907
H-E-B Museum 89-3032
Abilene - Construction drawings, period rooms, 90-1061
Indian 87-84
Indian #87-84 Drawings
Abilene - 90-1061, Log House Walk 92-0328
Box
OM3 Institute of Texan Cultures plans and other architectural materials
Box
1 Correspondence, 1993-1997
Consultants, 1994-1997
Curatorial statement for the Jewish exhibit renovation, October 16, 1996
Exhibit development anddesign process, 1990-1995
Memoranda, 1993-1995
Meeting minutes
Box
1 1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
Notes, 1993 and undated
People, Places, and Design Research audience research survey, 1994-1995
Philosophy of exhibits, 1994
Questions from all staff meeting, undated
Reports
Exhibit Floor Task Group presentation, June 17, 1993
Exhibit Floor Task Group report (draft), April 29, 1994
Exhibit Floor Task Group report, April 29, 1994
"New Directions: Reinventing ITC's Exhibit Floor", 1997-1998
A proposal for the exhibit floor renovation, 1993
Final report: Task force on university multicultural programming, 1992
Vision statement, 1995