University of Texas San Antonio

Inventory of the University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Production Division Records, 1970s-1990s



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio. Institute of Texan Cultures. Production Division
Title: University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Production Division Records
Dates: 1970s-1990s
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 ITC's Production Division was the creative agency responsible for the production of educational books, study guides, promotional materials, publications, exhibits, stage sets, audiovisual and multimedia pieces, and demonstration materials
Content Abstract: The collection includes manuscripts, publication files, pamphlets, study guides, and other publications produced by the Production Division of the Institute of Texan Cultures. Production Division projects included the Ethnic Series, a series of Institute of Texan Cultures publications pertaining to individual ethnic/cultural groups in Texas. Also included in the collection are materials produced as part of books for other entities outside the Institute of Texan Cultures.
Identification: UA 15.01.07
Extent: 7 linear feet (7 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) Production Division was the creative agency responsible for the production of educational books, study guides, and other materials. According to an undated (circa 1981) description of the division, the purpose of the Production Division was "to translate the ideas and researched materials of the various other Divisions of the Institute into tangible products from design through construction. Contract work is performed for non-profit agencies when time permits." In the 1980s, the Production Division comprised three departments: the Art Department, the Audiovisual Department, and the Fabrication Department.

According to the Production Division's web page, in 2009, the division is comprised of "designers, an editor, and a team of craftsmen, audio-visual technicians, and administrators who maintain and update 50,000 square feet of displays and exhibits in our museum and on the Back 40. The Production team also supports ITC programs and special events by producing high-quality promotional materials, publications, exhibits, stage sets, multimedia pieces, and demonstration materials as well as providing audio-visual setups to staff for meetings and presentations." The Production Division continues to perform contract work for outside agencies.

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 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.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection includes manuscripts, publication files, pamphlets, study guides, and other publications produced by the Production Division of the Institute of Texan Cultures. Production Division projects included the Ethnic Series, a series of Institute of Texan Cultures publications pertaining to individual ethnic/cultural groups in Texas. Also included in the collection are materials produced as part of books for other entities outside the Institute of Texan Cultures.

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

Series 1. Ethnic Series
Series 2. Books and Study Guides
Series 3. Contract Books
Series 4. Assorted Files

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. Production Division.
University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio.
Subjects
Museum publications--History--20th century.
Museums--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Manuscripts for publication.
Instructional materials.
Page proofs.
Pamphlets.
Correspondence.
Local Subjects
UTSA Records
UTSA History
Texas History

Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures Production Division at the date of accessioning.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], University of Texas at San Antonio: Institute of Texan Cultures: Production Division Records, UA 15.01.07, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Transferred to the University Archives from the Institute of Texan Cultures Library in November-December 2007 (Acc. 2007-122, 2007-127).

Processing Information

Encoded by Angela McClendon Ossar, University Archivist. More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.


Inventory of the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures: Production Division Records

 

1. Ethnic Series

Includes publication files for the Ethnic Series, a group of Institute of Texan Cultures publications pertaining to individual ethnic groups in Texas.
Box
1 AFRO A Personal History: The Afro American Texan
A Personal History: Afro-American
Afro-American Texans pamphlet, 1987
French Texans pamphlet, 1993
English Texans (correspondence, readers, mss)
English Copy
English ms.
English Texans--Edited ms.
Danish Texans
Chinese--Who are the Chinese Texans
Chinese Texans
Chinese Texans (Negs that were replaced and boards)
German Texans, unique Copy, edited version
German Texans, unique Copy, edited version
German Texans pamphlet (rev. 1987)
German Texans--photos and art/author's selection
German Photo Collection: Bos. Letters
Box
2 Hungarian Texans--front/back matter maps and S.B. Vardy's critique of original ms.
Hungarian Texans--partial/ Vardy's ed. Ms.
Hungarian
Japanese Texans
Indian Texans--New Ed. 1989
Irish Cutlines
Irish Original Index
Irish Sources
Irish Photo Credits
The Irish Texans
Italian Texan Pamphlet
Japanese Texans--edited ms
Japanese Texans--front and back matter
Japanese Correspondence
Polish Texans
Box
3 Japanese Pictures
Japanese Texans--3 proofs
Lebanese and Syrian Texans 2nd. Ed.
Our Mexican Ancestors Vol. 1 (for young people)
Texan
Wendish Texans
Swedish Texans, 2nd Ed. Version and Correspondence
Swedish Texans, 1st ed.
Old Pamphlet Revisions



 

2. Books and Study Guides

Includes manuscripts, publication files, and publications of books and study guides created for the Institute of Texan Cultures.
2.1. Books
Box
4 Afro - Communities
Domingo Leal
Echoes of the Past - Melvin Whipple
Reflections of Texas
TEXANS: Story of Texan Cultures for Young People
Texans
Texans One and All
2.2. Study Guides
Box
4 People of the Sun Lost Landmks. Big City Trail, TX Folklife Focus on Black Trad.
Alabama-Coushatta Video, Circle of Life: The A-C's (Teacher's Guide)
Angel Nunn Study Guide, 10/81 Revised Copy (2)
Built in Texas AV Study Guide
Cowboys and Cattledrive Guide
Don Pedrito
Elisabet Ney
Jewish Teacher's Guide, 1978, ms
From the Ground Up: West Texas Adobe, Study Guide
Grandma's Tea
Kruger Study Guide
Elisabet Ney Study Guide
Musica Hispanica
Panna Maria, Teacher's Guide
S.A. 1st Civil Settlement in Texas
Box
5 Spanish Boy in Early Texas Study Guide
TEXANS - Story of Texan Cultures for Young People, Study Guide
Texas Indians Who Hunted Buffaloes, Study Guide
Treasure, People, Ships and Dreams, Study Guide
Wallace Brand
Wallace Brand Slide Show



 

3. Contract Books

Includes manuscripts, publication files, and publications of books created for entities other than the Institute of Texan Cultures.
Box
5 Bexar Archives
Bexar Archives, 1st Round
Dennis McMillan's 40's Pulp Mysteries
Petty - Chapter I
Petty - Chapter II
Box
6 [Petty - Chapter III]
Petty - Chapter IV
Groth Memorial - Petty
Tejano Origins in 18th Century San Antonio, page projects
Tejano Origins in 18th Century San Antonio, ed. Ms.
Texas Banker's Association



 

4. Assorted Files

Box
7 loose papers (chapters)
Belgian Texans
A Personal History: The Black Texans
The Texians and the Texans: The Belgian Texans (revision copy)
The Texians and the Texans: The Anglo-American Texans (2 copies)
The Texians and the Texans: The Belgian Texans ( 2 copies)
The Texians and the Texans: The Belgian Texans (display copy)
The Texians and the Texans: The Czech Texans
Melting Pot, 1st Edition
Melting Pot, 1st Edition manuscripts (4 folders)
Texas Rangers: Images and Incidents
Texas Rangers: Images and Incidents, Front and back matter
Explorations in Texas