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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the UTSA University Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection, 1970s-2009



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio
Title: UTSA University Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection
Dates: 1970s-2010
Creator Abstract: The University of Texas at San Antonio was established in 1969. As of 2009, the University comprises three campuses: UTSA's Main Campus in northwest San Antonio, its Downtown Campus, and the HemisFair Park Campus, which includes the Institute of Texan Cultures museum.
Content Abstract: The collection comprises artifacts and memorabilia of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Items include pins, buttons, stickers, ceramic letters, bookmarks, a luggage tag, a magnet, a handmade poster (media: paper and pastels), and a cut-out of an armadillo. Some items in the collection pertain to specific events, such as the election of a school mascot in 1977, Fiesta UTSA, the Institute of Texan Cultures' Texas Folklife Festival and Asian Festival, and others.
Identification: UA 98
Extent: 4.5 linear feet (1 Box + 4 oversize Boxes + 1 oversize folder)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The University of Texas at San Antonio was established in 1969. As of 2009, the University comprises three campuses: UTSA's Main Campus in northwest San Antonio, its Downtown Campus, and the HemisFair Park Campus, which includes the Institute of Texan Cultures museum.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection comprises artifacts and memorabilia, received and collected by the University Archives, of the University of Texas at San Antonio. The majority of items are three-dimensional objects. Items include pins, buttons, stickers, ceramic letters, bookmarks, a luggage tag, a magnet, a handmade poster (media: paper and pastels), and a cut-out of an armadillo.

Some items in the collection pertain to specific events. The 1977 election of a school mascot is documented through two representations of an alternate mascot, the armadillo (a cut-out of an armadillo and a poster for the "UTSA Dillo's"). Fiesta UTSA, an annual event that began in 1978, is represented by commemorative Fiesta pins dating 2002 through 2009. Institute of Texan Cultures events are represented as well, through Texas Folklife Festival pins and an Asian Festival button. The groundbreaking ceremony of the UTSA Downtown Campus was commemorated by a paperweight in 1995.

The memorabilia occasionally includes the various slogans of UTSA through the years, e.g., "The Rising Star of Texas" and "Come Here. Go Far."

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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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--History.
Subjects
Universities and colleges--History--20th century.
Universities and colleges--Texas--San Antonio.
Public universities and colleges--Texas.
Souvenirs (keepsakes).
Universities and colleges--School colors.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Memorabilia.
Pins (jewelry).
Buttons (information artifacts).
Bumper stickers.
Pastels (visual works).
Decals.
Bookmarks.
Ceramics (objects).
Local Subjects
UTSA History
UTSA Records

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections of artifacts and memorabilia created by the University of Texas at San Antonio at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], UTSA University Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection, UA 98, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

The collection has been assembled by the UTSA Archives and Special Collections Department. Some material has been donated or transferred from university departments as noted below. The origin of most artifacts and memorabilia is unclear.

Donated to the University Archives from Thomas Greaves in July 1987, the UTSA Office of Transitional Student Advisement Services in September 2004, and the UTSA Library, 2005-2011 (Acc. 1998-028c, 2004-084, 2011-052, and unaccessioned).

Processing Information

Processed and encoded by Angela McClendon Ossar, University Archivist, May 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

University Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection

Arranged chronologically.
Box
1 Decal sticker with logo, 1970s
Box
OM2 Ceramic letters: U T S A
A note inside this Box, dated Jun 16, 1986, indicates that "According to Dr. Kelly [Director of Libraries], these ceramic letters were the ones made (possibly by Martha Mood) for identifying the University Bldg. at the Koger Center, in 1972."
Box
OM3 Diploma awarded to first graduate Susan Bolado [duplicate, framed], August 18, 1974
Box
1 Letter regarding school colors, August 1975
This letter proposes "Fiesta Red and Cactus Green" for the school's colors and provides justifications.
Box
OM1 UTSA button, circa 1975
A letter from the button's donor, former division director Thomas C. Greaves, says that these buttons "were issued to faculty during metings with the community to reinforce awareness of our impending, and delayed, move to the 1604 campus."
Drawer
28 Go Dillo's poster (media: paper and pastels), 1977
A letter from the poster's donor, former division director Thomas C. Greaves, says that the poster"stem[s] from … when UTSA was deciding what to call its athletic team. There was a campus-wide vote between the Roadrunners, the Stars, and the Armadillos, and a vigorous campaign on behalf of each. The armadillos lost, but [this item was] part of the wall posters during the election."
Box
1 Cut-out of armadillo, 1977
A letter from the cut-out's donor, former division director Thomas C. Greaves, says that the cut-out "stem[s] from … when UTSA was deciding what to call its athletic team. There was a campus-wide vote between the Roadrunners, the Stars, and the Armadillos, and a vigorous campaign on behalf of each. The armadillos lost, but [this item was] were part of the wall posters during the election."
Box
OM1 UTSA Downtown groundbreaking ceremony commemorative paperweight, 1995
Box
1 "Waste not, watt not" bookmark, circa 2001
Bumper sticker, "UTSA: The Rising Star of Texas," circa 2003
Box
OM1 Asian Festival button, 2005
Magnet depicting roadrunner in desert, distributed at the President's Scholarship and Awards Dinner, October 11, 2005
Fiesta UTSA pins, 2002-2011
Includes pins for 2002, 2004-2009.
Box
1 Sticker, circular with Rowdy the Roadrunner mascot and UTSA's URL, undated
Box
OM1 Institute of Texan Cultures Winter Wonderland button, undated
Luggage tag with slogan "Come Here. Go Far." produced by UTSA Academic Advising, undated
Texas Folklife Festival button, undated
Women's Equality Day button, produced by the Women's Studies Institute, undated
Box
OM4 Proclamation and pen used by Governor Preson Smith to sign the Higher Education Facilities Bond Program of 1971, 1971

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