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Descriptive Summary

Biographical

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Arcadia Lopez Papers

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Arcadia Lopez Papers, 1910s-2003



Descriptive Summary

Creator: López, Arcadia H., 1909-
Title: Arcadia Lopez Papers
Dates: 1910s-2003
Creator Abstract: Arcadia Hernandez Lopez was born December 21, 1909, and came to the West Side of San Antonio with her family as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. She overcame a language barrier and poverty to earn her Doctorate and become one of the first bilingual educators in Texas. She was the author of her own biography, "Barrio Teacher." Lopez was married but had no children. She died at the age of 97 and upon her death she donated $700,000 to establish the UTSA Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship fund for bilingual education.
Content Abstract: Boxes contain albums of photographs, clippings, and cards; a datebook; Margil yearbook from 1920 from Our Lady of the Lake University; scrapbooks documenting her life, travels and career, consist of photographs, clippings, certificates, and various cards; a distinguished service award; and Santitos.
Identification: MS 324
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (3 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical

Arcadia Hernandez Lopez was born December 21, 1909, in Sabinas Hidalgo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. She was a refugee from the Mexican Revolution, and came to live with her family on the West Side of San Antonio. At age 7, not knowing English, she entered school and although there was a language barrier, she never gave up and eventually overcame it. She graduated high school and went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and education from Our Lady of the Lake University. She went on to earn her Master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin in education and a Doctorate from Nova University in Florida.

She became one of Texas’s first bilingual education teachers and spent more than 40 years as a bilingual education teacher and as the supervisor and coordinator of bilingual programs at the San Antonio Independent School District. After her retirement she joined Our Lady of the Lake University as director of its bilingual training program.

Lopez authored her biography, "Barrio Teacher."It tells her story of escaping the Mexican Revolution, coping with the confusion of immigration and living through the Great Depression. Having difficulties brought on by language barriers in the classroom, Lopez dedicated her life to bilingual education.

Throughout her career she was recognized for her dedication to education and received numerous awards, including the Ford Salute to Education and San Antonio Light’s Woman of the Year Award. She was also inducted into the San Antonio Women’s Hall of Fame.

Arcadia Lopez was married but had no children. Her husband was a World War II veteran and small-businessman. She died January 16, 2007 at the age of 97. At her death she donated $700,000 to UTSA, establishing the UTSA Arcadia Lopez Endowed Scholarship fund to be used for scholarships in bilingual education.

UTSA College of Education and Human Development created "A Tribute to Arcadia H. Lopez Ph.D." DVD (produced by UTSA Center for Distance Learned and Academic Technology) in 2007. See Archives and Special Collections staff for access to this DVD.

Sources: UTSA Today website - http://www.utsa.edu/today/2007/10/lopez.cfm, My SA website - http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/MYSA100407_01A_Bilingual_13796b098_html5011.html, and Texas Legislature Online - http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/html/SR00153F.htm

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1910s-2003 and contains albums of photographs, clippings, and cards; a datebook; Margil yearbook from 1920 from Our Lady of the Lake University; scrapbooks documenting her life, travels and career, consist of photographs, clippings, certificates, and various cards; a distinguished service award; and Santitos.

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Organization of Collection

Original Deposit of December 2009 (Acc. 2009-066)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Personal Names
López, Arcadia H., 1909-
Subjects
Education, Bilingual--Texas.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.).
Genres/Formats
Photographs.
Scrapbooks.
Clippings.
Certificate.
Cards, Get-well.
Cards, Greeting .
Santitos.
Local Subjects
Education/Educators
Mexican Americans
San Antonio History

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Related Material

There are no known other archival collections created by Arcadia Lopez at the date of accessioning.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Arcadia Lopez Papers, MS 234, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donation from Dr. Robert Milk in December 2009 (Acc. 2009-066).

Processing Information

Encoded and described by Tatina Wulzer, Collections Assistant, January 2010. Processed by Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Curator, March 2010.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Arcadia Lopez Papers

Box
1 Certificates, 1928-1929, 1959-1967
Distinguished Service Award, 1980
Project Bilingual, undated
1929 Margil, Our Lady of the Lake College yearbook, 1929
Planner, 1988
Photographs and Scrapbooks
Box
OM2 "To Mother and Isabel" scrapbook, 1938 and undated
Box
OM1 "The Hernandez Family: Their Activities, Friends, and Neighbors - The Early Years," circa 1910s-1980s
"More about the Hernandez Family: Their Activities, Friends, and Neighbors " circa 1930s-1950s
Box
1 Assorted family photographs, 1940s-2001 and undated
Assorted photographs, 1959 and undated
Assorted photographs, 1968-1988 and undated
Workplace photographs, 1983-1985
Photographs and greeting cards, 1949, 1986 and undated
Johnny D. Lopez funeral materials, 1987
80th Birthday Party and assorted photographs, 1976, 1989-1993 and undated
India trip scrapbook, 1989
Travel photographs and clippings, 1989-1991 and undated
Birthday party and assorted photographs, circa 1990s
Assorted photographs, circa 1990s
Assorted photographs, 1992-1995
Ford Award Banquet scrapbook, 1993
Picture about me, reading at Bonham Elementary, a Teacher's prayer, 3 family pictures, article on Posados and ribbons, 1993-1999
Birthday gathering photographs, December 1998
Visiting two classrooms, 2001
Dinner party and Brackenridge Elementary photographs, 2001
Obituaries of person who fled the Mexican Revolution and came to Texas, complimentary pletters, certificates, articles about Ford Education Award, resume, Kenya, Our Lady of the Lake University, 1996-2001
Award ceremony photographs, 2000-2001
Egypt trip photographs, 2001
Birthday gathering photographs, December 21, 2001
Birthday gathering and classroom visit photographs, 2002
Alamo Community College District Ceremony photographs, 2003
Photographs around San Antonio, undated
Unidentified wedding photographs, undated
"Poetry as a Woman Likes It" scrapbook, undated
Women: dedicated to the idea of becoming more adequate, undated
Assorted photographs, undated
Assorted postcards, undated
Santitos scrapbook, 1969, 1984-2000

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