University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Thomas R. Hester Papers, 1973-1999



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hester, Thomas R.
Title: Thomas R. Hester Papers
Dates: 1973-1999
Creator Abstract: Thomas R. Hester was Professor of Anthropology, Division of Social Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1973-1987 and created and served as Director of UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research from 1974-1987. From 1987 until his retirement, Dr. Hester taught at The University of Texas at Austin.
Content Abstract: The Thomas R. Hester Papers include manuscript drafts, correspondence, committee files, grant files, and lectures related to Hester’s career at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Identification: UA 99.0030
Extent: 6 linear feet (6 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Thomas R. Hester was Professor of Anthropology, Division of Social Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1973-1987 and created and served as Director of UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) from 1974-1987. Hester joined the UTSA faculty in 1973 as Associate Professor in Anthropology after receiving his PhD in Anthropology from University of California, Berkeley in 1972.

Hester has written extensively on stone tools in South Texas and has conducted research in Texas, Nevada, Montana, California, Egypt, Mexico, and Belize. During his tenure at UTSA, he conducted field schools in South Texas and Belize, and as Director of CAR he oversaw many excavations, including the 1977-1982 investigations of over 400 sites in the Choke Canyon region in McMullen and Live Oak Counties, the largest-ever dig conducted in South Texas. Among over 400 publications of which he authored or co-authored are the books Field Methods in Archaeology with Harry J. Shafer and Kenneth L. Feder (Routledge, 2009) and Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2011) with Ellen Sue Turner, as well as articles, monographs, conference papers, and other books. Hester has received grants through agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Geographic Society, as well as contracts through the United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. In addition to his publications, Hester was an active member of the faculty at UTSA, serving as chair or member of numerous university-wide committees; he also received many awards for his teaching and research through UTSA.

In 1987, Hester joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin, where he continued teaching, writing, and conducting field schools. From 1987-2000, he served as the Director for the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL) at the Balcones Research Center, which was renamed the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in 1994.

Dr. Hester is currently a professor emeritus. Along with co-founder Dr. Harry J. Shafer, he currently (2017) works performing Phase I surveys and project monitoring in South and West Texas for the cultural resources management firm Abasolo Archaeological Consultants.


Scope and Content Note

The Thomas R. Hester Papers span the years 1973-1999 and include manuscript drafts, correspondence, committee files, grant files, lectures, conference files, and other materials related to Hester’s career as an archaeologist and a professor of anthropology. The bulk of the materials date from 1973-1987, during Hester’s tenure at UTSA. This collection documents Hester’s role in creating UTSA’s cultural resource management program at the Center for Archaeological Research (CAR), for which he served as director. Hester’s research interests include lithics in the American Southwest and the Mayan zone in Belize.

The collection is organized into six series: I. Teaching; II. Research and Publishing; III. UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR); IV. UTSA Committee Work; V. Professional Associations and Committees; and VI. Activities.

Series I. Teaching consists of records related to Hester’s role as a professor and include course syllabi, book lists, student surveys of teaching, grant reviews, and correspondence. Also included in this series are notes and material pertaining to archaeological field schools, continuing education classes at UTSA, and his role in UTSA’s Gifted and Talented program for high school students.

The items in Series II. Research and Publishing relate to Hester’s research, including manuscripts, promotional materials for publications, and correspondence to publishers, as well as editions of The Interamericano: Newsletter of the Instituto Interamericano.

Series III. UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) consists of records related to the Center for Archaeological Research, such as organized research reports, loan authorizations for artifacts, staff listings, a list of publications, press clippings, and promotional materials.

Series IV. UTSA Committee Work includes records pertaining to Hester’s active role in UTSA-wide committee business, as well as two UTSA Annual Organized Research Reports. Throughout his tenure, Hester was active in many committees that shaped the university’s early years. Of note are the records on the Select Committee on Higher Education Research and the Faculty Review Advisory Committee.

The items in Series V. Professional Associations and Committees include records pertaining to professional organizations with which Hester was affiliated. Files contain research related to presentations Hester gave at the annual meetings of these organizations, as well as planning and promotional materials for the meetings. Information on the 1986 World Archaeological Congress is of note in this series.

Series VI. Activities is comprised of press clippings, appointment calendars, and office logs detailing Hester’s day-to-day work as a professor and administrator for CAR and, later, for the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory (TARL). The activities files from 1973-1987 include information Hester collected to add to his annual reports such as correspondence about publishing, events, and community involvement. Some examples of his community involvement include letters to editors of publications indicating errata, letters to and from legislators, and letters to and from schoolchildren who wrote him due to their interest in archaeology. Press clippings are comprised mostly of newspaper and magazine articles about Hester’s work, as well as the UTSA publications UTSA Bulletin and The Roadrunner. Included in this series are also promotional materials relating to the UTSA men’s basketball team, of which Hester was an active fan.


Organization of Collection

I. Teaching
II. Research and Publishing
III. UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR)
IV. UTSA Committee Work
V. Professional Associations and Committees
VI. Activities

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 schedule a visit.

Use Restrictions

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


Index Terms

Personal Names
Hester, Thomas R.
Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio. Center for Archaeological Research.
University of Texas at San Antonio--Faculty.
University of Texas at San Antonio--History.
Subjects
Archaeological surveying--Texas.
Archaeological expeditions.
Historic sites--Texas.
Universities and colleges--Faculty.
Universities and colleges--History--20th century.
Universities and colleges--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Administrative records.
Articles.
Correspondence.
Manuscripts.
Memorandums.
Research notes.
Syllabi.
Local Subjects
Education/Educators
San Antonio History
Texas History
UTSA History
UTSA Records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas R. Hester Papers, UA 99.0030, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Thomas R. Hester in July 2016 (Acc. 2016-039).

Processing Information

Processed by Christina Frasier, Student Assistant, and Kristin Law, University Archivist, in 2017.


Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Teaching

Box
1 Annual Reports, 1974-1985
Appointment Letter and Salary Letter, 1979, 1987
Course Syllabi, 1973-1987
Book Lists for Courses and Library Reserve, 1975-1982
Special Topics - Research, Writing, and Publication: Anthropology 6973 [1], 1986
Special Topics - Research, Writing, and Publication: Anthropology 6973 [2], 1986
Selected Readings in Primitive Technology: Anthropology 3653 [1], 1987
Selected Readings in Primitive Technology: Anthropology 3653 [2], 1987
Middle East, Mediterranean, and Europe: Anthropology 532 [1], 1973-1975
Middle East, Mediterranean, and Europe: Anthropology 532 [2], 1973-1975
Introduction to Archaeology: Anthropology 2043 [1], 1986
Introduction to Archaeology: Anthropology 2043 [2], 1986
Introduction to Archaeology: Anthropology 2043 [3], 1986
Anthropology Graduate Program Admissions Standards, 1986
Master's Student Paperwork, 1980-1981
Master's Student Paperwork, 1982-1983
Student Projects, undated
Independent Study Reading Lists, 1975-1981
Student Surveys of Teaching - Berkeley, 1976-1977
Student Surveys of Teaching, 1981-1985
Grant Reviews, 1978-1979
Grant Reviews, 1980-1981
Grant Reviews, 1982-1984
Grant Reviews, 1985-1987
Box
2 Field School Planning, 1976-1981, 1987
Yucatan Tour, undated
Belize Tourism Stickers, undated
Continuing Education Archaeology Class, 1975-1981
UTSA Gifted and Talented Program [1], 1982
UTSA Gifted and Talented Program [2], 1982
UTSA Gifted and Talented Program, 1983-1984
Lectures by Peter Flawn, 1973



II. Research and Publishing

Box
2 Bibliography of Archaeology Manuscript [1], 1980
Bibliography of Archaeology Manuscript [2], 1980
Incomplete Draft of Texas Archaeology Edited Collection [1], 1980-1985
Incomplete Draft of Texas Archaeology Edited Collection [2], 1980-1985
Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians - Final working copy, 1985
A Field Guide to Stone Artifacts of Texas Indians - Unbound copy, 1985
Promotional Materials for Books, 1975
Addison-Wesley Publications, 1972-1975
MSS Modular Publications, 1973
The Interamericano: Newsletter of the Instituto Interamericano, 1966-1971
The Interamericano: Newsletter of the Instituto Interamericano, 1972-1980



III. UTSA Center for Archaeological Research (CAR)

Box
3 CAR Organized Research Reports, 1982-1986
CAR Loan Authorizations, 1988-1991
CAR Staff lists, 1982-1989
CAR Manuscript Series List, 1991
CAR Administrative Correspondence, 1993
Press Clippings and Brochures Related to CAR, 1974; 1988
Scientific Perspectives on the Problems of Art and Artifact Origins Symposium, 1987
CAR Friends of Archaeology Certificate and Letter, 1996



IV. UTSA Committee Work

Box
3 "In the Beginning There Was A Complaint" - Early History of UTSA, 1976
Annual Organized Research Report: The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1977-1978
Annual Organized Research Report: The University of Texas at San Antonio, 1983-1984
Ad Hoc Committee on Transition to New College Structure, 1982
Search Committee for Division Director of Behavioral and Cultural Sciences, 1982
UTSA Council on Graduate Education, 1983-1985
UTSA University Assembly, 1983-1985
UTSA Building Advisory Committee, 1980
Faculty Review Advisory Committee, 1978-1986
Nominating Committee, 1983-1985
Strategic Plan Committee, 1985
Select Committee on Higher Education Research, 1986-1987
Vice President for Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, 1987



V. Professional Associations and Committees

Box
3 Prehistoric Adaptations in the Northern Chihuahua Desert Symposium, 1975
Society for American Archaeology Paper, 1975
Society for American Archaeology Symposium, 1976
Association of Borderlands Scholars, 1976-1978
Paleoindian Life Ways Symposium, 1977
Society for Historical Archaeology Meeting Plans, 1977-1978
Conference on Border Architecture, 1978
World Archaeological Congress, 1986
Radiocarbon Lab Review Committee, 1988



VI. Activities

Box
3 Activities, 1973
Activities, 1974
Activities, 1975
Activities, 1976
Activities, 1977
Box
4 Activities, 1978
Activities, 1979
Activities, 1980
Activities, 1981
Activities, 1982
Activities, 1983
Activities, 1984
Activities, 1985
Activities, 1986
Activities, 1987
Activities, 1990-1991
Activities, 1994-1995
Activities, 1995-1996
Activities, 1996-1997
Activities, 1998-1999
Daily Office Log, 1988
Daily Office Log, 1989
Daily Office Log, 1990
Daily Office Log [1], 1991
Box
5 Daily Office Log [2], 1991
Daily Office Log, 1992
Daily Office Log, 1993
Daily Office Log [1], 1994
Daily Office Log [2], 1994
Daily Office Log, 1995
Daily Office Log, 1996
Daily Office Log, 1997-1998
Appointment Calendar, 1979
Appointment Calendar, 1980-1981
Appointment Calendar, 1982
Appointment Calendar, 1999
Box
6 UTSA Bulletin, 1973-1980
The Roadrunner (newsletter), 1978-1987
Press Clippings, 1974-1975
Press Clippings, 1976
Press Clippings, 1978
Press Clippings, 1979
Press Clippings, 1980
Press Clippings, 1981
Press Clippings, 1982
Press Clippings, 1983
Press Clippings, 1984
Press Clippings, 1985
Press Clippings, 1986
Press Clippings, 1987
Press Clippings, 1996-1999
HemisFair '68 Brochure, 1968
UTSA Men's Basketball Schedules, Rosters, and Tickets, 1981-1982
UTSA Men's Basketball Schedules, Rosters, and Tickets, 1983-1987
UTSA Sports Memorabilia (pennant, patch, bumper sticker, news clippings), undated
UTSA Commencement Programs, 1977-1985
Metal Poster Plate, 1980