UTSA Libraries, Special Collections

UTSA LibraryThe UTSA Libraries are proud to preserve the legacies of San Antonio and South Texas through our growing Special Collections featuring primary resource materials such as manuscripts, rare books, personal papers, photographs, oral histories, and the university’s own archives.
Supporting the university's ascent to premier research university status, Special Collections sustains the university's teaching, research and outreach mission by acquiring, preserving and digitizing primary resources for use by students and scholars at UTSA and from around the world.

Collection Strengths

Manuscripts: San Antonio history, San Antonio authors, architecture and urban development, women and women’s history, and archived web sites of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered organizations, water issues, and immigration.
University Archives: records of UTSA academic and non-academic departments and central administration, university publications, faculty papers, records of student organizations, and archived university website captures from 2009 forward.
Rare Books: Texas History, San Antonio History, Mexican cookery, architecture and urban development, and archived web sites of San Antonio restaurants and Mexican cooking blogs.
Photographic Collections and Oral Histories: more than 1,000 oral histories of significant Texans and Texas folklife. The photographic collections include more than 3 million images from the San Antonio Light, the San Antonio Express-News, along with images from photojournalist Harvey Belgin and Ray Howell, and Zintgraff Studios.

Using the Collections

Special Collections at the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus are open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Collections are available for viewing at no charge, however, we recommend you call or e-mail us to make an appointment should you have a specific research need. Changes to operating hours, including announcements about upcoming closures, can be found on the official Special Collections website. Information about the collections is available through the UTSA Libraries online catalog, UTSA’s digital collections website and Texas Archival Resources Online.
Special Collections Contact Information
Photographs and University Archives:
UTSA HemisFair Park Campus
Institute of Texan Cultures
801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: (210) 458-2228
Rare Books and Manuscripts:
John Peace Library
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: (210) 458-5505



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