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Current Exhibits

  • New Frontiers: African-American Figures, 1850 – 1920

    Jun 28, 2019 - Mar 01, 2020

    New Frontiers displays applique quilt squares created by 7th and 8th grade students exploring the history of African-American figures.

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  • Mabuhay Filipino Texans

    May 18, 2019 - Feb 02, 2020

    “Mabuhay” presents the story of Filipinos in Texas, detailing Filipino culture, culinary traditions, military service, and other aspects of Filipino life in Texas.

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  • Aliento A Tequila

    Sep 14, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020

    The Aliento A Tequila photographic exhibit visually explores and celebrates the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila, Mexico’s mestizo national drink.

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  • Metal Mayhem!

    Jun 29, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020

    TexPOP and the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures come together to bring you the visual history of San Antonio’s rise to fame as the Heavy Metal Capital of the World.

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  • Fertility, Blessings, and Protection: Cultures of Baby Carriers

    Oct 12, 2019 - Jun 21, 2020

    Inspired by the deep love between parents and children, Fertility, Blessings, and Protection: Cultures of Baby Carriers uses traditional fabrics, slings, and wraps to celebrate the artistic tradition of baby carriers from Taiwan and other Asian indigenous cultures, and to highlight the universal commonality of the love, affection, and devotion of parenthood.

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  • Art Installation: Huddled Masses; Who We Are

    Sep 07, 2019 - Sep 06, 2020

    This artwork by Ramin Samandari explores the very idea of America, a nation made up of people from everywhere who came escaping oppression, famine, war, seeking a better life. Samandari explores the heritage and identities of everyday Americans in Huddled Masses, a black-and-white photographic composition.

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  • Destined by Design: A Celebration of African-American Fashion

    Sep 29, 2019 - Mar 01, 2020

    Whether fighting for social justice or bringing body-positive fashion to the masses, these designers slay on and off the runway using their bold designs to illuminate the black experience in Texas and beyond.

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  • Telling Our Story: A Narrative Quilt Exhibit

    Sep 29, 2019 - Sep 20, 2020

    Created by the African American Quilt Circle of San Antonio, Telling Our Story uses narrative quilts to give voice to San Antonio’s African American history.

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Exhibit Events


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Collections Blog

This blog is designed to make the ITC exhibits and collections more accessible to all audiences: source communities, students, the general public, educators, and research scholars. We hope that those who read it will be encouraged to share their own knowledge and experience with the objects and stories conveyed.

Collections Blog

Object: Stage Puppet

Jul 25, 2019

FIC2014.23 Stage Puppet Chinese 2007 Materials: Cloth, canvas, metal and ink   Dragons appear in multiple different cultures around the ...

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UTSA Special Collections

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.

The ITC Special Collections Reading Room is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Collections are available for viewing at no charge, however, we recommend that you call (210) 458-2228 to make an appointment.

UTSA Special Collections

Oral History Program

For more than a quarter-century, ITC researchers have been collecting, transcribing, and sharing first-hand accounts of the lives of Texans. The extensive Oral History collection includes more than 900 personal remembrances of life and events that have built our state. These stories bring personal perspective to our exhibitions and classroom presentations. Most of the ITC Oral History Program collection is available as audio and text files through the UTSA Library Archives Special Collections website.

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Great stories about local history, folk arts, farming and ranching, ethnic traditions, small town life, immigration, or military service should be recorded for the future. We look forward to hearing from you!

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