Fay Sinkin Collection of Edwards Aquifer Material

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US TxSaT SC.021

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Fay Sinkin Collection of Edwards Aquifer Material



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Biographical history

Fay Sinkin was born on March 24, 1918 in New York. She earned a bachelors degree from Syracuse University. Sinkin was devoted to community activism; she was elected President of the San Antonio League of Women Voters in 1947, organized the Visiting Nurse Association in the 1950s, and was the first woman to serve on the San Antonio Board of Health. She was named the Express/News Woman of the Year in 1953.

In the 1970s Sinkin led the efforts to protect the Edwards Aquifer, organizing the Aquifer Protection Association. In 1983 she was the first woman elected to the board of directors of the Edwards Underground Water District. In 1989 she formed the Edwards Aquifer Preservation Trust, which worked to protect the recharge zone from over-development. She was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 1985, and was listed in the Who's Who of American Women.

Sinkin married banker and community activist William R. "Bill" Sinkin in 1942, and had two sons, Richard and Lanny. She passed away in 2009.

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The Fay Sinkin Collection contains records relating to the activities of the Aquifer Protection Association (APA) during the 1970’s. Formed in 1974 by Fay Sinkin at the request of the San Antonio League of Women Voters, the APA drew public attention to the aquifer and developed support for the purchase of sensitive areas in the aquifer recharge zone. The APA was instrumental in promoting both short and long range policies and planning, particularly in regard to zoning, that focused on aquifer protection as the City of San Antonio rapidly grew northward.

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This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The materials are non-circulating.

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The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.

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  • English

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    William and Fay Sinkin papers, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections: https://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utsa/00041/utsa-00041.html

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    • Citation: Fay Sinkin Collection of Edwards Aquifer Materials. Coates Library Special Collections & Archives, Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).

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    Finding aid front matter created by Colleen Hoelscher, December 17, 2019. Inventory created by Rebeka Delgado, December 2022.

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