Special Collections and Archives regularly receives individual manuscripts and small groupings of materials that have historical significance, but are not substantial enough to necessitate a full finding aid. For administrative and storage purposes, these materials have been grouped into an artificial collection, the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection.
This collection consists of materials covering a wide range of topics and format. The contents reflect the breadth of the holdings in Special Collections and Archives, with a particular emphasis on Texas history. Materials may be added to the collection on an ongoing basis. Subject headings have been assigned at the item level.
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Collection of ephemera and correspondence related to major literary figures. This material was collected by Helen Miller Jones, and is a companion to her rare book collection, now part of the holdings at Coates Library Special Collections & Archives.
Collection of circulars, pamphlets, speeches, and other ephemera related to the Wilmot Proviso. The Wilmot Proviso was introduced in the United States House of Representatives on August 8, 1846 by Congressman David Wilmot as a provision of an appropriations bill. The proviso sought to ban slavery in any territory acquired from Mexico as a result of the Mexican-American War. The bill passed in the House but failed in the Senate. Although it did not pass into law, the Wilmot Proviso is credited with intensifying the slavery debate in the years leading up to the Civil War.
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The collection consists of administrative files regarding media relations of the center, with a funding prospectus and two annual reports. Additionally there are several published reports produced by the center.
This collection consists of the Looking Glass publication. Designed for incoming freshmen, the Looking Glass contains information about campus administration and student services. Also included in directory information on new students.
J. O. Terrell was a student of Trinity University at Tehuacana. The photo album is of early Trinity students and faculty. The scrapbook is of news clippings, telegrams, and letters received at his death, compiled by his wife.
This collection includes files about the Trinity University Associates program. There are papers related to the Associates' Dinner, communication between the university and associate members, membership benefits, rosters, and publications.
Collection contains drafts of poetry and plays written by David Matias, an alumnus of Trinity University who died of AIDS at an early age. Much of his work deals with issues of identity, coming out, and his illness. There are also three video recordings: a performance of one play, a poetry reading, and a guest lecture at a Harvard University class.
Collection of playbills and theater programs collected by Bill Case and Ann Walker of San Antonio. A majority of the collection comes from productions staged in New York City; some items represent productions in San Antonio, Chicago, and London.
The collection contains the papers of Victor Alessandro, conductor of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, including documents related to musical performances, records from the library of the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra, music-related ephemera, clippings related to the San Antonio Symphony, and scores and sheet music with significant annotation by Alessandro. Series 1 contains documents related to musical performances, including notes, correspondence, photographs, blueprints, clippings, and sheet music. Series 2 contains records from the San Antonio Symphony's library, including inventories and annual reports from the librarian. Series 3 contains clippings and ephemera related to the Symphony. Series 4 consists of scores and sheet music with significant annotation by Alessandro.
This collection consists of correspondence written or received by members of the Armstrong family and their associates. Some of the manuscripts are incomplete, with pages missing. Included are letters from Mary J. Durst, Mary Helena "Mollie" Durst Armstrong, and D.W.C. Baker. One letter's author is unidentified.
This collection consists of materials left to Trinity University by William B. Adamson. It includes certificates and awards won by Adamson, photographs, a collection of postage stamps commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the International Committee of the Red Cross, and various publications of the Red Cross.
This collection consists of two journals belonging to Mary Catherine Bradley Gillespie. These journals primarily contain poetry written between 1853 and 1889; other entries include notes about sermons, Sunday School lessons, family members, and music. The collection also includes a handwritten transcription by Gillespie's grandson, William Bulford Adamson, and a printed copy of the hardcover book issued by the Trinity University Alumni Association in 1972.
The Logan Pearsall Smith Papers consist primarily of Smith's correspondence, manuscripts, and research notes. Smith corresponded with notable scholars and socialites of his era. Correspondence in this collection is arranged in three series: Series 1 contains correspondence from Smith, Series 2 contains correspondence received by Smith, and Series 3 contains correspondence between other individuals, related to Smith or his estate. Series 4 contains manuscripts and notes composed by Smith, including draft essays, word lists, notes on other authors, and draft anthologies. For this series, each folder level record in the finding aid includes a description of the manuscript material. Finally, the collection includes one folder of newspaper clippings and one folder of business cards.