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US TxSaT SC.036 · Colección · 1959-1975 (bulk)

This collection contains material created and assembled by Henry J. Graham concerning the efforts to stop the construction of the 281 North Expressway in San Antonio, Texas. Graham, along with his sister Wanda Ford and businessman Hal Dewar, was one of the leading organizers of this movement.

Plans for the construction of the "North Expressway," a highway leading north from downtown San Antonio past the airport, began in the mid 1950s to address issues of traffic congestion, airport access, and expanding urban development. While several routes were considered, the city leaders ultimately selected a route that passed through Brackenridge Park and the Olmos Basin. The San Antonio Conservation Society led the opposition that defeated the city highway bond issue that would fund the project in 1960. City leaders continued to pursue the expressway construction, and a second bond passed in 1961, and the route was approved by the Federal Highway Administration in April 1964. The Conservation Society joined forces with the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and filed a lawsuit to stop expressway construction (the Sisters of Charity would withdraw from the lawsuit in 1965).

In 1966, Senator Ralph Yarborough passed an amendment on the act creating the US Department of Transportation that restricted the DoT from using land from public parks for transportation purposes. A group of concerned citizens, including Henry Graham, Wanda Ford, and Hal Dewar, formed the Save Our City Organization of San Antonio, which led the continued efforts to halt construction, with support from the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. The legal battle to halt the expressway continued all of the way to the United States Supreme Court.

In 1970, facing a separate lawsuit from the city for failure to pay property taxes, the Conservation Society withdrew from the suit; numerous individual members, including Ford and Graham, remained as plaintiffs. Federal legislation in 1973 allowed city and state funding of highway projects, which led to a US district court ruling that construction could go forward. The highway opened in 1978.

Graham's records of the Expressway opposition include a wide variety of formats, including correspondence, editorial writing, meeting notes, research, clippings, and ephemera. Correspondents include such notable figures as Lloyd Bentsen, O'Neil Ford, Wanda Ford, Henry B. González, Lady Bird Johnson, Maury Maverick, Boone Powell, Peggy Tobin, and John Tower.

In addition to Graham's records, the collection includes files created by businessman Hal Dewar and local Sierra Club president Anthony Athens. Following Dewar's death in 1975, Graham had suggested that an archives documenting the opposition efforts be assembled in his memory; it is likely that the addition of these two series to the collection represented such efforts.

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Susan Battle Marcus Papers
US TxSaTua UA0508 · Colección · 1970s -1990s

This collection consists of material from Susan Russell Marcus representing her involvement with the Learning About Learning Foundation, the creation of the New World Kids summer arts camp at the Aldrich Contemporary Arts Museum, the New World Kids book series, and interview footage of Paul Baker, as well as other projects she contributed to.

US TxSaTua UA0480 · Records · 1966-1973

This collection consists of files from former chair of interdisciplinary programs, Richard A. Johnson, and Virginia Mounce, former member of the Latin American Studies Program Committee.

US TxSaTua UAOH01 · Colección · 2017-Ongoing

The Trinity University Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics Oral History Project was developed to gain experiences and perspectives into the defining years of women’s athletics on campus. Focusing on the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, the project has been able to document insights into the formation of the program under Title IX, the value and benefits of Division III athletics, and the lasting impact coaches and administrators have made on these athletes; none of which was evident in the historical documentation of Trinity University.

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Laurie Auditorium Records
US TxSaTua UA0231 · Colección · 1970s-1990s

This collection consists of files on events held at Laurie Auditorium. Files include planning and promotion documentation. One box contains technical information on the operation of the auditorium.

Leon "Tex" Taylor Records
US TxSaTua UA0014 · Records · 1940s-1980s

This collection contains material from the former director of public relations, Leon “Tex” Taylor Taylor. The collection includes correspondence, biographical files, development department files, samples of print media, various articles about Trinity University, and assorted event files spanning Taylor’s tenure at Trinity University from 1947 to 1987.

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US TxSaTua UA0305 · Colección · 1940s-2009

This collection consists of architectural sets, plans, drawings, and concepts of various campus buildings. The collection is limited to Trinity's Skyline campus.

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US TxSaTua UA0103 · Colección · 2004-2006

This collection consists of planning documentation, proceedings, and recordings of the two Earl M. Lewis Symposium on Urban Affairs held at Trinity University in 2004 and 2005. The symposiums were planned and carried out by the Director of the Urban Affairs program, Char Miller, with the assistance of Trinity University trustee and alum Walter Huntley. The first symposium was titled The City: Past, Present and Future which focused on San Antonio. The second symposium was titled A Tale of Two Cities: Atlanta and San Antonio. The symposium was named in honor of Earl M. Lewis, Professor Emeritus at Trinity. Lewis was the founding director of the graduate program in 1968. He was appointed George W. Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies in 1982. Lewis retired from Trinity University in 1990.

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Tomás Rivera Center Collection
US TxSaTua UA0430 · Colección

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.

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1921 San Antonio Flood Collection
US TxSaT SC.023 · Colección · 1921

Collection of primary source materials related to the 1921 flood in San Antonio, Texas, assembled by historian Dr. Char Miller.

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Victor Alessandro Papers
US TxSaT SC.031 · Colección · 1928-1976

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.

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US TxSaTua UA0309 · Colección · 1987, 1992

This collection consists of original sketches, prints, and negatives of commissioned campus artwork by Jean Rosow.

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Rare and Distinctive Maps
US TxSaT SC.025 · Colección · 1780-1975

Artificial collection of rare and distinctive maps in Coates Library Special Collections and Archives. Contains thirty-eight maps, with subjects ranging from cities to the world.

Trinity University Colecciones Especiales y Archivos
US TxSaT SC.021 · Colección

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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Samuel Maverick letters
US TxSaT SC.000-051 · Unidad documental compuesta · 1849-1850
Parte de Miscellaneous Manuscripts

1849 letter from Peck & Van Hooce law firm of Tuscaloosa, Alabama to Samuel A. Maverick, with a copy of Maverick's 1850 reply on the same paper. The letters concern the depositing of money from a business matter.

US TxSaT SC.000-047 · Unidad documental compuesta · 1964
Parte de Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Volume 21, issue number 9 (June 1964) of the Junior League of San Antonio's newsletter, "The Bright Scrawl." This issue notes the transfer of Kitty Baker (wife of Trinity University professor Paul Baker) from the Waco Junior League to San Antonio's.