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1921 San Antonio Flood Collection

  • US TxSaT SC.023
  • Collection
  • 1921

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

Miller, Char, 1951-

Armstrong Family Correspondence

  • US TxSaT SC.029
  • Collection
  • 1857-1897, n.d.

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.

Armstrong Family

Bill Case and Ann Walker Theater Collection

  • US TxSaT SC.032
  • Collection
  • 1938-1980

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.

Case, Bill (1905-2000)

Claude and ZerNona Black Papers, 1890-2009

  • US TxSaT SC.001
  • Collection
  • 1890 - 2009 (predominant 1940-2008)

The personal papers of the Reverend Claude William Black, Jr. and his wife, ZerNona Stewart Black document their civil rights, community activism, and Baptist ministry activities, predominantly from the 1940s through 2008, in San Antonio, TX.

The collection spans the early 1900s through 2009 (the year of Reverend Black’s death). The bulk of the papers are relevant to Reverend Black’s activities, with approximately one-fifth related to ZerNona Black’s endeavors. Included are: audiocassettes, reel tape, videocassettes and movie film of events, sermons, and addresses; handwritten sermons and accompanying notes; annotated periodicals, including rare and specialized journals such The Crisis (NAACP), African Forum, and other African American publications; scrapbooks of memorabilia, ephemera and news clippings, about San Antonio and national events; communications with local and national leaders, including A. Philip Randolph and Martin Luther King, Jr.; photographs and slides of community and personal events; awards, certificates and governmental proclamations; appointment books and daybooks; extensive records related to activities of Mount Zion First Baptist Church and additional organizations.

Series 1: Mount Zion First Baptist Church Records, 1940-2007

The collection includes detailed records of the Mount Zion First Baptist Church kept over 50 years of Reverend Black's ministry there. These records include financial, annual meeting notes and reports, details on mission activities, event brochures, funeral programs, Sunday service pamphlets, The Messenger newsletter, scrapbooks, photographs, and published histories of the church.

Series 2: Personal and Family Records

Personal files primarily include records about family members and friends, assorted family letters and correspondences, and daily planners and notes.

Series 3: Local Government Materials

The local government records contain the campaign and city council-related materials of Reverend Black from 1965 through 1977. The overall range of materials spans 1950 through 2008, and includes documents that originate from local government offices, including the City of San Antonio and Bexar County; documents that pertain to the the years of 1973-1977, when Reverend Black served as a member of City Council, and as the city's first African American Mayor Pro Tem; documents that relate to issues of local government that originate from a variety of sources, such as neighborhood organizations and coalitions; information from individual politicians; and documents from bodies with close local government affiliation, such as the City Public Service Board. The documents reveal Reverend Black's long interaction with government as an individual and as a minister.

Series 4: Organizations

Extensive files by and about organizations reflect the Blacks' participation and interest in local and national programs. Included are the records of the Mount Zion First Baptist Church-affiliated organizations of Project F.R.E.E., Health, Inc, and New Community Builders, Inc..; records related to organizations and conferences such as the Baptist Minsters Union, San Antonio Mothers Organization, Economic Opportunities Development Corporation (EODC), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The American Baptist Convention, and the 1966 White House civil rights conference, To Fulfill These Rights.

Series 5: Writings

The writings are primarily dated and undated sermons, sermon notes, talks and editorials by Reverend Black, with a small quantity of talks and notes by ZerNona Stewart Black.

Series 6: Correspondence and Letters

The records include extensive electronic correspondence with Morris T. Johnson from 1966 through 2007, carried out mostly via email or fax. The conversations cover issues of the day and scriptural topics, most often in the tone of lively debate. Mr. Johnson has resided in Los Angeles, California for many years, served in World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen, and graduated from Harvard University Law School.

The series also includes letters from Maury Maverick, Jr., Apolonio "Arnold" Flores, and extensive personal, professional and political communications.

Series 7: Printed Materials

The series includes extensive subject files that include reports, newlsetters, newsclippings from local (many documenting the Blacks' activities) and national newspapers; magazines and journals, many of which are annotated or rare; books; awards, proclamations, and certificates; and ephemera, such as local event brochures, directories, and calendars, The topics covered by the files reflect Reverend Black's research interests throughout the years: education, poverty, housing, class relations, race relations, politics and political figures, aging, the health system, the economy, jobs, homosexuality, human relationships, religion, theology, scriptural interpretation, incarceration, the death penalty, the Middle East, and the African American experience.

The newspapers included in the series are primarily local African American issues, such as the San Antonio Register, SNAP News, the San Antonio Informer, and the San Antonio Observer.

Series 8: Scrapbooks

The series includes eleven scrapbooks, the bulk of which document the local government activity and interests of Reverend Black from the 1960s to the 1970s.

Series 9: Visual Materials

The series include photographs, slides, photographic albums and scrapbooks, and guestbooks, primarily created by ZerNona Stewart Black.

Series 10: Audio Recordings

The series includes twenty-two open reel tapes of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) radio broadcast series, Martin Luther King Speaks. It also includes sermons, talks, radio talks, and church and community events and conferences recorded on open reel tape and audiocassettes, many of which include Reverend Black as a participant.

Series 11: Audiovisual Recordings

The series contains videocassettes of talks and recorded church and community events, many of which include Reverend Black as a participant. Also included are three reels of 16mm movie film (no soundtrack), in the "home movie" genre, which document the Blacks' travels through the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as local family and community occasions. One movie film includes a brief appearance by the civil rights leader A. Philip Randolph.

Series 12: Computer Disks

The series includes one hundred and fifty 3.5-inch floppy disks, unprocessed; eighty 5.25-inch floppy disks, unprocessed.

Series 13: Realia

The series includes a Grundig Niki portable open reel tape recorder (two track, 3 3/4 ips recording) and assorted personal and political memorabilia.

Black, Claude W. (Claude William), 1916-2009

Documentos de San Miguel de Allende Colección (Guia en espanol)

  • US TxSaT SC.006a
  • Collection
  • 1660-1997, al por mayor 1700-1908

La colección tiene 123 documentos sobre la región de San Miguel de Allende en México cuales fueren creados entre los años 1645 y 1897 e incluyen archivos del pueblo, archivos de la iglesia, archivos sobre impuestos de licor, y archivos sobre la producción de licor. Los artículos en esta colección fueron catalogados por Dra. Alida Metcalf, quien fue profesora de historia en Trinity University, y sus estudiantes universitarios en 1995.

San Miguel de Allende (Mexico) [espanol]

Erlandson Collection of American School of the Air Papers

  • US TxSaT SC.017
  • Collection
  • 1920-1967 (bulk 1929-1930)

This collection consists of materials from the creation of the American School of the Air radio program. Series 1 contains correspondence regarding the creation of the program; noteworthy correspondents include CBS president William S. Paley and NBC president Merlin Aylesworth. Series 2 contains teachers manuals for various seasons of the broadcast. Series 3 contains promotional materials, and Series 4 contains other planning documents. Series 5 contains letters from listeners and educators interested in the program; notable correspondents include Strom Thurmond, a school superintendent at that time. Series 6 contains pamphlets that were inspiration for future programming. Series 7 contains scripts for episodes of American School of the Air that were broadcast in 1930. Authors of these episodes include Thornton Burgess, Howard Hanson, Henry Turner Bailey, David Ross, Julius Klein, William John Cooper, William Ford Manley, and Henry Fisk Carlton. Many scripts contain producer notes from Erlandon. Series 8 contains publications from Freedom's Code, a civics education program advanced by Erlandson in the 1960s, and Series 9 contains biographical information and correspondence concerning the collection.

Erlandson, Ray S. 1893-1991

Francis Wilson Collection

  • US TxSaT SC.039
  • Collection
  • 1890-1924

Collection of correspondence written by actor Francis Wilson. Most of the letters are regarding the Forty Club, a men's social club in Chicago, Illinois, of which Wilson was an honorary member. The collection also includes one letter from Wilson's first wife, Mira Wilson, and a newspaper clipping from the Chicago Evening Post.

Wilson, Francis, 1854-1935

Gloria Primera Collection of 1977 National Women's Conference Memorabilia

  • US TxSaT SC.037
  • Collection
  • 1974-1980, bulk 1977

Collection of memorabilia related to the 1977 National Women's Conference collected by Gloria Primera. Ms. Primera, a resident of San Antonio, was one of the runners who participated in the torch relay leading up to the convention. This collection consists of news clippings, print ephemera, her torch bearer shirt, and buttons from the convention.

Primera, Gloria

Helen Miller Jones Literary Collection

  • US TxSaT SC.034
  • Collection
  • 1874-1936

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.

Jones, Helen Miller

Historic Photography Processes

  • US TxSaT SC.002
  • Collection
  • ca. 1840-present

Collection of samples of historic photography processes. In addition to the samples in this collection, notable examples are listed from other archival collections.

Trinity University Special Collections and Archives

Jacob Abbott Correspondence

  • US TxSaT SC.028
  • Collection
  • 1868-1936 (bulk 1868-1869)

Three letters from author Jacob Abbott to Mrs. William Stiles of Austin, Texas, and one explanatory letter from Mrs. Stiles's son Dr. Henry Howard Stiles to a family member.

Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879

John W. Sansom Manuscript

  • US TxSaT SC.012
  • Collection
  • 1916

Typewritten manuscript of the "Memoirs of John W. Sansom, 1834-1916." Written several years before Sansom's death, this volume includes his first person accounts of his childhood, Union support during the Civil War, involvement in the Battle of Nueces River, and career in the Texas Rangers.

Sansom, John William, 1834-1920

Joseph W. Nicholson Collection of Texana

  • US TxSaT SC.041
  • Collection
  • 1867-1962

Collection of correspondence and ephemera related to the history of a Texas family. The central figure in this collection is Mattie Strickland Russell; other correspondents in the collection include her husband, Richard Robertson Russell; her daughter, Elma Dill Spencer; her son-in-law, Richard French Spencer; her father, George Strickland; and her grandparents, Amos and Emily Strickland, among others. Additional correspondence to Mattie Russell is from children's author Will James. The collection also contains biographical information about her father, George Strickland. In addition, the collection contains ephemera related to Texas history.

Nicholson, Joseph W.

Karl J. Pelzer Collection of Southeast Asia Materials

  • US TxSaT SC.018
  • Collection
  • 1925-1974, n.d.

This collection consists of pamphlets, reprints, articles, newsletters, periodicals, and other similar publications about Southeast Asia. The materials primarily focus on political issues during the 1960s and 1970s.

Pelzer, Karl J. (Karl Josef), 1909-1980

Logan Pearsall Smith Papers

  • US TxSaT SC.024
  • Collection
  • 1887-1951

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.

Smith, Logan Pearsall, 1865-1946

Malcolm Lowry Collection

  • US TxSaT SC.043
  • Collection
  • 1925-1984

The Malcolm Lowry Collection contains all books by Lowry in all their hardcover and paperback editions available as of 1983. Nearly all Lowry contributions to both books and periodicals are included as well. Numerous translations of the works into other languages are part of the collection. Books about Lowry, books in which he is mentioned, and other books relating to him, notably those of Conrad Aiken, are included. This finding aid describes the non-book materials in the collection that are not listed in the library catalog.

Lowry, Malcolm, 1909-1957

Marion Oettinger Collection of Fieldnotes

  • US TxSaT SC.008
  • Collection
  • 1945-2016, undated

Collection of fieldnotes compiled by Dr. Marion Oettinger while conducting anthropological fieldwork in Mexico, primarily in the 1970s. Oettinger's research focused on lienzos. A lienzo, from the Spanish word for "canvas," is a sheet of cloth painted with indigenous Mesoamerican pictorial writing. This collection includes fieldnotes on nine lienzos: the Lienzos of Chalchihuapan, Malinaltepec, Petlacala, San Gabriel Etla, San Juan Cuautla, Santiago Atitlan, Santo Domingo Barrio Alto, Xochiaca, and Xoxocatlan. The fieldnotes include photographs, slides, negatives, and transparencies; photocopies from printed works and government documents; typed and handwritten notes; manuscript drafts; maps; and correspondence.

Oettinger, Marion, Jr., 1942-

Marjorie McGown Collection of San Antonio Ephemera

  • US TxSaT SC.022
  • Collection
  • 1891-1970 (bulk 1909-1960)

The Marjorie McGown Collection consists largely of ephemera from San Antonio society and cultural events between 1909 and 1970, including materials related to the American Red Cross during World War I, the 1931 San Antonio Bicentennial, the Junior League, the Order of the Alamo, art exhibits, ballets, musical events, operas, and plays. The majority of the materials are related to events in San Antonio, though there are some programs from Miss McGown's travels, including items from Houston, New York City, London, and Paris. The collection also includes some personal correspondence, two scrapbooks, a pressed fern book, and a sketching purse. Some material is dated from after Miss McGown's death in 1965, and was added to the collection by an unknown individual.

McGown, Marjorie (1893-1965)

Mary Catherine Bradley Gillespie Journals

  • US TxSaT SC.026
  • Collection
  • 1853-1972 (bulk 1853-1889)

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.

Gillespie, Mary Catherine Bradley

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