San Antonio Female College Collection

Undated cabinet card photograph of four unidentified San Antonio Female College students wearing white dresses.

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US TxSaTua UA0310

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San Antonio Female College Collection


  • 1890-1942 (Creation)


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Administrative history

In 1860, members of the Methodist Episcopal Church Rio Grande Conference acted to incorporate governing boards and the institutions, Alamo College and the San Antonio Female College, through the state of Texas. Additionally they incorporated the University of San Antonio as a society in 1888. In 1890, the West End Town Company granted 100 acres of land near what would be called Woodlawn Lake with the intention of developing a women's college. In 1894 the college actualized with the help Rev. William Washington Pinson who was pastor of Travis Park Methodist Church , John Ellis Harrison and Harrison's sister-in-law Sarah Walton. The institution and board were rechartered in 1896. Harrison served as President and Walton as Associate until Harrison gave his resignation of president in 1917. At a subsequent board meeting, it was voted to drop "female" from the name, but by 1919 the name was further changed to Westmoorland. According to Virginia Joiner, alumnus and faculty of the campus, the name was due to the western location of the campus and the fact that then president, Dick O. Terrell's mother was from Westmoreland, Virginia. In 1936 Westmoorland became a co-education senior college and changed its name to the University of San Antonio to align with the already established charter. University of San Antonio merged with Trinity University in 1942.

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This collection contains material from the institution's board of trustees and registrar's office. Publications, ephemeral materials and alumni contributions complete this collection

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Series 1 Board of Trustees
Series 2 Publications
Sub-Series 2.1 Newsprint and Magazines
Sub-Series 2.2 Yearbooks
Series 3 Registrar
Sub-Series 3.1 Catalogs and Bulletins
Sub-Series 3.2 Grade Reports
Series 4 Ephemera and Alumni Contributions

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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
  • Spanish

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Select items from this collection are available online at In addition, an interactive digital exhibit about San Antonio Female College is available at

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  • Citation: San Antonio Female College Collection. UA0310. Coates Library Special Collections and Archives. Trinity University (San Antonio, Tex.)

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Archivist's note

Abra Schnur, December 2021

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  • Box: UA0310 |B4| 32060012373540
  • Box: UA0310 |B5| 32060012373581
  • Document Box: UA0310 |B1| 32060012373466
  • Document Box: UA0310 |B2| 32060012373508
  • Document Box: UA0310 |B3| 32060012378904