Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the San Antonio Historical Association Records, 1940-1985

Descriptive Summary

Creator: San Antonio Historical Association
Title: San Antonio Historical Association Records
Dates: 1940-1985
Creator Abstract: Formed in 1940, the San Antonio Historical Association holds regular meetings to hear presentations on local history.
Content Abstract: Minutes, correspondence, printed material, and literary productions are part of the Association's records, documenting its activities from its formation through 1985. The most significant portion of the records is the minutes, which provide an account of the founding of the Association and its regular meetings. The most complete minutes cover the years 1940-1965.
Identification: Col 927
Extent: 1.13 linear feet (2 boxes, 4 bound volumes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Historical Note

The San Antonio Historical Association was formed in 1940 when Dr. Pat Ireland Nixon organized a meeting of San Antonio residents interested in the study of Texas history. A charter and by-laws were approved and Joseph W. Schmitz, S.M. was elected as the first president, presiding over an organization of fifty-two charter members.

The Historical Association began holding six meetings each year (eventually increased to seven), at which a speaker would address a Texas history topic. The January meeting consisted of a dinner, at which the retiring president would act as the featured speaker. Speakers appearing at regular Association meetings over its history have included such distinguished members and guests as Walter P. Webb, Carlos E. Castañeda, J. Evetts Haley, Joseph W. Schmitz, Martin L. Crimmins, Chris Emmett, C. L. Sonnichsen, H. Bailey Carroll, P. I. Nixon, C. Stanley Banks, Carl Hertzog, Hobart Huson, Maury Maverick, Guido Ransleben, Frank Wardlaw, Joe B. Frantz, Sue Flanagan, T. R. Fehrenbach, Henry Guerra, and Félix D. Almaráz, among others.

In addition to its research and study activities, the Association has frequently taken public stands on the preservation of historic sites and documents, historical markers, and other issues concerning the historical community.

Scope and Content Note

Minutes, correspondence, printed material, and literary productions are part of the San Antonio Historical Association Records, documenting the organization’s activities from its founding in 1940 through 1985.

The most significant portion of the records is the minutes, which detail activities at the regular meetings of the organization. These are most detailed for the years 1940-1965; these minutes have been bound into two volumes and also include membership lists, correspondence, financial reports, ephemera, and clippings. The contents of each volume have also been photocopied and bound as a duplicate copy. Later minutes are less complete and are missing for 1977-1980 and 1984-1985.

Other types of material are also less complete after 1965, but include a number of the papers presented by the outgoing presidents at the annual dinner meeting, programs from those meetings, some membership lists, and notices of upcoming meetings mailed to members.


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Index Terms

San Antonio Historical Association.
History--Societies, etc.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
Administrative records.
By laws (administrative records).
Membership lists.
Printed ephemera.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Antonio Historical Association Records, 1940-1985, Col 927, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

The donor of the collection and the date of acquisition are unknown.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1997 February.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 March.

Detailed Description of the Collection


San Antonio Historical Association Records, 1940-1985

Box Folder
1 1 By laws
Minutes, 1940-1983
1 Bound volume, 1940 February 16-1948 January 16
2 Bound volume [photocopies], 1940 February 16-1948 January 16
3 Bound volume, 1948 February 20-1965 January 12
4 Bound volume [photocopies], 1948 February 20-1965 January 12
Box Folder
1 2 1965
3 1966
4 1967
5 1968
6 1969
7 1970
8 1971
9 1972
10 1973
11 1974
12 1975
13 1976
14 1981
15 1982
16 1983
17 Membership rosters, 1964-1975
18 Correspondence, 1967-1974
19 Meeting notices, 1965-1983
20-21 Annual Dinner programs, 1954-1983
President’s addresses, 1953-1983
22 Harry M. Henderson, “Hood’s Texas Brigade,” 1953
23 Joseph I. Lambert, “The Cavalry in San Antonio,” 1956
24 Q. W. Bynum, “The County That was Named for Samuel Augustus Maverick,” 1962
25 James F. Govan, “The Pat Ireland Nixon Collection,” 1965
26 Robert B. Krause, “George Cupples, M.D.,” 1966
Box Folder
2 27 Leavitt Corning, Jr., “Some New Thoughts on Old Helena, Karnes County, Texas,” 1969
28 Paulina Crowell Bynum, “Wesleyan Institute: Early Bi-Lingual Education in San Antonio,” 1973
29 Luther H. Hill, “The Tragic Story of Sally Scull,” 1974
30 Charles Myler, “The Grand Opera House in San Antonio,” 1975
31 Cornelia E. Crook, “Henry Castro and His Homestead,” 1976
32 Billie Person, “Buckskin: Fact or Fiction?,” 1979
33 Maria Watson, “Education of San Antonio’s Young People, 1850-1920,” 1980
34 Josephine P. Myler, “Over and Over Again,” 1983
Guest speakers, 1975-1976
35 C. Stanley Banks, “Reminiscences of San Antonio,” 1975
36 Ben Scholl, “City Public Service, ‘How Did We Get Where we are Today,’” 1976
37 General printed material
38 Miscellaneous notes