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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

1. San Antonio Black History Collection

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the San Antonio Black History Collection, 1873-2002 (bulk 1950-1963)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections
Title: San Antonio Black History Collection
Dates: 1873, 1923-2002
Dates (Bulk): 1950-1963
Creator Abstract: The San Antonio Black History Collection is an artifical collection created by UTSA Special Collections.
Content Abstract: The collection consists of printed materials that reflect African-American life in San Antonio in the 20th century. Many materials come from San Antonio funeral homes, schools, and churches. The collection has been arranged into the following series: businesses, churches, clubs and organizations, education, history, military, newspapers and magazines, and photographs.
Identification: MS 139
Extent: 1.6 linear feet (4 boxes)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The San Antonio Black History Collection is an artificial collection assembled by The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections (UTSA Special Collections). Materials in the collection were collected by a variety of members of the public and subsequently donated to or purchased by UTSA Special Collections.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of printed materials that reflect African-American life in San Antonio in the 20th century. Many materials come from San Antonio funeral homes, schools, and churches.The collection has been arranged into the following categories: businesses, churches, clubs and organizations, education, history, military, newspapers and magazines, and photographs.

Highlights of the collection include paper fans (or church fans), several African-American church records, and an incomplete run of SNAP magazine. The paper fans are undated, but reflect advertising for several San Antonio, Texas, mortuaries and funeral homes. Church materials include programs for Sunday services, yearbooks, and newsletters. Of note is a ledger for Ephesus Church of Seventh-Day Adventists (1873-1928) that lists church members names and addresses, and in some cases, the dates of death (bulk dates for the records are 1923-1928). This ledger also contains brief synopses of meetings among the reverend, church staff, and elders for the years spanning 1923-1928. A large but incomplete run of SNAP magazine covers the years 1955-1966. SNAP was a weekly local publication that covered San Antonio politics, social events, and current events in Civil Rights-era San Antonio from an African-American perspective.

Photographs, an invitation and a program from local social groups; invitations for commencement ceremonies at Douglass and Harlandale High Schools, an annual bulletin for St. Philip's Junior College (1946), and fans advertising Hicks Beauty School round out the collection.

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Organization of Collection

Series 1. San Antonio Black History Collection
1.1. Businesses
1.2. Churches
1.3. Clubs and organizations
1.4. Education
1.5. History
1.6. Military
1.7. Newspapers and magazines
1.8. Photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply. Permission to publish material from SNAP, in which case, permission must be obtained from the original copyright holders.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Organizations
St. Philip's Junior College.
Subjects
African American churches-- Texas--History.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio--History.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio-- Periodicals.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio--Social conditions.
African Americans-- Texas-- San Antonio--Social life and customs.
Public schools-- Texas-- San Antonio.
Small business-- Texas-- San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
Genres/Formats
Ephemera.
Magazines.
Newspapers.
Photographs.
Programs.
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
African Americans
Religion
San Antonio History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], San Antonio Black History Collection, MS 139, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a purchase from Lewis F. Fisher by University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections in December 2003 (Acc. 2003-087), November 2017 (Acc. 2017-060), and April 2018 ( Acc. 2018-029). Received as a gift from Jacob Sherman in September 2017 (Acc. 2018-042).

Processing Information

Originally processed by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, Archivist, November 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

1. San Antonio Black History Collection

1.1. Businesses
Box Folder
1 1 Carter-Taylor Mortuary, Paper fans, undated
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2 Carter Undertaking Co., Paper fans, undated
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3 Frank E. Lewis, Funeral Directors, Paper fans, undated
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4 Hardy's Mortuary, Paper fans, undated
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5 Lewis Funeral Home, Paper fans, 1984 and undated
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6 Sutton-Sutton Mortuary, Paper fans, undated
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7 Moses Funeral Home, paper fan, undated
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Box Folder
2 13 Angelus Funeral Home, "Rays of Sunshine" booklet, 1961
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1.2. Churches
Box Folder
1 8 Antioch Baptist Church, Funeral program for Ronnie Claude Minor, 1990
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9 Childress Memorial Church of God in Christ, Dedication program, 1964
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10 Ephesus Church of Seventh-Day Adventists, Church record, 1873-1928
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11 Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist, Tithing envelope, Receipt and Baptist form, 1930 and undated
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12 Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist, Treasurer's report, June 30, 1945
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13 First Baptist Church, First Baptist Messenger, published weekly (5 issues), 1948
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14 First Baptist Church, Program for pastor's twelfth anniversary, Dr. D. Manning Jackson, 1948
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15 First Baptist Church, School Easter program, undated
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16 First Baptist Church, Sermon held with the Inter-Racial Bible Institute, 1942
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17 First Baptist Church, Yearbook, 1952
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18 Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, Hymn of the Month, undated
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19 Mt. Zion First Baptist Church, Mt. Zion First Baptist Messenger, August 11, 1963
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20 Negro Baptist Church of America, Bicentennial program, 1973
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21 New Light Baptist Church, Program for New Light Village apartments, handwritten speech included, 1964
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2 14 African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church annual conferences, tenth Episcopal District minutes and proceedings, 1950-1954, 1972-1979
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3 1 African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church, "Thoughts to Ponder," booklet, pamphlet, 1975 and undated
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2 Guadalupe District Association Mission I Auxiliary, "500 Women in White Celebration," program, 1996
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3 Trinity Mission Baptist Church, 50th anniversary observance program, 2000
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4 Resurrection Baptist Church, "From Dream to Dedication," program, 2002 October 20
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1.3. Clubs and organizations
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1 22 American Woodmen, Fifth regional conference program, San Antonio, TX, 1940
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23 NAACP, San Antonio branch, Freedom Fund Banquet program, 1995
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24 Rainbow Social Club, Invitation to spring dance, 1931
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25 Yoakum Burial Association of Texas membership cards, 1930s
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26 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., 2nd annual Blue Revue: Intercontinental Capers, 1960
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1.4. Education
Box Folder
1 27 Douglass High School, Invitation to commencement exercises, 1923
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28 Douglass High School, Invitation to graduation exercises, 1924
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29 Harlandale High School, Invitation to commencement exercises, 1946
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30 Hicks Beauty School, Paper fans, 1963 and undated
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31 Hicks Beauty School, brochure and graduation invitation, 1948 and undated
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32 St. Philip's Junior College, Bulletin, 1946-1947
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1.5. History
Box Folder
1 33 The East Side Story by Davis, Lieberman & Puckett, 1993
34 San Antonio Freedom Trail Guide, 1988
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1.6. Military
Box Folder
1 35 The Houston Riot and Court-Martial of 1917, researched by John Minton, undated
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1.7. Newspapers and Magazines
Box Folder
1 36 Nubian Notes, August 1996
37 San Antonio Register supplement, 1949-1950
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  • May 13, 1949
  • July 8, 1949
  • July 29, 1949
  • September 2, 1949
  • September 23, 1949
  • October 28, 1949
  • May 5, 1950
  • June 2, 1950
38 SNAP, September 23, 1955
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39 SNAP, March 16, 1956
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Box Folder
2 1 SNAP, 1957
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  • April 10
  • May 24
  • September 6
  • September 13
  • September 20
  • September 27
  • October 11
  • November 1
  • November 15
  • 5 undated copies from 1957
2 SNAP, 1958
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  • January 17
  • February 4
  • February 7
  • February 21
  • February 28
  • March 7
  • April 18
  • May 2
  • May 16
  • May 23
  • June 6
  • June 13
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 1
  • August 15
  • August 22
  • September 26
  • December 12
  • December 26
3 SNAP, 1959
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  • January 16
  • March 6
  • March 20
  • April 17
  • April 20
  • May 8
  • September 12
  • September 24
  • November 6
4 SNAP, 1960
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  • February 19
  • May 20
  • June 10
  • June 17
  • June 24
  • July 29
  • September 4
  • September 28
  • October 14
  • October 21
  • November 2
  • November 4
  • November 18
  • November 25
  • December 2
  • December 10
  • December 16
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OM1 SNAP, 1961
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  • April 14
  • May 26
  • June 2
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • August 4
  • August 11
  • August 18
  • August 25
  • September 29
  • October 27
  • December 1
  • December 8
  • December 15
  • December 22
  • December 29
SNAP, 1962
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  • January 5
  • January 12
  • January 19
  • January 26
  • February 2
  • February 9
  • February 16
  • February 23
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 15
  • March 23
  • April 6
  • April 20
  • April 27
  • May 4
  • May 11
  • May 18
  • June 1
  • June 9
  • June 15
  • June 25
  • June 29
  • July 6
  • July 13
  • July 20
  • July 27
  • August 3
  • August 10
  • August 17
  • August 24
  • August 31
  • November 2
  • November 9
SNAP, 1963
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  • January 18
  • April 12
  • November 29
  • December 13
  • December 20
  • December 24
SNAP, September 30, 1966
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Trojan Times, St. Peter Claver Academy, November 27, 1963
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1.8. Photographs
Box Folder
2 5 Photograph of a gentleman, Delfraisse Studio, undated
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6 Photograph of unidentified group, 1926
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9 Mrs. Emma Lewis portrait, wife of funeral director Frank E. Lewis, circa 1930s
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8 Carrie L. Elmore portrait, Scalp Specialist, Elmore Beauty Parlor, 111-13 Chestnut St., San Antonio, Graduate AB Moler College Chicago, circa 1940s
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7 Lewis Funeral Home construction photo, circa 1960s
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10 19th century tintype of unidentified woman seated in chair, undated
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11 Unidentified woman portrait, circa 1940s
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12 Jesse Alexander - San Antonio Country Club maitre d' retirement portrait, 1990
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