University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Félix D. Almaráz Papers, 1963-2006



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Almaráz, Félix D. (Félix Diaz), 1933-
Title: Félix D. Almaráz Papers
Dates: 1963-2006
Creator Abstract: Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, Jr., is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He began teaching at UTSA in 1973, the first year the university offered classes. Working in the UTSA History Department, Almaráz taught classes on the Spanish Borderlands, Spanish Colonial Texas, Imperial Spain, Modern Spain, history of South Texas, Modern Texas history, and the cultural origins of San Antonio. Books published by Almaráz include Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958 and Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813.
Content Abstract: The collection spans the years 1963 through 2006 and documents the teaching, research, writing, and service of Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, professor of history at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Materials documenting Almaráz's teaching career include syllabi, exams, notes, and teaching aids. Research and writing materials include corrected typescripts, research notes, and other materials. Service materials document Almaráz's relationship with the Texas State Historical Association and the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, among other professional societies.
Identification: UA 99.0009
Extent: 21.1 linear feet (21 Boxes)
Language: Materials are in English and Spanish.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Félix Diaz Almaráz, Jr., was born in San Antonio, Texas in 1933. He earned his diploma from South San Antonio High School in 1952, an Associate of Arts degree from San Antonio College in 1957, Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.) in 1959 and 1962, and a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1968. His doctoral work focused on the administration of Governor Manual Maria de Salcedo of Texas.

Almaráz began teaching at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in 1973, the first year the university offered classes. Before coming to UTSA, Almaráz held various positions in Texas and New Mexico. He taught in the Harlandale Independent School District (San Antonio, Tex.) from 1960 to 1964 before pursuing doctoral studies. While studying at the University of New Mexico in 1966, Almaráz was employed as an Historical Information Analyst for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Following his doctoral work, Almaráz held teaching positions at St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.), Pan American College (now the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Edinburg, Tex.), and the University of Texas at Austin. Directly before joining the UTSA faculty, Almaráz was the director of the Bilingual Education Center of the South San Antonio Independent School District.

Working in the History Department, Almaráz taught classes on the Spanish Borderlands, Spanish Colonial Texas, Imperial Spain, Modern Spain, history of South Texas, Modern Texas history, and the cultural origins of San Antonio.

Almaráz's honors include a 1994 President's Distinguished Achievement Award, an Excellence in Research award in 1988, and a Senior Fulbright Lectureship in the Republic of Argentina. He has published numerous books including Knight Without Armor: Carlos Eduardo Castañeda, 1896-1958 (Texas A&M University Press, 1999), Tragic Cavalier: Governor Manuel Salcedo of Texas, 1808-1813 (University of Texas Press, 1971), and Crossroad of Empire: The Church and State on the Rio Grande Frontier of Coahuila and Texas, 1700-1821 (University of Texas at San Antonio Center for Archaeological Research, 1979).

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Scope and Content Note

The collection spans the years 1963 through 2006 and documents the teaching, research, writing, and service of Dr. Félix D. Almaráz, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Materials pertaining to Almaráz's teaching career include syllabi, exams, notes, and teaching aids. Research and writing materials include corrected typescripts, research notes, and other materials. Project materials document Almaráz's relationship with the Texas State Historical Association and the Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, among other professional societies. The Publications series consists of newsletters from different associations and societies.

This collection is housed at UTSA's Hemisfair Campus and must be accessed via the Institute of Texan Cultures Special Collections Reading Room. To request access, please use our Collections Request Form.


Organization of Collection

Correspondence
Projects
Publications
Teaching
Writings
Other Print Materials

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions.

Usage Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Almaráz, Félix D. (Félix Díaz), 1933-
Organizations
University of Texas at San Antonio--Faculty.
University of Texas at San Antonio--History.
Subjects
Historians--Texas.
History--Study and teaching.
Mexican Americans--Texas--History.
Universities and colleges--Faculty.
Mexican-American Border Region--Study and teaching.
Teaching--Aids and devices.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)--History--20th century.
Genres/Formats
Correspondence.
Manuscripts for publication.
Memorandums.
Syllabi.
Local Subjects
Education/Educators
Mexican Americans
UTSA History
Writers

Related Materials

Félix D. Almaráz Collection, Louis J. Blume Library, St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.)


Separated Material

University publications such as course catalogs, class schedules, and university-wide newsletters have been transferred to the UTSA Publications Collection (UA 01.02).


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Félix D. Almaráz Papers, UA 99.0009, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Félix D. Almaráz in 2001-2007 (Acc. 2001-005, 2001-033, 2001-036, 2001-047, 2002-014, 2002-018, 2006-018, 2007-022).

Processing Information

The collection is in 8 accessions, and has been encoded by Angela McClendon Ossar, University Archivist.

Additional processing by Kristin Law, University Archivist, Kira Sandoval, Student Assistant, and Melissa Gohlke, Assistant Archivist in 2017.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, 1960-2005

Box
1 1960-1972
Box
2 1973-1977
Box
3 1977-1980
Box
4 1980-1984
Box
5 1984-1987
Box
6 1987-1993
Box
7 1993-1996
Box
8 1996-1998
Box
9 1998-2005



Projects, 1966-2005

Box
14 "Transcript of taped interview with Ross Ramsey, Manager of the Los Alamos Civic Auditorium," 1966
"The Recollections of Professor Jack A. Dabbs about his association with Carlos E. Casteñeda, 1932-1958," 1974
Box
19 Air Force, 1985-1988
National Hispanic Quincentennial Commission, 1990
San Agustin Parish of Laredo, 1993
Chautauqua Cultural Festival, 1996
Texas State Historical Association-Director's Report to the Executive Council, 1996
Jewish Community Center, 1998
Historical Markers, 1998-2000
Texas Historical Commission Markers Committee, 1999
Fray Juan Agustin De Morfi, 1999
Bexar County Historical Commission, 1999
Exhibit: St. Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes, 2005
Bexar County History Conference: Mission: A Way of Life, undated
Box
20 Photographs for Borderlands Writers' visual Aids Project, 1973-1976
Draft Proposal Prepared for St. Mary's University for an Endowed Chair in Borderlands History, 1974-1976
San Juan Bautista Papers, 1975
Journal of the West: Borderlands Special Project, 1975-1981
Tejanos in the Texas Rangers - Data interpolated into graphs and charts, 1976
New Mexico Irrigation Rights Case/State Engineer's Office, 1978
End-Of-Year Report for ECISD's Bilingual Education Project, 1979
Texas Historical Commission-McAllen Conference, 1977-1978
Hispanic Cultural Influence in San Antonio, 1979-1980
La Historica - "Seguin" - KCET Los Angeles Public Television, 1980
MACC Humanities - "One City - Many Cultures," 1980-1981
San Antonio Committee CCL Working Papers [Canary Islands], 1980-1981
Emeterio T. Padrón Papers, 1981
San Fernando Cathedral Project: Exhibit Case, 1981
Land Tenure Study of The San Antonio Missions, 1981-1982
Plaza de las Islas Dedication Ceremonies, 1982-1984
Plaza de las Islas Dedication Ceremonies, 1983
Texas State Historical Association Council, 1983-1984
Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, 1984
An Historical Look at the Involvement of Mexican Americans in Our Country's Wars, 1984
MACC Lecture: Pre-Columbian and Mexican History, 1984
San Jose Acequia - Texas Antiquities Committee, 1984
Tercer Acto, 1984
Texas Committee for the Humanities - "The Texas Frontier: Formative Myths Behind the Nineteenth-Century Clash of Cultures, 1984
Texas State Historical Association - Handbook of Texas, 1984
Christopher Columbus Commission, 1984-1985
"The Hispanic Southwest" - NEH grant TV project (Jack Peterson), 1985-1986
Texas Sesquicentennial, 1986
Saltillo Conference, 1987



Publications, 1977-2005

Box
21 The Austin Writer, 2000-2001
Fronteras, 1977-1979
Los Bexarenos Genealogical Register, 1990
Newsletters from Nuevo Leon, 1978-1979
Guidelines: Professional Tour Guide Association Newsletter, 1999-2001
Quipu, 1998-2001
Riding Line, 1987-2005
The San Antonio Conservation Society Newsletter, 1997-1999
SCOLAS: Southwest Council of Latin American Studies, 1990
SMRC Newsletter: Southwestern Mission Research Center, 1977-2001
Spain Boletin Cultural, 2001-2005
Texas Catholic Historian, 1989-2002
Texas Writer, 2001-2003
Today's Catholic, 1981
Newsletters, 1989-2005



Teaching, 1960-2006

Harlandale High School
Schedule, lesson plan, 1963-1964
St. Mary's University
Box
19 Student Papers
Translations of work by Gabino Barredo, 1968 and undated
Hispanic Colonization Policies, 1810-1820, 1960
Translation of Excelsior, 1968
Box
15 Teaching Aids, 1967-1970
Mexican American Heritage, 1967-1970
U.S. History, 1968-1969 and undated
Other Materials
U.S. History, 1968
History of Spain, 1967-1970
HIS 2533, undated
History 3123, 1997
Box
18 Exam grading keys, 1968-1969
Box
15, 18 Assorted, 1968-1999 and undated
University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
Box
18 Administrative
Memos, 1973-1980
Report of the Washington Advisory Group, LLC on research capability expansion for the University of Texas system, 2004
Awards
1998
Chamber of Commerce Doctoral Achievement ceremony, 2004
Box
15 Commencement
Participation activities, 1992-2005
Box
18 Committee, 1976-1980, 2005
Correspondence
With print materials, clippings, and enclosures, 1973-2006
Box
15 Course materials
Syllabi
History 5263, undated
History 2053, 2005
Multiple courses, 1975-1979 and undated
Box
18 Organizational Behavior, 1995
Course evaluations, 1980-1995
Employment
Discrimination case, 1976-1983
Promotion review, 1977
Curriculum Vitae, 1970-1971 and undated
Performance evaluations, 1976, 1999
Box
Student papers
Box
18 "Blending of Foodways in Spanish Colonial Missions of the San Antonio River: 1718-1794," 2001
Multiple student works, undated
Box
19 "A Study of Spanish Place Names in Texas, 1974
"Origins of the Cristeno Revolt," 1974
An Historical Enigma, E.J. Davis: A preliminary survey of his career, 1827-18651974
"Melodies of the Blue and Gray," 1974
"Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba," 1976
"Fiesta Celebrations in San Antonio," 1998
"San Antonio's Market Square," 1979
"Hides and Horns (Texas Cattle Industry)," 1979
"Senator Red Berry," 1979
"Federal Justice Arrives on the Texas Frontier," 2000
"Albert Clinton Horton: First Lieutenant Governor of Texas," undated
"Relations Between the Missions and the Secular Authorities in Texas in the Middle Eighteenth Century," 1991
"Mexican American Cultural Center 25th anniversary, 1972-1997," 1996
"County of Atascosa," 1997
"Brothers at Arms-Divided Loyalties in Mexican Texas, 1835-1836," 1998
"Interlopers and Violence on the Northern Frontier," 2000
"Federal Justice on the Frontier," 2000
"Historica Moderna de Mexico,"2001
"Law and Order in Bexar County During the Years of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1846," undated
"Spanish Surnamed Heroes of Texas Independence," undated
"La Bahia del Espiritu Santo: Mission and Presidio a Nobe Experiment in the Wilderness, 1721-1846" undated
Box
15 Teaching aids
Box
18 History of Latin America, 1988
Box
15 Texas History, 1970-1988, 2003-2005 and undated
History 2313, 1970
History of San Antonio, 1998
Graduate Seminar, 1999
Latin American, undated
History 3293, undated
History 3373, undated
Spanish Borderlands, undated
The American Frontier, undated
Multiple subjects, 1997-1998
Box
18 Other Print materials
Grant proposal, 1978
South Texas Regional Conference on Teaching History, 1978
Schedule of classes, 1973
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences annual report, 1995-1996
Print materials with clippings, 1970-1977
Clippings, 1973-1985
Assorted, 1976-2005
IDEA Center, 2000-2001
San Antonio Project, 1978-1980
Student resources, 1991-2001



Writings, 1969-2005

Manuscripts
Knight Without Armour
Box
9-12 Drafts, chapters 1-12, 1992-1999
Box
12-13 Galley proofs, 1999
Box
16 Research materials, 1999
Standing Room Only: A History of San Antonio Little Theatre, 1912-1962
Box
13 Research notes, undated
Draft, undated
Galley proofs, undated
A Tragic Cavalier
Box
14 Drafts, chapters I-VII, 1970 and undated
Galley proofs, 1969-1970
Crossroad of Empire: The Church and State on the Rio Grande Frontier of Coahuila and Texas, 1700-1821, 1979
Box
17 The Spanish Texans, 1978-1981
Borderlands, 1978-1981
Draft, 1998
End notes, bibliography, undated
Wilderness Duality: Crown and Cross in Spanish Texas, undated
Articles
Box
14 "Articles of Mexican Texas: A Focal Point Southwest History," 1974
"Bilingual Education in New Mexico: Historical Perspective and Current Debate," 1977
"The Development of Cultural Activities in Los Alamos," undated
"El cancero del rio en la vispera de las Independencia Mexicana," 1978
"The Franciscan Missions of the Middle Rio Grande: Deferment of Secularization, 1781-1821," 1979
"Governor Manuel de Salcedo of Hispanic Texas, 1808-1813: A Reappraisal," undated
"Historical Reflections on 1982 Election," 1982
"Introduction to the Act Establishing the Territory of New Mexico," undated
"Las Misiones Franciscans en San Antonio de Bexar al Principio de la Independencia," 1980-1982
"The Little Theatre in the Atomic Age: Amateur Dramatics in Los Alamos, New Mexico, 1943-1946," undated
"Long Upon this Land: Out of Many, One," 1975
"Milestones of Texan Historiography: From Chauvinism to Objectivity," 1977-1979
"Rendezvous with a River," undated
"San Antonio's 250th Anniversary," 1981
"San Antonio's Missions in the Mexican Period: Material Decline and Secular Avarice," 1976-1979
"Spain's Contribution to Texas History," undated
"Spanish Mexican Influences on Texas Law," Law in a changing society, Summer Institute, 1977
"Texas and the Hispanic Southwest: A Tentative Resource Bulletin for Social Studies Teachers," 1969
"The Warp and the Weft: An Overview of the Social Fabric of Mexican Texas, 1821-1836," 1973
Photocopies of published articles, 2005
Working Papers for Mexican American History Reader, 1973
Box
17 "Argentina has historical links, parallels to United States," 1993
Articles submitted to Mas Alla, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1986
Memories of a Hyphenated Man, by Ramon Ruiz, undated
Personal Correspondence of Sam Houston, undated
Book Reviews
Box
14, 17 1967-1989
Presentations
Box
17 Hispanic Heritage banquet, 1982-1986
"The Warp and the Weft: An Overview of the Social Fabric of Mexican Texas, 1821-1836," 1973
"The Church in Colonial Mexico," 1980-1981
"The Hispanic Heritage in South Texas," 1990
"An Historian's Reflections on Hispanics in the Armed Forces of the United States," 1990
"A Thoughtful Tribute," remarks at the dedication of a marker at Mission San Juan Capistrano, 1998
Research
Box
17 "An Indian Uprising in Camargo in 1812," a military report, 1973
Multiple subjects, 1976-1995 and undated
Other Writings
Box
16 Assorted, undated



Other Print Material, 1973-2005

Box
16 Clippings, 1972-2000
Booklets, 1980-1999 and undated
Bilingual newsletters, 1998 and undated
Grant proposals, 2001-2002
Brochures from International Black and White Ball, 2001-2005
Box
17 An original teleplay written by Jesus Salvador Trevino, 1979
Brochures UTHSC exhibition, 1973
Clippings, brochures, photo, 1980
Box
19 Texas State Historical Association, 1979



Personal, 1970-1980

Box
19 Antonio school documents, 1970-1980
Webelos pack, 1971-1973
Death of Antonio Almaráz (Félix Almaráz's mother), 1984
Photographs, undated