University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the SNAP News Collection, 1955, 1960, 2009-2010

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Coleman, Eugene, , Sutton, G.J., and Black, Rev. Claude W.
Title: SNAP News Collection
Dates: 1955, 1960, 2009-2010
Dates (Bulk): 2009-2010
Creator Abstract: Eugene Coleman was a photojournalist who started his career in photography serving in the Air Force during World War II. An accomplished Civil Rights and community activist, Coleman co-founded SNAP magazine, and served as editor to publish news that was often neglected by mainstream media.
Content Abstract: The SNAP News Collection was received from SNAP co-founder Eugene Coleman, and contains two issues of the publication from 1955, several from 2009, and one from 2010. Oversized material consists of one large frame with photograph and SNAP covers .
Identification: MS 345
Extent: 1.7 linear feet (1 folder and one oversize box)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

SNAP is a weekly publication created by Eugene Coleman, G.J. Sutton and Reverend Claude W. Black to give attention to news that mainstream media of San Antonio would not cover. It faced many hurdles in its early years, including backlash, boycotts, and even violent threats, due to the fact that the magazine covered news concerning police brutality and segregation in San Antonio businesses and public facilities. With the support of the community and a dedication to reporting news from an African-American perspective, SNAP overcame such difficulties and continues to print weekly local publications with a focus on San Antonio politics, and social and current events.

Scope and Content Note

The SNAP News Collection was brought together by Eugene Coleman, co-founder of SNAP. The collection includes an incomplete run of SNAP, consisting of two publications from 1955, five issues from 2009 with multiple copies, and one issue from March 2010. Oversize material consists of one large photograph frame of cover pages from five SNAP publications.

Organization of Collection

SNAP publications


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

Permission to publish material from the SNAP News Collection must be obtained from the original copyright holders.

Index Terms

Personal Names
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.
Civil Rights--Texas.
Political activists--Texas.
Public schools-- Texas-- San Antonio.
Small business-- Texas-- San Antonio.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Periodicals.
Local Subjects
African Americans
San Antonio History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], SNAP News Collection, MS 345, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received from Eugene Coleman August 2010. (Acc. 2010-036)

Processing Information

More detailed processing is not anticipated at this time.

A Guide to the SNAP News Collection

SNAP publications

Box Folder
1 1 SNAP, April 8, 1955
1 SNAP, May 20, 1955
1 SNAP, February 6, 2009
1 SNAP, February 20, 2009
1 SNAP, April 24, 2009
1 SNAP, June 19, 2009
1 SNAP, December 25, 2009
1 SNAP, March 26, 2010
Box Folder
OM 1 Framed cover pages, 1960 and undated