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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

I. Documents

II. Photographs

III. Artifacts

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Barbara J. Harp Papers, 1971-2002



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Harp, Barbara J.
Title: Barbara J. Harp Papers
Dates: 1971-2002
Creator Abstract: Barbara J. Harp was a longtime member of the University of Texas at San Antonio community. She joined the staff of the university in February 1973 as a secretary and retired in 2005 after devoting 35 years of service to the University of Texas System (1966-2005).
Content Abstract: The Barbara J. Harp Papers date from 1971-2002 and relate to her career at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The collection includes paper documents, photographs, and artifacts.
Identification: UA 99.0031
Extent: 3.8 linear feet (4 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Barbara J. Harp was a longtime member of the University of Texas at San Antonio community. She joined the staff of the university in February 1973 as a secretary and retired in 2005 after devoting 35 years of service to the University of Texas System (1966-2005).

Barbara Harp was born on December 17, 1945 and raised in Crystal City, Texas. She was married to Keith “Bo” Harp for forty-six years. After moving to San Antonio, they lived on property only a couple of miles from the UTSA campus. Together they enjoyed many outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hunting, camping, fishing, gardening, and taking care of their dogs, cats, sheep and horses.

She began her career at UTSA in February 1973 as Secretary to the Vice President of Fiscal Affairs, Everitt Mahon. She later served in the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs. Harp worked for eight years as the Executive Assistant (1977-1985) and four as the Senior Executive Assistant (1985-1989) in the Office of the President, working for Presidents Peter Flawn and James Wagener. In 1989, Barbara Harp transferred to the Office of the Vice President for Downtown Affairs. She later held positions at the Institute of Texan Cultures, where she was Senior Executive Assistant to the Office of the Executive Director (Rex Ball) and to the Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations.

Throughout her career, Barbara was recognized for her loyalty to UTSA. In the 1980s and 1990s, she volunteered with the UTSA United Way fundraising campaigns. In March 1985, the Student Representative Assembly named her an outstanding staff member at the University Life Awards, the annual ceremony in which individuals receive accolades for their contributions to UTSA. Barbara Harp retired from UTSA in 2005 and passed away on April 25, 2017.

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Scope and Content Note

The Barbara J. Harp Papers date from 1971-2002 and relate to her career at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The collection includes paper documents, photographs, and artifacts. The documents relate to activities at UTSA and specifically the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC). The photographs depict commencement ceremonies from the late 1980s, faculty and staff receptions and gatherings, and a groundbreaking ceremony for student housing. The artifacts demonstrate Barbara Harp’s UTSA Roadrunner pride in the form of paintings, sculptures, buttons, awards, sunglasses, and a megaphone.

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Organization of Collection

I. Documents
II. Photographs
III. Artifacts

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is housed at UTSA's HemisFair Campus and must be accessed via the HemisFair Park/Institute of Texan Cultures Special Collections reading room. To request access, pleaseschedule a visit.

Use Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Harp, Barbara J.
Organizations
University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio.
University of Texas at San Antonio.
Subjects
Museums--Texas.
Universities and colleges--History--20th century.
Universities and colleges--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Artifacts.
Newsletters.
Photographs.
Programs.
Local Subjects
Education/Educators
UTSA History
UTSA Records

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Related Materials

Materials related to Barbara Harp's work as an executive assistant may be found in the UTSA. Office of the President Records, UA 04.01; in the UTSA. Office of the Vice President for Downtown Operations Records, UA 04.03; and in the UTSA. ITC. A-Team Records, UA 15.01.02.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Barbara J. Harp Papers, UA 99.0031, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Received as a gift from Barbara J. Harp in November 2016 (Acc. 2016-069 and Acc. 2018-012).

Processing Information

Processed by Alesia Hoyle, Student Assistant, and encoded by Kristin Law, University Archivist, in 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Documents

Box Folder
1 1 Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and School of Public Affairs Dedication Packet, 1971
2 The Texican newsletter, 1989, 2000
3 ITC Catalog of Products and Services, 1996
4 Beneath Land and Sea: Witnesses to the Past ITC Exhibit Program, 1997
5 AT&T and ITC Texan Timeline, free admission ticket, 1997
6 Southwestern Bell/UTSA Walk For Women's Athletics, 1999
7 Young Americans: Photographs of Latino Life in the United States Through the Eyes of America's Youth engagement calendar, 2002
8 Office of the President blank Roadrunner note card, undated

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II. Photographs

Box Folder
1 9 Groundbreaking for Student Housing, 1986
10 Reception honoring Bexar County Legislative Delegation by the UTSA Development Board at UT Institute of Texan Cultures, 1986
11 J.W.W.'s Birthday, 1986
12 UTSA Commencement Rolls 1 and 2, 1986
13 UTSA Commencement Roll 3, 1986
14 UTSA Today Reception, 1987
15 Dean Hodo's farewell party, 1987
16 UTSA Commencement and Associates Dinner, 1987
17 Roll 1 and 2: UTSA Commencement Ceremony and Faculty and Staff Reception, undated
18 Roll 3 and 4: UTSA Commencement Ceremony, undated
19 Roll 5 and UTSA Commencement, 1987
20 UTSA Commencement [1/3], 1987
21 UTSA Commencement [2/3], 1987
22 UTSA Commencement [3/3], 1987
23 Mr. and Mrs. Wagener Portrait, 1988
24 New Faculty and Professional Staff Reception, 1988
25 UTSA Commencement Roll 1, 1988
26 UTSA Commencement Rolls 2 and 3, 1988
27 Regents Dinner, 1988
28 Event with speakers, 1988
29 September event, 1988
30 Staff employed at UTSA since 1973, 1988
31 Associates Celebrating UTSA 1969-1989, 20th Anniversary, 1989
32 20th Anniversary of UTSA Celebration and Art Photographs, 1989
33 Reception, 1989
34 Ground Breaking Rolls 1 and 2, 1989
35 Roderick Key Drive Dedication, 1989
36 UTSA Commencement Ceremony, undated
37 UTSA Commencement Ceremony - 8" x 10", undated
38 Celebrations, undated
39 Award Ceremony and Dinner, undated
40 Press conference, undated

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III. Artifacts

Box Object
2 1 UTSA megaphone, 1980s
2 Roadrunner sunglasses, undated
3 UTSA pins, undated
4 UTSA and ITC seal embossing die, undated
5 Wire Roadrunner sculpture, undated
6 Brass awards, undated
Folder
OSF 1 Navy blue bandana with map of UTSA, undated
Box
OM 1 Framed watercolor of the Sombrilla and John Peace Library by Barb Starner, 1991
Commemorative text of legislation that established UTSA, undated
Box
OM 2 Metal UTSA Roadrunner sculpture, undated

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