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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Family History

Education

Professional Career

Interests and Activism

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Richard Caldwell Papers, 1934-2006



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Caldwell, Richard, 1934-2016
Title: Richard Caldwell Papers
Dates: 1934-2006
Dates (Bulk): 1960s-1970s
Creator Abstract: Richard Kenneth Caldwell (1934-2016) grew up on Cupples Road in the Edgewood community of San Antonio. He attended Edgewood elementary and junior schools and Brackenridge High School. After graduating in 1952 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his tenure. Upon returning he attended St. Mary’s University for both his bachelor's and master’s. In 1969 he accepted a position as a staff psychologist at the San Antonio State Hospital, first serving in the narcotic addict rehabilitation program. He retired in 1994 after 25 years as an associate clinical psychologist in Bonham Hall. Caldwell also helped found the San Antonio Free Clinic.
Content Abstract: This collection consists of material pertaining to Caldwell family reunions and Caldwell’s research into his own genealogy It chronicles Caldwell’s educational and professional experience focusing in on his time at the Department of Defense, the San Antonio Free Clinic, and the San Antonio State Hospital. It also contains files, commemorative material, and objects that detail his activists interests and recreational activities.
Identification: MS 478
Extent: 3 linear feet (7 boxes plus 8 oversize folders)
Language: English
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Sketch

Richard Kenneth Caldwell (1934-2016) grew up with his family on Cupples Road in the Edgewood community of San Antonio. He attended Edgewood elementary and junior schools and Brackenridge High School. After graduating in 1952 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served his tenure. Upon returning he enrolled at San Antonio College and eventually St. Mary’s University graduating in 1960 with a Bachelors of Science with a focus in physics. He took a position with the Department of Defense (DOD) in 1963 and was stationed at Kelly Air Force Base. As a supervisory physicist with the DOD, he oversaw the nondestructive testing laboratory unit. In 1966 he decided to go back to school to become a psychologist and re-enrolled at St. Mary’s University, graduating in 1968. He became increasingly conscious and frustrated with the developing war in Vietnam and his role in it as an employee of the DOD and in 1967 gave his resignation.

While in graduate school he became interested in the effects of drug abuse and the lack of resources young people had available to them. Later, he along with Dr. James Thomas Payte established the Julie Jordan Free Clinic which became the San Antonio Free Clinic in 1970. He also for a short time owned and operated the The Joint Effort, at 3611 Broadway, formally Granny’s Tea House. He was a supporter of the Eagle Bone Whistle, an underground newspaper published by Pleas McNeel and was involved in the early stages of the Mexican American Unity Council and La Raza Unida.

In 1969 he accepted a position as a staff psychologist at the San Antonio State Hospital, first serving in the narcotic addict rehabilitation program. He retired in 1994 after 25 years as an associate clinical psychologist in Bonham Hall.

Caldwell was a proud, lifelong San Antonian, and for most of his life lived in the River Road and Monte Vista areas of San Antonio. He enjoyed listening to live music, attending many jazz festivals and venues in the 1960s. In the 1980s and 1990s he frequented venues such as the St. Mary’s Bar and Grill, Tacoland, and Billy Blues. He looked forward to Fiesta, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, and the Tejano Conjunto Music Festival every year. He enjoyed learning about Southwest and Texas history. He was an amateur photographer and was often seen carrying his camera around. For a time, he was part of the San Antonio Wheelmen and went on many rides throughout the hill country. His favorite place to visit was the Big Bend region. One could always find him at his favorite restaurant, El Milagrito, near the St. Mary’s strip.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection is divided into four series and is arranged in chronological order within each series. Some series have sub-series. The Family History series consists of material pertaining to Caldwell family reunions and Caldwell’s research into his own genealogy. The Education series chronicles Caldwell’s educational experience. It includes material from Edgewood and Brackenridge as well as St. Mary’s University. The Professional Career series is divided into further sub-series that focus in on positions at the Department of Defense, the San Antonio Free Clinic, and the San Antonio State Hospital. The Interests and Activism series contains files, commemorative material and objects that detail his activists interests and recreational activities. It is broken down into two sub-series, Interests and Activism, with a sub-series of Souvenir Booklets and Programs under Interests.

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Organization of Collection

Family History
Education
Professional Career
Interests and Activism

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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.

Use Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Persons
Caldwell, Alexander, 1721-1784
Caldwell, Richard, 1934-2016
Payte, J. Thomas, 1932-2019
Organizations
St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Tex.)
San Antonio State Hospital
Subjects
Civil service positions.
Raza Unida Party (U.S.)
Substance abuse treatment facilities
Texas Jazz Festival
Places
San Antonio (Tex.)
Occupation
Psychologists
Local Subjects
Activism/Activists
Family Collections
San Antonio History

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Related Material

Select books from Richard Caldwell's personal library were also donated to UTSA Libraries and can be found in the UTSA Libraries Catalog by searching for the phrase "former owner Richard Caldwell."

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Richard Caldwell Papers, MS 478, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Donated in 2016 by Christine Sembera, daughter of Richard Caldwell (Acc. 2016-054).

Processing Information

Processed by volunteer Abra Schnur, July 2019. Abra is the granddaughter of Richard Caldwell and is a Processing Archivist for the Houston Metropolitan Research Center.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Family History

Box
1 Family History, Caldwell Newsletter, and Photos sent by Pearl Caldwell Scott, 1994
Material from East Tennessee Historical Society - Pedigree Charts, First Families Certification Information, 1995
East Tennessee Historical Society First Families Certificate, 1997
Matthew Caldwell Deeds (photocopies), 1840s, 1852
Correspondence regarding Matthew Caldwell, 1986
David Caldwell research (photocopies), undated
Caldwell entries from the New Encyclopedia of Texas (photocopies), undated
Caldwell Family Reunion Packet, 1993 [includes Caldwell family history in Texas]
Caldwell Family Newsletter, 1993
Correspondence from Betty Sedgley regarding Caldwell Family Reunion, 1994
Caldwell Family Newsletter, 1997
Caldwell Family Directory, undated
Chere Grand-Mere: A Collection of Essays Written by the Children and Grandchildren of Louise Francoise (Jeanne) Michon, 1995 [includes family tree from the marriage of Guy Caldwell]
Box
OM 1 Cigar box of personal items, undated [includes photos, peace sign stamp and stickers, eyeglasses frames, movie reel]

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Education

Box
2 Edgewood Elementary Report Cards and Certificates, 1940-1949
Brackenridge High School Graduation and Commencement Material, May 1952
Brackenridge High School "Tiny Times" Newspaper, November 1952
Brackenridge High School 50th Reunion Book, 2002
St. Mary's University "Iconoclast" Newspaper, 1950s
St. Mary's University Bachelor of Science Diploma, Commencement Invitation and Program, 1960-1961
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Course Material, 1963
"Dick's Papers" - St. Mary's University Psychology Assignments, Tests, and Course Outlines, 1965-1968
Folder
OSF 2 St. Mary's University "The Rattler" Newspaper, Nos. 6 and 10, January, April 1967
Box
2 St. Mary's University Master of Arts Diploma and Commencement Program, 1968
St. Mary's University Bachelor and Master Tassels, 1961, 1968
Transcripts, issued 1971 and 2003, 1950s-1960s
MENSA Society Correspondence, 1964
Additional School Correspondence and Reports, 1965-1968, 1977-1978

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Professional Career

United States Navy
United States Naval Service Material, 1950s
Department of Defense
Box
3 Department of Defense, Kelly Air Force Base, Chemical and Materials Laboratory Section Employment Files, 1960-1967
Photographs depicting Richard Caldwell's role at Kelly Air Force Base with Department of Defense, 1960s
San Antonio Free Clinic
Box
3 Newspaper Clippings "Psychedelic Drugs," 1967
San Antonio Conference on Drug Abuse program, 1969
Research Articles on Drug Abuse (photocopies), 1969
San Antonio Free Clinic Proposal, 1971
Julie Jordan Free Clinic Application for United Fund Membership for 1972-1973, 1971
Folder
OSF 6 "San Antonio Medical Gazette," Vol. 23, No. 40, October 2000
San Antonio State Hospital
Box
3 San Antonio State Hospital "Narcotic Unit" Treatment Proposals, 1970s
San Antonio State Hospital letter regarding Employment, Staff Directory, 1966, 1994
San Antonio State Hospital Photo Album, 1970s-1990s
San Antonio State Hospital Retirement Invitation and Banners, 1994
Box
4 San Antonio State Hospital Outstanding Service plaque, 1994
Professional Associations
Box
3 Mental Health Certifications, 1971, 1983, 1994, 1997
Texas Psychological Association Material, 1975-1979
Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists Material, 1976-1978
Mental Illness and Mental Retardation: The History of State Care in Texas, 1976
Folder
OSF 8 Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation canvas bag, undated
Additional Employment Letters and Resumes
Box
3 New Careers Project, Neighborhood Centers Association Employment File, 1969
Trinity University letter regarding Employment, 1978
Downtown Youth Drop-in Center Certificate of Merit, 1990
Resumes, 1992-2003

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Interests and Activism

Interests
Box
1 Wheelmen Certification, bike route, 1983 and undated
Photographs from the Original El Milagrito Restaurant, 3012 N. St. Mary's St., 1980s
Photographs from Taco Land wall, Event at Tienda Guadalupe, 1990s
Flyer from Ramblin' Jack Elliott performing at the Good News, 1910 San Pedro Ave., undated
Jazz Gallery Business Card, Charles Pharmacy Postcard, Photograph from the San Antonio Zoo, undated
Newspaper Clipping from "La Prensa" featuring Richard Caldwell, undated
Box
4 Two Sketches by Charlie Moss, undated
Box
6 Box of Wheelmen patches, 1980s
Folder
OSF 3 "Eagle Bone Whistle," Vol. 1 No. 8, November 1970
Folder
OSF 4 "Chicano Times," Vol 6, No 61, January-Febuary 1975
Folder
OSF 5 "Action Magazine," June 1986
Folder
OSF 7 Tejano Conjunto Festival poster, Westside Sounds (Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers) poster, 2006 and undated
Folder
OSF 1 Bumper Stickers from Study Butte, Terlingua, and Lajitas TX; KRTU-FM, and Oat Willies in Austin, TX, undated
Souvenir Booklets and Programs
Box
4 Amy Freeman Lee Retrospective 1945-1963 Exhibit at the Witte Museum catalog, 1963
Texas Jazz Festival programs, 1965-1980
Longhorn Jazz Festival program, 1966
Hemisfair Material, 1966-1968 [includes El Abrazo issues, street map, souvenir map, tickets]
Trinity University Ruth Taylor Theater Dedication program, 1966
Kelly Air Force Base Golden Anniversary, 1917-1967, souvenir book, 1967
Old San Antonio: 250 Years in Pictures, souvenir book, 1968
Remembering San Antonio! A modern Guide to the Alamo City's Past and Present, 1972
Old Trail Drivers' Annual Convention, 1978
Pope John Paul II visit to San Antonio event program, 1987
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo 50th annual program, 1999
St. Mary's University Sesquicentennial booklet, 2002
Tejano Conjunto Festival programs, 2002-2003
King Ranch souvenir booklet, undated
Activism
Box
1 "Dick's Papers" - Thoughts on Vietnam, 1967, 1960s [includes a draft of his resignation letter from the Department of Defense]
La Raza Unida and the Mexican American Unity Council, 1967-1969, 1972 [includes Correspondence, Statements, Bylaws, Meeting Agendas and Minutes]
Newspaper Clippings "Local Politics," 1967 [includes clippings on wages, police brutality, priests and activism]
Ephemera "National Politics," 1968 [includes clippings on Robert F. Kennedy, Gene McCarthy, etc.]
Cesar Chavez Calendar (signed), Memorial Program, 1970, 1993
Box
5 Box of assorted political pins and other pins relating to San Antonio, 20th century
Box
7 Handsewn United Farm Workers patch, undated

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