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Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio (San Antonio, TX 78207-4689)
Jason Bourgeois (Project Director: January 2020 to June 2022)

Preservation Assistance Grants
Preservation and Access

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$9,915 (approved)
$9,915 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2020 – 2/28/2022

Preservation of OLLU special collections on the Spanish colonial and Mexican American heritage of San Antonio and Texas

A preservation assessment and workshop on best practices for the care and handling of rare books, archival materials, and digitized special collections, as well as the purchase of environmental monitoring equipment and preservation supplies to rehouse materials in three collecting units.  The Center for Mexican American Studies and Research holds 300 linear feet of archival materials, including microfilm documenting the five colonial Spanish missions of San Antonio. In addition, the Sueltenfuss Library has more than 100 rare books on Texas history, as well as rare serials and ephemera.  The University Archives holds 700 linear feet documenting the school’s history since its founding in 1895 by the Sisters of Divine Providence.  The assessment of the storage environment for these materials would provide a road-map for their long-term preservation, thereby ensuring their ongoing research and educational use.

This project will support a preservation assessment of special collections materials on the Spanish colonial and Mexican American heritage and history of San Antonio and surrounding areas throughout the past three centuries. These collections include the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research special collections, the Sueltenfuss Library special collections, and the University Archives. Among the highlights of these collections are the only preservation copies in the U.S. of 18th century archival documents of San Antonio’s Spanish missions, which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our Lady of the Lake University has a global responsibility to protect this cultural heritage by ensuring the preservation, promotion, and use of these collections by the community, faculty, students, and national and international researchers.