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About this collection

The General Photograph Collection was originally assembled by staff of the Institute of Texan Cultures, UTSA’s cultural heritage museum, through their effort to document the state’s communities and ethnic groups. Many of these photographs were generously loaned or donated by members of those communities. In addition, this collection includes photographic copies of drawings, engravings, printed materials, and paintings.

The photographs in this collection date from the mid-19th century to the late 20th century.  Topics cover a broad range, including: historic views of San Antonio, small towns in Texas, ethnic communities and culture, daily life, family photographs, portraits, events and architecture.  In total, the General Photograph collection contains over 40,000 images.  Of these, more than 10,000 photographs have been digitized. 

Due to the high volume of reproduction requests we are receiving for San Antonio’s Tricentennial, we now allow users to freely download and use images from this collection.  To download an image from the General Photographs Collection, click the Download button located in the right hand corner of an image record.  Images downloaded directly from this collection are low-resolution web copies of originals.  To obtain higher quality images, please contact us to request a reproduction.

Please note: 

A small portion of images are restricted by the original donors and are marked as such with a watermark and information on whom to contact to gain permission to use the image.

When publishing or using reproductions from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections General Photo Collection, you must use the following credit line for each image. The Identifier can be found in the digital portal image record:

[Identifier], General Photographs Collection, UTSA Special Collections -- Institute of Texan Cultures.

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