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100. Local/Southwest History

 Record Group
Identifier: 100
Encompassing research collections that span disciplines including social sciences, humanities, journalism, and anthropology, this collection’s strength is regional history with a focus on communities and organizations. Of particular interest are materials that document Hispanic/Latinx culture and communities in San Marcos and surrounding counties (Hays, Guadalupe, Comal, Caldwell, and Bastrop).

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Blanco Star School collection

Identifier: 90.400-Friends-2008-BlancoStar
Abstract This collection consists of Blanco Star School memorabilia gathered from alumni and records generated by reunions of former students. The Blanco Star School opened in 1922 as a two room building that served as a primary and middle school. The school operated until 1945 when the students began attending San Marcos and Kyle schools. Reunions for Blanco Star School began in 1982 when former teacher and principal, Audrey Jerles Herron, sought out alumni and former faculty. The final annual...
Dates: 1922 - 2016; Majority of material found within 1982 - 2016

Central Texas glass plate negative collection

Identifier: 2016-001

A collection of 46 4x5 glass plate negatives showing scenes around Central Texas, including San Antonio and San Marcos, as well as one image of the Parke County Courthouse in Rockville, Indiana. Based on research into the scenes that could be identified, images were likely between 1882 and 1911.

Dates: circa 1882-1911

LBJ-MLK crossroads project collection

Identifier: 2014-002

Just south of Texas State University sits the only known intersection named after both Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ) and Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK). The LBJ-MLK Crossroads Project culminated in a physical memorial installed in San Marcos, Texas in January 2014. This collection contains records regarding the creation and completion of the memorial.

Dates: 1950s-2014, undated; Majority of material found within 2008 - 2014

McGehee Family Aquarena Springs collection

Identifier: 2012-002

The collection consists of materials related to the Mill Tract and Aquarena Springs property, including a bound abstract of title to A.B. Rogers (founder of the Spring Lake/Aquarena Hotel), research and documentation used to apply for a Texas Historical Marker. Also included are clippings and fliers about the Aquarena hotel.

Dates: 1926-1989

Pennington Funeral Home ledgers

Identifier: 100.100-Pennington

Pennington Funeral Home is a family-owned business in San Marcos, Texas. This collection consist of business records, including one cemetery ledger (1888-1900) and multiple funeral registers dating from 1902 to the mid-1940s that detail deaths in the Hays County and San Marcos, Texas area.

Dates: 1888-1944

San Marcos Daily Record photographic negatives

Identifier: 100-SMDR

Photonegatives from the San Marcos Daily Record newspaper in San Marcos, Texas, spanning from the 1930s to 2002. The negatives depict a variety of subjects with a focus on the local San Marcos area and Texas State University.

Dates: circa 1930-2002

Woodmen of the World records

Identifier: 100.100-Woodmen
Scope and Contents

The material in this collection is from San Marcos Camp 3270 of the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society. It contains ledgers, minute books, constitution and manuals, and financial materials.

Dates: 1912 - 1971