(April 10, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio has been selected by former U.S. Rep. Charles A. "Charlie" Gonzalez to receive his congressional papers as part of the UTSA Libraries Special Collections.
Gonzalez's collection consists of constituent correspondence, speeches, videotapes of interviews, press releases and legislative files relating to appropriations, energy, housing, labor, transportation and Social Security. The materials will be made available to congressional scholars, students and researchers interested in examining his impact during his 14 years in Congress.
"As a proud San Antonian, I can't think of a better place than UTSA to offer my congressional papers as a resource for generations of students and scholars," said Gonzalez. "I'm pleased that my legacy as a public servant of the citizens of San Antonio and Texas will now be widely accessible."
"Representative Gonzalez's congressional papers help to document important chapters in the histories of San Antonio, Texas, congressional policymaking and Latino politics," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "They will provide researchers in multiple disciplines including political science, public administration and history with irreplaceable information about the evolving relationship between the people of San Antonio and their government. Acquisitions of this caliber play a role in the university's ascent to Tier One research status."
During his seven terms in Congress, Gonzalez served on the Financial Services, Small Business, Homeland Security, House Administration, Judiciary, and Energy and Commerce committees. He chaired the task force to determine the winner of the contested Florida Congressional District 13 election. From 2011 to 2012, he served as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.
Gonzalez's congressional legacy will have lasting national importance, according to UTSA political science professor Walter Wilson, who facilitated the acquisition. "Congressman Gonzalez's influence, both as a representative of his constituents in San Antonio and on major national issues like immigration reform, will be visible for years to come. And, just as his leadership will have lasting impacts, this archive will have enduring relevance for scholars," Wilson said.
Gonzalez's papers will be housed in the UTSA Libraries UTSA Libraries Special Collections, which houses treasures such as rare books, company archives, photographs and other one-of-a-kind historical items documenting the people, history, life and literature of San Antonio and South Texas. Strengths of the collections include architecture and urban development, San Antonio authors, Mexican cookery, women and women's history, Mexican-American activism and the Texas-Mexico border region.
"Our efforts to acquire, preserve and digitize unique materials support the scholarly work of students for generations to come," said Mark Shelstad, head of UTSA Libraries Special Collections. "We are proud to preserve Congressman Gonzalez's legacy and to sustain the university's teaching, research and outreach mission."
UTSA students and the San Antonio community are invited to this event where people shave their head and raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Student Union Lawn, Main Campus
The former curator of literary collections for The Huntington Library will share Secrets from the Stacks: Untold Stories of Collecting the Papers of Contemporary Authors. Lecture is free and open to the public.
John Peace Library (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
Come learn about Korea and its culture through food tasting, music, dance and percussion performance, games, arts, crafts, presentations and more.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Teams of four hit the links for a day of golf that supports UTSA scholarships.
Hyatt Hill Country Golf Club, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio
President Taylor Eighmy invites all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President.
Student Union Ski Lodge Patio, Main Campus
The UTSA Housekeeping Staff’s Erlinda’s Wish Program members created a collection of cookbooks that are being added to the UTSA Libraries Special Collections Mexican Cookbook Collection. Meet the contributors to the collection and sample recipes.
John Peace Library Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
As part of San Antonio's tricentennial, UTSA will celebrate San Antonio's Founder's day with Historic Futures - A Taste of Folklife. The free event will showcase the diverse and rich heritage of San Antonio through a variety of music, dance and international cuisine.
Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
Help raise money for UTSA staff scholarships. Individuals and teams - sign up now for this fun bowling activity. Family and friends are welcome.
University Bowl, 12332 W. IH-10, San Antonio
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