(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."
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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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