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Purpose

Our mission is to collect, preserve, organize, and make accessible materials that document the history of San Antonio and South Central Texas with an emphasis on historic buildings, objects, places, and customs. The library is open to the public, as well as to the members and staff of the Conservation Society.

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You can’t find everything online. But you can still find a lot, if you know where to look!  Fascinating aspects of San Antonio and Texas history remain just a click away.

Featured Website: Texas Historic Site Atlas

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the government agency that reviews the state designation of historic sites. They also review nominations of Texas sites to the National Register of Historic Places.  The THC’s searchable database allows the public access to the wealth of  information contained in these nominations prepared for thousands of the most historically significant sites in Texas.

The Karnes County Courthouse, which won a  2020 Conservation Society Preservation Award,  has multiple listings in the online atlas.

Topic: Historic Sites

Creator: Texas Historical Commission

“The Atlas features over 300,000 site records, including data on Official Texas Historical Markers and National Register of Historic Places properties in Texas. Also included are courthouses, museums, and cemeteries across the state. You can search by Historic Designation, Keyword, County, Historic Marker, or Site Name to get instant access to detailed textual descriptions, historic photographs, and interactive maps to help you discover what makes Texas and your areas of interest unique.”

Tip:  Be aware that if a building is located within a National Register historic district, you may not find it by searching on the building name. Many of San Antonio’s National Register districts overlap with local historic districts, so use the name of the district where the building is located instead. One known exception: St. Paul Square is known as the Southern Pacific Depot Historic District on the National Register.

Also, keep in mind that the older National Register nominations are the product of their time. They may not be as thorough. They often don’t include sites or events of importance during the mid-twentieth century (because not enough time had passed to assess the significance). Many omit, or devote very little coverage to, history as it relates to underrepresented communities. Nevertheless, these nominations still provide a valuable foundation of knowledge on which to build.

All of the featured sites can be found by topic under Research Links.  If you have a question about any of these sites, or have one to share, please contact librarian Beth Standifird at bstandifird@saconservation.org.

107 King William Street
San Antonio, Texas 78204
Telephone (210) 224-6163
FAX (210) 224-6168
Beth Standifird, Librarian

Visiting

We are now open with the following restrictions:

    • By appointment only (see below).
    • Temperature must be taken to enter.
    • Wear your own mask at all times.
    • Bring your own pencil.
    • Sanitize hands.
    • Maintain social distance of 6 feet.

Hours – By Appointment Only

Monday – Thursday, 9:30 AM to noon and 1:00 to 3:30 PM.
Friday – reserved.
Closed major holidays and on April 24, 2020.

Parking & Access

Free parking is available on the grounds. Please go to the back door (off the side yard) while COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

The library on the third floor of the Wulff House is only accessible by stairs, however ADA accommodations are available on the ground floor of the adjacent Stuemke Barn building

Acknowledgements

Operation of the Foundation’s library is made possible, in part, by a grant from
Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part
of the federal CARES Act.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed on this website
do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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