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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!  Each week, I’ll feature a different website that focuses on San Antonio or Texas history.

Nothing beats summer’s heat like cool, flowing water.  Plunge into the Edwards Aquifer with this fascinating website! Browsing will give you a new appreciation for how this unique underground water feature has shaped our region and many of the local places we enjoy for their natural beauty.

Featured Website:  The Edwards Aquifer Website

Topic: Edwards Aquifer

Creator: Gregg Eckhardt

Postcard of a wooden bridge over the San Antonio Rivar at Hot Wells.
A wooden bridge suspended over the San Antonio River behind the Hot Wells resort led to Mission San Jose.

Curious about the Blue Hole or the world’s largest water well (Living Waters Catfish Farm)?  This site contains a wealth of information on natural science, history, issues, and laws relating to the underground water system that sustains San Antonio and the surrounding area. Well organized and illustrated throughout!

Beth’s comment:

Don’t miss the excellent histories of places like Brackenridge Park, Hot Wells Hotel, the San Antonio River, and San Pedro Springs. Eckhardt covers the early days through recent improvement projects and archaeological discoveries. Each site’s section includes lavish illustrations using vintage postcards, contemporary photos, and even videos.

Tip: Use the Index to All Pages to browse topics, including specific historic sites and waterways.

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

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


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


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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