Texas history is a central focus of UTSA Special Collections, with particular concentration in the areas of South Texas, the Texas-Mexico border region, and the history of Texas immigrants.
The John Peace Collection of Texana includes approximately 1,500 books collected by Mr. John Peace of San Antonio, covering the Spanish Colonial (1519-1821), Mexican Republic (1821-1836) and Republic of Texas (1836-1845) periods.
Among the rare works from the Spanish Colonial period is the 1792 Chronica of Fray Juan Domingo Arricivita, which describes the Franciscan operations in Texas, as well as the topography, hydrology, natural resources and Indian tribes of Texas during the late 1700s. The collection also includes many 19th century imprints, including Raines' 1898 edition of Enduring Laws of the Republic of Texas, several travelogues and guides for immigrants; and an 1830 government circular from Nuevo Leon promulgating the April 6 Ley de Colonización, which restricted further colonization of Texas by settlers from the United States.
View a complete list of of holdings in UCAT by doing a keyword search for "John Peace Collection" in quotation marks.
A taste of the collection:
Try one of these geographic terms in a UCAT advanced search in subject and "Texas" in subject, while limiting the location to "special collections."
Coahuila and Texas
Though by no means comprehensive, these subject terms give an idea of our rare book holdings. Try one in a UCAT advanced search in subject, and "Texas" in subject, while limiting the location to "special collections."
Remember to search for related terms. For example, in addition to ranch life, try ranchers, ranches, or ranching. As well as outlaws, try law enforcement.
Indians of North America