Researcher Profile: Angelica Sanchez-Clark and John Howard White
This entry marks a new effort here at “Inside the Gates” to periodically highlight some of the patrons who visit the DRT Library. Researchers who access collections in the reading room (or contact us via email or phone) bring interesting projects, questions, and interests, and library staff members work to connect them to materials they find meaningful and pertinent to their inquiries.
Our first researchers to be spotlighted are Angelica Sanchez-Clark and John Howard White, two historians who recently visited the library. Both are staff members at the Spanish Colonial Research Center, located at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and operated in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS). The Center’s “primary purpose is to develop a computerized database from Spanish colonial documents to serve the research needs of the National Park Service’s Spanish Colonial Heritage sites as well as other appropriate federal, state, and local organizations.”
Sanchez-Clark and White are in the process of locating and examining all known primary and secondary sources documenting the history of Mission San Francisco de la Espada. Today, the site is preserved by the NPS as part of San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. (Additional information about the mission is available through the Handbook of Texas Online.) Their research will ultimately be compiled into a historic resource study of the mission community:
The purpose of the project is to provide National Park Service managers, planners, administrators, and interpretation staff at San Antonio Missions NHP with a well-documented narrative history describing the ethnic and historical patterns of cultural adaptation in evidence at Mission San Francisco de la Espada from the colonial to post-colonial period. The final product will document significant historical events and peoples of Mission Espada and provide information enabling more effective project planning and development of interpretive programs within the park. It will also help determine preservation techniques for existing historic structures, landscape decisions, continuity of culture, etc.
During their visit to the DRT Library, Sanchez-Clark and White discovered information about Mission Espada in numerous sources, including vertical files; archival collections such as the Bustillo Family Papers, Leo M. J. Dielmann Papers, and Chaves, Garcia, and Flores Families Papers; and the library’s microfilm copy of the Thomas W. Streeter Texana collection, housed at Yale University.