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Featured Researcher: Joel Kitchens

March 14, 2014

Today we’d like to introduce you to the intrepid Joel Kitchens. He has spent the whole week researching at the Alamo Research Center- and this is not his first visit! Joel is a library professional at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is now gathering the research for his dissertation (and ultimately a book!) on collective memory–how communities create and use historical memory.

Mission San Jose front entrance, Ernst F. Schuchard Papers, Col 926, DRT Collection at the Alamo Research Center.

Mission San Jose front entrance, Ernst F. Schuchard Papers, Col 926, DRT Collection at the Alamo Research Center.

What is your topic of interest and what collections are you using? Tell us about your experience at the Alamo Research Center.

Joel says: The collective memories of the Spanish mission of San Antonio, which were used to market San Antonio as a romantic and exotic tourist destination. Also, the discourse of sacred space and identity. I am using the Ernst F. Schuchard Papers, the Claude B. Aniol Subject Files, and the San Antonio Guidebook Collection. I have been very surprise (pleasantly!) at how much material the ARC has that goes well beyond “just the Alamo.” I have always found the staff at the ARC to be very friendly, helpful and professional.

 

Thanks, Joel! We’ve enjoyed having you here and wish you all the best of luck as you continue with your work.

Joel is right. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Collection at the Alamo Research Center touches on all parts of Texas history with a special focus on San Antonio history. We love being part of the historical collective memory of our local and regional community. Schedule your research appointment today by calling us at (210)225-1071 or email us at drtl@drtl.org. We can’t wait to help you explore our collections!

 

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