Featured Researchers: A Dynamic Duo from Austin College
This week, the Alamo Research Center hosted Drs. Light and Victoria Cummins from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. Dr. Light T. Cummins was the State Historian of Texas from May 2009 to July 2012. This husband and wife team are writing a book about club-women and women’s clubs who promoted the visual arts from 1900 to 1942. We were delighted that we were able to help them out with our extensive collection of San Antonio women’s history documents!
How did you hear about the Alamo Research Center?
As historians, we have always known of the library and its importance in researching Texas and San Antonio topics. We were overjoyed to see this important repository reopen to researchers last fall.
What collection or collections are you using in your research?
Sallie Ward Beretta Family Papers, San Antonio Self Culture Club Records, Lotus Club Scrapbooks, Taylor Family Papers, Ellen Shulz Quillen Papers, Sarah Farnsworth Papers, among others, as well as several dozen vertical files.
What is the final outcome or project for which you are using these research materials?
A book length study of how women’s clubs, and networks of club women working outside the club structure, promoted art appreciation, art education, public and private art collecting, and the funding of civic art organization (art leagues, museum societies, etc.) in Texas in the early twentieth century.
We asked Drs. Cummins about their research visit here at the Alamo Research Center.
This experience has been a pleasant and productive research experience. We emailed the archivist prior to our visit, identifying several collections we found by TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online) search. These collections, along with their finding aids, were ready for us on arrival. The staff was most helpful to us, suggesting additional collections which proved valuable to our research. All of the staff was courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful. We have had a fruitful and enjoyable research experience at the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Collection at the Alamo Research Center.
We loved having the Drs. Cummins with us this week, and we hope they will come back soon!
If you would like to make a research appointment at the Alamo Research Center, you can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (210) 225-1071. We look forward to your visit!