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Manuscripts & Archives

Special Collections & Archives has a growing body of papers of individuals, organizations, and institutions that reflects the development of our urban area and surrounding region. Such records include those of civic and political leaders, business people, writers, as well as everyday families. Of particular note are the Charles F. H. von Blucher Family Papers, the records of the eminent pioneer family of Nueces County surveyors. Beginning with Felix and Maria von Blucher during the nineteenth century, the Blucher Family Papers contain valuable, hand-drawn maps, as well as other business and personal records spanning several generations. The Blucher Papers also include the Conrad Blucher Surveying Collection, a voluminous body of maps and field notes dealing with South Texas that reflect the work of the Blucher surveyors over the years. The holdings of Special Collections & Archives likewise contain the papers of writer Dee Woods, environmentalists Hans and Pat Suter, writer and birder Kay McCracken, former state legislator L. DeWitt Hale, Mayor Emeritus Luther Jones, and others.

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