University Archives

“Ambulance at entrance to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, San Antonio.” 1903The University Archives serves as a repository for the preservation of historically important university records and contains over 531 linear feet of publications, papers, and other records that document the history of the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Included in the collection are university publications, correspondence of key officials, minutes, student yearbooks, photographs, oral histories of early faculty and administrative officials, videotapes, ¾” films, and more.

The Archives also contains materials related to the history of medicine and health care in Bexar County and South Texas, including over 144 linear feet of manuscript collections involving the papers of early (1800 – 1930) Texas physicians practicing in San Antonio and surrounding counties. Numerous old photographs of physicians, hospitals, and other health care facilities in the area and the records of local medical organizations, such as the membership records and publications of the Bexar County Medical Society, are also in the collection. Oral histories of outstanding individuals influential in the development of health care in Central and South Texas are also available.

Selected historical records of the University Archives may be viewed online in the UTHSC Digital Archive.

For more information about the archives or to make an appointment to view archival materials, contact Mellisa DeThorne, Special Collections Assistant, at 210-567-2470 or

University Archives Policies

Records Management and the Archives

Administrative and office personnel are requested to contact the Records Management Officer before disposing of inactive records or sending non-current material to storage if they feel the records contain information of historical value. Records marked on the UT HSC Records Retention Schedule with an I in the Archival column must automatically be sent to the Archives, not destroyed or sent to the Warehouse. Those marked with an R should be reviewed by the archivist to determine their value to the Archives.

Forms and instructions for transferring records to the Archives:

Image Credits

  • “Ambulance at entrance to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital, San Antonio.” 1903.