University History

Library Participates in Historical Symposium

The UT Health Libraries participated in a historical symposium celebrating San Antonio’s 300th anniversary and the School of Medicine’s 50th anniversary. The symposium titled, 300 Years of History and Advances in Health was held on Saturday, May 12 in the Holly Auditorium. The symposium highlighted the past, present, and future of health care in San Antonio.

There were several exhibits on display including a library exhibit featuring historical photographs, programs, timelines, and yearbooks. Presented throughout the auditorium foyer was a historical slideshow featuring founding faculty, building developments, and early students. Also on display, a snapshot of the library’s rare book collection and information about the P.I. Nixon Historical Library.

The symposium included representatives from local organizations and included several esteemed speakers such as County Judge Nelson Wolff, Carlos Pestana, and Henry Cisneros.

School of Nursing History

School of Nursing History Books

The School of Nursing history books document the challenges and triumphs since the school’s establishment in 1969. The first history book was created in 1984, and featured a series of events that defined the first fifteen years of progress for the School of Nursing at UT Health San Antonio. Since then, the School of Nursing continues to produce history books as a means to reflect upon the past, and pave the way for the future.

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University History

University History Banner showing a medical lecture from the 1970s

Collection Overview

The University History Collection of the Digital Archive includes audio, video, photographs, and manuscripts that document the university’s growth and development since its establishment in 1959. Additional background on the University’s history is available at A Brief History of UTHSCSA.

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Founding Faculty Interviews
A series of video interviews with members of the Health Science Center’s founding faculty, produced by the University Development Office in 2010.*School of Medicine Founding Faculty Listing
School of Medicine History
Digitized copies of the yearbooks and class photos.
School of Nursing History
Digitized copies of the School of Nursing history books.


Banner Image: “Health Seminar”, from the 1972 Medical School yearbook, Curandero.