Campus News 2009

For Immediate Release
September 3, 2009

KCHC archives available at Schreiner library Sept. 8

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the archives of the Kerr County Historical Commission will be available to the public at William Logan Library at Schreiner University. This access came about as the result of an earlier agreement between Schreiner and the KCHC for Schreiner to house the archives as a long-term loan and allow public access. The archives, now part of William Logan Special Collections, will be accessible by appointment with Sara Schmidt, the special collections librarian. There also are plans for Logan Library to digitize some of the material, which will be made available through its Lanham Digital Library.

“It’s been such a pleasure working with the members of the KCHC on this agreement,” Schmidt said. “We are proud that we can offer an environment that safely stores the KCHC archives while providing public access to the documents. It’s a win-win situation for all involved.”

The archives consist of more than 8000 pages, 325 tapes and discs, 67 books and memorabilia from the county’s centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations. Among the contents are oral histories from notable Kerr County citizens; documents recording the stories behind many county events, people, buildings and cemeteries; and manuscripts for historical markers. The complete list of archival material is on the Logan Library Web site at http://library.schreiner.edu/special_collections.htm, as well as in brochures available at Logan and Butt-Holdsworth Memorial libraries, the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Kerr Regional History Center and the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center.

“The transfer of the archives would not have occurred without the vision and groundwork of Julia Stehling, KCHC archive chairwoman, and Dr. Candice Scott, director of Logan Library and associate vice president for academic affairs at Schreiner,” said Jeanne Schumacher Sutton, a member of the KCHC archive committee. “I hope the archives are well-used by the residents of Kerr County and visitors, and that their enjoyment prompts them and others to make donations to the archives of Kerr County-related items, so others can enjoy learning about our county’s history.”


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