Women of the American West had to be strong, resourceful, and independent in order to, not only survive, but raise a family and establish communities in the harsh lifestyle. This page shares these women's stories and provides historical context for their courage and strength.
The Native American Perspective - their views, culture, ideas - is passed down through oral rather than written tradition, and, therefore, has largely gone unheard by modern America. This page includes academic sources on Native American history as well as accounts in their own words.
The Farm Workers Movement was an answer to the attrocious conditions forced on farm workers by landowners. There were many attempts to organize workers throughout the 1900s but they all lost momentum until the 1960s...
The Geography of the West & Southwest is a land of extremes. In the age of settlers and pioneers, nature gave, controlled, and ended lives. This page explores how the civilization that calls itself Western America was determined by the land it inhabits, both in history and still today.
The Library Portal is currently involved in several projects to use our space to tell the story of San Antonio and the West. We are expanding our digital resource collection to include primary, secondary, and original sources about the Briscoe's art and its historical and ideological origins. We are beginning an oral history project to tell the story of San Antonio, collecting memories from people who helped shape this city. We also partner with the Briscoe for events such as the Briscoe Book Club. Stay tuned for updates on these plans and more!