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Kathy Vargas papers, circa 1965-2016

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as six series.

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Series 1:Biographical Material, circa 1965-2014
0.4 Linear feet
Boxes 1, 12

Biographical material includes two appointment books, awards and certificates, education records for the University of Texas in San Antonio, one video recording of an interview, and written interviews. Also included is a draft of a report on the Eleanor Heard survey of Latino art in San Antonio for which Vargas was interviewed. Photographs include Vargas at exhibition and political events, and with friends; photographs of her uncle, who was also a photographer; and one photograph by Christopher Rauschenberg.
DescriptionContainer
Appointment Books, 1994, 1997
1
1-2
Awards and Certificates, 1979-2004
1
3-4
Awards and Certificates, 2000
12
1
Education, circa 1983
1
5
Education, 1981-1984
12
1
Interviews, 1996-2014
1
6
Interview, "What Follows... Mixing It Up III", 1990
1 videocassettes (vhs)
1
7
Photographs, circa 1965-circa 2000
1
8-9

Series 2:Correspondence, 1979-2014
4 Linear feet
Boxes 1-5, 12

The series contains Kathy Vargas's correspondence with Allan D. Coleman, Jim Goldberg, Lucy Lippard, Chon A. Noriega, Jeff Perrone, May Stevens, Kay Turner, and colleagues and collectors, as well as correspondence regarding donations, exhibitions, publications, and residencies and grants.
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Business, 1981-2006
1
10
Coleman, Allan D., 1992-1998
1
11
Colleagues, 1988-2014
1
12-18
Collectors, 1994-2012
2
1-2
Community and Community Awards, 1985-2004
2
3-4
Donations, 1991-2013
2
5-7
Exhibitions, 1979-2014
2
8-15
Exhibitions, 1979-2014
Includes records for exhibitions of Vargas's work organized by Juan Bruce Novoa, Con Safo, Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation (CARA), and other exhibitions.
3
1-12
Goldberg, Jim, 1996-1997
3
13
Internet, Regarding, 1995-2002
3
14
Lippard, Lucy, 1987-2012
Includes post cards, illustrated envelopes, photographs of travel to Oaxaca in Mexico, and a photographs album of Vargas's trip to New Mexico to visit Lippard.
3
15-16
Lippard, Lucy, 1987-2012
4
1-3
Lippard, Lucy, circa 1989
12
1
Noriega, Chon A., 1993
4
4
Panels, Lectures, and Talks, 1980-circa 2005
4
5-9
Perrone, Jeff, 1984-1989
4
10-11
Personal, circa 1995
4
12
Publications, 1989-2012
4
13
Publications, 1989-2012
5
1
Residencies and Grants, 1991-2005
5
2
Stevens, May, 2000-2001
5
3
Turner, Kay, 1989-2013
5
4

Series 3:Writings and Notes, circa 1985-2014
1 Linear foot
Boxes 5-6

Writings include a commencement address, various lectures and panel talks that include three video recordings, manuscripts and drafts by Vargas and others that includes one electronic disc, five notebooks, and notes.
DescriptionContainer
Commencement Address, circa 1985
5
5
Lectures, circa 1985-1994
Includes a videocassette recording of a telecourse titled "The New Patronage" at the University of California in Davis.
5
6-7
Manuscripts and Drafts, circa 1985-circa 2014
Includes manuscripts and drafts for the book Born of Resistance; an article in the journal Nueva Luz that also includes an electronic disc; a manuscript titled "A Gust of Wind Through the Mexican Apple Tree" for the Revelaciones/Revelations symposium; manuscripts, notes, and newspapers for articles published in San Antonio Light. Also included are manuscripts by Shifra M. Goldman and Amelia Malagamba-Ansotegui.
5
10-16
Notebooks, circa 1990-circa 1997
Includes five notebooks with notes on artwork for exhibitions, lists of artwork, writings about empowerment and mentoring, contact information, and project notes.
5
17-20
Notes, circa 2005
Includes notes on the preface by Vargas for the book Available Light. Also included is a published copy of the book along with sketches and other notes.
5
21-22
Panels, circa 1990-2005
2 videocassettes (vhs)
Panels include "Lightning in a Bottle" at Texas State University and a panel in conjunction with the exhibition Chicano Art: Resistance and Affirmation at the Wight Art Gallery.
6
1-2

Series 4:Project and Exhibition Files, 1984-2004
2 Linear feet
Boxes 6-8, 12

The series consists of material for American Voices, Chicano: An American Experience, Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, and Intimate Lives: Work by Ten Contemporary Latina Artists. Also included are files for a Blue Art Space exhibition, drawings for the Guerrilla Girls Fotonovela, Vargas's research on San Antonio shrines, and 12 sound recordings for the exhibition Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry.
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American Voices, 1992-2002
Includes letters with Robert Buitron and artists, artist lists, meeting notes, material for a Latino book, slides of artwork, and correspondence.
6
3-15
American Voices, 1994
12
1
Blue Art Space Exhibition, 2001
6
16
Chicano: An American Experience, Consultant, 1999
6
17
Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge, Panel Moderator, 2001-2004
6
18
Guerrilla Girls Fotonovela, 1989
6
19
Hospice: A Photographic Inquiry, circa 1995
Includes writings by hospice workers and relatives of patients, loan papers, correspondence, research material on death and hospice care, and 12 sound cassettes tapes of interviews.
7
1-11
Intimate Lives: Work by Ten Contemporary Latina Artists, circa 1993
Includes slides of artwork, correspondence with artists, and the original proposal for the exhibition.
7
12-16
San Antonio Shrines, 1984-1995
Includes research material and notes, slides, manuscripts, and records related to Vargas's participation in the Smithsonian Folklore Summer Institute as a Community Folklore Scholar.
8
1-5

Series 5:Professional Files, 1975-2016
1 Linear foot
Boxes 8-9

Vargas's professional files contain records for her membership on various boards and committees; her employment with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, as a music photographer, and at the University of the Incarnate Word; Juan Bruce Novoa memorabilia, including photographs and printed material; and files for her work on selection panels.
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Board, Art Matters, 1992-2006
8
6-7
Boards, Various, 1986-2013
8
8-9
Committee, AIDS Fundraising, 1991
8
10
Committee, Gateway San Antonio Public Art Project, 2004-2005
8
8
Employment, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1987-2000
8
12-14
Employment, Rock and Roll Photographer, 1975-1996
8
15
Employment, University of the Incarnate Word, 2000-2016
8
16-17
Employment, University of the Incarnate Word - Tenure and Promotion Presentation Book 1, circa 2002
The tenure and promotion presentation books contain correspondence, printed materials, and other documents that highlight Vargas's professional accomplishments.
9
1-2
Employment, University of the Incarnate Word - Tenure and Promotion Presentation Book 2, circa 2002
9
3-5
Novoa, Juan Bruce, 1983-circa 1995
9
6
Selection Panels, 1987-2013
9
7-9

Series 6:Printed Material, 1974-circa 2010
2.4 Linear feet
Boxes 9-12, OV 13

The series consists of a book and book jacket, clippings, three scrapbooks of clippings, a documentary video recording of the Day of the Dead event, exhibition announcements and catalogs, journals and magazines, newsletters, posters, press releases, programs, and a thesis written by Ann Marie Leimer about Vargas.
DescriptionContainer
Book Jacket, No Bluebonnets, No Yellow Roses: Essays on Texas Women in the Arts, 2005
9
11
Book, Native Soil: Poems from South Texas Poets, 2007
9
11
Clippings, 1974-2013
9
12-15
Clippings, 1974-2013
12
3
Clippings Scrapbook, 1977-1991
3 scrapbooks
10
1-3
Documentary, "The Day of the Dead" - Institute of Texan Cultures, circa 2000
1 videocassettes (vhs)
10
4
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1976-circa 2010
The files contain materials on Vargas's early exhibitions, her first solo exhibition announcement, group exhibitions, exhibitions in which Vargas served on the jury, and catalogs with text written by Vargas.
10
5-18
Exhibition Announcements and Catalogs, 1993
12
3
Journals and Magazines, 1978-2009
Includes articles by Vargas.
10
19-20
Journals and Magazines, circa 1985-circa 2010
11
1-4
Journals and Magazines, circa 1985-circa 2010
12
2
Newsletters, 1994
11
5
Posters, circa 1980-circa 2010
13
Press Releases, 1991
11
6
Programs, 1998
11
7
Thesis on Vargas by Ann Marie Leimer, 2001
11
8

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