Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Thomas H. Kreneck

An Outstanding Islander

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Keeping Us Well Preserved
Dr. Thomas H. Kreneck has exponentially increased the number of books and manuscript holdings in the Bell Library’s Special Collections and Archives department, making them more accessible to students, scholars and community researchers. The associate library director for Special Collections and Archives arrived on campus in 1990 from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, where he originated and built its Mexican American archival component. A South Texas native and graduate lecturer in Public History, he came to the Island University to curate Dr. Hector P. Garcia’s papers, which he considers the University’s most valuable unique research resource. He also manages more than 20,000 print items, including the highly-prized Dan Kilgore Collection of rare Texana literature. Kreneck actively locates, acquires and preserves books, archives and manuscripts, oral history recordings, and other materials documenting the development of the Corpus Christi/South Texas region. He is the author of Mexican-American Odyssey: Felix Tijerina, Entrepreneur and Civic Leader, 1905-1965 and many articles and has edited other book length works dealing with Mexican American and Texas history. He penned the historical introduction to the commemorative volume The Island University and is co-editing Collecting Texas: Essays on Texana Collectors and the Creation of Research Libraries. In 2007, Kreneck received the University Senate’s first Excellence in Librarianship Award. Dr. Kreneck is a charter member of the national Academy of Certified Archivists and a Fellow of the Texas State Historical Association.

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