Municipal Archives & Records

History of San Antonio

Office

  • Mailing/Physical Address:
  • 719 S. Santa Rosa
    San Antonio, TX 78204 (Map)
  • Phone
  • 210.207.4214
  • Fax
  • 210.207.6539

Email

Staff

  • Melinda L. UriegasEmail City of San Antonio
    Assistant City Clerk, 210.207.4214

City Flag

City FlagThe City of San Antonio’s official flag was designed in 1935 by William Herring, deputy commander of the Texas Department of United War Veterans. Herring designed the flag for the national convention of the United Spanish War Veterans being held in San Antonio that year. The original design featured the Alamo superimposed in the center of a white Lone Star of Texas. The Lone Star shined from a field of one-half blue, representing loyalty, and one-half crimson red, which represents the blood that courses through the veins of every loyal Texan. Originally, the words “San Antonio” and “Texas” were printed across the top and bottom of the flag. 

City commissioners unofficially adopted the flag in 1935 and two copies were made, one for City Hall and the other for the Chamber of Commerce. However, no action was taken to formally adopt the flag’s design until 1976. In 1992, the City was informed that it was no longer acceptable to have words on a flag.

City Seal

City Seal
City Seal - Original Wood Carving

This seal is the official emblem of the City of San Antonio. It was designed in 1925 by Johannes C. Scholze, a resident of San Antonio. Scholze created a wood carving that includes an Alamo at the top, the Lone Star of Texas, and the words “Libertatis Cunabula” which is Latin for “Cradle of Liberty.”

The emblem was not designated as the City’s Official Seal until 1981. At that time, City Council approved it to be used to identify the City on all official documents and papers and it is still used for that purpose today. 

The original wood carving of the City Seal designed by Johannes C. Scholze is currently on loan to the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden, Germany. It will return to its display at the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall in November of 2014.

City Seal on Display in Germany

4/3/2014 - City of San Antonio Official Seal on Display in Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Exhibition in Dresden, Germany

2/14/2014 - City of San Antonio Office of the City Clerk loans hand-carved wooden City Seal to German museum for special exhibition