ADINA DE ZAVALA
Written by Cynthia J. Beeman
Produced by KUT for Texas Women's History Month in cooperation with the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation for Texas Women's History. First broadcast on Austin radio station KUT in March, 2011.
L. Robert Ables, "ZAVALA, ADINA EMILIA DE," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fzafg).
Adina De Zavala historical marker file (Bexar County), Texas Historical Commission, Austin.
Acosta, Teresa Palomo and Ruthe Winegarten. Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003.
Adina De Zavala, granddaughter of Republic of Texas Vice President Lorenzo De Zavala, was an early influential leader in the historic preservation movement in Texas. In 1899, she and a group of San Antonio friends founded one of the state’s first patriotic societies. Her group later joined with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and in the early 20th century the De Zavala-led group famously feuded with another faction within the organization led by Clara Driscoll. Although Driscoll is known as the "savior of the Alamo" because of her purchase of the convent, or long barracks, building adjacent to the Alamo chapel, it was De Zavala whose actions ultimately saved a significant part of the Alamo. Believing the long barracks was built after the famous 1836 battle, Driscoll and her colleagues advocated for its removal, but De Zavala’s research indicated it was in fact part of the battle site. As the disagreement grew more heated, De Zavala barricaded herself inside the structure for three days to prevent its destruction.