The C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department has approximately 750 manuscript collections. To view the finding aids (guides) to processed collections, click on the links below.
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Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe del Paso del Rio del Norte (Ciudad Juárez, Mexico), was founded in 1659 by
The original documents of the Ciudad Juárez Municipal Archives (Archivo Municipal de Ciudad Juárez or AMCJ) are housed in the Biblioteca Regional Arturo Tolentino in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. The archives date from 1726 to
Janos, a small town in northern Chihuahua State, was the site of a Spanish presidio, or military post, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It continued as a military site during the Mexican period and is best known for its role in trying to control Apache Indians in the region. These documents describe part of the history of Janos, the local government, and the church.
Margaret Berlin Beard Abraham was registered nurse in Texas. She graduated from the Hotel Dieu School of Nursing in El Paso, Texas in 1941. The Margaret Berlin Beard Abraham papers date 1919 – 1953. Types of materials include correspondence, nursing school diplomas and certificates, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera. These papers help document nursing activities at the Hotel Dieu School of Nursing and the Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso, Texas from 1938-1943.
The Vargas family played an important role in the politics of the Ciudad Juárez – El Paso area during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Acosta Solís-Vargas papers date 1752 – 1927, bulk 1821 – 1912. Types of records include government documents, certificates, property deeds, land sale and government documents, wills, and correspondence.
Terry de la Mesa Allen (1888-1969) was a general in the U.S. Army and served in WWI and WWII. The Terry de la Mesa Allen papers date 1907-1969 and contain correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and other documents and mementos. Official documents include training memoranda for both the 1st and the 104th Infantry Divisions during World War II. The correspondence spans the years 1918-1968 but is most voluminous during the periods of WWI and WWII. The collection also contains approximately 300 photographs documenting General Allen's life including many old family photographs.
Eve Ball (1890-1984), a well-known historian and authority on Apaches, lived in Ruidoso, New Mexico, near the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. She wrote a number of books about the Apaches and the Southwest and was honored by the U.S. Senate in 1984 for her life's work. The collection consists of photographs, business and financial records, newspaper clippings, and a transcript of John S. Chisum’s diary.
Archie V. Benner, Sr., architectural engineer, was born in 1897, and worked in El Paso, Texas for 55 years, as part of the firms of Benner, Bynum, and Dinsmoor; Hartger and Benner; and also Frasier and Benner. The collection consists mainly of office files from the years 1920 to 1967 for Benner’s jobs in and around the El Paso, Texas area, including New Mexico. Although Benner’s projects included residences, most of the files are for the construction of commercial buildings, hospitals, schools, and churches. Materials in the collection include contracts, reports, correspondence, notes, plans, books, photographs, drawings, and blueprints.
Albert Frank Bettle was an engineer for 36 years at the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). The Albert Bettle papers date from 1939 – 1990, bulk dates 1958 – 1969. Types of records include maps, programs, brochures, photographs, newspaper clippings, promotional materials, government-issued booklets, correspondence, and film strips about IBWC projects.
Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso and prolific author Haldeen Braddy achieved international recognition with his books on Chaucer, Poe, Pancho Villa, and Southwest history and folklore. Before coming to UTEP in 1945, Dr. Braddy taught at the universities of Kansas, New York, New Mexico, Southern California, Tulane, Texas Christian, and Texas Tech. He graduated from East Texas State, received a master’s degree from UT Austin and a doctoral degree from New York University. Dr. Braddy retired from UTEP in 1978. He died in 1980.
El Paso newscaster, author, and historian, Conrey Bryson was born in Cleveland, Utah, October 13, 1905. Bryson worked for KTSM until 1964 and then as an administrative assistant for Congressman Richard C. White. Bryson’s papers contain manuscripts and research for his two books, Down Went McGinty and Winter Quarters, several unpublished manuscripts, radio scripts from KTSM, and personal papers which include speeches from Easter services and Christmas letters.
José Antonio “Tony” Burciaga was an artist, writer, and activist born in El Paso, Texas on August 23, 1940. The José Antonio Burciaga collection spans the years of 1972-1996. Types of records found in the collection are newspaper clippings, photocopies of clippings, articles by or about Burciaga, sketches, literary journals, flyers for Culture Clash, mural flyers, and posters. These records document his work as a journalist, artist, muralist and his time as a resident fellow at Stanford University.
The Burges brothers were pioneers, lawyers, and civic leaders in El Paso. The Burges-Perrenot family papers date 1835 – 1837, 1890 – 2013 and consist of personal correspondence and scrapbooks that include genealogical and historical research, speeches and addresses, and research material relating to the family’s many interests including literature, history, law, forestry, conservation, irrigation, politics, and the military. The collection also contains social invitations, programs, pamphlets, and postcards with many scenes of early El Paso and Juarez.
Cleofás Calleros (1896-1973), an important local historian and community leader, was born in Río Florido, Chihuahua, Mexico and immigrated to El Paso, Texas in 1902. In the early
James Wilson Cassell was a medical doctor based in New York who was also an amateur photographer. Most of the slides have Beseler Lantern Slide Company printed on the mounts, but it is unclear whether some of the slides were part of educational sets sold by that company or whether that company only processed and possibly hand-colored Dr. Cassell’s own photographs. The collection contains an estimated 1,900 slides dating from approximately 1920 – 1927. The slides are mostly of foreign countries and archaeological sites, but also include images from the United States.
John W. Cathcart was a doctor and radiologist in El Paso during the early twentieth century. The John W. Cathcart medical lectures and publications collection
A teacher, writer, suffragist, and political activist, Belle Christie Ferguson Critchett (1868? – 1956), supported and promoted many progressive era-issues of the time, including women’s suffrage and the legal status of women, good citizenship and political reform, maternal health and child welfare, prison reform, prohibition, and the peace movement. The Belle Christie Critchett papers date 1915 – 1968, bulk 1918 – 1935. Types of records include correspondence, clippings, publications and other printed material, maps, posters, songs, a glass lantern slide, and photographs.
The Custom Assay Office, also known as Critchett and Ferguson, began in El Paso around 1902 and continued until 1950. Otis A. Critchett (1876? – 1950?) and George W. Ferguson (1872 – 1940) worked as assayers, metallurgists, and chemists for individuals and several mining companies in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. The Critchett and Ferguson Assayers
Jonathan R. Cunningham served as Director of Planning for the City of El Paso from 1958-1978. The collection dated 1958 – 1978. It consists of correspondence, copies of speeches, and reports concerning areas such as city planning and zoning, the Chamizal, relocation of the Rio Grande, the El Paso International Airport, urban land use, community development, United States/Mexico border improvement and development, the environment, the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Park, Pueblo de la Ysleta del Sur, historic preservation, local history, population and housing trends, transportation and traffic projections, and international relations.
Born in Boquilla de Conchos, Chihuahua, Mexico, Abelardo “Lalo” Barrientos Delgado (November 27, 1931 – July 23, 2004) was a teacher, social worker, community organizer, and writer. The Abelardo Delgado Collection dates 1967 – 2010, bulk 1970s. Types of records include publications, correspondence, writings, clippings, photographs, articles, programs, and other printed material.
Dr. Hervey William Dietrich was part of the internal medicine staff at Hotel Dieu Hospital and worked on the Medical Records Committee at the Hospital in 1951. The Hervey Williams Dietrich papers date from 1955 to 1968, bulk 1955-1956. The Correspondence series contains letters and copies of letters to and from Dietrich to members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Senate, and the President of the United States concerning patients and medical costs and bills. The Newspaper clippings and Minutes series consists of articles pertaining to the shortage of nurses, a nurses’ strike, and Providence Memorial Hospital.
The correspondence, photographs, clippings, and ephemera in the collection reflect the activities of Richard M. Dudley (a former mayor of El Paso) and Frances M. Dudley, particularly their time in Chihuahua, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. The papers date 1898 – 1970. Political clippings relate to several controversies between competing factions in El Paso, including the Ku Klux Klan. Photographs show scenes in Chihuahua, El Paso, North Africa, Port Lavaca, Texas, and unidentified locales. Publications include some Chihuahua newspapers from May of 1911.
Abstract: Olav Elling Eidbo (1918 – 1993) was a professor of music at Texas Western College (later UTEP) and director of the Texas Western Collegiate Chorale. The Olav E. Eidbo papers date 1940 – 1985, bulk 1962 – 1969. The collection was left in the order it was found in Special Collections. Types of records include sheet music, photographs, programs, publications, and other materials. The papers help document Dr. Eidbo’s activities and career at Texas Western College (later UTEP).
Local governmental records housed in Special Collections as part of the Texas Regional Historical Resources Depository program. The records date approximately from the mid-nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century. Holdings include deed books, jail registers, probate records, chattel mortgage records, Commissioner Court records, and other materials.
This collection dates 1925 – 1984. It contains reports, manuals, and other publications relating to health care, business, city planning, parks, transportation, demographics, labor, neighborhoods, law enforcement, education, and historic preservation in El Paso and El Paso County. The collection also includes multiple years of El Paso City Council minutes. Some of the creating agencies of the documents are the City of El Paso, the County of El Paso, the Texas Department of Transportation, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Reserve, the El Paso Independent School District, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The Texas Graduate Nurses’ Association, formed on June 3, 1907, works to promote excellence in nursing and to regulate nursing practices and education in Texas. The Texas Graduate Nurses' Association records date 1907 – 1980, bulk 1978. Types of records include annual reports, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, publications, minutes, ledgers, scrapbooks, photographs, medical information, abstracts and
The El Paso Herald-Post records contain the historical files of the El Paso Herald-Post newspapers. The records date 1881 – 1997. The records contain sports files, photographs and clippings about local people and subjects, and the El Paso Herald-Post’s library files.
The El Paso photo file, PH001, dates 1876 – 1980. An artificial collection, the El Paso photo file contains images of El Paso, Ysleta, Ciudad Juárez, New Mexico, and Texas. Types of records include photographs, negatives, slides, and postcards.
The El Paso Police Department was formally founded in 1884, though it informally existed prior to that date. The El Paso Police Department collection, MS 003, dates from 1912-2007. The collection contains materials that document the daily lives of officers, handbooks of rules and regulations, reports about crime statistics, and photographs of police officers and facilities.
The El Paso Women’s Fraternal Organizations collection dates 1969 – 1982, 2007 – 2008, bulk 1981 – 1982. Arranged in two series, Scrapbooks and Other Material, these records document the activities and membership of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the Nile.
The Lloyd C. and June-Marie F. Engelbrecht collection of Trost research, MS 600, dates 1878-2012. The collection documents the extensive research that the Engelbrechts undertook while writing their book Henry C. Trost: Architect of the Southwest. The collection also contains materials about the Engelbrechts’ travels while putting together an index of Trost buildings.
Epperson and Burnett (also known as E and B Spring and Trailer Co.) specialized in the wholesale of wagon wood and blacksmith supplies, farm machinery, and automobile springs. The company was founded in El Paso, Texas in 1925 by Otis C. Epperson, a blacksmith, and his son-in-law Jack Henry Burnett. Between 1925 and 1935 the business was located at 619 E. Overland Street, and from 1936 through 1954 the business was located at 108 S. Campbell Street. The business shut down in 1954. The company records consist of ledgers, statements, invoices, purchase orders, and bills of lading consistent with the day to day activities of a wholesale business.
The Escajedas, an early El Paso pioneer family, originally came to the El Paso area from Spain. In 1818 the family received a land grant from King Ferdinand VII of Spain, which was later approved by the Mexican government in 1822, and settled in San Elizario and Ysleta. The Escajeda family papers date 1818 – 2005, bulk 1880 – 1932. Types of records include correspondence, photographs, county records, deeds, legal documents, clippings, a family bible, and other printed material.
Earl F. Evans (1898 – 1922) was a military pilot during WWI and the Polish-Soviet War. The Earl F. Evans collection dates 1912 – 1922, bulk 1918 – 1922. Types of documents include scrapbooks, photographs, military orders and government visas, newspaper clippings, and certificates. This collection helps document WWI-era aviation as well as Earl Evans’ military career, travels, and activities.
The El Paso Committee to End the War in Vietnam was formed on October 23,
The Festival Theatre was a non-profit community theater in El Paso that opened in 1965. The collection dates 1926 – 1973, bulk 1965 – 1971. This collection is minimally processed. Types of records include programs, clippings, receipts, business records, and a manual. The collection also contains programs from music recitals and plays from the mid-1920s.
The Gertrude Fitzgerald photograph collection consists primarily of images taken by Gertrude Fitzgerald (1876 – 1956) of her family life and people and places related to the travel and work of her husband in Mexico. Other images show scenes from the El Paso, Texas area, including local landmarks and military life at Fort Bliss, as well as some photographs of Mesilla, New Mexico. The collection also contains ephemeral material and a large collection of postcards of El Paso, Texas. The physical makeup of the collection consists mainly of large format negatives and four glass plates along with original photographs.
Rex E. Gerald was an anthropologist, teacher, and the Director of the Centennial Museum at the University of Texas at El Paso. He was director of the museum for 22 years (1958-1980). The papers date 1920 – 1990 and consist mainly of reports pertaining to proposed construction sites around El Paso and West Texas, articles written by Gerald, his research files, photographs, slides, and some correspondence.
Established on February 9, 2005, the Get the Lead Out Coalition worked to prevent the reopening of the American Smelting and Refining Company smelter (ASARCO) and publicized its threat to the environment and public health. The Get the Lead Out Coalition records date from 1989 to 2009, bulk 2005 – 2008. Types of records include meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, flyers, programs, printed emails, petitions, publications, clippings and newspapers, printed online articles, agendas, legal documents, and other printed materials. These records document the Coalition’s purpose, activities, and membership as well as contain some pro-ASARCO materials.
Betty Mary Smith Goetting (1897 – 1980) worked as a librarian at the El Paso Public Library and later as the El Paso County Historical Society’s first curator. In addition to her career in librarianship, she helped found the Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso and promoted women’s social, economic, and reproductive rights in the El Paso community. The Betty Mary Smith Goetting papers date 1910 – 1979, bulk 1937 – 1979. Types of records include correspondence, clippings, publications and other printed material, scrapbooks, recordings, and photographs.
Hotel Dieu Hospital opened in 1892 and closed in 1987. The Hotel Dieu Hospital collection, MS 102, dates from 1888 to 1901, bulk 1894, 1953 – 2001. Types of records include a blank check, a blank stock certificate, a biography of John P. Dieter, correspondence, annual reports, posters, postcards, photographs, copies of newspaper clippings, pamphlets, hospital ledgers, and floppy disks.
The Hotel Dieu School of Nursing opened in El Paso in 1898 as a training school for nurses. The Hotel Dieu School of Nursing records date from 1944 to 1987, bulk 1980 to 1981. Types of records include photographs, by-laws and section rules, yearbooks and directories, library plans, receipts, journal and magazine subscriptions, furniture specifications and catalogs, requisitions, bibliographies, lists of holdings, book orders, reports, handbooks, guides, minutes, newsletters and bulletins, general correspondence, forms, training information, publications, and medical information and correspondence from local doctors and hospitals.
James E. Hyslop was born in England on November 7,
Arturo Islas Jr. was a Chicano professor and writer. The Arturo Islas collection spans the years 1954-2000. Types of records found within the collection are books, newspaper clippings, photocopies of clippings, literary journals, a yearbook, programs, flyers, magazines, reviews, interviews
Pete Jaureguí worked at the El Paso Herald-Post for forty years. The Pete Jaureguí collection dates about 1954 – 1960s. Types of records include photographs of El Paso Herald-Post staff
Burt Franklin Jenness was a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, physician, and adjunct professor for the College of Mines and Metallurgy (Texas Western) in El Paso, Texas. The B.F. Jenness papers date from 1921 to 1967, bulk 1955. Types of papers include blank medical forms, health notes, health bulletins, health reports, correspondence, research, class and lecture notes, publications, newspaper clippings, and photographs. These materials help document Dr. Jenness’s teaching career at the College of Mines and Metallurgy, role as the school’s Health Services Officer, and works of poetry.
The Junior League of El Paso was founded in 1933 with the aim to train members for effective participation in the community through a program of education and volunteer service. The Junior League of El Paso collection dates 1955 – 1986. Types of records include yearbooks, newsletters, directories, and program books. These records document the Junior League of El Paso’s activities and membership.
Tom Lea (1907 – 2001) was an important artist, muralist, and writer in El Paso. The Tom Lea papers, 1875 – 2007, consist of materials related to his personal and professional life as an artist, writer and war correspondent. The papers include original
Edward Guyler Magruder (1901 – 1984) was an officer at the State National Bank for many years and was married to Georgia Hazeltine Logan Magruder. The E. Guyler Magruder photograph collection dates 1905 – 1913 and is arranged into one series – Photographs. The series is in chronological order. This collection consists of three photographs: children at Vilas School, children at an unidentified (possible) school, and the Dingaling Circus at the YMCA.
Samuel Lyman Atwood Marshall (1900 – 1977) was a military historian, writer, and an officer in WWI, WWII, and the Korean War. The S. L. A. Marshall papers, composed of 122 boxes, 2 oversized folders and a box of medals, consists primarily of examples of Marshall's literary and speaking endeavors. The papers date 1900 – 1979.
The collection dates 1900 – 1920 and includes original photo postcards, negatives, copy prints, and half-tone prints pertaining to the Mexican Revolution. The majority of the images are copy prints, which are often duplicated within the collection, and some replicate images from separate sources.
John Judy Middagh, Jr. was a reporter and telegraph editor at the El Paso Herald-Post until he joined the faculty of Texas Western College in September 1948 where he taught journalism. Middagh eventually became the co-chairman of the Department of Journalism and Radio-Television. The John J. Middagh papers, 1893-1973, bulk 1950-1972, consists primarily of research files collected and organized by Middagh over the course of his career as a reporter and journalism professor. His primary research was the history of El Paso; he also had files on current events of the times, such as Communist propaganda, John F. Kennedy, and the first moon landing.
The collection contains mostly photographs of architectural projects undertaken by J. E. Morgan & Sons, contractors. The records date 1894-1956.
The National Catholic Welfare Conference case files date 1904 – 1958. The collection contains case files of clients who received assistance from the Border Office of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. Types of records found in these files include forms, correspondence, notes, border crossing cards, and other legal documents. The case files are primarily arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the client. The alphabetical sequence begins with G and goes through Z.
This collection of photographs was donated in 1976 by Leigh W. Osborn, sister of El Paso author Owen P. White. The images in this collection consist primarily of postcards about the Mexican Revolution (1910 to c.1920). The majority of the images are of Madero’s camps or military officials and soldiers.
This collection contains research files about the UTEP Ballet collected by Cristina Casas Palmer for her book, For the Love of Dance: The Early Years of the UTEP Ballet. The records date 1949 – 2016. Types of materials include clippings, photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles, magazines, and other printed materials.
The ultimate goal of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and its sister institution, the United States-Mexico Border Health Association (USMBHA), was to better health education, health, and the environment in the border region. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) U.S.-Mexico Border Field Office records date from 1942 to 2014. The records consist of publications, constitution and by-laws, minutes, slides and other media, and posters. Records are in Spanish and English.
Founded in 1921 by Eugenia Schuster (1865-1946), the Pan American Round Table of El Paso is a nonprofit women’s organization which promotes “mutual knowledge, understanding, and friendship among the peoples of the western hemisphere”. The records date 1921 – 2007, bulk 1950 – 2000. Types of records include minutes, agendas, correspondence, reports, financial records, clippings, photographs, negatives, slides, cassette tapes, scrapbooks, proclamations, postcards and other souvenirs, invitations, programs, notes, publications, pamphlets and brochures, and other printed material.
Jose Antonio (Tony) Parra (1948 - 1995) of El Paso served in the 73rd Texas Legislature from January 1993 to January 1995 as a member of the Democratic Party before switching to the Republican Party in June 1994. He also worked in broadcast journalism, education, and public relations. The Antonio (Tony) Parra papers, MS374, date 1978 – 1995. They contain policy papers, policy studies, legislation, memorandums, committee reports, and correspondence between Parra and various other lawmakers or constituents. The majority of the collection is from Parra’s time in office.
These papers help document Lucille B. Pillow’s career as a social worker, contributions during World War I and World War II, and community service activities. They also include information about her husband, D.L. Pillow, and his career. The Lucille B. Pillow papers date from 1899 to 1988, bulk 1956-1985. Types of records include biographies, birth, marriage, and death certificates, awards and honors, correspondence, clippings, photographs, financial and legal documents, flyers and pamphlets, various books, sociology lecture notes, a guestbook and audiotape for the D.L. and Lucille B. Pillow Library Endowment Fund, plaques, and scrapbooks.
From 1937 to 2010 the Planned Parenthood Center of El Paso provided low-cost reproductive health care, contraceptive advice, community educational materials, and other medical and social services to El Paso women. The Planned Parenthood of El Paso records date 1907 – 2000s, bulk 1947 – 1974. Types of records include minutes, reports, correspondence, memorandums, clippings, publications and other printed material, scrapbooks, and financial and legal records.
This collection dates 1960 –2017 and contains political ephemera from El Paso, Texas, and United States elections. Types of materials
The Popular Dry Goods Department Store was organized in 1902 by Adolph Schwartz. The Popular Dry Goods Company records, MS 317, made up of 296 boxes, 63 volumes of newspapers and 5 drawers of oversized materials, detail the officers, stores, finances, operations, and employees of El Paso’s largest locally-owned retail enterprise.
Joseph Malchus Ray (1907 – 1991) was a professor of political science and president of the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 1960 – 1968. The Joseph M. Ray Papers consists of forty-four boxes and includes primarily daily notes, scrapbooks, and publications that he collected, produced, and edited. A large portion of the collection is from his years as president of UTEP.
The Rio Grande Compact Commission was formed as a result of the interstate compact signed by the states of Colorado, New Mexico
Jean Rodehaver was a registered nurse and participated in many health and business organizations in El Paso, Texas. The Jean Rodehaver papers date from 1907 to 1980, bulk 1955. Types of records include correspondence, reports, ephemera, newspaper clippings, publications, photographs, certificates, and a scrapbook. These papers help document Rodehaver's career, family life, and the field of nursing in El Paso, Texas.
Ernesto Santoscoy (d. 2005) served our country during World War II and became a doctor to serve his community. He opened a private practice in Anthony, Texas and practiced medicine there until his retirement. The Ernesto Santoscoy papers date from 1921 to 2005, bulk 1944. They contain photocopies of photographs, telegrams, transcripts of newspaper clippings, and exhibit placards.
Mary A. Sarber was an important librarian and supporter of historic preservation efforts in El Paso. The Mary A. Sarber collection contains thousands of postcards featuring women and libraries from the early twentieth century. Sarber primarily collected postcards that featured women engaged in work, everyday tasks, and leisure activities. The collection dates circa 1907 – 1930 and includes many real photo postcards.
Urbici Soler was a well-known sculptor and professor at the College of Mines and Metallurgy. He was commissioned in 1937 by Reverend A.J. Schuler to make “Christ the King” on Mount Cristo Rey, which is now a well-known El Paso landmark. The Urbici Soler collection dates 1933 – 2000. Types of records include photographs, clippings, articles, manuscripts, and other printed materials. These materials help document Soler’s life and his career as an artist.
C.L. Sonnichsen was an English professor and historian at UTEP for many years. The C. L. Sonnichsen Papers, span dates 1861-1991, bulk 1921-1991, consist primarily of research materials, correspondence
The Sonnichsen family papers date 1920 – 1990 and contain photographs, newspapers, correspondence, and genealogy materials. The papers help document the lives of various members of the Sonnichsen family including historian and former UTEP professor C.L. Sonnichsen.
The Southwestern Cities Planning Departments collection dates 1959 – 1969, bulk 1964 – 1967. Types of records include population maps, zoning maps, municipal codes, economic analyses, general plans, implementation proposals, and other documents relating to various cities in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. This collection contains materials transferred from the El Paso Department of City Planning collection, MS204.
The Southern Pacific Railroad Company arrived in El Paso laying rails from the west in May 1881 in its attempt to complete the second transcontinental railroad route. The records date 1881 – 1974 and contain correspondence, ledgers, contracts, legal files, court cases, financial records, maintenance records, maps, plans, and incidental photographs. Topics covered in the records include railroad construction, water resources, Bonito Dam, railroad operation and maintenance, Mexican bracero workers, and railroad-related lawsuits. The collection also includes source material on the coal, copper, cattle, and timber industries in the Southwest.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was founded on July 29,
Nelson Spence was born on September 9, 1917, in Gettysburg Pennsylvania. After 32 years of service, he retired from the U. S. Customs Service in 1972. The collection contains newspaper clippings on all aspects of drug smuggling. Articles are primarily from the El Paso Times and the El Paso Herald-Post, though there are a few items from other sources.
The Stephenson-Flores family papers are composed primarily of family photographs, correspondence, documents, and news clippings relating to family members. The records date 1858 – 1993 and document the activities of various members of this pioneer family in El Paso.
Born in Lordsburg, New Mexico on April 6, 1895, Laurence Edwin Stevens (1895 – 1969) moved to El Paso with his family around 1897. A prominent El Paso businessman, Stevens was involved in the family real estate business along with his father and uncle, Horace B. Stevens, and later had farming interests in El Paso’s Upper Valley. The Laurence E. Stevens papers date
http://Engineering contractors Stone and Webster, Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts, working in conjunction with the El Paso Electric Railway Company, replaced the old International Bridge on Stanton Street between Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas with a new structure of reinforced concrete in 1924. Materials in the collection consist of typed and handwritten correspondence, field notes, technical engineering drawings, reports, memos, specifications, telegrams, accounting ledger book sheets, and cost estimates.
Born in Wisconsin, Maud Durlin Sullivan (1870 – 1943), served as librarian of the El Paso Public Library for over thirty years. She mentored and helped the careers of El Paso artists and writers, such as Tom Lea and Carl Hertzog, and provided the city of El Paso with a culturally rich, functional, and public-oriented library. The Maud Durlin Sullivan papers date 1783, 1872 – 1977, bulk 1926 – 1943. Types of records include correspondence, notes, clippings, speeches, programs, photographs, proclamations, publications, and other printed material.
Records of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Court of Appeals District consist of case files reviewed by the court as having historical value, and which likely include appeal briefs, opinions, transcripts, decisions, exhibits, motions, and correspondence, 1912-1991, 1997-1999.
The Thomas family papers consist of the Paul D. Thomas legal files and the Paul F. Thomas farming records. The legal files contain two cases related to the Hipolito Villa jewelry claims of 1915-1917, and land claims to a ranch in Chihuahua, Mexico by the Babicora Development Company of California in 1956. The farming records contain financial records and worker and production records for Paul F. Thomas’ agricultural pursuits in Fabens, Texas from 1948-1958. These records include some records of braceros (Mexican farm workers).
Robert Ewing Thomason (1879 – 1973) was a lawyer and former mayor of El Paso, Texas, for two terms (1927 and 1929, respectively). He served as a United States Congressman from the 16th District of Texas from 1930-1947, and he was also a United States District Judge of the Western District of Texas from 1947-1963. The papers date from 1863 – 1978 and consist of personal and professional correspondence, documents, records, awards, scrapbooks, photographs and newspaper clippings gathered during his long legal and political career.
Otto H. Thorman, an important and successful local architect, was born on April 12,
Architect Otto H. Thorman was born on April 12,
Wilbert Helde Timmons taught history at the University of Texas at El Paso for many years. His most popular and well-known work is El Paso: A Borderlands History. The Wilbert H. Timmons papers (1584-1992, bulk 1949 – 1990) are composed primarily of the research papers used by Dr. Timmons during his decades of study of the El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua area. These documents include photocopies and photostats of published material, maps, transparencies, transcriptions of letters, official documents, oral histories, newspaper clippings, student papers, theses, computer disks, and photographs. The collection is organized into six series.
Calvin “Cal” Lee Charles Traylor (October 5, 1924 – June 11, 2015) was a business owner, historical researcher, and an active and important member of the Doña Ana County Historical Society and the Archaeology Society of Southern New Mexico. The Calvin L. Traylor papers date 1845 – 2014, bulk 2001– 2013. Types of records include correspondence, email correspondence, newsletters, photographs, photographic copies of historic documents and printed out historic documents from the internet, and other materials. The Calvin L. Traylor papers document Calvin Traylor’s research into the history of the Mesilla Valley, Billy the Kid, Pat Garrett, and the Garrett family as well as his activities with the Doña Ana County Historical Society and the Archaeology Society of Southern New Mexico.
Trinity Methodist Church of El Paso, Texas, was founded in 1881, as the Union Sunday School by Rev. A.H. Sutherland, the presiding elder of the South and West Texas Conference, and Rev. John R. Carter. The collection dates 1915 – 1974. The bulk of the collection is research and transcriptions from a variety of newspapers, journals, and newsletters. Also included are photographs of the building, pastors, and members of committees, as well publications of the church, other El Paso Methodist churches, and other Methodist organizations.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Henry Charles Trost (1860-1933) was an architect who designed hundreds of buildings and residences in El Paso, Albuquerque, Tucson, and other southwestern cities. The Trost and Trost Architects collection dates 1911 – 2013, bulk 1926 – 1985. Types of records include correspondence, floor plans, clippings, articles, photographs, notes, historic preservation project plans, and other printed material. These records help document the history and renovation of the Hotel Cortez in El Paso. They also provide information about Henry Trost and the Trost and Trost architectural firm.
At Texas Western College, the first cohort of Peace Corps volunteers trained for surveying, geology, and civil engineering-related projects in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). Texas Western professors Dr. Clyde Kelsey, Dr. William Strain, and Dr. W.H. Timmons were involved in training Peace Corps members. The Tanganyika Project group graduated from Peace Corps training on August 20, 1961. The Peace Corps credits the Texas Western College group as the first to complete its training. After graduation at Texas Western, Tanganyika Project Peace Corps members were sent to Puerto Rico for additional training. They also completed training once they were in Tanganyika.
Born in El Paso, Dr. Bernardo Villegas (1898 – 1993) was a graduate of the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy, a mining engineer, and an optometrist. The Bernardo Villegas collection dates from 1922 – 1923. Types of records include Bernardo Villegas’s Texas State School of Mines diploma, a clipping, and legal documents.
An active member and historian of the African American community in El Paso, Leona Washington began collecting the photographs and documents that comprise the Leona Washington Photograph Collection over fifty years ago. This collection dates 1870 – 1989 and contains more than 800 photographic images documenting the lives of African Americans in El Paso over more than 100 years.
Archie Waters (1918 – 2001) was a journalist, author, and chess expert who moved to El Paso in 1980. The Archie Waters papers date 1939 – 2001, bulk 1970 – 2000. Types of records include correspondence, clippings, publications and other printed material, notes, story proofs, and photographs. These papers document Waters’ personal life,
Elinor M. Watson was a registered nurse in the U.S. Army. She worked at Ft. Bliss as a medical officer until her retirement in 1971. The Elinor M. Watson papers date from 1950 to 1971, bulk 1950. They consist of photographs, graduation programs from basic and advanced courses for medical service, a military service medal, an address label, and a retirement announcement.
Hugh Spotswood White (1875 – 1943) was an El Paso doctor and local medical pioneer. The High Spotswood White collection dates 1970 – 1971, bulk 1971. The collection is arranged in two series – Manuscripts and Correspondence. There are two manuscripts, one is written by Anne Perrin Kemp White, and the other is written by Betty Schuster, using interviews by Anne White. These manuscripts contain biographical information about Dr. White and information about medical care in El Paso during the early twentieth century. The correspondence series contains several letters to and from El Paso historian and archivist Leon Metz.
Owen Payne White, lawyer, rancher, newspaperman, and writer of Southwestern historical works was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1879, and died in New York City, in 1946. White’s papers consist of correspondence, the unpublished manuscript of his last novel Western Trails, reviews of several of White's published novels, including Out of the Desert, Just Me, and Them was the Days, newspaper clippings, photographs, magazine articles, various brochures and pamphlets, and periodicals. The papers date 1923 – 1951.
Eileen Wilson worked as a registered nurse at the City-County Hospital, which was run by volunteer doctors. The Eileen Wilson nursing collection dates from 1927 to 1972, bulk 1932. The collection contains a small history on the beginning of the El Paso Masonic Hospital, publications relating to the El Paso Masonic Hospital, the American National Red Cross, a directory listing registered nurses in Texas, correspondence, photographs, realia, and scrapbooks.
Founded in 1894, the Woman’s Club is a “non-profit organization committed to providing an educational and cultural center for its members, preserving the integrity of its historic clubhouse, improving conditions and opportunities for women, and enhancing the quality of life in our community.” The Woman’s Club of El Paso records date from 1857, 1895 to 2016, bulk 1910s – 2000s. Types of records include minutes, correspondence, photographs, newsletters, yearbooks, scrapbooks, programs, buildings plans, financial ledgers, posters, oral histories, CDs, cassette tapes, computer discs, reports, receipts, contracts, clippings, and other printed materials. These records document the Club’s history, membership, and activities as well as provide information about the organization’s historic clubhouse.
The Woman’s Department of the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization founded by May McGhee in 1924. The Woman’s Department promotes El Paso and is a civic and service organization. The Woman’s Department El Paso Chamber of Commerce records date 1923-2012, bulk 1936-2000. Types of records include a thesis on the history of the organization, by-laws, officer and member lists, correspondence, ephemera, speeches, minutes, annual reports, newspaper clippings, yearbooks and other publications, photographs, slides, a map, and scrapbooks.
Fanny Hutman Zlabovsky worked for the El Paso section of the National Council of Jewish Women from 1920 until the early 1940s