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1301 Topics: Borderlands





Primary source materials for the history of the borderlands


Personal papers:

            Examples include Stephenson-Flores family papers, John J. Middagh papers, Mario T. Garcia papers, Joseph F. Friedkin papers, Fanny Zlabovsky National Council of Jewish Women case files, Allen Falby papers, Chris P. Fox papers, R. E. Thomason papers, Maude Isaacks papers, Kohlberg family papers, etc.

Organizational records:

National Catholic Welfare Conference (Border Office), El Paso Graduate Nurses' Association, El Paso Chamber of Commerce Women's Section, Planned Parenthood of El Paso, etc.

Business records:

            Zork Hardware, The Popular Dry Goods, Horace B. Stevens papers, O.H. Thorman Architectural records, Milpillas Hacienda Records, Chisos Mining Company records, etc.

Photographic collections:

            Gertrude Fitzgerald photographs, Mexican Revolution photograph collection, Leona Washington photograph collection, Manuel Carrillo collection, El Paso Times negatives, El Paso Herald-Post photo files, Casasola Studio photos, Aultman photographs, etc.


            El Paso city directories, 1889-

            El Paso phone books, 1921-


            Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, Southern Pacific RR maps, city plats, other blue line maps, and assorted historical maps of Texas, the Southwest, and Mexico

Oral Histories:

            Over 900 oral history interviews; some are online at

Government records:

            Texas county and local records:

            El Paso County Records (Deed books, sheriffs' minute books, probate files, etc.), Rio Grande Compact records, Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals. 

            Mexican state, municipal, or judicial records and archives:

            Durango state historical archives, New Mexico (Spanish and Mexican periods),

Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Janos, Carrizal, Parral, Archivo Justicial de Parral, Chih., Archivo Justicial de Guerrero, Chih.

            Official Gazettes:

            Periódico Oficial de Chihuahua (under several titles)

Church records (most are on microfilm):

            Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Cathedral of Durango, Dgo., Cathedral of Cd. Juarez (Mission of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe),  San Elizario birth, death, and marriage records, Ysleta baptism records


            Prospector, El Paso Times, El Paso Herald-Post, Periódico Oficial de Chihuahua, samples and short runs of various local and regional newspapers.  The database Newspaperarchive.Com has some full-text El Paso newspapers from the 20th century.


Special Collections Librarians:   Claudia Rivers, 747-6725, email

Laura Hollingsed, 747-6726, email

Main Desk: 747-5697

Web site:

Library exercise


Library Assignment 


Part 1


1.  From the Library Home Page ( do a quick search using Encore, the new library interface.  Type a keyword into the box near the top of the page. _________________


2.  Find a book about your subject and complete the following:

     Call # _______________________________________

     Floor/Location: _______________________________


Click on the title for fuller information about the book.  Fill out the following from the record: 


Author: _________________________________________


Title: ___________________________________________


Place of publication (city): ____________________________


Publisher (company): ________________________________


Year of publication: __________________________________


Now click on the link under the search box at the top of the page that says “Classic Nugget” and try the search again.  Is the information about the title you found easier to understand?

Yes *       No *   About the same *


Part II


1.     From the library home page (, click on the link under “Online Resources” for “Databases”.


Select the letter A from the alphabetical listings, and then connect to Academic Search Complete.


Type a subject of your choice in the “Find” box. For example:


     Border                                                 in default field

     AND    maquila                                   in default field


After selecting an article, complete the following information:


Author (if listed): _____________________________________


Title of Article: _______________________________________


Title of periodical/journal: ___________________________________


Volume number: ___________________________________________


Page number: _____________________________________________


Date of publication: ________________________________________


Subject Term (just one): ____________


2.     Repeat the search, checking the options “Full text” and “Scholarly”. 

Subject Guide

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