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Environmental writing: Home

Lists collections that may include primary sources that could be used for research on the environment

Environmental writing

C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections                                                      Claudia Rivers

University Library                                                                             747-6725

University of Texas at El Paso                                              


Primary source materials for environmental history in Mexico and the borderlands


Personal and family papers:    Examples include Hyslop-Beckmann family papers (mining and ranching); Ian Benton hacienda records (ranching); John G. Barry papers on economic geology; Max Weber papers (mining, water resources); H. B. Stevens papers (real estate, insurance, and railroads); Elsie McElroy Slater papers (wrote about birds, ferns of El Paso region) 


Business records:  Mexico Northwestern Railroad and other railroads in Mexico (part of John H. McNeely papers); Zork Hardware (sold mining supplies); Milpillas Hacienda Records (ranching); Chisos Mining Company records (mining in Terlingua, Texas)


Organizational records:   Alert Citizens for Environmental Safety (ACES) records (group fighting nuclear waste dump in Sierra Blanca); Texas Water Resources Collection


Photographic collections:  Gertrude Fitzgerald photographs (lumber and railroads); Paso Del Norte Airshed Visibility Project slides; Manuel Carrillo collection (traditional Mexican agriculture, other industries),  El Paso Times negatives, El Paso Herald-Post photo files, Aultman photographs


Maps:  Southern Pacific RR maps

            Mine diagrams, other blue line maps

            Maps showing the changes in the course of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo

            Assorted historical maps of Texas, the Southwest, and Mexico


Oral Histories:  Over 900 oral history interviews


Government records:

            Texas county and local records:

            El Paso County Records

                        Deed books, sheriffs' minute books, probate files, chattel mortgage books

            Eighth District Court of Appeals records

            Rio Grande Compact Commission (El Paso Office) records

            Mexican state records:

            Durango state historical archives

            New Mexico (Spanish and Mexican periods)

            Mexican municipal records:

            Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Janos, Carrizal,Parral

            Other Mexican archives:

            Archivo Justicial de Parral, Chih.

            Archivo Justicial de Guerrero, Chih.

            Official Gazettes:

            Periodico Oficial de Chihuahua (under several titles)



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