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Gives a few examples of primary sources for Borderlands history in the UTEP Library

Borderland Resources





Primary source materials for the history of the borderlands


Personal or family papers:

            Examples include Stephenson-Flores family papers, John J. Middagh papers, Mario T. Garcia papers, Hyslop-Beckmann family 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.

            Some guides or finding aids for the collections are available online at or at

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, Labor Advocate 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. Some photographs are viewable online at


            El Paso city directories, 1889-

(Early El Paso city directories are online and may be searched at the Portal to Texas History ( or

            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

            Sanborn maps are available online in the Library as Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970 (Texas) (ProQuest)

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): 

            Some microfilm guides are available at

            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 El Paso Herald-Post, The Prospector, and other newspapers are available as full text through


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

    Abbie Weiser, 747-6839, email

Main Desk: 747-5697

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