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Sources for the History of Twentieth-Century Mexico: Primary sources

Resources for the history of 20th-century Mexico

Selected examples of primary sources in the UTEP Library

Personal or family papers:

  1. Ginther family papers, MS437 (mining)
  2. Thomas family papers, MS400 (Bracero employers)
  3. John H. McNeely papers, MS167 (railroad records and serials)
  4. Carlos Reyes Avilez papers, 1914-1968, MS223.
  5. Cleofas Calleros papers, MS231 (immigration)
  6. Stephenson-Flores family papers, MS341  (family history)

Literary collections:

  1. Tom Lea papers, MS476
  2. Carlos Morton papers, MS279

Organizational records:

  1. National Catholic Welfare Conference case files, MS173 (immigration)
  2. Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) citizenship and refugee files, MS397 (immigration)

Business records:

  1. Prof. Enrique C. Ledesma Escuela Tecnica Comercial records, MS385 (Juarez school)
  2. Popular Dry Goods records, MS317  (advertising in Chihuahua)
  3. John G. Barry geological consulting records, MS242 (consulted in various Mexican states)
  4. Juan Terrazas papers, 1883-1911, MS239 (mining company store)
  5. Ian Benton papers relating to Chihuahuan haciendas, MS126

Photographic collections: View some collections online at

  1. Manuel Carrillo photographs, MS288 (Mexico, 1950s-1980s)
  2. Wulff family photographs, PH024 (Torreon, Coah.)
  3. Gertrude Fitzgerald photographs, PH025  (Madera, Chihuahua)
  4. Mexican Revolution photograph collection, PH015
  5. Otis Aultmann photographs, PH023 (early El Paso and Juarez, 1900-1925)


            Assorted historical maps of Texas, the Southwest, and Mexico

Oral Histories:

Over 1400 oral history interviews, including many interviews done with people involved in the Bracero program.  Many of the oral histories are now online in Digital Commons at

Government records:  

Mexican governmental records on microfilm:

Durango state historical archives, MF492 (online guide at

            New Mexico (Spanish and Mexican periods), MF455

            Municipal records:

            Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Janos, Carrizal, Parral, MF513. MF491, etc.

            (Juárez Municipal Archives guide online at


Other archives:

            Archivo Judicial de Parral, Chih., MF546

            Archivo Judicial de Guerrero, Chih., MF502

            Official Gazettes:

            Periodico Oficial de Chihuahua (under several titles), MF472   

Newspapers on microfilm:

            Excelsior (Mexico City)

            El Heraldo de Chihuahua

            Periódico Oficial de Chihuahua

            El Paso Herald-Post (see also

            El Paso Times

            El Continental (El Paso)

            El Fronterizo (Cd. Juárez)

            El Paso del Norte

            Samples and short runs of various local and regional newspapers

Other resources:

CoMexAz News Monitoring Service (clippings from May, 1972-Dec. 1980) Spec. Coll. Chicano  E184.M5C64 f

Vinyl record albums of Tejano, Border, and Mexican music

Contact information:

Special Collections main desk:                       (915) 747-5697

Claudia Rivers                                                (915) 747-6725           e-mail:

Abbie Weiser                                                   (915) 747-6839           e-mail:  

Web site:  

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