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Primary sources for the history of the great depression





Primary source materials for the history of the Great Depression 


Personal papers:

            Examples include Cleofas Calleros papers (MS231), Betty Mary Smith Goetting papers (MS316), Claude Hudspeth papers (MS135), Allen Falby papers (MS149), R. E. Thomason papers (MS140), etc.

Organizational records:

El Paso Graduate Nurses' Association (MS276), National Catholic Welfare Conference (Border Office) (MS173), Women's Section, El Paso Chamber of Commerce (MS356), Woman’s Auxiliary of the Texas College of Mines (MS387), etc.

Business records:

            Zork Hardware (MS122), Southern Pacific Company (Rio Grande Division) (MS077), The Popular Dry Goods (MS317), Horace B. Stevens papers (MS153), O.H. Thorman Architectural records (MS147), Chisos Mining Company records (MS044), etc.

Photographic collections:

            Gertrude Fitzgerald photographs (PH025) , Leona Washington photograph collection (PH033), Casasola Studio photos (PH041), etc. Browse photos at

Artificial Collections: UTEP collection (MS001) , El Paso Theater Programs (MS359), etc.  Some historical resources on UTEP are available at


            El Paso city directories, 1889-

            (Some city directories are now online at or at                                            

            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 1400 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.), City of El Paso reports, Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals.  (Inventory of El Paso County records is at

Newspapers and journals:

            Prospector, Revista Católica, El Paso newspapers on microfilm, samples and short runs of various local and regional newspapers and magazines.  Online copies of The Prospector are available online at 

            (See also online sources like (Access Newspaper Archive ) or the Chronicling America site at the Library of Congress at )


Contact information:  Claudia Rivers, 747-6725; email

                                 Abbie Weiser, 747-6839; email

Special Collections website:




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