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History of the Twentieth-Century West: Home

Lists some sources for Jeffrey Shepherd's class "History 3322: The American West in the 20th Century"

Library sources


Personal papers:

Examples include:  Stephenson-Flores family papers, Betty Mary Smith Goetting papers, Mario T. Garcia papers, Hyslop-Beckmann family papers, Allen Falby papers, Chris P. Fox papers, R. E. Thomason papers, Maude Isaacks papers, Kohlberg family papers   (Refer to finding aids at

Organizational records:

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

Business records:

Zork Hardware, The Labor Advocate, The Popular Dry Goods, Horace B. Stevens papers, O.H. Thorman Architectural records, Chisos Mining Company records, Southern Pacific Company, etc.

Photographic collections:

Gertrude Fitzgerald photographs, Mexican Revolution photograph collection, Leona Washington photograph collection, El Paso Times negatives, El Paso Herald-Post photo files, Casasola Studio photos, Meston Travel photographs, Aultman photographs, etc. (View some images at


El Paso city directories, 1889-

El Paso phone books, 1921-


Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps

Southern Pacific RR maps

City plats, other blue line maps

Oral Histories:

            Over 1300 oral history interviews

Government records

            Texas state records:

Rio Grande Compact records

Texas Eighth District Court of Appeals case files

            Texas county records:

El Paso County Records (Guide at

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

Brewster, Culbertson, Davis, Hudspeth County records on microfilm

                        Birth, death, and marriage records; school census   

            Federal documents:

Serial Set (Congressional documents) on-line at

State Department, Immigration records, presidential papers on microfilm; other departments’ records in hard copy.


The Prospector  and  

El Paso Herald-Post is available in Access Newspaper Archive  (

Also check the Library of Congress site Chronicling America ( for US newspapers published before 1923. 

Special Collections has samples and short runs of various local and regional newspapers.

Newspapers on microfilm are located on the first floor.

Primary sources in the book collections:

Southwest and Border Studies Collection:  contains over 9,000 books on Mexico and the American Southwest.  Included among them are published memoirs and papers, travel accounts, etc.  Use search terms such as diary,letters, journal, or personal narratives

 Website for Special Collections:  

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