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History Seminar--20th Century Immigration: Primary sources

Primary sources

Primary source materials for the history of immigration in El Paso


Personal papers:

            Examples include Mario T. Garcia papers, Fanny Zlabovsky National Council of Jewish Women case files, R. E. Thomason papers, Richard Dudley papers, Kohlberg family papers, etc.

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

Organizational records:

National Catholic Welfare Conference (Border Office), El Paso Chamber of Commerce Women's Section, etc.

Business records:

            The Popular Dry Goods, Horace B. Stevens papers, 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.


            El Paso city directories, 1889-

(Early El Paso city directories are online and may be searched 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

            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):

            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.  Some microfilm guides are available at



            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

                                                Laura Hollingsed, 747-6726, email

Main Desk: 747-5697

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