El Paso County Border
- Guide to Archives of El Paso, Ciudad Juárez and Mesilla
Border Heritage Center of the El Paso Public
501 North Oregon, El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 543-5440
Border Heritage Center has a collection intended to
preserve the history of El Paso and the surrounding area
by acquiring books, photographs,
and architectural drawings that depict the
our diverse population.
The El Paso Times newspaper
index and city directories date back to 1885. The Henry
Trost architectural drawings and Otis Aultman
photo collection are used for study, preservation, and
documenting the history of the early buildings
of El Paso and such events as the Mexican Revolution and
of El Paso. Open Monday 9:00 a.m. - 8:30
p.m. Tuesday - Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday and
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sunday 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
|Borderlands web site of El Paso Community College,
Borderlands on the Web is an annual El Paso Community College
student publication on local history of El Paso, Texas; New Mexico; and
the Mexican border. All 13 years and 260 plus articles with subject, author
and title indexes can be viewed on the web. This web site is currently
being linked to more than 70 universities, public schools, government
entities, organizations, search engines, and even commercial sites as
an online border historical resource
|City of El Paso Archives & Records Center
617 Texas Avenue, 2 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 541-4127
Originally acquired by the City of El Paso in 2002, the Archives & Records Center has evolved into the City's principal resource center for the collection, conservation and study of records relating to the history and operation of El Paso's municipal government. The Center contains a municipal archive, which holds a variety of historically significant materials relating to the history of El Paso. By appointment only. Closed city holidays.
|C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department
of The University of Texas at El Paso Library
Wiggins and Rim Road, University of Texas at El Paso campus; University of Texas at El Paso Library, El Paso, TX 79968-0582 (915) 747-5697
The C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department is
located on the sixth floor of the University of Texas at
El Paso Library. Its mission is to acquire, preserve, and
make available rare book, manuscript, photograph, and oral
history collections with a focus on El Paso and the border
Holdings include more than 500 manuscript collections
and 40 photograph collections; the oral history collection
contains almost 1,000 interviews. Several thematic book
collections are available, including the Southwest and
Border Studies Collection, the S. L. A. Marshall Military
History Collection, and the Carl Hertzog Collection on
printing and book design. Open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.
- 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m.
- 2:00 p.m. El Paso County
El Paso County Historical Society
603 Yandell Drive, El Paso, TX 79940 (915) 533-3603
The El Paso County Historical Society's Jane Burges Perrenot Historical Research Center offers researchers the following historical and archival resources of El Paso City Directories dating back to the late 1880s. They also contain searchable databases including:
The Society's quarterly journal PASSWORD, published since 1956, which includes articles about the local area concerning its 400 year history.
Photographs of the El Paso area, Mexican Revolution, etc.
Postcards from local area and international subjects
Documents, maps, publications, yearbooks, scrapbooks, etc.
Books by local authors on history of the area
Obituaries on some local people
The Society will help researchers with computer online and in house research,
answering Email requests, etc. The web site offers more information and searchable
databases. Open Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. or by appointment.
El Paso County Records Management and Archives
800 East Overland, 3 Floor, Suite 330, El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 546-8101
The mission of the El Paso County Records Management and Archives is to provide secure and permanent storage for the official records of El Paso County, Texas, and to preserve records of historical significance that document the history of El Paso County. By appointment only.
El Paso Medical Heritage Foundation Museum
1301 Montana, El Paso, TX 79902 (915) 533-0940
This museum, founded in 1966, has a collection of 19 and 20 century written records and artifacts pertaining to the medical history of El Paso. Letters, photographs, medical books, journals, instruments, and medical equipment are displayed in the three period theme rooms. There is an early 20 century Postcard Collection, a complete set of Stereoscopic Anatomical cards, and a collection of prescription labels from many former local pharmacies. Open by appointment only November through May. Call the El Paso Medical Society to schedule a tour.
El Paso Museum of History
510 N. Santa Fe, El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 351-3588
The Museum highlights the heritage of the Southwest from American Indians and Spanish explorers to stagecoach travelers and cavalry soldiers. The Museum maintains a small collection of original photographs and other materials that support its research and exhibit activities. Topics include prominent El Paso people and buildings, horse cavalry at Ft. Bliss during the 20th century, the Mexican Revolution, photograph albums and scrapbooks from the 1890's, and material on the W.R. Brown and Crockett families. Open Tuesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m. Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Researchers by appointment only.
Heritage House of the University of Texas at El Paso
Kerby & Randolph (inside UTEP campus) Mailing address: c/o Alumni Office,
University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX 79968 (915) 747-5700 or 747-5592
Heritage House makes available to researchers a variety of past University and
student publications; historic videotapes; files on past faculty and outstanding
alumni; course catalogs; commencement programs; memorabilia such as athletic
uniforms; pep squad costumes; commemorative jewelry; and a limited archive of
photographs. Open Wednesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, and other hours
Magoffin Home State Historic Site
1120 Magoffin Ave, El Paso, TX 79901 (915) 533-5147
The Magoffin Home provides preservation of important facets
the the of late 19 and early 20 century construction, life styles, and
material culture. The site also provides public access to
interpretative and educational experiences such as historical
reenactments representing the collective cultural heritage of the
borderlands as exemplified in the Magoffin family and home.
Open daily 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
FORT BLISS, TEXAS
Fort Bliss requirements to get on post include:
1) Current Driver's License
2) Current Car Insurance
3) Current Car Registration
4) Current Vehicle inspection sticker
Fort Bliss Curatorial Facility
Directorate of Environment, Building 624, Pleasonton Road, Fort Bliss, TX 79916 (915) 568-6697
Preservation and management of cultural resources is a mission of the Fort Bliss Curatorial Facility. Operated by the Directorate of Environment, the curatorial facility is the repository for documents and artifacts generated by cultural resources activities conducted by Fort Bliss and other federal organizations. The facility, currently housed in an adaptively reused 1935 historic stable building, comprises almost 5,500 square feet of climate controlled storage for artifacts and documents. Open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Access to facility is monitored and will require advance notice and Directorate of Environment approval.
| Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center
Building 1735, Marshall Road, ATSC-GC-M, Fort Bliss, TX 79916-3802 (915) 568-6794, Ext. 2804
The Fort Bliss Museum holds archival documents, photographs
and a reference library directly related to the founding and
history of the post (1840 - present), tenant units and military
history in general. Open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. -
4:00 p.m. Archives access is by prior arrangement only.
Mickelsen Libraries at Fort Bliss (includes both
the Fort Bliss Community Library & the Air
Defense Artillery School Library)
Mickelsen Libraries, Building 2E, Sheridan Rd.,
Fort Bliss, TX 79916
(915) 568-3089 - Chief Librarian
(915) 568-6154 - Community Library
(915) 568-1902 - ADA School Library
Web Address: Community Library:
ADA School Library:
The ADA School Library contains materials related to military
battles and campaigns, country studies, Southwest history, and
an extensive library of similar items found on microfiche from
DTIC/NTIS. The Community Library contains many of the
materials found in a typical city branch library. The ADA School
Library is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm.;
Community Library is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:50
p.m. Both libraries are open to the public, but only personnel
assigned to Fort Bliss may check out materials.
U.S. Army Museum of the Noncommissioned Officer
Bldg. 11331 SSG Simms Street, Fort Bliss, TX, 79918-8002
Mailing Address: ATSS-SM, USASMA Fort Bliss, TX 79918-8002 (915) 568-8646
Founded in 1975, the U.S. Army Museum of the
Noncommissioned Officer portrays the history of the NCO and
provides a place for historical research. Museum exhibits
present a chronological development of the NCO from 1775 to
the present. Exhibits emphasize the NCO's evolution and his
role as a small-unit combat leader, trainer, and bearer of the
standards by including uniforms, equipment, weapons, and
chevrons. Open Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy
11291 SGT E. Churchill Street Fort Bliss, TX 79918-8002
The U.S. Sergeants Major Academy provides historical
information, including provision of lessons in the
Noncommissioned Officer Education System. The Academy
also maintains archival material relating to the academy and the
noncommissioned officer corps. The Academy is
also a historical reference service for NCO Corps and the public.
Address mail inquiries to Commandant, ATSS-CMH Dr. Robert
H. Bouilly. Archival research by appointment only.
U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Learning Resources Center
11291 SGT E. Churchill Street Fort Bliss, TX 79918-8002
Mailing address (915) 568-8606 ATSS-SL, USASMA Fort
Bliss, TX 79918-8002
The Learning Resources Center contains a comprehensive
collection with emphasis on U.S. and world military history, and
the history of the U.S. Army noncommissioned officer corps. A
special collection includes U.S. Army unit histories, older works
of military history, and autographed books. Open 62 hours per
week, Sunday Friday (call for hours). Available to the general
public for in-house use or through interlibrary loan.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIH., MEXICO|
El Archivo Histórico de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - The Historic
Archive of the Cathedral of Señora Guadalupe
The Archivo de la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is
located in the administrative offices underneath the Cathedral on
the west side of the Plaza de Armas in downtown Ciudad Juárez.
Mailing address: From U.S.: P.O. Box 1145, El Paso, TX 79947.
From Mexico: Apdo. 53. Ciudad Juárez, 32000 Chihuahua + 656-
The main foci are the Libro Bautismos (Book of Baptisms), Libro
Confirmaciones (Book of Confirmations), Libro de Defunciones
(Book of Deaths) and a collection known as Oficios Varios (various
documents) that cover the period from about 1750 to the present.
Inquiries should be directed to either the Archbishop or Martha I.
Arroyo de Orozco. Monday Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Mesilla Valley |
Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces
260 Med Park, Las Cruces, NM 880055
The archives collection of the Diocese of Las Cruces is dedicated to
the history of the Catholic Church in southern New Mexico,
particularly focusing on the years since its inception as a separate
diocese in 1982. A limited amount of genealogical records are held
there, although most are retained by individual parishes, especially
those more recent than 1940. All other records pertain directly to
parish histories and diocesan office collections. Some are restricted.
Open Monday Friday 8:000 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Archival research by
Doña Ana County Historical Society
500 North Water Street, Las Cruces, NM 88012 (505) 541-2155
The mission of the Doña Ana County Historical Society is to
encourage and promote a greater appreciation and knowledge of
the historical and cultural heritage of southern New Mexico.
Services provided by web site only.
New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 88011-5067 (505)
The Museum Library and Archives primarily provides resources for
the development of exhibits, programs, and interpretation. Material
that may be of interest to the public includes: over 4,000 books on
local and agricultural history of New Mexico and the region; the Rare
Books collection, including state Brand Books; interviews generated
by the Museum's Oral History Program; and archival materials
related to the history of the museum or its supporting Foundation.
Archival research by appointment only.
New Mexico State University Libraries
MSC 3474 P.O. Box 30006; University Libraries; New Mexico State
University Library, Archives and Special Collections Department,
Las Cruces, NM 88003 (505) 646-3839
The New Mexico State University Library, Archives and Special
Collections Department serves several functions as a repository for
non-current university and administrative records (Hobson-
Huntsinger University Archives) and for research records of
organizations, manuscripts and personal papers (Rio Grande
Historical Collections), maps, books and other special collections
documenting the cultural heritage and history of New Mexico, the
Spanish Borderlands, and the Southwest. Open Monday - Friday 9:00
a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Closed Saturdays and Sundays.
White Sands Missile Range Museum
Building 200 Headquarters Ave, P.O. Box 400, White Sands Missile
Range, NM 88002-0400 (505) 678-8824
The archives are a project of the WSMR Museum, housed in a
building on WSMR. They are not a federal archive, but rather a
collection of publications, movies, videotapes and photos dealing
with all aspects of WSMR, plus personal papers and photos donated
to the museum. Archival research by appointment or by using the
The Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG) would like to express appreciation and gratitude to the following individuals:
Cindy Williams, graduate library student - University of North Texas;
Ernesto Hernandez, Graphic Design - El Paso Public Library and;
Ray Sanchez, Webmaster - County of El Paso.
Photographs courtesy of Special Collections at the University of Texas at El Paso and the Fort Bliss Museums and Study Center. Printing funded by the El Paso County Historical Commission.
The members of the Border Regional Archive Group (BRAG) are dedicated to promoting the use of the archival resources of our area and assuring the preservation and accessibility of those historical documents. The collaborative group consists of a membership that includes public library systems, museums, universities, government repositories, a foundation and a historical society. The area represented by the group encompasses a two-nation, three-state, metropolitan region.
The archival collections contain photographs and other materials of interest on an international scale including the Taft-Diaz Presidential visit, the Mexican Revolution, the United States Cavalry in the El Paso area, early settlers, mission architecture, early 20th-century medical technology, railroads in the U.S. and Mexico, architectural records and many other subjects.