Posts By: Claudia


Claudia Rivers is the head of the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. She earned both her BA and MLIS degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, and worked at the Benson Latin American Collection there before coming to El Paso in 1992. Her interests include the history of the Southwest and Mexico, ancient Meso-America, and detective fiction.

Eleanor Lyon Duke, PhD 1918-2013

By on November 8, 2013

When Eleanor Duke died on November 1, 2013, the University of Texas at El Paso lost a piece of its history.  Dr. Duke, Professor Emerita in Biology, taught at UTEP for over 35 years.  Some of her students went on

Nancy Hamilton Recognized by Historical Society

By on November 1, 2013

On Sunday, November 3, the El Paso County Historical Society will induct Nancy M. Hamilton into their Hall of Honor at a banquet at the El Paso Country Club.  This is only one of many honors bestowed on Hamilton, a

The Prospector – Digitized and Searchable

By on March 11, 2013

In the past, we have been able to search back files of The Prospector only on, but, as a special UTEP Centennial Project, the Library has contracted with Heritage Archives to do a special Prospector-only site, digitizing more of

The Casasola Studio Photographs: A collection that was almost lost

By on February 1, 2013

How do private collections come to be deposited at the UTEP Library’s Special Collections? Sometimes the route they take is mysterious and unexpected. An example is the large collection of negatives and prints known as the Casasola Studio Photographs. Alfonso

Charles Ewing Waterhouse, Jr.—A Twentieth-Century Man

By on October 25, 2012

Charles Ewing Waterhouse was born in El Paso in 1905; after a long life working as a musician, artist, photographer, and architect, he died in the same city in 2000.  Shortly after his death, his family approached the University of

Sources for UTEP History in a Library Online Guide

By on September 26, 2012

A new resource—accessible from the Library webpage—gives students a place to start researching UTEP history.  This resource is a “Libguide” that can be found in the alphabetical listings of databases under “L” at or directly at Starting with

Mexican Microfilming Projects at the UTEP Library

By on July 20, 2012

A major legacy of history professor W. H. Timmons was the Mexican microfilming program at the UTEP Library. Because of his interest in Mexican history, he was instrumental in the microfilming of several important archives from northern Mexico. As part

Howard McCord and the UTEP Library’s poetry collection

By on April 18, 2012

Poet and essayist Howard McCord was born in El Paso in 1932.  After serving in the Navy during the Korean War, he returned to El Paso and graduated from Texas Western College (now UTEP) in 1957.  He continued his academic

Printer at the Pass

By on March 23, 2012

Carl Hertzog, a printer, book designer, and typographer, founded Texas Western Press in 1952.  Even when Texas Western became the University of Texas at El Paso, the press retained its name because of the distinguished reputation that it had built.

C. L. Sonnichsen, Grassroots Historian

By on February 24, 2012

The UTEP Library’s Special Collections is named for C. L. Sonnichsen, a long-time English professor known by many of his friends and former students as “Doc.”  He came to El Paso in 1931 after doctoral studies at Harvard to teach