Abbie Weiser is the processing archivist at the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. She earned a BA in history from George Washington University, a MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin, an MA in history from UTEP, and is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists.
As part of its contribution to the commemoration of the UTEP Centennial, the UTEP Library Special Collections Department has recently created a site in our institutional repository, Digital Commons, to house newly digitized yearbooks, serials, NOVA issues, and books about
On August 9, 2013 the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) sponsored a session, El Paso Discoveries II, at the annual Plaza Classic Film Festival. During the session audience members watched clips of historic film footage of El Paso
Student workers from the Office of the Registrar are now scanning UTEP course catalogs dating back to 1914 as well as previously missing catalogs. Currently, digitized catalogs from 1920 – 2000 are available online at the UTEP Catalog Archive: http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/catalogarchive.
After the campus moved to its current location following a devastating 1916 fire to its original campus near Fort Bliss, the School of Mines sought to publicize its new facilities and attract prospective students. In addition to newspaper articles mentioning
During the 1930s – 1970s several important Miner traditions took place in March. In the early 1930s the “Engineering Holiday” was observed by the College Engineers on St. Patrick’s Day. The engineers celebrated with a picnic sponsored by the Scientific
Completed in 1984, the new UTEP Library building on Wiggins Street soon became an important source of campus pride. One of the Library’s unique features was its diverse collection of chairs, which included reproductions and designs by some of the
During the 1930s and 1940s the Texas College of Mines continued to establish school traditions and build school spirit. One important part of school spirit was the singing of school songs. These songs included Fight! Miners! Fight!, the University of
Published by the Co-Ed Association, the 1931 Texas College of Mines’ student handbook welcomed incoming freshmen by reminding them that they are “entering our University, a school of traditions” and delineating a series of rules for male and female students.
Texas Western College Civic Ballet dancers in Johann Strauss’s “Graduation Ball,” about 1963. Debuting on January 17, 1960 at Magoffin Auditorium, the Texas Western Civic Ballet was a “joint college-community venture” between Texas Western College and the city of
Founded in 1972, the Somos Mime Troupe was a student organization that performed pantomime and “impressionistic dances” during the 1970s – 1980s. Under the direction of the drama department and faculty advisor Dr. C.L. Etheridge, the group performed regularly at the