Posts By: Abbie


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, and a MA in history from UTEP. She is certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists.

Remembering Charles ‘Charlie’ Brown

By on May 16, 2014

On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Charles Brown passed away in Antioch, California at the age of 83. Warmly remembered by El Pasoans and Miner fans, Brown, along with his nephew Cecil Brown, became the first African-American athletes at Texas Western

UTEP History Resources on Digital Commons

By on August 30, 2013

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

Historic College of Mines Films Now Online

By on August 22, 2013

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

Historic Course Catalogs Now Online

By on August 14, 2013

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:  

Early Promotional Literature for the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy

By on March 22, 2013

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

The Beard Growing Contest and other March Traditions

By on March 15, 2013

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

Chairs of the UTEP Library

By on March 8, 2013

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

Songs of the College of Mines

By on March 1, 2013

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

The College of Mines’ Rules for Freshmen

By on January 24, 2013

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.  

The UTEP Ballet

By on January 17, 2013

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