Published in 1916, The Crucible was the first college magazine of the Texas State School of Mines (later UTEP). The magazine sold for fifteen cents and primarily contained advertisements and articles related to mining and metallurgy, such as Professor F.H. Seamon’s “Detection and Determination of Tellurium.” Other features included a list of journals that mentioned mining in the southwestern United States and Mexico, excerpts from other publications, and news about the Scientific Club of the Texas Sate School of Mines, which held lectures, a banquet, and a school dance in 1916. The Crucible was originally edited by Vere Leasure, president of the Scientific Club. This copy resides in UTEP’s Special Collections Department (6th floor of the UTEP Library) and is part of its UTEP Collection, MS 001. To learn more about UTEP’s student publications and to view our holdings, please visit Special Collections.
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.