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 and the border region as they helped TAMI staff identify people and places in the films. Among the films shown were several belonging to the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library that were digitized and put online by TAMI. These clips included footage from various Sun Carnival parades and games from the 1930s to the 1950s, a documentary from 1980 on the local contemporary music scene, public service announcements from the El Paso Chicano AIDS Coalition from 1988, and of the College of Mines and Metallurgy. According to the TAMI web site, the film footage of the College of Mines (Texas College of Mines, Parts I & II) was “shot for a documentary produced by Bell Telephone circa 1945” and shows student life, science classes, and campus buildings. Part II features a visit by actress Jeanette MacDonald as well as scenes of a football game at Kidd Field, the marching band, the track team, and graduation day. To view these historic College of Mines films, please visit the TAMI web site at: http://www.texasarchive.org/library/index.php?title=2013_02990.
[Sources: Texas Archive of the Moving Image web site]
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.