Historic UTEP Plans and Maps Transferred to Special Collections

By on March 2, 2012

Sixty-nine historic building plans and campus maps all on linen were hidden among more modern blueprints in UTEP’s Plan Room archives. Realizing their importance to UTEP’s history, Javier Griego, an intern architect at UTEP, contacted Greg McNicol, AVPBA, who authorized the transfer of the materials to the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department.  These architectural drawings and maps will form their own series within the UTEP Collection and a finding aid (archival guide) will be available online soon from the Special Collections page of the UTEP Library web site.  Specific types of records include building plans, floor plans, plot plans, topographical maps, campus maps, and engineering drawings and sketches of building components.  Many of the plans are by noted El Paso architects Henry Trost and O.H. Thorman or are from the Office of Dean Kidd.  These records document UTEP’s early physical landscape and buildings from 1917 – 1973 and will be highly valuable to researchers studying the history and development of UTEP.

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.

  1. Eric Hernandez
    November 13, 2012

    Where can I find these maps? I’m doing my civil engineering senior design project on rainwater harvesting for the EPA and having copies of how the terrian was before and after the campus started being built would provide a lot of information to help me out.

    • Willie Quinn
      November 19, 2012

      Hi Eric — These maps are located in The Library’s (6th Floor) Special Collections under the UTEP Architectural Drawings and Maps, 1917-1973, MS 001, C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department. You can call them at 747-5697. They’re going to be closed on November 22-24, 2012.
      Good Luck,
      Willie Quinn (BSCE, 1054, TWC)