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.