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Building a University Library

By on June 11, 2013

  In 1913, in order to supply the students of the fledgling College of Mines with material needed for the study of mining, El Paso’s Carnegie Library sufficed as the main source of reading material. The students used the public

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

1966 Promotional Video

By on March 5, 2013

“Naturally, we are happy and proud to have won the NCAA basketball championship,” declares Texas Western College president Joseph M. Ray, “but the achievements which should offer us the greatest satisfaction are those which pertain to academic excellence.” In short,

The Casasola Studio Photographs: A collection that was almost lost

By on February 1, 2013

How do private collections come to be deposited at the UTEP Library’s Special Collections? Sometimes the route they take is mysterious and unexpected. An example is the large collection of negatives and prints known as the Casasola Studio Photographs. Alfonso

Sources for UTEP History in a Library Online Guide

By on September 26, 2012

A new resource—accessible from the Library webpage—gives students a place to start researching UTEP history.  This resource is a “Libguide” that can be found in the alphabetical listings of databases under “L” at or directly at Starting with

Mexican Microfilming Projects at the UTEP Library

By on July 20, 2012

A major legacy of history professor W. H. Timmons was the Mexican microfilming program at the UTEP Library. Because of his interest in Mexican history, he was instrumental in the microfilming of several important archives from northern Mexico. As part

A Photographic Collection – The Stout-Feldman Studio Photographs

By on June 13, 2012

“Fine portraits of prominent persons have been a tradition at the Stout-Feldman photographic studio for 73 years,” claimed the El Paso Herald Post in July 1968. Founded in 1895 by California native Fred J. Feldman, the Feldman Studio thrived in

Geological Sciences Building: A Visual Link to UTEP’s History

By on June 6, 2012

The Geological Sciences Building has had more  renovations than most of UTEP’s other buildings. Its history is riddled with controversy and protest; a history with roots grounded in tradition but with a vision for the future. It seems fitting that

Expanding the School’s Programs Through Graduate-Level Studies

By on May 24, 2012

The Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy (now the University of Texas at El Paso) was established through an act of the thirty-third legislature of the State of Texas in 1913. This act determined the location of the school

Leon C. Metz – UTEP’s First Archivist

By on April 27, 2012

    “We are always on the lookout for little-known rarities,” wrote Leon C. Metz in the 1968 summer issue of U.T. El Paso’s NOVA magazine. Mr. Metz, a native of West Virginia, became the University of Texas at El