ASARCO (American Smelting and Refining Company) had a smelter in El Paso that was founded in the 1880s by Robert Towne and that became part of ASARCO in 1889. The facility was a custom smelter that processed several different metals from ore that came from diverse sites. Although lead and zinc were extracted at the site, copper was …
Oscar C. Bernard was a musician, photographer, inventor, and businessman. He was born in 1861 and moved to El Paso in 1900. He opened a photography studio and developed a stereopticon machine that combined sound with images projected on a screen. Bernard lived to be one hundred years old. The Oscar C. Bernard photographs, PH047, …
Consists primarily of photographs and postcards from the early twentieth century. The photographic postcards document the Mexican Revolution, U. S. intervention in Veracruz in 1914, and General John J. Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico in 1916. Wayne N. Brendt was a Vietnam veteran, retired military journalist, and …
Alfonso Casasola, a member of a famous family of Mexican photographers, came to El Paso in the 1920s after several years in the Mexican consular service. He established the Casasola Studio (also known by its Spanish name, Estudio Casasola) at 511 S. El Paso Street and was active in many civic organizations. He died on February 17, …
Franklin Lee Cleavenger moved to Chihuahua, Mexico, with his family to supervise the installation of a telephone system there in the early twentieth century. Franklin Lee Cleavenger was superintendent of the Compañía Telefónica de Chihuahua, and the collection shows some of the facilities of that enterprise as well as family …
The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is a multi-cultural educational institution located on the U.S.-Mexico border. As part of the effort to document the unique cultural environment of the El Paso area, the University Library’s C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department collects the work of nineteenth- and twentieth-century El Paso photographers. The images included in the holdings consist predominantly of original photographs in the form of negatives, prints, and positive transparencies. Other digitized holdings include mechanically reproduced postcards, posters, and printed text materials. Many of the photographs are portraits from local studios, but they also document the built and natural environment of the borderlands, events and people of the Mexican Revolution, Pershing’s Punitive Expedition into Mexico, and other military topics. Another major area in the collection is the extensive number of photographs from local newspapers covering a broad range of local topics.