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Historical records of the former ASARCO El Paso smelter site, MS585

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 …

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Historical records of the former ASARCO El Paso smelter site, MS585

Oscar C. Bernard Collection, PH047

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, …

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Oscar C. Bernard Collection, PH047

Wayne Brendt Print and Postcard Collection, MS245

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 …

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Wayne Brendt Print and Postcard Collection, MS245

Manuel Carrillo photograph collection, MS288

Manuel Carrillo, 1906-1989, was a Mexican photographer who is best known for documenting traditional Mexico.  His photographs depict people, animals, and scenes from Mexican towns and villages. The University of Texas at El Paso purchased his papers and photographs from his widow in 1990.  This selection of photographs from …

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Manuel Carrillo photograph collection, MS288

Casasola Photograph Collection, PH041

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, …

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Casasola Photograph Collection, PH041

About the collections



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.

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