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Celebrating 50 Years of Archives at the UTEP Library

Celebration 50 Years of Archives at the UTEP Library 2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Archives Department at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Library. In September 1967 Library Director Baxter Polk created the Library Archives and appointed El Paso historian Leon C. Metz as UTEP’s first archivist. Metz argued that the university “had an obligation to the community and the surrounding area to preserve its historical heritage.” He envisioned an archive that actively collected materials about the history of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico – a repository that would become a mandatory stop for researchers studying the El Paso borderlands.

During the eight years he worked as the UTEP archivist, Metz and his staff acquired several hundred collections about El Paso and the border region. Originally housed in a room half the size of a standard office, the Archives Department moved into the entire second story of the south wing of the “new” Library Building (now the Geology Building) in September 1968. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Archives Department’s holdings grew with Leon Metz’s and UTEP history professor Dr. W.H. Timmons’ project to microfilm important collections of archives in Mexico.

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