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The UTEP Library's Special Collections Department

The Library's C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department is located on the sixth floor of UTEP's Library. The book collections include the Judaica Collection, the Chicano Collection, the S. L. A. Marshall Military History Collection, the Southwest and Border Studies Collection, as well as collections of art and rare books. In addition to printed sources, the department has manuscript and archival collections available. There is also an oral history collection documenting the region.

Book Collections:

The Judaica Collection is based on the collection of Rabbi Vincent Ravel and donations from other members of the Jewish community.

The Carl Hertzog Collection
includes Mr. Hertzog's personal books and books on printing, printing history, and examples of fine printing.

The Chicano Collection includes material on Mexican-American history and culture, developing from the former Chicano Services Section.

The S. L. A. Marshall Military History Collection
is built on the core of books from the noted military historian, S. L. A. Marshall.

The Southwest and Border Studies Collection
grew out of the nucleus of books amassed by John H. McNeeley.

The Western Fiction Collection
is built on a core of books collected by writer and English professor C. L. Sonnichsen.

The Faculty Collection
includes books and articles published by UTEP faculty and staff.

The Art Collection
includes many of the Library's expensively illustrated art books.

The Rare Books Collection
includes old, fragile, or hard-to-find books which are kept in closed stacks areas or locked cases.

There are also several smaller book collections donated to the University Library, including the Charles Motsch Dance Collection, the Sir Richard Francis Burton Collection, the Rempe Limited Edition Club Books, and the McCord Poetry Collection. Historical books on medicine, nursing, and nursing education are also housed in the C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department.

Manuscript Collections

There are approximately 420 manuscript collections and 52 photograph collections. A few of the largest collections are the Southern Pacific Railroad, (Rio Grande Division Records); El Paso County Records (early deed records and probate files). Finding aids have been developed for the C. L. Sonnichsen Papers; the J. Carl Hertzog Papers; the S.L.A. Marshall Papers; and the Popular Dry Goods Company Records.

The Manuscript and Archival Collections
include personal papers, legislative papers, photographs, organizational records, business records, and records from some regional agencies.