Since the founding of the El Paso County Historical Society, our collections have expanded giving the Society a wide variety of subjects for study. The Archives of the El Paso County Historical is composed of documents, photographs, three-dimensional items, maps, scrapbooks, Oral histories, Books, and annuals. A sampling of these collections are detailed below.
We have more than 50 scrapbooks in our collection. They cover three mayoral scrapbooks which includes Larry Francis, Tom Westfall, and Dan Roy Ponder.Our collection also include scrapbooks relating to high schools grads, political figures, families, business, and different organizations including the Gold Star Mothers, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Daughters of the Confederacy, El Paso Genealogical Society, Pan American Pilot Club, El Paso Rose Society, El Paso area garden clubs, EPCHS, The Pioneer Association, and the El Paso Humane Society. Our collection also covers special events like the Taft-Diaz Meeting, The Mexican Revolution, and the Sun Carnival.
Some scrapbooks in our collections include those of army colonel and doctor, Herbert E. Stevenson. One of his scrapbooks is devoted to the Meeting of Presidents Taft and Diaz on October 16, 1909, and is full of postcards and photographs. Another one of H. E. Stevenson’s Scrapbook is devoted to the Mexican Revolution, Battle of Juárez (May 1911).
The Harry Mitchell Scrapbooks which covers the brewery and the mint bar that Harry Mitchell owned. Another prominent collection includes the Julius Buckler Photographic Album of 1902 which was auctioned on eBay and purchased by the El Paso County Historical Society thanks to Sam Moore, Frank Gorman, Mike Hutson, Hughes Butterworth, Jennifer Nielson, and Pat & Richard Worthington. The majority of the photographs are unidentifiable although the featured people are family members except for the Otis Aultman photo. The Buckler Square pictures are the only known pictures of that location which is the area of the present-day Cleveland Square.
Another scrapbook in our holding includes The Stevens/Darbyshire Scrapbooks which also relates to the Battle of Juarez and also has family photos covering the periods of 1908-1913. The first three pages are personally photographed pictures of the Battle of Juárez and its results. There are 41 pages of Darbyshire family pictures from Ohio, Texas, California, Oklahoma, and Kansas. They also are an excellent documentation of clothes and activities of the 1900-1910 era.
Other scrapbooks in our collection include the Otis Aultman scrapbook and Dan Reckhart’s McGinty Band. The McGinty Band’s Scrapbook documents the activity of the early social group in El Paso. The scrapbook was the main source behind Conroy Bryson award-winning book “Down with McGinty: El Paso in the Wonderful Nineties”. The Aultman scrapbook belonged to the noted southwestern photographer, Otis Aultman who lived in El Paso and had a studio here. The Scrapbook is only nineteen pages long, but it documents Aultman’s work during the Mexican Revolution. It includes a photo of him filming during the Mexican revolution.
A.M. Lockhart’s sports clippings 1905-1908.
Class Autograph Book belongs to John Alexander, a student at Crockett, Class of 1937
Collins and Scotten Family
Edna Ferris El Paso High School 1916
El Paso,1908 Illustrated
El Paso’s Chamber of Commerce 1917
Five Year Diary belonging to John Alexander 1934-1940
Senior Scrapbook from El Paso High School of Elizabeth Hooks Kelly, June 1917
The Great Southwest Along the Santa FeGolf in El Paso, 1927-1928.
Scrapbook of Dr. Hornedo circa 1930
Rona Stein El Paso High School Scrapbook 1949
Ysleta and El Paso Area Obituary List; Indians and Non-Indians