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Border Heritage

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Border HeritageEl Paso Public Library's Border Heritage Center was formed in 1995 by combining three major collections - - Southwest, Genealogy, and Raza -- into one area of the Main Library.

The purpose of the Center is to enhance the quality of life for El Pasoans and others by collecting, preserving, and making available information about the history and culture of the residents of El Paso, Cuidad Juarez, and the surrounding region.
Activities, which promote understanding and appreciation of the region's history and culture, are integral to the role of the center.

Southwest Collection

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Southwest CollectionAs early as 1902, the El Paso Public Library began collecting and preserving materials on the history and culture of the Southwest (western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and northern Chihuahua and Sonora).

The Southwest Collection, a growing research collection, is one of the most comprehensive of its kind.

It contains all important reference works and a wide selection of specialized monographs, as well as photographs, architectural drawings, manuscripts, clippings files, maps, periodicals, and other materials.

See the Guide to Archives of El Paso, Cuidad Juárez, & Mesilla Valley prepared by the Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG), for more resources available in the region.

Raza Collections

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Raza CollectionThe library's RAZA Collection had its beginnings during the Chicano movement of the 1970s. Much used both for research and for recreational reading, this collection continues to grow as the publication of new works by and about Mexican Americans continues to flourish.

The RAZA Collection covers all subject areas but is particularly strong in poetry and fiction.