What are the Digital Collections?

The Border Heritage Center's (BHC) Digital Collections are an extension of BHC's physical holdings. Included are rare, unique, and significant materials relating to the history and culture of the city of El Paso and the surrounding Southwest region. We hope a greater understanding and appreciation of our community's history emerges with the ability to remotely discover and use primary resources first hand!  

BHC's Digital Collections site is a work-in-progress as we continue to digitize and catalog collections for inclusion. We encourage you to revisit the site and check out what's new!

Organized by the Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG), the Bazaar features rare documents, photographs, maps, publications, and more, that highlight the unique history and cultural heritage of our region. The theme of the bazaar, Re:Collections / Re:Colecciones, highlights the role archives play in preserving collections and memorializing the past. The Border Heritage Center will be participating as will several other libraries, museums, and archives of the El Paso and southern New Mexico region.

Come join us for a free, fun, educational event and explore our region's treasures!

Saturday, September 23, 2023, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Rd.
Las Cruces, NM 88011 

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Select one or more search terms below to locate materials relevant to your research and interests. 

Note: New search terms will be added to catagories as new materials and collections are added to the website.

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Share your thoughts with us!

The Border Heritage Center's Digital Collections site is a new endeavor we're thrilled to share with all of you, but as with most anything new, there may be a few kinks to work out. We'd love to hear your thoughts about the site. What are its positives? Do you have suggestions for improvements? What kind of materials and/or content would you like seen on the site in the future? Can you help identify or provide additional information on images on the site? If so, please contact us at LibBorder@elpasotexas.gov.

Logos are of Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)Thank you to our funders!

The Border Heritage Center has long strived to increase its digital presence and resources in order to enhance collection accessibility for you, our users. We're ecstatic to say we're well on our way to accomplishing this goal because of grant support. In December 2021, Humanities Texas awarded 263 Texas cultural and educational non-profits affected by the coronavirus pandemic Humanities Texas Relief Grants, of which, the El Paso Public Library's Border Heritage Center was one. Funding to initiate a large scale digitization project and acquire a digital collections platform has been provided by Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the ARP Act.