Society of Southwest Archivists

Texas & Mexico Archival Materials Search

  • 14 Nov 2014 10:39 AM
    Message # 3151504
    Deleted user

    Dear SSA members,

    I am working on a documentary about the Drug War, and after an extensive search have still had difficulty finding archival material on the following subjects:

    - Stills or footage of Socorro, a neighborhood in El Paso, Texas (1980s)
    - Footage of the incineration/destruction of seized marijuana in Texas (2000-present)
    - Footage of a small plane taking off and landing on a remote air strip in Texas (1980s)
    - Footage of smugglers near Big Bend National Park (anytime)
    - Footage of marijuana fields in Mexico (1980s)
    - Footage of poppy fields in Sinaloa, Mexico (1935 - 1950)

    In addition to checking in with the national news and film archives, I’ve been in touch with several regional sources including the Texas Archive of Moving Image (TAMI) and the El Paso Museum of History. I have also searched the online catalogues of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, West Texas Digital Archives, and the Portal to Texas History (Uni. of North Texas).

    If anyone can recommend archives, individuals, or organizations that might have knowledge on these subjects I’d greatly appreciate it!

    Many thanks,

    Kayla Malahiazar
    Production Coordinator
    611 Broadway, Suite 714
    New York, NY 10012
    Office | +1.212.380.6890

  • 09 Jan 2015 8:56 AM
    Reply # 3186698 on 3151504

    You should also try Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO).

  • 10 Jan 2015 10:51 AM
    Reply # 3187759 on 3151504

    have you tried UT El Paso's Special Collections?

    The National Archives in Fort Worth?

    And most of what you want seems somewhat current, so it might be with TV stations who ran a story, or with the police authorities.

    Good Luck

  • 13 Jan 2015 2:06 AM
    Reply # 3196031 on 3151504
    Deleted user


    I would try looking into the C. L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Here is a link to their finding aids; however, they have so many collections that are backlogged and are not listed.

    I would also ask Claudia Rivers (Email:; Phone no.: (915) 747-6725), who is the Head of the Special Collections and Laura Hollingsed (Email:; Phone no.: (915) 747-6726), who is the Manuscripts Librarian and Archivist if they can help in any way. They are wonderful, knowledgeable, intelligent women; and are always so very helpful.

    You can also try the El Paso Times Archives at

    As well as the list of other archives and valuable resources at

    Good Luck!

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