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UTEP Library Honored as a 50-Year Member of the Federal Depository Library Program

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Library has been recognized for being a fifty-year member of the Federal Depository Library Program.

“UTEP should be proud of its role in helping the residents of El Paso to compete globally,” said Charles Gaunce, head of government documents and maps at the University Library.

“Being a depository library for the past 50 years has been a large part of UTEP’s ability to perform this function.”

The University Library makes its collection of government documents available to anyone free of charge. This makes it possible for students of all ages to have access to high-quality documents for research without incurring significant travel expenses and time delays.

“Accurate and authoritative information is essential to the curriculum, to faculty and student research, and to users of the UTEP Library,” said Robert Stakes, library director and associate vice president for University Advancement.

“By being a participant in the Government Publishing Office’s Federal Depository Library Program for the past 50 years, The University of Texas at El Paso Library has been providing this needed information to the campus community and contributing to UTEP’s successful competition in the world economy.”

As a repository of accurate and authoritative information, the UTEP Library seeks to level the playing field for all residents of the El Paso community, and let them make appropriate decisions concerning their health, welfare, politics and economics.

UTEP Library Presents History of ASARCO Exhibit

The University of Texas at El Paso Library will host an opening reception for the exhibit “ASARCO in El Paso: A Visual History of Industry on the Border.”

The exhibit will feature large, color photos taken by photographer Martin Stupich of the closed ASARCO El Paso smelter site, a few artifacts, and original maps and drawings from the archives left behind by ASARCO when it was turned over to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Roberto Puga, the custodial trustee, transferred the materials to UTEP starting in 2011.

Additional materials displayed are pay ledgers from the late 19th century, clippings and photos relating to environmental pollution and the community response to it, and pictures and information about Smeltertown, the community that was displaced because of lead and arsenic contamination.

“ASARCO was crucial to the economic development of El Paso,” said Claudia Rivers, head of the Special Collections Department at the University Library. “It’s good to look back on the long history of the smelter. There were pros and cons to it, but it did contribute to the development of the community in a major way.”

The reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit will remain on display at the University Library through the end of May. For more information, call 915-747-5697.

What: Opening reception for exhibit “ASARCO in El Paso: A Visual History of Industry on the Border”

When: 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016

Where: University Library, third floor gallery