Center for Historic Preservation and Technology, Records, 1833-1995 and undated
This collection of 72 boxes contains materials generated by research programs conducted by the Center for Historic Preservation and Technology (formerly History of Engineering Program). Includes files on sites identified in Historic Engineering Site Inventories undertaken in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah with files arranged alphabetically by site name. Documentation of specific sites ranges from simple identification to in-depth documentation. Documentation can include photographs (contemporary and historic); historic sources (photocopies), bibliographic material, blue prints, mechanical drawings, maps, informant questionnaires, and interview transcripts. Files also include nominations to the National Register of Historic Places and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) as well as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Historic Civil Engineering Landmark recognition. Additional materials in the collection were generated by Historic Building Inventories in Greenlee County and Douglas, Arizona; various New Mexico cities and counties; and Cleburne and Pampa, Texas. Other projects represented in the collection are the Florida Historic Bridge Survey and Lubbock County Historic Farm Equipment Research. Also includes correspondence and administrative material relating to the program, a Userís Guide for the original computerized Historic Engineering Site Inventory (HESI) database, and a recently prepared CD-ROM containing the database and a visual basic program for accessing the information. Bulks with material generated by the Historic Engineering Site Inventory projects in various states.
Originally known as the History of Engineering Program, an interdisciplinary endeavor founded in 1970, the Center for History of Engineering and Technology conducts research programs which include the identification, inventory and documentation of historic engineering sites and structures, city and county -wide historic building surveys, and documentation of antique farm equipment. Geographically, the main research focus is the American Southwest with most completed projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, or Utah. Staff members consist of Texas Tech faculty and research associates from various fields. This collection can be access at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library during opening hours.