The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Texas Tech University


Title of Collection:         Center for Historic Preservation and Technology, Records, 1833-1995 and undated


Institution:                     The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library     

                                    Texas Tech University

                                    MS 41041

                                    Lubbock, Texas 79409




Contact Person:             Reference Librarian


Date:                            May 29, 2003               


Accession number(s):    2002-0116-B


Collection number:         S1632.1


Size of Collection:          72 Boxes (73 linear feet)


Biographical Sketch:        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. 


Additional Sources:        Donald R. Abbe, Austin and the Reese River Mining District:  Nevadaís Forgotten Frontier, Reno, University of Nevada Press, 1985.


                                    T. Lindsay Baker, Steven R. Rae, Joseph E. Minor, and Seymour V. Connor, Water for the Southwest:  Historical Survey and Guide to Historic Sites, New York, American Society of Civil Engineers, 1973.


                                      William C. Griggs, 400 Years of Beef Cattle in the United States, Lubbock, Texas, 1976


                                    William C. Griggs and Joseph E. Minor, Historic Engineering Sites in Texas, Lubbock, Texas, History of Engineering Program, 1977.


                                    William C. Griggs, Murray Arrowsmith, William Cumiford, and Randall Henson, A Pictorial History of Lubbock, Texas, 1880-1950, Lubbock County Historical Commission, Lubbock, 1976.


Additional Sources:        History of Engineering Program, Arizona Historic Engineering Site Inventory, Lubbock, Texas, The Program, 1981.


                                      Willard B. Robinson and Joseph E. Minor, Architectural/Historical Survey of Chaves and Roosevelt Counties, New Mexico, a Final Report.  Lubbock, Texas, History of Engineering Program, Texas Tech University, 1980


Scope and Content:         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.


                                    For a complete inventory click here:  MSS Inventory.

                                    For a complete inventory to maps and blueprints click here:  Oversize Items.


Location:                       B51.7C-55.4C


Organization:                 Organized by the following series: 

                                    Texas, 1839-1995 and undated (Boxes 1-21)

                                    Arizona, 1866-1994 and undated (Boxes 21-36)

                                    California, 1849-1979 and undated (Boxes 36-37)

                                    Colorado, 1852-1975 and undated (Boxes 37-39)

                                    Florida, 1916-circa 1990 and undated (Boxes 39-40)

                                    Kansas, 1979-1983 (Box 41)

                                    Oklahoma, 1833-1974 (Box 41)

                                    Nevada, 1861-1979 and undated (Boxes 41-49)

                                    New Mexico, 1835-1988 and undated (Boxes 49-66)

                                    Utah, 1880-1974 and undated (Boxes 66-67)

                                    History of Engineering Program, 1971-1981 (Boxes 67-69)

                                    Douglas Arizona Historic Building Survey, Printout of Property Owners,

circa 1982 (Box 70)

Maps and Blueprints (Oversize Boxes 1-2)


Related Materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library: 

                                    Center for History of Engineering, Records, 1982-1987

                                    History of Engineering Program, Records, 1904-1978  

                                    History of Engineering and Technology, Records, 1914-1981 and undated

                                    A Pictorial History of Lubbock Collection, 1880-1977 (photographs)

                                    Texas Tech Civil Engineering - Wind Records, 1966-1979 and 1985


Acquisition:                   Gift, 2002


Access Restrictions:      Open for Research.


Processed by:                Karen Hicks, 2003


Preferred Citation:         Center for Historic Preservation and Technology, Records, 1833-1995 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection Topics:          Arizona - History

                                    California - History

                                    Colorado - History

                                    Florida - History - Bridges

                                    Oklahoma - History

                                    Nevada - History

                                    New Mexico - History

                                    Texas - History

                                    Utah - History

                                    Mining - History

                                    Irrigation - History

                                    Water Supply - History

                                    Historic Buildings - Inventories

                                    History of Engineering Program - Texas Tech University

                                    Center for Historic Preservation and Technology - Texas Tech University


The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.