The Archives of the Big Bend

About the Archives

The Archives are a department within the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library at Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Their services include reference assistance, exhibits, reproduction of photos and print materials, and presentations. The Archives' mission focuses on documenting the history of the Trans-Pecos and Big Bend areas, with special emphasis on Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Presidio counties.


The Archives of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University contribute materials by W.D. Smithers, a photographer, map maker, news correspondent, author, and naturalist who came to the Big Bend area with the U.S. Army in 1915. Smithers' illustrations richly document the border activities of the military from 1916 to 1935. Details featured include the cavalry, pack mules, horses, equipment, insignias, overland routes of the troops, and the border air patrol. They have provided items to the "Rescuing Texas History, 2006" collection.


Melleta Bell, Sr. Archivist

432-837- 8388


The Archives of the Big Bend
Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library
P.O. Box C-109
Alpine, Texas 79832


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The Archives of the Big Bend, partner contributing to The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. accessed September 27, 2023.

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