The Borderlands Archive is an active collection of research, mappings and contributed artifacts from the U.S.- Mexico borderlands that symbolize connection across territorial divide. Collected objects and information represent physical, social, political and environmental connections that form a counter-narrative, or collective public record about a contested space between two countries. 

Charcoal Rubbings of International Boundary Marker 1, El Paso TX, 2018
Location: N31.77559, W-106.5245
Item Number: BLA 140219-01
Description/Materials: Two Framed Charcoal Rubbings on Paper
Date Collected: March 2018
Name of Contributor: Gabriella Willenz, Sophia Arbara, Sophia Sobko

A. What cross-border connection(s) does this object represent?

Two hundred and seventy-six monuments pepper the U.S.-Mexico land boundary from El Paso west to the Pacific Ocean.

The easternmost point of the land boundary is marked by International Boundary Marker 1, a 12 foot tall, four-sided marker erected in 1855 by a joint U.S.-Mexico team of land surveyors.

The artists’ act of traveling to the monument, employing a grave-rubbing transfer technique, and transporting the resulting facsimile invites
interrogation of what is both gained and lost through processes of surveying, research, reproduction, and representation.

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