Born in Lordsburg, New Mexico on April 6, 1895, Laurence Edwin Stevens (1895 – 1969) moved to El Paso with his family around 1897. A prominent El Paso businessman, Stevens was involved in the family real estate business along with his father and uncle, Horace B. Stevens, and later had farming interests in El Paso’s Upper Valley. The Laurence E. Stevens papers date 1880s – 1990s, bulk 1910 – 1962. Types of records include correspondence, clippings, publications and other printed material, field notes, real estate records, souvenirs, memorabilia, and photographs. Arranged in five series (El Paso history and souvenirs, Real estate and legal material, Maps, Photographs, and Publications), these papers primarily document late nineteenth- century and early twentieth-century El Paso and Stevens’ real estate and business activities.