Special Collections Receives 2021 SBCI Grant

The Southwest and Border Cultures Institute (SBCI) awarded the Special Collections unit a Library and Museum Acquisition Grant this past summer.  The $3,385.00 award will be spent on published material that documents the World War II and Cold War-era southern New Mexico military and federal research institutions.  The grant narrative below lays out the case…
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Stereo Photography: Early Virtual Reality

Stereo photography has been around for nearly as long as photography itself. In 1832, Charles Wheatstone discovered the process of creating a three-dimensional illusion using two-dimensional images and a special viewer. I won’t pretend to fully understand how this all works, but here is a simple explanation as told to me. Hold a finger out…
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The Famous Feet Folio

Our collection of Amador family papers is one of the most frequently consulted resources in the NMSU Library Archives. The papers, which span the years 1860-1940, came from one of Las Cruces’ most significant families. As a boy, Martin Amador came with his widowed mother from Paso del Norte (today Ciudad Juárez) to the fledgling…
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Fred Grove and the Years of Fear

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor Native Americans and recognize the various challenges faced by Native Americans today and in the past. It allows me the opportunity to highlight the collection of Native American author Fred Grove.  To draft his fact-based novel, Years of Fear (2002), Grove relied on his haunting childhood memories as an “ear”…
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New Special Collections Titles for July-September 2021

Special Collections added the following 16 titles to ASC’s holdings during the third quarter of 2021.  The list is a sample of purchased and donated publications and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.  For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search PRIMO, the library’s catalog. Borderland Apocrypha by Anthony Cody…
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Place & Re-Place: Las Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960-1975

Archivists Jennifer Olguin and Dylan McDonald will talk about their exhibit, “Place and Re-Place: Las Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960-1975” on Tuesday, November 9th at 8:00 a.m. MT on KTAL 101.5 FM as guests on Cafe Con Leche with Nan Rubin, and on Wednesday, November 17th at 5:30 p.m. MT [Zoom link forthcoming]. Produced in partnership…
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2021 Border Archives Bazaar

Join discussions about archives, history, and cultural heritage with a focus on the New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua borderlands region, take virtual tours of local repositories, and ask questions of archival experts. The event will be held virtually through Zoom. Date: Thursday, October 14th Time: Noon – 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) Register via Zoom: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwof-CuqzIiE9AJG8wqr0fOHsyS3Wki0GFJ Follow: https://www.facebook.com/BRarchives…
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off September 15 and wraps up October 15. This month-long celebration recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans throughout the country. On September 17, I tuned in to watch a special ABC premiered called “Soul of a Nation’ special, Corazon de America.” The program celebrated the Hispanic culture and the…
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The Banning of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read.  Supported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the event brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types and ages who wish to maintain the public’s right to seek out and express ideas, even those deemed…
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Maurice and Ida May “Pat” Eby: Accomplished New Mexico Photographers

In the 1980s, thousands of photographs taken by award winning photographers Maurice and Pat Eby were donated to NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections (ASC). The Eby’s photographs have been featured in several magazines, often running on the cover of New Mexico Magazine, produced as postcards, and exhibited internationally. Maurice also photographed New Mexico College…
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