An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part I: A Brave New World 

I was blissfully unaware that Cowboy Days would be the last public event I attended.  Actually, I spent little time among the ranch animals and unique activities on Saturday, March 7, so I suppose it is another grudge I harbor against COVID-19, however I had come to work at the event.  My colleague and I staffed a table inside the New Mexico…
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Pioneer Jewish Family: Louis E. and Carmen K. Freudenthal

May is Jewish American Heritage Month and the Rio Grande Historical Collections Unit (RGHC) would like to highlight the Louis E. and Carmen K. Freudenthal family papers. The Freudenthal family settled in the Mesilla Valley long before New Mexico became a state. The papers primarily document Louis and Carmen Freudenthal and the bulk of the…
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Some Preservation Talk

It’s no secret we’ve all been spending a lot of time in our homes lately. The time has afforded many people a chance to do some spring cleaning and in the process explore some of the old boxes tucked away in closets, under the bed, or in the garage. In some cases, those boxes contain…
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Dr. Thomas K. Todsen: New Mexico’s Pictorial Collector

Archives and Special Collections (ASC) holds the collection of Dr. Thomas K. Todsen, a prolific collector of material relating to New Mexico and the Southwest, especially photographs and postcards. His collection contains over 2,300 images and hundreds of documents. Subjects include territorial New Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, state parks, US post offices across the state,…
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Documenting COVID-19: Archiving the Present for the Future

The changes brought to New Mexico in response to the outbreak and spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly known as COVID-19 or the coronavirus, cannot be overstated.  Following the March 11, 2020 public health emergency declared by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexicans have worked to combat the pandemic in their homes, workplaces, and communities…
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Herbert Bartlett Holt: Prominent Southwest Lawyer

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC), recently acquired additional letters to add to the existing Herbert B. Holt papers (Ms0061). These papers provide a glimpse of life in the Mesilla Valley during late 1890s into the early 1900s. Herbert Holt was a prominent lawyer in the Mesilla Valley and practiced law in the early 1900s…
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Luke Lyon’s Drawings of New Mexico Ceremonial Dance

  One of the great pleasures of working in an archive is discovering hidden treasures buried deep within the collections and bringing them to light for the education and enjoyment of our users. The resources in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) are vast and contain millions of such treasures. They are like so many trapped genies, waiting for the…
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The Rio Grande Historical Collections

Hi, I am Jennifer Olguin, the archivist for the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC). I joined the Archives and Special Collections department in 2010 as a library specialist and in 2018 I obtained my Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Texas. Being the archivist in the RGHC unit is rewarding and…
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The Library is Open! HathiTrust Digital Library Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has placed the physical collections of many research libraries out of reach, including the NMSU Library. Fortunately, there are many resources available online now to help fill the gap. The HathiTrust Digital Library holds copies to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the HathiTrust…
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The Reprographics Unit

What is reprographics and what do we do? Quite literally, it’s the reproduction of graphic material. For the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) that primarily means digitizing the photographic and other visual material in our collections. We work with the other units in the department – Rio Grande Historical Collections, Political Collections, Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives,…
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