Calendars and Their Passing of Time

It’s a new year and time to add a new calendar to your wall. Unfortunately, this year, you will not be able to purchase one from the Archives and Special Collections (ASC). Due to COVID-19, we had to take a pause from some of our usual practices. Over the years, the ASC has produced some spectacular calendars. We have shared…
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Research Value of Postcard Collections  

The Rio Grande Historical Collections has an extensive collection of postcards available for patrons to view. Thousands of digitized postcards held at the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) can be viewed via our photographic collections database. The information I am about to share will definitely capture the attention of postcard collectors or individuals who may be simply…
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When Planets Align

Like many people around the world, last night I took my family out to view the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, affectionately being called the Christmas Star. Even though it wasn’t a spectacular visual display (as one member of my family said, “All I see is two little dots of light”), we all felt that we were in the presence of something…
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Christmas in the Archives

As 2020 comes to an end, the staff of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) wish you a happy holiday season and a much better new year. We have appreciated the support of those who read and follow The Open Stacks blog. If you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or another form of winter holiday…
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Peter Hinde and the Casa Tabor papers 

In November, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) staff was saddened to learn of Father Peter Hinde’s passing. Father Peter frequently crossed the U.S. – Mexico border along with Sister Betty Campbell and visited the Caroline E. Stras Research Room to consult their Casa Tabor papers.  Father Peter was an amazing advocate for social justice….
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The Wendell Chino papers – Mescalero Apache Leader, New Mexico Legend

While NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has long held significant collections of political content, particularly in the Rio Grande Historical Collections, the Library’s manuscript repository, the Political Collections unit was not created until 2008.  Nearly 2,000 linear feet of records from Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) were donated then and the university hired a…
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Panoramic Photography at Archives and Special Collections 

A Brief History NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has a number of panoramic images in its collections. Most date from the early to mid-1900s. These images capture military installments, mining operations, events, and landscapes across New Mexico. Panoramic photography came into existence not long after the development of photography itself. Photographers wanted a better way to show…
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About Archives and Special Collections

  This six-minute video provides a brief introduction to some of the collections and resources in the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections department, including our website, the Open Stacks blog, and the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.

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Lee Myers’ Hurley Scrolls

I’m sure you’ve heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls. And you may know that scrolls of papyrus, parchment or paper were the standard method of storing texts for many early civilizations. The famous library at Alexandria is said to have held as many as 400,000 scrolls in its collection. Well, as a writing format, scrolls aren’t as popular…
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Eugene Manlove Rhodes

Eugene Manlove Rhodes had movies made from the books, countless articles, and published short stories yet never rose to the financial prosperity or popularity that many western writers have. However, it can be said that he is to New Mexico as Louis L’Amour is to the rest of the world, timeless. Readers of L’Amour’s work understood that his characters were fictional. The characters…
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