Author Archives: Dennis Daily

Ram贸n Ort铆z and Mesilla’s Beginnings

You know how sometimes you鈥檙e looking for one thing, but you end up finding something聽else?聽It鈥檚 usually that way when I鈥檓 looking for batteries around my house. When I鈥檓 looking for the AAs, I find the 9 volts. When I need a 9 volt, I only find the AAAs. But on some rare occasions you find…
Continue reading “Ram贸n Ort铆z and Mesilla’s Beginnings” »

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Border Region, Rio Grande Historical Collections | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Ram贸n Ort铆z and Mesilla’s Beginnings

Picacho聽Oil and Gas: The Story behind a Picture

One of the great photograph collections in our archives is the Rives Studio photographs.聽The studio was started by Harold L. Rives聽in 1935聽primarily as a portrait聽studio, but聽Rives did a lot of contract work as well. Harold Rives was originally from Kentucky and his wife, Helen, was from Pennsylvania. They were married in 1920 and moved to…
Continue reading “Picacho聽Oil and Gas: The Story behind a Picture” »

Posted in Did You Know?, Photography, Rio Grande Historical Collections | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Picacho聽Oil and Gas: The Story behind a Picture

When Planets Align

Like many people around the world, last night I took my family out to view the聽great聽conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, affectionately聽being called聽the聽Christmas Star. Even though it聽wasn鈥檛聽a spectacular visual display (as one member of my family said, 鈥淎ll I see is two little dots of light鈥),聽we all felt that we were in the presence of something…
Continue reading “When Planets Align” »

Posted in Did You Know?, Special Collections | Tagged , | Comments Off on When Planets Align

Lee Myers’ Hurley Scrolls

I鈥檓聽sure you鈥檝e heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls. And you may know that scrolls of papyrus, parchment or paper were the standard method of storing texts聽for many early civilizations. The famous library at Alexandria聽is said to have held as many as 400,000 scrolls in its collection. Well, as a writing format, scrolls aren鈥檛 as popular…
Continue reading “Lee Myers’ Hurley Scrolls” »

Posted in Did You Know?, Rio Grande Historical Collections | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Lee Myers’ Hurley Scrolls

Maude McFie Bloom Manuscripts Added to ASC

One of the treasured and often-cited sources on the early history of our region is the thesis written by Maude Elizabeth McFie to obtain her bachelor of science degree, in 1903, from the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NMSU). In writing her thesis, 鈥淎 History of the Mesilla Valley,鈥 Maude McFie…
Continue reading “Maude McFie Bloom Manuscripts Added to ASC” »

Posted in Border Region, New Acquisitions, Rio Grande Historical Collections | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Maude McFie Bloom Manuscripts Added to ASC

Durango Microfilm Collections

As we conduct our virtual reference services in Archives and Special Collections聽(ASC), under the restrictions the COVID-19 virus has placed upon us, we鈥檝e been receiving聽a large number of requests for scans from our Durango Microfilming Project resources. With Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 鈥 Oct. 15) geting underway, it seems like a good time to…
Continue reading “Durango Microfilm Collections” »

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Border Region, Did You Know?, Rio Grande Historical Collections | Comments Off on Durango Microfilm Collections

Early College Scrapbook Donated to Archives

The treasures in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) nearly all have come聽to聽the NMSU Library through聽generous donations from residents of southern New Mexico. We are always seeking relevant research collections 鈥 manuscripts, family papers, records, photographs,聽films, audio聽materials and other primary source documentation聽鈥撀爐hat fill in details of our region鈥檚 history. We want to collect records that…
Continue reading “Early College Scrapbook Donated to Archives” »

Posted in New Acquisitions, Photography, Rio Grande Historical Collections, University Athletics | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Early College Scrapbook Donated to Archives

NMSU Student Radio in the 1970s

Time machines, you might say, are the stuff of science fiction. Physically traveling to the past or the future may be debated by scientists and philosophers, but any archivist will tell you that if you want to visit the past, 鈥淲ell, step right this way.鈥 We can take you as near or as far back…
Continue reading “NMSU Student Radio in the 1970s” »

Posted in Campus History, New Acquisitions | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on NMSU Student Radio in the 1970s

Carl Schuchard’s 1854 Views of the Mesilla Valley

The Mexican-American War was a mere six years in the past, and the international boundary line between the United States and Mexico was still being debated, when in early 1854 Carl Schuchard passed through the Mesilla Valley as artist with the A.B. Gray survey for the Texas Western Railroad Company. Schuchard鈥檚 drawings of scenes in…
Continue reading “Carl Schuchard’s 1854 Views of the Mesilla Valley” »

Posted in Border Region, Rio Grande Historical Collections | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Carl Schuchard’s 1854 Views of the Mesilla Valley

Some Preservation Talk

It鈥檚 no secret we鈥檝e 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…
Continue reading “Some Preservation Talk” »

Posted in Behind the Scenes, Preservation | Tagged , | Comments Off on Some Preservation Talk