Author Archives: Dennis Daily

Durango Microfilm Collections

As we conduct our virtual reference services in Archives and Special Collections (ASC), under the restrictions the COVID-19 virus has placed upon us, we’ve been receiving a large number of requests for scans from our Durango Microfilming Project resources. With Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) geting underway, it seems like a good time to…
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Early College Scrapbook Donated to Archives

The treasures in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) nearly all have come to the NMSU Library through generous donations from residents of southern New Mexico. We are always seeking relevant research collections – manuscripts, family papers, records, photographs, films, audio materials and other primary source documentation – that fill in details of our region’s history. We want to collect records that…
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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, “Well, step right this way.” We can take you as near or as far back…
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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’s drawings of scenes in…
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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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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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NMSU History in the University Archives

Hiram Hadley surely had little idea in 1889, when he took the job of leading New Mexico’s newly founded agricultural college near Las Cruces, what New Mexico State University ultimately would become, or the impact it would have on so many residents of New Mexico and beyond. For 130 years, the school has been one…
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