Author Archives: Dylan McDonald

New Special Collections Titles for April-June 2021

Special Collections added the following 13 titles to ASC’s holdings during the second 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. Ancient Southwestern Mortuary Practices edited…
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LGBTQIA+ @ NMSU Library Special Collections

Special Collections in Branson Library houses over 55,000 rare, valuable, and irreplaceable books on the history and culture of New Mexico and the Southwestern Borderlands.  Included in the collection are titles by, for, and about the LGBTQIA+ community.  Two young queer poets with New Mexico roots have recently made big impressions with their debut publications. …
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ASC News, January-May 2021

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the links below document news coverage of the staff and collections at the Archives and Special Collections (ASC).  Recent published and broadcast stories highlight the Esther Chavez Cano papers and the scholarship into Orville Wanzer’s 1965 film The Devil’s Mistress.  ASC staff have also been busy producing several published…
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New Special Collections Titles for January-March 2021

Special Collections added the following 9 titles to ASC’s holdings during the first quarter of 2021.  Due to COVID-19 and staff working off-site, this list is a sample of donated publications only and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.  For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search PRIMO, the library’s…
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New Mexico Archives & Archivists Group Organizes

In early 2020, fifteen New Mexico-based archivists planned to meet in Santa Fe to discuss organizing a “community of practice” within the state.[1]  Prompted by informal discussions held at the 2019 Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) Annual Meeting in Tucson and that fall’s New Mexico Library Association (NMLA) Conference in Albuquerque, attendees hoped to organize…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part V: Year 1

Today marks the one-year anniversary of receiving my work-from-home mandate.  The uncertainty over the rapidly spreading coronavirus prompted NMSU leadership to order nearly all university employees to begin teleworking.  I wrote about the COVID-19 pandemic in four previous posts, but have not provided an update since last July.  As I have been working back on…
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Guest Post: Larry Creider, former special collections librarian and ASC Department Head

ASC staff occasionally publishes guest posts from former New Mexico State University Library employees.  These guest posts help capture the history of the library and department, as well as document the work of librarians and archivists in southern New Mexico.  Our first guest post comes from Larry Creider, emeritus professor, who spent 16 years at…
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New Special Collections Titles for October-December 2020

Special Collections added the following 8 titles to ASC’s holdings during the fourth quarter of 2020.  Due to COVID-19 and staff working off-site, this list is a sample of donated publications only and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.  For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search PRIMO, the library’s…
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Hiram L. Davis – NMSU’s First African American Dean

As the NMSU campus celebrates Black History Month, the Open Stacks hopes to highlight the achievements of Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as those throughout New Mexico and the Borderlands. Dr. Hiram Logan Davis’ tenure as the dean of the NMSU Library lasted less than three years, from January 1987 through September 1989,…
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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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