Author Archives: Elizabeth Villa

Segregation in Las Cruces Public Schools

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. Many black families migrating to New Mexico around the early part of the 20th century came in hopes of escaping the Jim Crow…
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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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Dr. Sarah E. Stewart, Mexican-American Cancer Researcher

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,  Archives and Special Collections would like to highlight the life and career of NMSU alumna Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Stewart, a Mexican-American cancer researcher.   George Stewart, an American mining engineer with interests in Jalisco, Mexico met and married Maria Andrade while working in the region. On August 16, 1906, their daughter Sarah was born. With the start of the Mexican Revolution…
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The Flood of 1935

On August 29, 1935, 6.46 inches of rain fell on Las Cruces. It was the wettest day in the city’s recorded history. Rainwaters rushed down from the Organ Mountains, filling the arroyos that wove through town and raising the water level of the Rio Grande. Failed or absent drainage systems resulted in up to 4…
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Images of Las Cruces

Here in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC), you can find thousands of photographs of Las Cruces dating as far back as the 1880s. Looking through our photograph collections, you’ll find a visual record of the city’s evolution from a dusty horse-and-buggy town to the second largest city in the state of New Mexico. We…
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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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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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