Author Archives: Jennifer Olguin

Seasons Greetings from the Rio Grande Historical Collections and upcoming events

As the end of the year approaches, we reflect on our momentous events and you can say we have been quite busy here in the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC). Our student employees and myself have been engaged in various tasks including updating existing archival collection finding aids, fulfilling duplication requests, creating inventories, processing new…
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off September 15 and wraps up October 15. This month-long celebration recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans throughout the country. On September 17, I tuned in to watch a special ABC premiered called “Soul of a Nation’ special, Corazon de America.” The program celebrated the Hispanic culture and the…
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Prolific Western Writers: S. Omar and Elsa Barker

Does the Wild West capture your attention? Well, you are in luck and your place to wander over to is the Archives and Special Collections (ASC). The ASC has the literary papers of famed Western-themed writers S. Omar and Elsa Barker. The couple were prominent writers who composed many short stories, poems, and other fictional works, which involve the cowboy western theme. The duo’s…
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Getting to Know Jennifer Olguin, Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist

Getting to Know ASC Staff is a series spotlighting employees of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections Department.   Background information: As the saying goes, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” This certainly applies to my career within the academic library. I was introduced to the library profession while an…
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James “Jim” Flanagan: The Man Behind the Badge and Camera

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is a treasure trove for photography enthusiasts. It has many fascinating photograph collections, but one that recently caught my attention was the James “Jim” Flanagan photograph collection. I have been working with the Flanagan collection for an upcoming virtual presentation and I never imagined there would be such a…
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The Open Stacks: One-Year Anniversary

Last year, due to the global pandemic, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) had to adapt to the new normal of relying on technology to continue to serve our users. Before the pandemic, we provided in-person reference assistance and class instructional sessions in the Caroline E. Stras Research Room. These served as great opportunities to…
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Clara Belle Williams: The Desire to Aspire

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. Clara Belle Drisdale Williams made history in 1937 when she became the first African American to graduate from the New Mexico College of…
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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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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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Newly Processed: The Donald D. Stern papers

Although we all are living through challenging and trying times during the pandemic, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is still receiving collections to add to our archival holdings in order to capture history and ultimately make available to the public. Earlier this summer, Dennis Daily, the ASC department head, received the papers of the…
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