Author Archives: Teddie Moreno

Nelson’s Funeral Home: Telling the Stories of the Departed

The month of March is a time for spring cleaning and reflecting on items that are no longer needed. As a shameless plug for our research collections, I would like to encourage readers to think about historical documents’ value before discarding them. The following post is about a collection of funeral home records that came…
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Albert N. Johnson, Public Servant

As the NMSU campus celebrates Black History Month, the Open Stacks¬†is¬†highlighting¬†the achievements of¬†black¬†students, faculty, and staff, as well as¬†community members who have made important¬†contributions¬†throughout New Mexico and the Borderlands. One noteworthy New Mexican is former Las Cruces Mayor Albert Norris Johnson. Johnson was 49 years old when he passed away, with little warning, from Leukemia….
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Calendars and Their Passing of Time

It’s a new year and time to add a new calendar to your wall. Unfortunately, this year, you¬†will not¬†be able to purchase one from the Archives and Special Collections (ASC). Due to COVID-19, we had to take a pause from some of our usual practices.¬†Over the years,¬†the ASC has¬†produced some spectacular calendars. We have shared…
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Christmas in the Archives

As 2020 comes to an end, the staff of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) wish you a happy holiday season and a much better new year. We have appreciated the support of those who read and follow The Open Stacks blog. If you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or another form of winter holiday…
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Eugene Manlove Rhodes

Eugene Manlove Rhodes¬†had movies made from the books,¬†countless articles,¬†and¬†published short stories yet¬†never rose to the financial prosperity or popularity that many western writers have. However, it can be said that he is to New Mexico as Louis¬†L’Amour is to the rest of the world, timeless. Readers of L’Amour’s¬†work understood¬†that his characters were fictional. The characters…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part II

Part Two In my last post, Herman¬†Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I,¬†I ended with Herman¬†moving his family to Organ, New Mexico. Much of my information came through an email interview with¬†Weisner‘s¬†son,¬†Craig¬†Weisner,¬†of Williamsburg, New Mexico.¬†Craig elaborated in¬†detail¬†in his responses to my¬†questions, he¬†also threw in a few bits of information that¬†stirred a desire to¬†discover…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I

Part One¬† Within the¬†Archives and Special Collections¬†(ASC)¬†is the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC). ¬†Researchers know that¬†these¬†primary¬†sources to Southern New Mexico history¬†are¬†boxed¬†on the metal shelves¬†on¬†the third floor. ¬†The late and great Herman Weisner¬†was not only a researcher¬†of¬†these¬†collections,¬†but he was also¬†a donor¬†to them.¬†His collection¬†(Ms0249, Herman B. Weisner papers)¬†is one of the¬†most¬†often used and cited collections we offer…
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Notable New Mexico Women

By¬†Teddie¬†Moreno and Jennifer¬†Olguin¬† The New Mexico history that is most familiar to people is¬†one of the shoot-outs, outlaws, and battles for land. What might have been missing from history books can be found within the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Archives and Special Collections. ¬†Without many of the strong and¬†resilient¬†women, New Mexico would not be…
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Latimer Wilson: An Astronomical Being

To describe amateur astronomer Latimer James Wilson at a glance is uncomplicated. He was an observer, a photographer, a writer, and an illustrator. To describe him as an individual will take a deeper look into the history of his complicated life. How did this Tennessean‚Äôs life work come into the possession of the NMSU Library…
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The Library is Open! HathiTrust Digital Library Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has placed the physical collections of many research libraries out of reach, including the NMSU Library. Fortunately, there are many resources available online now to help fill the gap. The HathiTrust Digital Library holds copies to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the HathiTrust…
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