Category Archives: Behind the Scenes

An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part III: Groundhog Day?

Working from home never appealed to me.  As an archivist, working temporarily from my apartment presents many complications.  For many professions that is doubtlessly true.  I do not wish to discount those fields but rather reflect on the only employment I have known for the past 20 years.  I pursued a career in the archival…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part II: No Longer Essential

The week of March 16th proved to be unlike any other in my working career.  Normally changes in large bureaucratic organizations occur over weeks, months, even years, yet the rapidity with which new directives rolled-out proved stunning.   By that Friday, I was packing up needed files, paperwork, and other material to begin working from home…
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Getting to know the ASC Staff during a time of Social Distancing

  We sure miss you Aggie Nation!  Please know we are still available to help you with your research needs even if Branson Library is currently not open to the public.  Get to know our staff as they each briefly tell how they came to work at ASC and why they are so passionate about…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part I: A Brave New World 

I was blissfully unaware that Cowboy Days would be the last public event I attended.  Actually, I spent little time among the ranch animals and unique activities on Saturday, March 7, so I suppose it is another grudge I harbor against COVID-19, however I had come to work at the event.  My colleague and I staffed a table inside the New Mexico…
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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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Documenting COVID-19: Archiving the Present for the Future

The changes brought to New Mexico in response to the outbreak and spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), commonly known as COVID-19 or the coronavirus, cannot be overstated.  Following the March 11, 2020 public health emergency declared by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexicans have worked to combat the pandemic in their homes, workplaces, and communities…
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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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Honoring the Students in the Archives

The week of April 6th-10th marks an occasion that the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) acknowledges each year. Student Employee Appreciation Week gives us a chance to recognize and thank our student employees for the outstanding contributions they perform in the department. Usually gift cards for coffee and small treats are shared with student employees…
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Connecting to NMSU Archival Collections

Hola! I’m Teddie, and even though I was born in Silver City and currently live in El Paso, I consider myself to be a native Las Crucen. I graduated from Las Cruces High School and have spent most of my adult life in the Mesilla Valley. The majority of my career was spent in public…
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Welcome to the Open Stacks! 

The staff of the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) are excited to launch Open Stacks as a way to share with the public the dynamic and diverse content found in our collections.  With this digital platform, we also hope to connect more meaningfully with our users, highlight the varied work we perform, and share important…
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