Category Archives: Border Region

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‚Äôs 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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Durango Microfilm Collections

As we conduct our virtual reference services in Archives and Special Collections¬†(ASC), under the restrictions the COVID-19 virus has placed upon us, we‚Äôve been receiving¬†a large number of requests for scans from our Durango Microfilming Project resources. With Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 ‚Äď Oct. 15) geting underway, it seems like a good time to…
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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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Loretto Academy: Once-Thriving Catholic School in the Heart of Las Cruces

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has many interesting historical collections, but the Loretto Academy holding is a gem that catches people‚Äôs attention whenever we have a public display of our archival holdings. A woman attending the 2019 Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG) Border Archives Bazaar, held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage…
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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‚Äôll find a visual record of the city‚Äôs evolution from a dusty horse-and-buggy town to the second largest city in the state of New Mexico. We…
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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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Extraordinary Women: Advocacy, Activism, and Sisterhood

This year¬†marks¬†the¬†100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment¬†to¬†the U.S. Constitution,¬†giving women the right to vote. Various events were in the making to honor such a monumental time in American history,¬†but due to the current pandemic, many events have been put on hold or canceled due to limits on social gatherings. At the local…
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Carl Schuchard’s 1854 Views of the Mesilla Valley

The Mexican-American War was a mere six years in the past, and the international boundary line between the United States and Mexico was still being debated, when in early 1854 Carl Schuchard passed through the Mesilla Valley as artist with the A.B. Gray survey for the Texas Western Railroad Company. Schuchard‚Äôs drawings of scenes in…
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Pioneer Jewish Family: Louis E. and Carmen K. Freudenthal

May is Jewish American Heritage Month and the Rio Grande Historical Collections Unit (RGHC) would like to highlight the Louis E. and Carmen K. Freudenthal family papers. The Freudenthal family settled in the Mesilla Valley long before New Mexico became a state. The papers primarily document Louis and Carmen Freudenthal and the bulk of the…
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