Category Archives: Border Region

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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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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2020 Border Archives Bazaar

Join in discussions with your archival questions, take virtual tours of local repositories, and hear presentations about archives, history, and culture with a focus on the New Mexico, Texas, Chihuahua borderlands region. Date: Thursday, October 29th Time: Noon – 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) Register: https://forms.gle/J3q3zBtDKPAdiJaC8 Follow: https://www.facebook.com/BRarchives Schedule Noon-12:15 – Welcome and introduction, Border…
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Maude McFie Bloom Manuscripts Added to ASC

One of the treasured and often-cited sources on the early history of our region is the thesis written by Maude Elizabeth McFie to obtain her bachelor of science degree, in 1903, from the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NMSU). In writing her thesis, “A History of the Mesilla Valley,” Maude McFie…
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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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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’ve been receiving a large number of requests for scans from our Durango Microfilming Project resources. With Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 – 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’s 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’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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