Category Archives: Border Region

Dark Anniversary: 150 Years after the Riot of La Mesilla

When it comes to extreme partisan politics, our modern times are not unique. While it’s tempting to think back to some former time when political differences were resolved through civil debate, cooperation, and compromise, this just doesn’t ever appear to have been the case. One of our area’s most notorious incidents of partisan politics occurred 150 years ago this month, on August 27, 1871, when Republicans and Democrats clashed on the Mesilla…
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The Vanishing of Martin Lohman and his wife, Aminda Schaublin 

It isn’t easy to believe that a pioneer of Las Cruces who once held several political positions, including sheriff of Doña Ana County and first mayor of Las Cruces, could be so elusive to the local history books. Very little is written about Martin Lohman and even less so about wife Aminda. Martin Lohman was born October 29, 1854, in St. Louis, Missouri; his parents, John F. and Elizabeth Lohman immigrated to…
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Virtual meeting backgrounds

In this world of virtual meetings, we thought we’d share a selection of photographs from our collections to use as a background. Travel back in time to Las Cruces in 1905, the Elephant Butte Dam construction site in 1916, or work out of the Physics Department computer lab in 1985.  Click on an image to view the full size, and right-click to save…
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The Yabumoto family of Chamberino

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Archives and Special Collections (ASC) would like to highlight the life experiences of the Yabumoto family of Chamberino, New Mexico. Riuhei Yabumoto came from a family of fishermen in the Wakayama prefecture of Japan. He was born in 1867 in the village of Tawara. In 1896 he…
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C.H. Tyler Townsend – Early Swashbuckling Professor 

The University Archives here in the NMSU Library contain some real gems of the early history of the college. These include papers of early administrators (most notably founder and first president Hiram Hadley), manuscript minutes of the earliest meetings of the Board of Regents, real estate deeds and records on the initial land acquisitions for the college, and an…
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NMSU Archives Somewhat Hairy Re-Opening: Two Unique Collections

Archives and Special Collections is now open to all researchers by appointment – no NMSU ID needed!  Precautions such as wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing continue to be observed.  Research hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (575) 646-3839 or email archives@nmsu.edu. The following video discusses unique items from two collections in the Rio Grande…
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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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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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Ramón Ortíz and Mesilla’s Beginnings

You know how sometimes you’re looking for one thing, but you end up finding something else? It’s usually that way when I’m looking for batteries around my house. When I’m looking for the AAs, I find the 9 volts. When I need a 9 volt, I only find the AAAs. But on some rare occasions you find…
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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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