Category Archives: Border Region

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 As a shameless plug for our research collections, I would like to encourage readers to think about historical documents’ value before discarding them.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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Ram贸n Ort铆z and Mesilla’s Beginnings

You know how sometimes you鈥檙e looking for one thing, but you end up finding something聽else?聽It鈥檚 usually that way when I鈥檓 looking for batteries around my house. When I鈥檓 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聽is聽highlighting聽the achievements of聽black聽students, faculty, and staff, as well as聽community members who have made important聽contributions聽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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Segregation in Las Cruces Public Schools

As the NMSU campus celebrates Black History Month, the Open Stacks hopes to highlight the achievements of Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as those throughout New Mexico and the Borderlands. Many black families migrating to New Mexico around the early part of the 20th century came in hopes of escaping the Jim Crow…
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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聽will not聽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.聽Over the years,聽the ASC has聽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鈥

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. 鈥 Mexico border along with Sister Betty Campbell and visited the Caroline E. Stras Research Room to consult their Casa Tabor papers.鈥 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 鈥 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, 鈥淎 History of the Mesilla Valley,鈥 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鈥檚 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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