Category Archives: Border Region

Special Collections Receives 2021 SBCI Grant

The Southwest and Border Cultures Institute (SBCI) awarded the Special Collections unit a Library and Museum Acquisition Grant this past summer.  The $3,385.00 award will be spent on published material that documents the World War II and Cold War-era southern New Mexico military and federal research institutions.  The grant narrative below lays out the case…
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The Famous Feet Folio

Our collection of Amador family papers is one of the most frequently consulted resources in the NMSU Library Archives. The papers, which span the years 1860-1940, came from one of Las Cruces’ most significant families. As a boy, Martin Amador came with his widowed mother from Paso del Norte (today Ciudad Juárez) to the fledgling…
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2021 Border Archives Bazaar

Join discussions about archives, history, and cultural heritage with a focus on the New Mexico-Texas-Chihuahua borderlands region, take virtual tours of local repositories, and ask questions of archival experts. The event will be held virtually through Zoom. Date: Thursday, October 14th Time: Noon – 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) Register via Zoom: https://nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwof-CuqzIiE9AJG8wqr0fOHsyS3Wki0GFJ Follow: https://www.facebook.com/BRarchives…
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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…
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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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