Category Archives: Border Region

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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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’s 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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Dr. Thomas K. Todsen: New Mexico’s Pictorial Collector

Archives and Special Collections (ASC) holds the collection of Dr. Thomas K. Todsen, a prolific collector of material relating to New Mexico and the Southwest, especially photographs and postcards. His collection contains over 2,300 images and hundreds of documents. Subjects include territorial New Mexico, the Mexican Revolution, state parks, US post offices across the state,…
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Pioneer Families of the Mesilla Valley – Armijo and Gallagher Family Papers

Chances are if you are from the Las Cruces area or have visited the City of Crosses, you most likely have driven past the Armijo residence or perhaps have visited the home when it was once was a bank. The historic Armijo residence is located on Lohman Avenue and the south end of Church Street….
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Class of 2020 vs Pandemic 2020

Many of the NMSU class of 2020 started their educational careers in the 2001, and many were sent home from their kindergarten classes as the World Trade Center lay in hazy heap of rubble and their teachers for once didn’t have the answers. The world was in a panic of what would come next. These…
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