Category Archives: Did You Know?

About Archives and Special Collections

  This six-minute video provides a brief introduction to some of the collections and resources in the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections department, including our website, the Open Stacks blog, and the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.

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Lee Myers’ Hurley Scrolls

I‚Äôm¬†sure you‚Äôve heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls. And you may know that scrolls of papyrus, parchment or paper were the standard method of storing texts¬†for many early civilizations. The famous library at Alexandria¬†is said to have held as many as 400,000 scrolls in its collection. Well, as a writing format, scrolls aren‚Äôt as popular…
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Dr. Sarah E. Stewart, Mexican-American Cancer Researcher

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,¬†¬†Archives and Special Collections would like to highlight the life and¬†career¬†of¬†NMSU¬†alumna¬†Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Stewart,¬†a¬†Mexican-American¬†cancer researcher.¬†¬† George Stewart, an American mining engineer with interests in Jalisco, Mexico¬†met and married Maria Andrade while working in the region. On August 16, 1906, their daughter Sarah was born. With the¬†start of the Mexican Revolution…
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J. Paul Taylor: Educator, Civic Leader and Politician

On August 24, 2020, J. Paul Taylor celebrated his 100th birthday. Due to the current health crisis, an in-person celebration was not held as in the past. Instead, a virtual centennial celebration was held to honor Mr. Taylor, where family and friends sent digital birthday greetings and recollections. For those not familiar with J. Paul…
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The Banning of Henry Miller’s The Tropic of Cancer

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read.¬† Supported by the American Library Association‚Äôs Office for Intellectual Freedom, the event brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types and ages who wish to maintain the public‚Äôs right to seek out and express ideas, even those deemed…
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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‚Äôve been receiving¬†a large number of requests for scans from our Durango Microfilming Project resources. With Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 ‚Äď 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‚Äôs 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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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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Newly Acquired Diary from Local Hero – Joseph Quesenberry

In honor of the¬†Fourth¬†of July,¬†the Archives and Special Collections¬†(ASC)¬†is proud to announce the¬†replica¬†acquisition¬†of the¬†Joseph ‚ÄúJoe‚Ä̬†Quesenberry¬†diary.¬†The¬†diary¬†was acquired from a¬†Quesenberry¬†descendant in the fall of 2019 and is¬†a great resource for those wanting¬†to learn about how¬†a native New Mexican carried out his¬†military life¬†while deployed¬†overseas during WWI. The diary belonged to Joe¬†Quesenberry, a former student at New Mexico College…
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