Category Archives: Finding Aids and Guides

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¬†will not¬†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.¬†Over the years,¬†the ASC has¬†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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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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Eugene Manlove Rhodes

Eugene Manlove Rhodes¬†had movies made from the books,¬†countless articles,¬†and¬†published short stories yet¬†never rose to the financial prosperity or popularity that many western writers have. However, it can be said that he is to New Mexico as Louis¬†L’Amour is to the rest of the world, timeless. Readers of L’Amour’s¬†work understood¬†that his characters were fictional. The characters…
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Newly Processed: The Donald D. Stern papers

Although we all are living through challenging and trying times during the pandemic, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is still receiving collections to add to our archival holdings in order to capture history and ultimately make available to the public. Earlier this summer, Dennis Daily, the ASC department head, received the papers of the…
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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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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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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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