Category Archives: Finding Aids and Guides

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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Latimer Wilson: An Astronomical Being

To describe amateur astronomer Latimer James Wilson at a glance is uncomplicated. He was an observer, a photographer, a writer, and an illustrator. To describe him as an individual will take a deeper look into the history of his complicated life. How did this Tennessean‚Äôs life work come into the possession of the NMSU Library…
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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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Herbert Bartlett Holt: Prominent Southwest Lawyer

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC), recently acquired additional letters to add to the existing Herbert B. Holt papers (Ms0061). These papers provide a glimpse of life in the Mesilla Valley during late 1890s into the early 1900s. Herbert Holt was a prominent lawyer in the Mesilla Valley and practiced law in the early 1900s…
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The Library is Open! HathiTrust Digital Library Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis has placed the physical collections of many research libraries out of reach, including the NMSU Library. Fortunately, there are many resources available online now to help fill the gap. The HathiTrust Digital Library holds copies to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the HathiTrust…
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