Category Archives: New Acquisitions

The Wendell Chino papers ‚Äď Mescalero Apache Leader, New Mexico Legend

While NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has long held significant collections of political content, particularly in the Rio Grande Historical Collections, the Library‚Äôs manuscript repository, the Political Collections unit was not created until 2008.¬† Nearly 2,000 linear feet of records from Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) were donated then and the university hired a…
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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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Maude McFie Bloom Manuscripts Added to ASC

One of the treasured and often-cited sources on the early history of our region is the thesis written by Maude Elizabeth McFie to obtain her bachelor of science degree, in 1903, from the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (now NMSU). In writing her thesis, ‚ÄúA History of the Mesilla Valley,‚ÄĚ Maude McFie…
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New Special Collections Titles for July-September 2020

Special Collections added the following 8 titles to ASC‚Äôs holdings during the third quarter of 2020.¬† Due to COVID-19 and staff working off-site, this list is a sample of donated publications only and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.¬† For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search PRIMO, the library‚Äôs…
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New Special Collections Titles for April-June 2020

Special Collections added the following 11 titles to ASC‚Äôs holdings during the second quarter of 2020.¬† Due to COVID-19 and staff working off-site, this list is a sample of donated publications only and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.¬† For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search Primo, the library‚Äôs…
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Early College Scrapbook Donated to Archives

The treasures in the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) nearly all have come¬†to¬†the NMSU Library through¬†generous donations from residents of southern New Mexico. We are always seeking relevant research collections ‚Äď manuscripts, family papers, records, photographs,¬†films, audio¬†materials and other primary source documentation¬†‚Ästthat fill in details of our region‚Äôs history. We want to collect records that…
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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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NMSU Student Radio in the 1970s

Time machines, you might say, are the stuff of science fiction. Physically traveling to the past or the future may be debated by scientists and philosophers, but any archivist will tell you that if you want to visit the past, ‚ÄúWell, step right this way.‚ÄĚ We can take you as near or as far back…
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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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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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