Category Archives: Rio Grande Historical Collections

Maurice and Ida May “Pat” Eby: Accomplished New Mexico Photographers

In the 1980s, thousands of photographs taken by award winning photographers Maurice and Pat Eby were donated to NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections (ASC). The Eby’s photographs have been featured in several magazines, often running on the cover of New Mexico Magazine, produced as postcards, and exhibited internationally. Maurice also photographed New Mexico College…
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Dark Anniversary: 150 Years after the Riot of La Mesilla

When it comes to extreme partisan politics, our modern times are not unique. While it’s tempting to think back to some former time when political differences were resolved through civil debate, cooperation, and compromise, this just doesn’t ever appear to have been the case. One of our area’s most notorious incidents of partisan politics occurred 150 years ago this month, on August 27, 1871, when Republicans and Democrats clashed on the Mesilla…
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New Photograph Donations

We are always excited to hear from folks, both near and far, who have historical materials related to southern New Mexico and the border region and are interested in donating to our collections. Some people are surprised to learn that nearly everything in our extensive holdings of archival records (about 25,000 linear feet) came to us as…
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The Vanishing of Martin Lohman and his wife, Aminda Schaublin 

It isn’t easy to believe that a pioneer of Las Cruces who once held several political positions, including sheriff of Doña Ana County and first mayor of Las Cruces, could be so elusive to the local history books. Very little is written about Martin Lohman and even less so about wife Aminda. Martin Lohman was born October 29, 1854, in St. Louis, Missouri; his parents, John F. and Elizabeth Lohman immigrated to…
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Prolific Western Writers: S. Omar and Elsa Barker

Does the Wild West capture your attention? Well, you are in luck and your place to wander over to is the Archives and Special Collections (ASC). The ASC has the literary papers of famed Western-themed writers S. Omar and Elsa Barker. The couple were prominent writers who composed many short stories, poems, and other fictional works, which involve the cowboy western theme. The duo’s…
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Virtual meeting backgrounds

In this world of virtual meetings, we thought we’d share a selection of photographs from our collections to use as a background. Travel back in time to Las Cruces in 1905, the Elephant Butte Dam construction site in 1916, or work out of the Physics Department computer lab in 1985.  Click on an image to view the full size, and right-click to save…
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Getting to Know Jennifer Olguin, Rio Grande Historical Collections Archivist

Getting to Know ASC Staff is a series spotlighting employees of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections Department.   Background information: As the saying goes, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” This certainly applies to my career within the academic library. I was introduced to the library profession while an…
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The Yabumoto family of Chamberino

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Archives and Special Collections (ASC) would like to highlight the life experiences of the Yabumoto family of Chamberino, New Mexico. Riuhei Yabumoto came from a family of fishermen in the Wakayama prefecture of Japan. He was born in 1867 in the village of Tawara. In 1896 he…
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NMSU Archives Somewhat Hairy Re-Opening: Two Unique Collections

Archives and Special Collections is now open to all researchers by appointment – no NMSU ID needed!  Precautions such as wearing masks, hand washing, and social distancing continue to be observed.  Research hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment call (575) 646-3839 or email archives@nmsu.edu. The following video discusses unique items from two collections in the Rio Grande…
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James “Jim” Flanagan: The Man Behind the Badge and Camera

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is a treasure trove for photography enthusiasts. It has many fascinating photograph collections, but one that recently caught my attention was the James “Jim” Flanagan photograph collection. I have been working with the Flanagan collection for an upcoming virtual presentation and I never imagined there would be such a…
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