Category Archives: Rio Grande Historical Collections

Keith Wilson: A Desert Voice

I write down the words I hear, but I know it is the Dead who speak them. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Keith Wilson (1927-2009) from ‚ÄúThe Voices of My Desert‚ÄĚ ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† While Dancing Feet Shatter the Earth ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† (Utah State University Press, 1978) [In recognition of National Poetry Month, we have a guest…
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Nelson’s Funeral Home: Telling the Stories of the Departed

The month of March is a time for spring cleaning and reflecting on items that are no longer needed. As a shameless plug for our research collections, I would like to encourage readers to think about historical documents’ value before discarding them. The following post is about a collection of funeral home records that came…
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Ram√≥n Ort√≠z and Mesilla’s Beginnings

You know how sometimes you‚Äôre looking for one thing, but you end up finding something¬†else?¬†It‚Äôs usually that way when I‚Äôm looking for batteries around my house. When I‚Äôm looking for the AAs, I find the 9 volts. When I need a 9 volt, I only find the AAAs. But on some rare occasions you find…
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Albert N. Johnson, Public Servant

As the NMSU campus celebrates Black History Month, the Open Stacks¬†is¬†highlighting¬†the achievements of¬†black¬†students, faculty, and staff, as well as¬†community members who have made important¬†contributions¬†throughout New Mexico and the Borderlands. One noteworthy New Mexican is former Las Cruces Mayor Albert Norris Johnson. Johnson was 49 years old when he passed away, with little warning, from Leukemia….
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Picacho Oil and Gas: The Story behind a Picture

One of the great photograph collections in our archives is the Rives Studio photographs.¬†The studio was started by Harold L. Rives¬†in 1935¬†primarily as a portrait¬†studio, but¬†Rives did a lot of contract work as well. Harold Rives was originally from Kentucky and his wife, Helen, was from Pennsylvania. They were married in 1920 and moved to…
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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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Research Value of Postcard Collections  

The Rio Grande Historical Collections has an extensive collection of postcards available for patrons to view. Thousands of digitized postcards held at the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) can be viewed via our photographic collections database. The information I am about to share will¬†definitely capture¬†the attention of postcard collectors or individuals who may be simply…
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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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Peter Hinde and the Casa Tabor papers‚ÄĮ

In November, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) staff was saddened to learn of Father Peter Hinde’s passing. Father Peter frequently crossed the U.S. ‚Äď Mexico border along with Sister Betty Campbell and visited the Caroline E. Stras Research Room to consult their Casa Tabor papers.‚ÄĮ Father Peter was an amazing advocate for social justice….
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Panoramic Photography at Archives and Special Collections 

A Brief History NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has¬†a number of¬†panoramic images in its collections. Most date from the early to mid-1900s. These images capture military installments, mining operations, events, and landscapes across New Mexico. Panoramic¬†photography came into existence not long after the development of photography itself. Photographers wanted a better way to show…
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