Category Archives: Rio Grande Historical Collections

Seasons Greetings from the Rio Grande Historical Collections and upcoming events

As the end of the year approaches, we reflect on our momentous events and you can say we have been quite busy here in the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC). Our student employees and myself have been engaged in various tasks including updating existing archival collection finding aids, fulfilling duplication requests, creating inventories, processing new…
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Stereo Photography: Early Virtual Reality

Stereo photography has been around for nearly as long as photography itself. In 1832, Charles Wheatstone discovered the process of creating a three-dimensional illusion using two-dimensional images and a special viewer. I won’t pretend to fully understand how this all works, but here is a simple explanation as told to me. Hold a finger out…
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The Famous Feet Folio

Our collection of Amador family papers is one of the most frequently consulted resources in the NMSU Library Archives. The papers, which span the years 1860-1940, came from one of Las Cruces’ most significant families. As a boy, Martin Amador came with his widowed mother from Paso del Norte (today Ciudad Juárez) to the fledgling…
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Fred Grove and the Years of Fear

November is National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor Native Americans and recognize the various challenges faced by Native Americans today and in the past. It allows me the opportunity to highlight the collection of Native American author Fred Grove.  To draft his fact-based novel, Years of Fear (2002), Grove relied on his haunting childhood memories as an “ear”…
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Place & Re-Place: Las Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960-1975

Archivists Jennifer Olguin and Dylan McDonald will talk about their exhibit, “Place and Re-Place: Las Cruces Urban Renewal, 1960-1975” on Tuesday, November 9th at 8:00 a.m. MT on KTAL 101.5 FM as guests on Cafe Con Leche with Nan Rubin, and on Wednesday, November 17th at 5:30 p.m. MT [Zoom link forthcoming]. Produced in partnership…
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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month kicked off September 15 and wraps up October 15. This month-long celebration recognizes the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans throughout the country. On September 17, I tuned in to watch a special ABC premiered called “Soul of a Nation’ special, Corazon de America.” The program celebrated the Hispanic culture and the…
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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…
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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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