Category Archives: University Archives

Guest Post from Student Researchers

(Note – We love working with NMSU students who use our archival materials for their research projects. Students from a wide variety of academic disciplines across campus use our historical collections for their work. We are always delighted, and often surprised, at the innovative ways students incorporate archival research into their education. Justin Lopez, undergraduate…
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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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C.H. Tyler Townsend – Early Swashbuckling Professor 

The University Archives here in the NMSU Library contain some real gems of the early history of the college. These include papers of early administrators (most notably founder and first president Hiram Hadley), manuscript minutes of the earliest meetings of the Board of Regents, real estate deeds and records on the initial land acquisitions for the college, and an…
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Henry Trost’s Design for a Fledgling Agricultural School

New Mexico State University began as Las Cruces College in a two-room adobe building near downtown Las Cruces in 1888. It became New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in 1890 when it received 100-acres of land from Jacob Schaublin, becoming the territory’s land-grant agricultural school. The first building constructed on the campus was…
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Kathleen Kelly, WASP

  In the collections of the Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives in Archives and Special Collections (ASC), are hundreds of letters written to and from former students turned soldiers of World War II. Dean of Engineering Daniel B. Jett, fondly referred to as “Dad” Jett, would create class newsletters and write to his former students to check…
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Clara Belle Williams: The Desire to Aspire

As the NMSU campus celebrates Black History Month, the Open Stacks hopes to highlight the achievements of Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as those throughout New Mexico and the Borderlands. Clara Belle Drisdale Williams made history in 1937 when she became the first African American to graduate from the New Mexico College of…
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Hiram L. Davis – NMSU’s First African American Dean

As the NMSU campus celebrates Black History Month, the Open Stacks hopes to highlight the achievements of Black students, faculty, and staff, as well as those throughout New Mexico and the Borderlands. Dr. Hiram Logan Davis’ tenure as the dean of the NMSU Library lasted less than three years, from January 1987 through September 1989,…
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About Archives and Special Collections

  This six-minute video provides a brief introduction to some of the collections and resources in the NMSU Library’s Archives and Special Collections department, including our website, the Open Stacks blog, and the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.

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Historic Cookery

  As October is Hispanic Heritage Month and American Archives Month, the staff of Archives & Special Collections (ASC) decided to select a recipe from Historic Cookery, a groundbreaking New Mexico cookbook held by ASC, and prepare some of its traditional dishes.  In 1931, Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert published the cookbook, Historic Cookery, as…
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Dr. Sarah E. Stewart, Mexican-American Cancer Researcher

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month,  Archives and Special Collections would like to highlight the life and career of NMSU alumna Dr. Sarah Elizabeth Stewart, a Mexican-American cancer researcher.   George Stewart, an American mining engineer with interests in Jalisco, Mexico met and married Maria Andrade while working in the region. On August 16, 1906, their daughter Sarah was born. With the start of the Mexican Revolution…
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