Connecting to NMSU Archival Collections

A drawing hanging on wall above a desk in a room

A drawing of Caroline E. Stras on the interior wall of the Research Room

Hola! I’m Teddie, and even though I was born in Silver City and currently live in El Paso, I consider myself to be a native Las Crucen. I graduated from Las Cruces High School and have spent most of my adult life in the Mesilla Valley. The majority of my career was spent in public libraries. I have been a member of the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) team for the past six years. As the staff member who manages the schedule for the Caroline E. Stras Research Room, I have the opportunity to be the first point of contact with students, faculty and other researchers who reach out to the Archives. The ASC department can be reached a number of ways, by telephone, email or through our online request form. All requests are directed to the most qualified archivist or staff person available to respond to the request.

It’s my pleasure to provide this descriptive tour to the quality resources and services available to researchers. A word of warning, there are a lot of links in this post.  They serve as a guide to those who want to explore our resources a little more in depth. I won’t try and stop you if you want to click on them. You don’t have to click on them, but I would.

A room full of students listening to an instructor

Jennifer Olguin, RGHC Archivist, providing class instruction

During the regular semester, the reading room is available for research Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. When planning a visit to the ASC, it’s good to plan ahead. Check our calendar for holiday closures or class instruction sessions. As an added bonus for our NMSU faculty, our archivists provide class instruction to professors who wish for their classes to have a hands-on learning experience with archival material.  Like many universities and libraries across the country, the NMSU campus currently is functioning at essential personnel only. A physical visit to the library may not be possible for researchers, however, there are many online resources that can assist with the planning of research projects.

One of our most valued and well used resources is the Rocky Mountain Online Archives (RMOA). Specialized guides that we refer to as finding aids are available on this site to help scholars, researchers and educators discover primary source materials relevant to their studies. Our finding aids feature materials in our collections such as photographs, correspondences, maps, newspapers, posters, reports and other media  from the borderland region

Additionally, there are many online resources offered to students, faculty, and members of the community using the NMSU Archives and Special Collections. A quick visit to our Digital Collections page and one can find access to 14 digital collections ranging from ACES Historical Publications to  Zuhl Geological and more collections just as fascinating in-between.

As part of our service to researchers, ASC provides duplication copies, such as PDF scans and xerox copies from books, journals, photographs, oral histories, and manuscripts in the collections, for research use. These copies are provided in accordance with the United States copyright law and the NMSU Acceptable Use policy.

Permission to copy does not convey the right to reproduce or publish the material. Researchers must submit a Permission to Use (PTU) form to reproduce or publish materials from the collections.  Although ASC does not charge a use fee, there is a minimal fee related to the duplication of material.

If you didn’t click on any of the links, now is a good time to go back and do it. You don’t have to… but I would.

If you have questions, feel free to contact me at teddie@nmsu.edu or feel free to reach out to all of the ASC department members at once at archives@lib.nmsu.edu.


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