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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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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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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New Special Collections Titles for January-March 2021

Special Collections added the following 9 titles to ASC’s holdings during the first quarter of 2021.  Due to COVID-19 and staff working off-site, this list is a sample of donated publications only and while not exhaustive, is meant to highlight recent acquisitions.  For a full list of Special Collections titles, please search PRIMO, the library’s…
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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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New Mexico Archives & Archivists Group Organizes

In early 2020, fifteen New Mexico-based archivists planned to meet in Santa Fe to discuss organizing a “community of practice” within the state.[1]  Prompted by informal discussions held at the 2019 Society of Southwest Archivists (SSA) Annual Meeting in Tucson and that fall’s New Mexico Library Association (NMLA) Conference in Albuquerque, attendees hoped to organize…
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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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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 “The Voices of My Desert”             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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The Open Stacks: One-Year Anniversary

Last year, due to the global pandemic, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) had to adapt to the new normal of relying on technology to continue to serve our users. Before the pandemic, we provided in-person reference assistance and class instructional sessions in the Caroline E. Stras Research Room. These served as great opportunities to…
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