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The Banning of Henry Miller’s The Tropic of Cancer

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read.  Supported by the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, the event brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, teachers, and readers of all types and ages who wish to maintain the public’s right to seek out and express ideas, even those deemed…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part II

Part Two In my last post, Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I, I ended with Herman moving his family to Organ, New Mexico. Much of my information came through an email interview with Weisner‘s son, Craig Weisner, of Williamsburg, New Mexico. Craig elaborated in detail in his responses to my questions, he also threw in a few bits of information that stirred a desire to discover…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I

Part One  Within the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is the Rio Grande Historical Collections (RGHC).  Researchers know that these primary sources to Southern New Mexico history are boxed on the metal shelves on the third floor.  The late and great Herman Weisner was not only a researcher of these collections, but he was also a donor to them. His collection (Ms0249, Herman B. Weisner papers) is one of the most often used and cited collections we offer…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part IV: The New Normal

The first three posts in this thread have focused on how the pandemic has altered my work routine.  If you will indulge me, I would like to provide some random thoughts on how this has dramatically affected my time away from the office.  With coronavirus ravaging New Mexico and the state’s economy in freefall, it…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part III: Groundhog Day?

Working from home never appealed to me.  As an archivist, working temporarily from my apartment presents many complications.  For many professions that is doubtlessly true.  I do not wish to discount those fields but rather reflect on the only employment I have known for the past 20 years.  I pursued a career in the archival…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part II: No Longer Essential

The week of March 16th proved to be unlike any other in my working career.  Normally changes in large bureaucratic organizations occur over weeks, months, even years, yet the rapidity with which new directives rolled-out proved stunning.   By that Friday, I was packing up needed files, paperwork, and other material to begin working from home…
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Extraordinary Women: Advocacy, Activism, and Sisterhood

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, giving women the right to vote. Various events were in the making to honor such a monumental time in American history, but due to the current pandemic, many events have been put on hold or canceled due to limits on social gatherings. At the local…
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Getting to know the ASC Staff during a time of Social Distancing

  We sure miss you Aggie Nation!  Please know we are still available to help you with your research needs even if Branson Library is currently not open to the public.  Get to know our staff as they each briefly tell how they came to work at ASC and why they are so passionate about…
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Latimer Wilson: An Astronomical Being

To describe amateur astronomer Latimer James Wilson at a glance is uncomplicated. He was an observer, a photographer, a writer, and an illustrator. To describe him as an individual will take a deeper look into the history of his complicated life. How did this Tennessean’s life work come into the possession of the NMSU Library…
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An Archivist’s COVID-19 Journal, Part I: A Brave New World 

I was blissfully unaware that Cowboy Days would be the last public event I attended.  Actually, I spent little time among the ranch animals and unique activities on Saturday, March 7, so I suppose it is another grudge I harbor against COVID-19, however I had come to work at the event.  My colleague and I staffed a table inside the New Mexico…
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