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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 As a shameless plug for our research collections, I would like to encourage readers to think about historical documents’ value before discarding them.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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Ram贸n Ort铆z and Mesilla’s Beginnings

You know how sometimes you鈥檙e looking for one thing, but you end up finding something聽else?聽It鈥檚 usually that way when I鈥檓 looking for batteries around my house. When I鈥檓 looking for the AAs, I find the 9 volts. When I need a 9 volt, I only find the AAAs. But on some rare occasions you find…
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Research Value of聽Postcard Collections聽聽

The Rio Grande Historical Collections has an extensive collection of postcards available for patrons to view. Thousands of digitized postcards held at the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) can be viewed via our photographic collections database. The information I am about to share will聽definitely capture聽the attention of postcard collectors or individuals who may be simply…
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Christmas in the Archives

As 2020 comes to an end, the staff of the NMSU Archives and Special Collections (ASC) wish you a happy holiday season and a much better new year. We have appreciated the support of those who read and follow The Open Stacks blog. If you observe Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or another form of winter holiday…
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Peter Hinde and the Casa Tabor papers鈥

In November, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) staff was saddened to learn of Father Peter Hinde’s passing. Father Peter frequently crossed the U.S. 鈥 Mexico border along with Sister Betty Campbell and visited the Caroline E. Stras Research Room to consult their Casa Tabor papers.鈥 Father Peter was an amazing advocate for social justice….
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Eugene Manlove Rhodes

Eugene Manlove Rhodes聽had movies made from the books,聽countless articles,聽and聽published short stories yet聽never rose to the financial prosperity or popularity that many western writers have. However, it can be said that he is to New Mexico as Louis聽L’Amour is to the rest of the world, timeless. Readers of L’Amour’s聽work understood聽that his characters were fictional. The characters…
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Newly Processed: The Donald D. Stern papers

Although we all are living through challenging and trying times during the pandemic, the Archives and Special Collections (ASC) is still receiving collections to add to our archival holdings in order to capture history and ultimately make available to the public. Earlier this summer, Dennis Daily, the ASC department head, received the papers of the…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part II

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

The Archives and Special Collections (ASC) has many interesting historical collections, but the Loretto Academy holding is a gem that catches people鈥檚 attention whenever we have a public display of our archival holdings. A woman attending the 2019 Border Regional Archives Group (BRAG) Border Archives Bazaar, held at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage…
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Herman Weisner: The Untold History of a Historian Part I

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