NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections Open House (Branson Library, Caroline Stras Reading Room)

Date(s) - Tuesday
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections houses more that 20,000 linear feet of primary source research materials documenting the history and cultural heritage of southern New Mexico and the U.S./Mexico borderlands. These historical collections include family papers, literary papers, research collections, as well as records of government bodies, businesses and organizations spanning the years 1850 to the present. The records of the university, beginning with the papers of founder Hiram Hadley and including those of university luminaries such as Clyde Tombaugh, Mark Medoff, E.O. Wooton, and Ralph Willis Goddard, make up a significant portion of the collection. In addition to papers and records, the archival materials also include 1.5 million photographs of the region and university, extensive audiovisual materials, maps, rare books, all of the university’s theses and dissertations, and much more. These materials are used by scholars from around the country, from a wide variety of academic disciplines, studying our border region. The open house will give NMSU students, faculty and other interested people an overview of the resources available in the department and how they can be used for research and study.

The open house will occur in the Caroline Stras Reading Room, Branson Library, 4th Floor.