Documenting the reach of World War I into New Mexico, the New Mexico State University Library – Archives and Special Collections Department will be running the exhibit “New Mexico and World War I: Documents, Photographs and Artifacts” in the Milton Gallery of Branson Library, 4th floor East, on the NMSU campus through October 1, 2015.
In 1915, due to revolutionaries along the southern border, the United States made advancements in the technology which became crucial at its entry to the war. Among the most important advances was radio communication. The New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts embarked on an ambitious program of training buzzer operators under the direction of engineering professor, Ralph W. Goddard. In 1918 the college worked out a program of military training for the government-sponsored Student Army Training Corps that was so successful that the War Department asked Goddard to demonstrate the equipment and teaching methods developed here to other schools. In addition, the War Department designated the college as a “radio listening post” for the Army’s intelligence department—a highly classified operation. Thanks to Goddard NMSU Library’s University Archives holds approximately two dozen photographs of these military programs, a selection of which are on display in the Milton Gallery.
The Rio Grande Historical Collections’ de Bremond Collection will feature campaign maps and correspondence from Charles Marie de Bremond’s tour of duty in France. De Bremond was a prosperous farmer and sheep rancher from Roswell, New Mexico who was commissioned as a first lieutenant in the New Mexico National Guard Battery A in 1910. He rose to the rank of major prior to mobilization in 1917 as part of the American Expeditionary Force. De Bremond served with distinction, was promoted to lieutenant colonel, and saw action in the Second Battle of the Marne in the summer of 1918.
Parking after 4:30 p.m. is free on campus and Branson Library is open during the summer 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and is closed on Sunday. For more information, contact the NMSU Library’s University Archives at (575) 646-3839.