A $1.6 million renovation of the second floor east of New Mexico State University’s Branson Library is underway. The renovation will result in an improved environment to showcase the Library’s Special Collections and Political Papers Archives, which includes the Pete V. Domenici Archives that Senator and Mrs. Domenici donated to the NMSU Library in 2008.
Construction on the 16,138 square foot area of Branson Library began on April 16 and will continue through August 13. The contractor is the Jaynes Corporation and the architect is Van H. Gilbert. The environment for the Library’s unique collections will be improved with new temperature and humidity controls. Patron research, shelving, processing and staff spaces will be expanded and enhanced.
Dr. Laurence Creider, Archives & Special Collections Department Head, said, “I am very happy to see the construction get started after a great deal of planning and after rearranging staff and collections last summer. We look forward to having better space for the Domenici papers, complete with climate control to aid in their preservation. When we move back to the renovated quarters in the fall, we will be able to provide better service to our patrons.”
The papers of former U.S. Senator Pete V. Domenici began arriving at NMSU in 2008, and a few materials are still arriving. The original shipment contained some thirty tons of documents and memorabilia comprising over 2,200 boxes, or more than 1,900 linear feet. The collection currently contains nearly 3,000 boxes. There are records of the Senator’s offices in Washington, D.C., and New Mexico, and his participation on numerous congressional committees and projects. There are printed works, a small library, a large amount of memorabilia and five hard drives. The material is being organized in a preliminary fashion before completion of the final organization and finding aids, anticipated in 2016.
For more information, please contact Associate Dean Norice Lee at (575) 646-1508.