After digging around in dusty, forgotten corners, archivists are able to find previously unknown aspects to their holdings which can be brought to light for researchers around the world. On Saturday, May 9, three archivists from the New Mexico State University Library presented at the 2015 New Mexico History Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Their presentation, “Bombshells, Real and Political: Adventures in Archiving at New Mexico State University”, sought to highlight different little known portions of the institutional, regional political units of the New Mexico State University Archives.
Caitlin Wells, Assistant Professor and Archivist for the Rio Grande Historical Collections, discussed her assessment activities in the archival collections and spoke about the de Bremond Collection. 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.
Adam Heien, Assistant Professor and Archivist for the Political Papers Archives, presented on Thomas Gayle Morris who represented the state of New Mexico in Washington as an at-large Congressman from 1959 until 1969. Morris advocated for many of the same New Mexico causes that Senator Pete V. Domenici worked for during his political career in Washington, D.C. Morris was defeated in 1968 by Manuel Lujan, Jr. in a bid to represent the newly-created 1st Congressional District. The Thomas G. Morris papers are fully processed and available to researchers.
Martha Shipman Andrews, Associate Professor and University Archivist, discussed the careers of some of NMSU’s past presidents whose presence and careers here in New Mexico are largely unknown. Her discussion included one famous ex-president, Hugh Milton, who encountered real, not figurative, bombshells on the Pacific Islands of World War II.