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NMSU Library: Capturing the First 100 Years of the State of New Mexico

Date: May 2, 2012 and 8/10/2012

CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492,

In honor of the New Mexico Centennial, the New Mexico State University Library is conducting many special projects that honor our state’s rich and diverse history from 1912 to 2012. 

Las Cruces: A Photographic Journey

Established in 1890, the Library owns a wealth of historical images that appear in many Centennial projects on campus and in the community.  The Library’s 2012 calendar features vintage photographs of New Mexico’s history. 

The Library collaborated with the Las Cruces Bulletin on the book Las Cruces: A Photographic Journey.  Of the nearly 1,200 historical photos in the book, nearly 500 are from the Library’s archival photo collection.  The book recently won the Heritage Preservation Award from the Cultural Properties Review Committee and the Historic Preservation Division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Library partnered with the University of New Mexico on the “Celebrating New Mexico Statehood” website, contributing 580 photos to this shared statewide resource (  The Library has printed hundreds of Centennial-themed note cards as gifts for Library donors, featuring historical photos customized to each donor’s interests.    

As a land grant university, New Mexico State University has a special mission to serve the people of New Mexico as an agricultural, military and engineering college.  Thousands of historical agricultural documents are being digitized, providing a lasting record of extension service in New Mexico.  Examples of these publications are currently on display in the lobby of Branson Library.

A previous exhibit on the 150th Anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established the land grant colleges, featured sixteen photos of “The Mechanic Arts,” an archaic term for engineering.  The photos highlighted the beauty of mechanical forms frozen in time.

The New Mexico Book Co-op’s list of the 100 Best New Mexico Books, celebrating New Mexico authors, publishers and subjects, was announced just in time for the Centennial.  University Archivist Martha Andrews was honored with a place on the list for her book The Whole Damned World: New Mexico Aggies at War 1941-1945.

Centennial bookmarks are available at the Library.  A video at  features many of the Library’s Centennial activities.

The NMSU Library’s documents and photographs play an important role in celebrating the people who built our state and informing those who envision New Mexico’s future.  For more information, contact Kristina Martinez at (575) 646-3642.  Visit the Library’s home page at


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