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NMSU Library Receives Grant to Process Tombaugh Papers

Date: 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, jcsmith@lib.nmsu.edu



The NMSU Library has been awarded $8,500 by the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board to
process the unpublished papers of the late Dr. Clyde W. Tombaugh. The Tombaugh family recently donated
the papers to the Library’s Rio Grande Historical Collections. The funding will begin the process of
making this large and valuable research collection — estimated at over 160 cubic feet of materials –
accessible to researchers.

Included among the papers are materials concerning Tombaugh’s early career at Lowell Observatory, where
he discovered the planet Pluto, and at White Sands Missile Range. The papers are significant not only for
their documentation of Tombaugh himself, but also for evidence of the history of astronomy, physics and
related sciences. The principal investigator for the processing project is the interim department head of the
Library’s Southwest and Border Research Center, Molly Molloy.

The New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board is funded by the New Mexico legislature and the
National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Recognizing the cultural diversity of New Mexico,
the mission of the New Mexico Historical Records Advisory Board is to advocate the preservation of the
historical records of the state and to stimulate public access to the state’s historical records.

For more information or to make a donation to continue the processing of the collection beyond the period
of grant funding, please contact Molly Molloy at 646-6931 or email mmolloy@lib.nmsu.edu.

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