Date: March 17, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, firstname.lastname@example.org
New Mexico has a new State Historian, Dr. Rick Hendricks. State Records Administrator Sandra Jaramillo has announced that Hendricks will join the staff of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives in Santa Fe on Monday, March 22.
Hendricks attended the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, and received his B.A. in Latin American History from the University of North Carolina in 1977. He earned his Ph.D. in Ibero-American Studies from the University of New Mexico in 1985. He is a former editor of the Vargas Project at the University of New Mexico and is currently employed in the Archives and Special Collections Department at the New Mexico State University Library.
At the NMSU Library, Hendricks worked on the microfilm projects of the Archivos del Arzobispado de Durango and the Archivos Históricos de Sombrerete, and he edited the guides to those collections. He has written or collaborated on more than 16 books and 70 articles on the Spanish colonial period in the American Southwest and Mexico. His most recent book, New Mexico in 1801: The Priests Report, was published in June 2008 by Rio Grande Books. Hendricks is currently writing biographies of Mesilla Valley pioneer Thomas Casad and Spanish-Mexican patriot Father Antonio Severo Borrajo.
The State Historian serves as New Mexico state government’s primary authority on New Mexico history and is director of the Office of the State Historian, a division within the State Records Center and Archives. The overall purpose of the Division is to promote an understanding and appreciation of New Mexico history. It provides consultation and research assistance to state agencies, scholars, elected officials and the public.
The State Historian also sits as a statutory member of the Cultural Properties Review Committee, the primary function of which is to review proposals for the preservation of cultural properties throughout New Mexico.
For more information, contact the NMSU Library Administration at (575) 646-1508.