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New Mexico State University Library will receive $35,000 for Durango Project

The New Mexico State University Library will receive $35,000 for the continuation of the Durango Microfilming Project.

ding was included in House Bill 200, which was recently signed by Gov. Bill Richardson.

The money will be used to microfilm historical and ecclesiastical records in Durango, Mexico. Archives under consideration for filming include records of 18th and 19th century ecclesiastical visitations by Durango bishops, music archives located in Durango's cathedral and historical records in the town of Sombrerete, Zacatecas.

"We sincerely appreciate this support for preserving these important research collections," said Steve Hussman, head of the Library's Archives and Special Collections.

The Library's Archives and Special Collections department has been microfilming historical and ecclesiastical records from Durango since 1994.

Archival holdings such as visits by the bishops to the area which contain important early descriptions of New Mexico's social and physical landscape, and those of the town of Sombrerete whose silver mines were the primary source of funding for Don Diego de Vargas' 1695 expedition to reconquer New Mexico are crucial to the study of the cultural heritage of the border region.

For more information on the project, contact Dennis Daily, project director, at (505) 646-4727.