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University archivist receives Historical Society award

Austin Hoover, New Mexico State University archivist and director of the Rio Grande Historical Collections in the University Library, has received the 1999 Hall of Fame Award from the Dona Ana County Historical Society.


The Hall of Fame Award is designed to recognize an individual who is known for his or her exceptional contribution to the preservation of the history and culture of the Mesilla Valley. According to the Dona Ana County Historical Society, "The rich resources in the Rio Grande Historical Collections have been garnered, preserved, and organized largely through the alert and continuing attention of Austin Hoover."

Since 1974, Hoover has been responsible for managing all aspects of the university's archives and manuscript programs. As archivist, Hoover oversees the solicitation, acquisition and conservation of papers, photographs, records and other memorabilia relevant to the history of NMSU and the Mesilla Valley.

Hoover also coordinates the activities of the Rio Grande Historical Collections friends group. He has taught graduate courses in archives management and has authored numerous papers on Southwestern history and the management of unpublished historical sources.

A native of Arkansas, Hoover earned a master's degree in history from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1967, and a master's degree in librarianship from the University of Denver in 1969. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Simmons University. He has been certified by the Academy of Certified Archivists since 1990.

Hoover is active in the Society of American Archivists, the Historical Society of New Mexico, the Society of Southwest Archivists and the Dona Ana County Historical Society. He is known throughout the state and region for his close working relationship with history buffs, researchers and organizations.