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New Rio Grande Historical Collections calendar available

The 2007 calendar, "Herbert Yeo in New Mexico, 1909-1915" is now being offered by the New Mexico State University Library's Rio Grande Historical Collections.

can be purchased for $5 each at the second floor administrative offices at Zuhl Library or the fourth floor archives research room at Branson Library.

The calendar features photographs by Herbert W. Yeo between 1909 and 1915.

An engineer from Ohio, Yeo moved to Las Cruces in 1908. Employed by the U.S. Reclamation Service, he worked on the Rio Grande Project from 1908 to 1917 and was involved in the surveying and construction of the Elephant Butte Dam.

The photographs from Yeo's early years in New Mexico demonstrate a fascination with the local cultures and include images of adobe churches, old Spanish/Mexican villages, traditional customs and Native Americans. Yeo served as Dona Ana County surveyor during the 1920s, then as State Engineer of New Mexico from 1927 to 1931. He died in 1954 at the Fort Bayard Veterans' Hospital.

In 2006, the New Mexico State University Library's Archives and Special Collections acquired about 1,500 of Herbert Yeo's original negatives, from 1909 to 1940, that had been stored at the offices of the Elephant Butte Irrigation District in Las Cruces. The negatives reflect Yeo' s professional work and his personal interest in New Mexico history and culture.

"We are grateful for the generosity of Gary Esslinger, treasurer/manager at the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, for entrusting the archives with the care and preservation of these important photographs," said Steve Hussman, department head of the Library's archives and special collections.

For more information, please contact Connie Loyd, the NMSU Library's development officer, at (505) 646-3642 or the NMSU Library's administrative office at (505) 646-1508.

Jeanette Smith
Sept. 25, 2006