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NMSU Library announces regional online archival resource

The New Mexico State University Library has announced its new regional archival resource, the Rocky Mountain Online Archive, in which more than 2,000 archival and special collections from libraries, archives and cultural institutions in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming are described.

The archival resource contains specialized guides, known as finding aids, that provide detailed descriptions of unique primary source materials located at 20 different repositories in the three-state area. The archive is available to the public at http://rmoa.unm.edu.

The Rocky Mountain Online Archive is the result of the NMSU Library's collaboration with project partners including the University of New Mexico Libraries, Colorado's Collaborative Digitization Project and the University of Wyoming.

Now that these materials are online, the regional research potential of these collections has truly been enhanced, said Steve Hussman, head of NMSU Library's Archives and Special Collections. Students and scholars can begin their research any number of ways, such as browsing by state and by subject area. Within minutes, users can find descriptions of collections related to architecture, frontier and pioneer life, water rights, wildlife conservation and more.

The NMSU Library is active in creating additional venues through which its collections can be accessed electronically. As a result of its collaboration with the UNM Libraries, the NMSU Library can offer greater access to its collections, making them available to a wider range of scholars, researchers, students, faculty and the community at large. Finding aids may be viewed for collections of unpublished materials relating to water resources, farming and ranching, women in the West and much more local and regional history.

In addition to the descriptive finding aids created for this project, three institutions in New Mexico have created new digital collections. Those collections, along with many others from Colorado and Wyoming, can be accessed via the Collaborative Digitization Program's Heritage West at http://cdpheritage.org and Digital Collections hosted by the UNM Libraries at http://econtent.unm.edu.

The Rocky Mountain Online Archives was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the UNM Center for Regional Studies and the UNM Libraries.

For more information, contact the NMSU Library's Archives and Special Collections Department at (505) 646-3839.