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Durango microfilming project receives $14,000 award

The Rio Grande Historical Collections of the New Mexico State University Library has been awarded $14,000 by the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture for the preparation of a finding aid to improve researcher access to the Durango Microfilm.

The microfilm of historical documents from the collection of the Archivos Historicos del Arzobispado de Durango, Mexico, is a valuable source of borderland history from the early 17th to early 20th centuries, as revealed from the point of view of the most literate men in the area, the priests, prelates and bishops of the Catholic Church.

Project director Austin Hoover said a finding aid is "vital to providing the necessary access demanded of in-depth historical investigation."

The funding will provide a paleographer to decipher the historical Spanish in which the documents are written and to complete the finding aid. Hoover will disseminate information on the completed finding aid at binational conferences and on the Internet.

The U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture is a joint initiative of Mexico's National Fund for Culture and the Arts, the Bancomer Cultural Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. It supports cultural exchange and collaboration between Mexico and the United States.

Since 1992, the NMSU Library has collaborated with the Archivos Historicos del Arzobispado de Durango, Mexico, on the Durango Microfilming Project. In addition to funding from the U.S.-Mexico Fund for Culture, the project has received funding from the state of New Mexico, the Homeland Foundation, the Burkitt Foundation and private donations.

For more information call Austin Hoover, director of the Rio Grande Historical Collections, at (505) 646-4727.

Oct. 19, 2000