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New book includes 100 years of photos from NMSU Library Special Collections

As New Mexicans celebrate 100 years of statehood, New Mexico State University is helping people step back in time to view what local life was like with the release of the new book "Las Cruces: A Photographic Journey."


Book cover includes title, black and white and color photos of homes and roads in Las Cruces.
Book cover of "Las Cruces: A photographic Journey." The book contains archival photos from the New Mexico State University Library and documents 100 years of New Mexico statehood. It was edited by the Las Cruces Bulletin and published by FIG Publications, LLC. (Courtesy image)

The recently released volume is 288 pages and offers readers a decade-by-decade view of Las Cruces that includes text and images that show Las Cruces and Dona Ana County in various stages of development.

"This book is good for anyone who wants to know more about the city of Las Cruces, where we came from and where we are now," said Laurence Creider, interim head of the Archives and Special Collections Department of the university Library.

Of the 1,200 photos that cover its pages, nearly half come from the Rio Grande Historical Collections of the Archives and Special Collections Department at NMSU's Branson Library. The book includes pictures of landscapes, parades, storefronts, factories, personal photos and much more.

"Las Cruces: A Photographic Journey," was edited by the Las Cruces Bulletin, published by FIG Publications and produced with the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections. It is available for purchase at 840 N. Telshor Blvd. Suite E and should soon be available in local bookstores.

Faculty and staff with NMSU identification can pre-order the book at a discounted price through Jan. 31 by calling 575-524-8061. For more information regarding the book or NMSU photographic archives, contact Jeanette Smith at 575-646-7492 or jcsmith@nmsu.edu.